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Five Questions: Jimmy Howard still working hard

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 12:00 PM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard:

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has played goalie Jonas Gustavsson ahead of Jimmy Howard in three out of the four games the team has played this month. It's hard to blame him.

The one time Howard was in he allowed five goals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Red Wings went 2-1-0 and yielded five goals in total in Gustavsson's three starts.

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Five Questions: Jets captain Ladd ready to win now

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd is trying to lead the Winnipeg Jets out of the minefield of mediocrity, where teams tend to step in the wrong places by letting the highs feel too good and the lows happen too often.

The process is taking too long for Ladd, who has twice won the Stanley Cup, in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and again in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Winnipeg's captain thinks the Jets should be better than they've been this season. He wants to believe the right pieces are in place to help them gather some momentum so they can start climbing in the Central Division.

Ladd also knows how big of a role he plays in the Jets' successes and failures. Winnipeg is 7-3-2 in games when Ladd gets at least one point, and 6-9-2 when he doesn't. The Jets are 13-12-4 overall, and Ladd isn't absolving himself of the blame for their average record.

Ladd spoke to NHL.com about his thoughts on his team, finding a way to play with consistency and a little bit about his Olympic dream prior to Winnipeg's 5-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.


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Five Questions: Cam Ward is back, thinking playoffs

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward:

Cam Ward didn't have to make a signature save to prove he's back from his groin injury, healthy and prepared to rejoin the elite players at his position. He did it anyway.

Ward's diving, stick save on Ottawa Senators forward Colin Greening on Sunday at PNC Arena came early in the first period, after he had already given up a goal to Jason Spezza. It was one of 35 saves Ward made, but it was arguably the most important because it prevented Ottawa from taking a two-goal lead and ignited the Hurricanes, who scored three times in the second period and won the game, 4-1.

The win Sunday was Ward's first since he returned from his extended injury absence. He missed 10 games with a groin injury sustained on Oct. 24 at the Minnesota Wild. Ward also missed the final 27 games of last season with a knee injury that likely cost him an invitation to Canada's Olympic orientation camp in August.

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Five Questions: Brodeur on trade talk, his future

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur:

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur is closer to the Hall of Fame than he is to scoring another long-term contract, but that hasn't stopped the New Jersey Devils goaltender from continuing to build on his laundry list of NHL records, including wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played.

Brodeur, 41, has six wins, a 1.98 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 starts this season despite not having a firm grip on the No. 1 job that he held for nearly two decades. Cory Schneider is working in tandem with Brodeur to provide the Devils some of the best goaltending in the NHL this season.

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Five Questions: Maple Leafs' Sittler on state of game

Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Darryl Sittler, a former Toronto Maple Leafs forward and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame:

TORONTO -- Nearly 38 years ago as a player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Darryl Sittler scored 10 points in a game against the Boston Bruins, setting an NHL record for most points in a single game that has stood the test of time.

Nowadays, Sittler is trying to have an influence off the ice as a community representative for the Maple Leafs, and his job is a heck of a lot easier than it was a few years ago.

"Wendel Clark and I work with the organization, so we're out there in the community working with some corporate partners and doing some charity work, and it's a lot more fun when you're out there to have a team people are excited about and want to talk about," Sittler told NHL.com. "We've got a lot of loyal fans that have been around for a long time, whether it's here in Toronto or across Canada. I, as an ex-player and a member of the Maple Leaf organization, want us to do well for those fans that have been loyal and diehard for so many years."

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Five Questions: Blackhawks' Hossa much healthier

Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa never wanted to have back surgery this past summer, and he feels fortunate that he didn't have to. The last thing Hossa wanted to do was spend his offseason (especially one after winning the Stanley Cup) rehabbing from what could have been an invasive operation to repair nerve problems that were affecting his right leg and foot.

Hossa and the Blackhawks instead decided rest was his best option, but things looked dicey for him during training camp. Hossa didn't play in any of Chicago's six preseason games and missed most of the final week before the regular season began because of an undisclosed upper-body injury.

The injury threw off Hossa's timing and brought his health into further question.

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Five Questions: Bieksa on Canucks' aggressive style

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa:

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella wants more players like defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

"He's a gunslinger," Tortorella told reporters following a game last week. "I like that. We need more gunslingers."

Bieksa told NHL.com he wasn't sure what to make of Tortorella's "gunslinger" comment because all he's trying to do is go out and play his game, but he knows it was a compliment and he appreciates it as much as he appreciates the way Tortorella is allowing him to play.

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Five Questions: Kunitz on life as Crosby's linemate

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz:

Chris Kunitz knows there are a lot of hockey players who would trade places with him nowadays.

He gets to reap the rewards of playing on a line with arguably the best player in the game today, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. And despite being 34 years old and now in his ninth full NHL season, Kunitz never has been better or more productive than he has been so far in the 2013-14 season.

Kunitz has become better than a point-per-game player since the start of last season (62 points in 56 games heading into the Pens' game Monday) and this past summer Hockey Canada officially declared him a candidate to be on the 2014 Canadian Olympic team by making him one of 45 players invited to attend Canada's Olympic orientation camp in August.

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Five questions: Hartley enjoying start with Flames

Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." is back for the 2013-14 season. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the state of their teams.

The latest edition features Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley:

While warning that he and every one of his players have to stay grounded and humble, that five games is too small a sample to go on, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley sees his team's surprising 3-0-2 record and can't help but wonder about the potential for what could happen on its upcoming five-game road trip that starts Wednesday.

"We learned a lot in the first five, but the next five, all five road games against very good hockey clubs, that's going to say a lot," Hartley told NHL.com on Monday.

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Five questions: Ruff enjoying start with Stars

Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" is back for the 2013-14 season. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the state of their teams.

The latest edition features Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff:

Lindy Ruff can look around his office and see scarce reminders of his nearly 16 years in Buffalo. There are some old books he read, a few notepads with practice drills scribbled in them, but that's about it.

Ruff has moved on from the Sabres and he's embracing his new challenge in Dallas. He's working closely with first-year general manager Jim Nill, who spent the previous 19 years with the Detroit Red Wings. Together they're trying to rebuild the Stars into Stanley Cup contenders.

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