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Hamrlik steps in for Habs with Markov on shelf

Tuesday, 11.16.2010 / 1:30 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Que. -- The Montreal Canadiens have put Roman Hamrlik on their top power-play unit in the absence of injured quarterback Andrei Markov, and they will need to be sharp Tuesday night if they hope to strike against a hot Philadelphia Flyers club.

In addition to the fact the Flyers have scored 18 goals in their last three games, most recently an easy 5-1 win at home against the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Philadelphia has been very stingy on defense with only four goals allowed in those three games.

The Flyers' penalty kill has been perfect over that span on seven chances, while the Canadiens power play is 6-for-15 over their last three games. But when Markov missed the first 10 games of this season, the Canadiens went 3-for-34.


McPhee demands better effort from East-best Caps

Tuesday, 11.16.2010 / 1:08 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Washington General Manager George McPhee insists he's not being too hard on his first-place team when he says, "We're all happy with our record, but not with the way we're playing."

"We've only played a few complete games," McPhee told, "games where we played three real solid periods."

While there are managers elsewhere (say Newark, Long Island, Edmonton, Toronto) who likely would scoff at McPhee's hard approach with his team -- which has won seven of its last eight games and leads the NHL with 13 wins and 27 points -- you have to understand where McPhee is coming from.

He doesn't want his team to be content with just winning games; he wants his players to understand how you win games now could define what kind of success you have later in the season, when the stakes are much higher.


Ovechkin helps launch new DVD

Tuesday, 11.16.2010 / 12:09 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

WASHINGTONAlex Ovechkin has become one of the most famous people in the world in his profession – a genuine celebrity on multiple continents.

For all of the superstar's accomplishments on the ice with the Washington Capitals and for his native Russia, much of Ovechkin's life away from hockey and this city has been an unknown entity. A new 60-minute documentary entitled "Alex Ovechkin: The Gr8" will fill in some of those blanks, and Ovechkin was on hand Monday night at a local restaurant for a VIP launch party.

"I think fans know about me as a hockey player, but they don't know about me and my life and how I'm growing up," Ovechkin said. "They know I'm from Moscow, but they never see my school or my home and my family. They're going to see it and I think they're going to enjoy it."

Rangers show cohesiveness in win over Pens

Monday, 11.15.2010 / 11:39 PM / NHL Insider

Sergei J. Feldman - Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Most players and coaches will tell you that consistency is what separates contenders from pretenders throughout the course of an 82-game NHL regular season.

For the New York Rangers, that philosophy was put to test Monday night when they took on the Pittsburgh Penguins in an Atlantic Division clash at the Consol Energy Center.

On the line was the chance not only to gain ground in the chase for Eastern Conference supremacy but, more importantly, the chance to improve on a two-game winning streak.

Despite Markov's injury, Habs remain confident

Monday, 11.15.2010 / 4:52 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

"It's a big loss for our team. He's probably one of the best defensemen in the National Hockey League. Other teams are probably happy about it because we'll need some other guy to step up and play. With our defense, I think we've played pretty solid all season long." -- Jaroslav Spacek

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens gave no update Monday on the status of star defenseman Andrei Markov, stating more tests need to be done to determine the extent of what the team is calling a lower-body injury suffered Saturday in a collision with Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Markov appeared to hurt his right knee on the play, the same one he had surgery on to repair a torn ACL last May. That injury kept Markov out of action for nearly five months.

There was a time in the not-so-distant past where a long-term injury to Markov would mean the Canadiens' chances for success would plummet. As recently as last season, when Markov missed 35 regular-season games with a lacerated tendon in his foot and another two with an undisclosed injury, the Canadiens barely kept their heads above water, going 14-20-3.

Avalanche hoping to establish hometown dominance

Monday, 11.15.2010 / 3:58 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

"We've been up and down at home so far in the short amount of time that we've been here. It's important that we establish ourselves and that we get our record back to .500 tonight and don't look back." -- Joe Sacco

DENVER -- With two home losses in the past three games and a 3-4-0 record in seven home games this season, the Colorado Avalanche need to re-establish the Pepsi Center as a difficult place for visiting teams.

The team hopes to do that starting Monday, when the Avs start a three-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN2).

"We've been up and down at home so far in the short amount of time that we've been here," coach Joe Sacco said following Monday's morning practice. "It's important that we establish ourselves and that we get our record back to .500 tonight and don't look back."


Hat tricks coming at a fairly frequent pace

Monday, 11.15.2010 / 3:12 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

If there are more bare heads at NHL games this season, it's because the number of hat tricks this season has skyrocketed.

Through the first 247 games this season, there have been 20 players putting together three-goal games, the most at this point in a season since 1994-95, when there were 22. At this point last season there were just 11 hat tricks.

Nineteen different players have had hat tricks this season, including a pair by Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin. He had 3 goals against the Thrashers in a 4-3 overtime victory Oct. 23, and had 3 goals -- including the game-winner, as well as 2 assists -- in 6-3 win against the Lightning on Nov. 11.


Horcoff's return could be help young Oilers need

Saturday, 11.13.2010 / 6:38 PM / NHL Insider

Sergei J. Feldman - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Shawn Horcoff is used to having the best seat in the house every night -- beside his teammates on the Edmonton Oilers' bench before taking to the ice for his shifts.

Not as of late, however. The 32-year-old captain has spent the past three games sitting in the worst seat -- the press box.

After being sidelined with a leg injury during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks last Sunday, Horcoff has seen his team go 1-2-1 during their current five-game road trip, which ends Sunday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Their only win came in that Blackhawks game, a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

Heritage Jersey highlights Rangers' rich tradition

Friday, 11.12.2010 / 11:54 PM / NHL Insider

David Kalan - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Before the puck drops every night at Madison Square Garden, the fans hear a phrase so simple and yet so important to the men on the ice wearing blue.

"I am a Ranger."

As the franchise kicked off a week of celebrations for its 85th anniversary Friday night, players past and present reflected on what that statement meant to them as they gathered at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store on New York's Sixth Avenue and at the ice rink in Rockefeller Center a few blocks north to get the organization's birthday party underway. The highlight of Friday night's event was the unveiling and release of the Rangers' new Heritage Jersey, which will be worn for the first time when Original Six rival Boston comes to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 17.

As crowds bedecked in blueshirts packed both events, Rangers memorabilia on loan from the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as game-used jerseys dating back more than six decades lined the walls, and the impact was not lost on the players who currently call the Garden home.

L.A. legend Dionne likes look of present-day Kings

Friday, 11.12.2010 / 1:17 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Marcel Dionne never made it past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his 11-plus seasons in Los Angeles; but if his old team doesn't advance beyond the Western Conference Semifinals this season the "Little Beaver" would be stunned.

"I think this year is the year," Dionne told Monday from the Hockey Hall of Fame. "They haven't lost at home yet and if (Anze) Kopitar even manages 35 to 40 goals that's going to be huge for them."

Kopitar only has 4 goals through 14 games so far this season, so asking for 40 at this rate is probably a bit much. However, Dionne, who tries to watch the Kings as much as he can, is a big believer in the overall team that GM Dean Lombardi has built.

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