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2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Leino never gave up on his NHL dream

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 6:14 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Risto Pakarinen - NHL.com Correspondent

HELSINKI -- When Ville Leino takes the ice on Friday, as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, it will have been three years, six months, and four days since his last game at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, in the Finnish league semifinal series.

In those three and a half years, he's signed an NHL contract with the Detroit Red Wings, spent half a season in the American Hockey League, another half a season with the big club in Detroit, and been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he became a playoff hero in 2010, scoring 21 points in 19 post-season games, tying Dino Ciccarelli's record for most points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a rookie.

Last season's 53 points in 81 games proved that it wasn't just a fluke, and on July 1, 2011, Leino found himself as a unrestricted free agent, fielding offers from several teams. 
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Rangers finally get chance to work out the kinks

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 10:43 AM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"It was the best day of work we've had in probably 10 days. You could just tell it was a whole different practice and pace (on NHL-size ice). It's a different game when you're on that (international) ice because everything happens quicker." -- Brad Richards

STOCKHOLM -- Michael Del Zotto had no idea when the New York Rangers last had an actual structured practice.

The answer is exactly one week ago, in Prague. Or, in current Ranger terms, it was four games, four flights and four countries ago.

So the Blueshirts needed Wednesday's workout in the worst way.

"Huge," Del Zotto said with a sigh of relief when asked how important it was to get in a practice at Ericsson Globe Arena. "We got a lot done. We worked on a lot of situations. Today was a productive day."
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Rangers to recall Erixon as sixth defenseman

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 10:33 AM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

STOCKHOLM -- Rangers coach John Tortorella admitted Tuesday night that he had reservations about using either Brendan Bell or Stu Bickel as his No. 6 defenseman to start the season.

His voice was most definitely heard, because the club will recall rookie defenseman Tim Erixon from the Connecticut Whale of the AHL on Wednesday.

After practicing with the Whale on Wednesday, Erixon will fly to Stockholm to join the team for Thursday's practice in preparation for Friday's season-opener against Los Angeles in the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere.
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Hard summer has paid off for Zuccarello

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 10:30 AM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

Mats Zuccarello
Left Wing - NYR
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 17 | PTS: 23
SOG: 74 | +/-: 3
STOCKHOLM -- Mats Zuccarello can't lie. His exit meeting with the Rangers at the end of last season was not a pleasant experience, to say the least.

Coach John Tortorella and his staff picked apart Zuccarello's game in a way that few before had. A star wherever he had played in Europe, Zuccarello now was hearing that he had huge holes in his game.

Just like that, one of Norway's biggest sporting stars was uncertain about his immediate future in the sport he loved. He was about to enter the final season of his contract with the club and the idea of spending another long winter in the American Hockey League was not an appealing one.
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Fowler aiming to repeat rookie performance

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 10:07 AM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Cam Fowler
Defense - ANA
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 30 | PTS: 40
SOG: 123 | +/-: -25
HELSINKI -- The stitches in his chin and above his right eye, not to mention his play, are qualities of a hockey veteran, but Cam Fowler still is a baby-faced kid compared to most in the NHL.

Fowler exceeded expectations last season, not only in making the Anaheim Ducks' roster a few months after being drafted, but also by becoming an integral part of the club's defense corps despite not turning 19 until the season was two months old.

Now the question is what to expect from Fowler in his second season, and the answer is the team will try to contain said expectations.
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Selanne has complete goals highlight reel in his head

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 9:53 AM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Risto Pakarinen - NHL.com Correspondent

"I do remember them all. I simply go through every game in my mind before I go to bed, and rescore all the goals in my head." -- Teemu Selanne

HELSINKI -- Remember the goal Teemu Selanne scored against the Quebec Nordiques' Stephane Fiset to break Mike Bossy's record for most goals by a rookie in 1993? When he went after a loose puck Tie Domi had sent to the neutral zone, and flipped it over Fiset with one hand?

Who could forget that?

Oh, and the one he scored to tie that game, when he grabbed the puck behind the net when Darrin Shannon's shot had gone wide, went around the net, sent it in with a wraparound?
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Ducks' Koivu has butterflies in Finland

Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 7:17 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Risto Pakarinen - NHL.com Correspondent

HELSINKI – Saku Koivu's hometown an hour and a half from Finland's capital city of Helsinki, but he was pleasantly surprised at the welcome he got when he was introduced to the Hartwall Areena crowd before the Anaheim Ducks' exhibition game against Helsinki Jokerit.

And you would think that playing in Finland wouldn't have been a big deal for the former Montreal Canadiens' captain, who hails from Turku.

"I was surprised at how nervous I was," Koivu said Tuesday. "It was just an exhibition game, but in the warmups it felt like it was one of my first games. But when we got going in the second period, things got easier."  
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Selanne returns to cheers in Finland

Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 7:01 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Risto Pakarinen - NHL.com Correspondent

HELSINKI – It was Christmas on Tuesday for fans of both Jokerit and Teemu Selanne.

Skating in his home country with the Anaheim Ducks, Selanne received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. Both teams were already on the blue lines, when the announcer finally introduced the three Finns on the Ducks. Toni Lydman, unable to play, waved from the bench. Saku Koivu got a hair-raising welcome from the fans. And then, the spotlight was on Teemu, who took the ice with 13,000 Finns on their feet, taking the noise levels up another 20 decibels.

"It was awesome. It was unbelievable. I didn't really know what to expect, and I will always remember that welcome," Selanne said. 
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Home is where fans give you standing ovation

Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 6:06 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Risto Pakarinen - NHL.com Correspondent

HELSINKI -- It may be gray in Helsinki, and it may have been raining for two days, but Tuesday night was Christmas for hockey fans, for Jokerit fans, and for Teemu Selanne. And like Christmas, even if you don't know exactly what you're going to get, you have a pretty strong feeling that it's going to be something good.

For Teemu Selanne, it was a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd. Both teams were already on the blue lines when the announcer finally introduced the three Finns on the Ducks team. Toni Lydman, unable to play, waved from the bench. Saku Koivu got a hair-raising welcome from the fans. And then the spotlight was on Selanne, who took the ice with 13,000 Finns on their feet, taking the noise levels up another 20 decibels.

"It was awesome. It was unbelievable. I didn't really know what to expect, and I will always remember that welcome," he said.

A couple of minutes later, when the ovations were starting to fade, Selanne and Jari Kurri, another Jokerit and NHL legend, received a brand-new Jokerit membership card, numbers 8 and 17, from team chairman Harry Harkimo.
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Ducks get better preseason production from top line

Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 5:43 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

HELSINKI -- Anaheim's "Big Three" is maybe the best line in hockey, but forgive coach Randy Carlyle if he was a bit nervous about the trio during this preseason.

Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan combined for 103 goals and 245 points last season -- that's three points per contest, even though Getzlaf missed 15 of them with a head injury. This preseason Anaheim's top line had combined for just 7 points (4 goals) in the five games they played in.

Making it worse, they were a combined minus-18 and weren't contributing much on the power play to offset the imbalance at even strength. 
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