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Ovechkin altering game, starting to see results

Friday, 12.23.2011 / 1:33 PM / Player Profiles

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- If Alex Ovechkin scores Friday at Prudential Center, it'll be the first time all season that he'll have goals in back-to-back games. And if Ovechkin can get at least one against the Devils, it'll also be his third goal in the last four games and fourth in the last seven.

Baby steps for sure, but Ovechkin's smallish production so far this season suggests any steps are a positive.

"The last probably 10 games I feel very good," said Ovechkin, whose 11 goals this season puts him a tie for 46th place with 26 other players. "I feel myself, pretty comfortable and pretty good."
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Malkin's surge lifting Crosby-less Penguins

Friday, 12.23.2011 / 9:00 AM / Player Profiles

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- As the Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped up practice Thursday before leaving on a long plane ride to Winnipeg, Evgeni Malkin wore a game-type look of determination on his face as he bore down on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
 
For Malkin, shootouts are personal. Despite possessing a skill set that most other NHL players only wish they could own, this is one aspect of his game that still needs work.
 
Malkin's initial shot went wide, prompting the ever-chatty Fleury to chirp a bit. Undeterred, Malkin returned to the far end, refocused, then mounted another rush, this time burying a wrist shot with such velocity that the puck ricocheted off the back of the net and streaked all the way to the blue line.
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Garrison's offense an unexpected surprise for Cats

Wednesday, 12.21.2011 / 11:32 AM / Player Profiles

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- When the Florida Panthers overhauled their roster in the offseason by bringing in a slew of free agents, the hope was that one or more of the newcomers would blossom offensively.

Little did they know that the player who would enjoy the biggest breakout would be someone already on the roster.

Really, no one had any reason to predict that third-year player Jason Garrison would be leading all NHL defensemen with 10 goals at this stage of the season.
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Morrow has hit full stride since return

Wednesday, 12.21.2011 / 10:56 AM / Player Profiles

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Sometimes an injury can be a blessing in disguise. That was definitely the case for Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, who returned to the ice for the current Pacific Division-leading Stars (19-12-1, 39 points) six games ago and has 7 points since coming back.

Morrow had missed six games with a back injury suffered in a Nov. 21 victory over Edmonton, a game where he was limited to just 11:49 of ice time. But through his first 20 games, he was struggling and his numbers (3 goals, 9 points) illustrated that.

After sitting out the next six, the longest-tenured Star made his return on Nov. 8 at San Jose as Dallas set out on a five-game road trip. He had a goal and an assist in a losing effort that night as the Stars fell to the Sharks, but the return of Morrow, along with defensemen Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski, helped spark the Stars to take six of a possible 10 points on the trip and to a 5-3 win over Anaheim on Monday in Dallas.
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Knuble persevered to reach 1,000-game mark

Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 10:34 AM / Player Profiles

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

Mike Knuble
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 9
SOG: 49 | +/-: -7
WASHINGTON -- Like most NHL players, Capitals forward Mike Knuble has a collection of memories from his NHL debut -- the opponent, his linemates and the final score to list a few. Compared to most though, Knuble's first career NHL game included a few more colorful details.

"My very first game was Detroit against Colorado," Knuble recalled last week. "Goalies were fighting and there was a huge brawl and I'm thinking ‘I thought I just left the American [Hockey] League.' It was just bonkers."

The March 26, 1997 meeting between the Red Wings and Avalanche -- at the peak of their late '90s rivalry -- featured nine fights, including a bout between goalies Patrick Roy and Mike Vernon.
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Matt Hackett's emergence no surprise to NHL uncle

Friday, 12.09.2011 / 3:11 PM / Player Profiles

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Those that didn't know any better probably would have guessed that Matt Hackett was running on pure adrenaline.

As so often happens when one finally steps on NHL ice, the blood flows and the brain buzzes with the excitement of living out a lifelong dream.

That appears to be evident with Hackett, who made his NHL debut and first start within 72 hours this week for the Minnesota Wild.

He saw the puck well. He anticipated plays. His glove hand was quick. In other words, he looked like he had been there before.
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Del Zotto maturing into top-four defenseman role

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 5:40 PM / Player Profiles

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- About nine months ago, Michael Del Zotto hit rock bottom.

The New York Rangers were in a chase for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. At the trade deadline, they decided they were better off acquiring veteran defenseman Bryan McCabe and sending the 20-year-old Del Zotto to the AHL for the rest of the season.

As if that wasn't enough of a punch to the stomach of the promising Del Zotto, he broke his finger in his first game with the Connecticut Whale.

Just like that, a nightmare of a second season was over.
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Unlikely arrival has paid off for Nystrom, Stars

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 8:51 AM / Player Profiles

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

Eric Nystrom
Left Wing - DAL
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 12
SOG: 39 | +/-: 2
FRISCO, Texas -- On Oct. 11, Eric Nystrom was playing for the Houston Aeros, the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. The son of former New York Islanders standout Bob Nystrom had been sent to the minors after he was unable to secure a roster spot with the Wild to start the season.

Two days earlier, he had skated in the Aeros' season opener against the Chicago Wolves, finishing at minus-1 with one shot. But three days later, he was headed back to the NHL after Dallas made a trade with Minnesota to bring the 28-year-old forward to the Stars.
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Crawford trying to find last season's consistency

Friday, 12.02.2011 / 3:56 PM / Player Profiles

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

Corey Crawford
Goalie - CHI
RECORD: 11-7-2
GAA: 2.86 | SVP: 0.898
CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford is searching for the rock-solid consistency in net that defined his rookie season, and the Chicago Blackhawks hope he finds it soon.

After earning a contract extension last summer with a superb 2010-11 campaign, Crawford now finds himself with higher numbers than he'd like heading into Friday night's game at the United Center against the New York Islanders (8:30 p.m., CSN-Chicago, MSG Plus).

Crawford has an inflated 2.86 goals-against average and surprisingly-low .898 save percentage through 21 games. He's also allowed four or more goals six times, including three of the last six games and two of the last three -- a 4-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday being the latest.
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New deal makes Hedman Lightning 'D' foundation

Thursday, 12.01.2011 / 12:37 PM / Player Profiles

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"He's a horse. He's a Chara-type player that's going to bring you some offense, but he brings you a lot more things. The focus of his game can't be run-and-gun and carry the puck on the blue line … that's not him." -- Guy Boucher

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has a message for fans who think 20-year old defenseman Victor Hedman will become some kind of dazzling offensive blue-line force someday.

It likely won't happen anytime soon, Boucher said, even though there is some untapped offensive potential in the 6-foot-6, 229-pound Hedman's game.

That eventually will emerge as Hedman matures, but the biggest reason the Lightning signed Hedman to a lucrative five-year contract extension Wednesday -- reportedly worth $4 million a season -- is because they're bullish on his all-round potential.
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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild