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Reimer likely to get start for Maple Leafs on Sunday

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 6:23 PM / News

NHL.com

Goalie James Reimer is likely to start for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Washington Capitals on Sunday with Jonathan Bernier sidelined by a lower-body injury that may require an MRI.

According to TSN, Bernier did not practice Saturday after he was injured during the first period Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Flyers' Couturier continues to frustrate Penguins

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 6:21 PM / Features

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Now in his third NHL season, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier has played 189 regular-season games and another 11 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He enters every game with the same goals -- play well in all areas of the ice, be strong in the faceoff circle, follow the game plan installed by the coaches -- but he also knows that he can't bring his "A" game every night.

But in the 12 regular-season games he's played against the Pittsburgh Penguins -- No. 13 will come Sunday when the Flyers and Penguins play the second half of their home-and-home weekend set at Consol Energy Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN2) -- Couturier always has found a way to raise his game.

The 21-year-old did that Saturday, picking up two assists and providing blanket coverage on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, holding the League's scoring leader to two shots, two attempts on net that were blocked to help the Flyers earn a 4-0 victory.


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Hossa aims to play for Blackhawks on Sunday

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 3:55 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is expected to return from an upper-body injury Sunday at United Center against the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN2, NBCSN).

Hossa has missed the past five games with the injury, which he sustained against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1 at Soldier Field in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

After full participation in a spirited practice Saturday, which included 1-on-1 battle drills, Hossa said he feels good enough to play against his former team.

"Most likely, yes," he said. "Today was a good practice, good drills. It was a great test for me and I felt pretty good."

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Former Flyers coach Shero honored with statue

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 1:16 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The leader of the Broad Street Bullies has been immortalized in the spot where he did his best work.

On Saturday, the Flyers unveiled an 8-foot, 1,300-pound bronze statue of coach Fred Shero on the former site of the Spectrum, where he coached for seven seasons and won the Stanley Cup twice. That resume earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November and a permanent spot in Philadelphia sports history. Shero passed away in 1990.

"He coached here, the Spectrum was here, he's now in front of the area where we all had so many great memories," Flyers chairman Ed Snider said at a ceremonial unveiling for the statue. "He'll be remembered here forever. I think it's fantastic. He was the greatest coach we ever had, one of the greatest guys you'll ever want to meet."

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Goaltender Price to start for Canadiens

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 11:43 AM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens will have goaltender Carey Price back in net for the first time since the return from the Olympic break when they host the Ottawa Senators at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Price has missed eight games with a lower-body injury he aggravated while playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The last time Price played was the gold-medal game in Sochi when he made 24 saves in a 3-0 win against Sweden, extending his Olympic shutout streak to 164:19.

"Price is playing, it's excellent news," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "He had a good day [Friday] and he felt good [Saturday] morning."

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Kings hope Gaborik can provide offensive spark

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- When Marian Gaborik got his first full day off in Los Angeles on Tuesday, he poked around what has become a playground for hockey players here. He took in sunny Manhattan Beach, where many of his Los Angeles Kings teammates live.

"It's beautiful around here," Gaborik said. "It's nice to get some vitamin D and just get ready for the game. I think it's pretty easy to get comfortable here."

Gaborik, though, won't have many more days off and the Kings have a small window to get their offense going with their new forward in order to improve their position for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Daily Primer March 15: Weekend in Pennsylvania

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 2:36 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins will see a lot of each other this weekend.

The Pennsylvania rivals begin a home-and-home series Saturday afternoon when they face off at Wells Fargo Center (1 p.m., NHLN-US, ROOT, CSN-PH). After that game is over, they'll head to the other end of the state for a rematch on Sunday (12:30 p.m., NBC, TSN2).

In terms of the standings, the games likely mean more to the Flyers than the Penguins. Philadelphia is fighting to hang on to a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; the Penguins are cruising to the Metropolitan Division title.

Here's a look at all the action on a busy Saturday:

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Tapped In: Ryan on Ottawa and Olympic break fun

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 12:47 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Drafted No. 2 by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2005 NHL Draft, Bobby Ryan played five seasons for the Anaheim Ducks before being traded this past summer to the Ottawa Senators. Ryan, 26, has endeared himself to his new teammates this season, totaling 22 goals and 45 points while playing solid defensively with a plus-9 rating. The New Jersey native talks about how he learned to play the game, his involvement in helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy and why proposing at the top of the Eiffel Tower was a necessity.

Kathryn Tappen: I heard you were quite busy during the Olympic break. Congratulations on your proposal to longtime girlfriend Danielle Rhodes.

Bobby Ryan: We did; we got engaged in Paris. It was pretty cool, so thank you.

KT: You do realize you’ve set the bar incredibly high for men everywhere by proposing atop the Eiffel Tower?

BR: I waited so long to propose I had to go all in, so that was my only choice.

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Capitals' Backstrom to receive Olympic silver medal

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 9:43 PM / News

NHL.com

The International Olympic Committee on Friday announced that Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will receive a silver medal for playing for Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics despite failing a doping-control test that prevented him from playing in the gold-medal game.

Backstrom was removed from the Sweden lineup just before the championship game against Canada after testing positive for pseudoephedrine as a result of taking the allergy medication Zyrtec-D. Canada beat Sweden 3-0.

At his disciplinary hearing Backstrom admitting taking the medication and said he was told by Sweden team doctor Bjorn Waldeback that he was permitted to take it.

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Avalanche extend contract of Mitchell, Berra

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 9:23 PM / News

NHL.com

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche on Friday signed forward John Mitchell and goaltender Reto Berra each to a three-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Multiple media reports say Mitchell's deal is worth $5.4 million, an average annual value of $1.8 million, and Berra will earn $4.35 million, an average annual value of $1.45 million.

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