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Rangers' Lundqvist takes time to appreciate 300th win

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 5:07 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist admits he never took the time to appreciate individual accomplishments early in his career. Back then, he was always focused on the next game.

Now that Lundqvist won his 300th game to put him one victory shy of Mike Richter's New York Rangers record, and tied Ed Giacomin for the franchise mark with 49 shutouts, he's allowed himself to be more nostalgic.

"Coming into the League you're so focused on getting better and keep pushing yourself. Now you let yourself enjoy where you are a little more," Lundqvist said after earning the historic win by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Sunday afternoon. "You still want to push yourself, but at the same time you want to enjoy the ride. So I definitely think back about how it all happened. You do it sometimes. It's fun."

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Wild prospect Peterson wins Mr. Hockey Award

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:47 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Minnesota Wild prospect Avery Peterson of Grand Rapids High School was named the recipient of the 2014 Mr. Hockey Award on Sunday as the most outstanding senior boy's high school player in the state of Minnesota.

The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of judges, including scouts from the NHL and United States Hockey League, Division I and III coaches, and selected media members from around the state.

Other finalists for the award this year were Philip Beaulieu (Duluth East), Tyler Cline (Blaine), Spencer Naas (Benilde St. Margaret's), Tyler Nanne (Edina), Mitch Slattery (Hill-Murray), Steven Spinner (Eden Prairie), Luc Snuggerud (Eden Prairie), Nick Wolff (Eagan) and Zach Yon (Roseau).

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After four-year wait, Kuznetsov joins Capitals

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:11 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Ever since the Washington Capitals selected forward Evgeny Kuznetsov at No. 26 in the 2010 NHL Draft, the 21-year-old has taken on an almost mythical aura.

As Kuznetsov dazzled in the KHL and at various World Junior Championships, highlights of his most sensational goals and performances were passed around Washington's fan base as if they were folk tales, his burgeoning legend growing exponentially.

That awe-inspiring feeling was not lost on the Capitals' brain trust when Kuznetsov arrived at Verizon Center on Saturday to sign his entry-level contract.

"It's kind of like seeing the Loch Ness Monster when he walked in," general manager George McPhee said. "We've heard of you, but we haven't seen you and there he was. I found it hard to believe he was standing there after all this."

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Daily Primer March 9: Blues look for room at top

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:05 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues spent most of the season chasing the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division. After passing Chicago, they turned their sights on the Anaheim Ducks, who have led the overall NHL standings for the past few weeks.

A win Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild will leave the Blues at the top of the heap.

The Blues come into the game with a 4-0-0 record since acquiring goaltender Ryan Miller on Feb. 28. That includes a 26-save performance by the 2010 Vezina Trophy winner in a 2-1 road win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Here's a look at all of the action Sunday:


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Sunday Long Read: Modano remains face of Stars

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Dallas Stars president Jim Lites tells the story as if it happened yesterday. That's how well he remembers it. That's how much the conversation Lites had with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones nearly 20 years ago resonates with him.

"I remember Jerry Jones saying to me about two years into our stay here, 'Jim, I can't believe how much success you guys have had, I never would have thought hockey would be successful in Dallas,'" Lites told NHL.com. "And then he said, 'That Mike Modano is as important to this community as Troy Aikman. I can't believe how dynamic he is.'

"I mean, the Cowboys are the Cowboys and Troy Aikman is Troy Aikman, but Mo was that good, that big," Lites continued. "He's the guy every man wants to be and every woman wants to be with."

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Stars goalie Lehtonen exits game with injury

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 10:58 PM / News

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game in the third period following a collision with Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula.

Haula skated hard into the Dallas crease and collided with Lehtonen, knocking the veteran goalie's mask off and drawing blood.

Lehtonen left the ice after he was tended to by the Stars medical staff.

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Stars retire Mike Modano's No. 9

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 10:05 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars franchise icon Mike Modano saw his No. 9 raised to the rafters in an emotional ceremony at American Airlines Center prior to the game Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

Modano, the No. 1 pick of the Minnesota North Stars at the 1988 NHL Draft, finished his NHL career as the all-time leader in goals and points among American-born players. He played his final season in 2010-11 with the Detroit Red Wings after playing his first 20 seasons in the Stars organization, the first four in Minnesota and the final 16 in Dallas.

Modano was a key member of the Stars' 1999 NHL Stanley Cup championship team and was instrumental in helping to grow hockey in the Dallas area. He was flanked onstage Saturday night by members of the '99 Cup team, a group that included Hall of Fame goaltender Eddie Belfour.

"I can't tell you what a big honor it is to be here tonight," said Modano, who now serves as the Stars' executive advisor and alternate governor.

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2010 Wisconsin defensemen making impact in NHL

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 8:48 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The University of Wisconsin Badgers came up short of their ultimate goal when they lost 5-0 to Boston College in the NCAA championship game at the 2010 Frozen Four, but they were a strong team featuring an enviable collection of talent.

That team's impact is now being felt across the NHL.

Brendan Smith of the Detroit Red Wings and Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers, who will meet Sunday at Madison Square Garden (12:30 ET; NBC, TSN2, RDS2) were a major part of that Wisconsin team's blue line. All six regulars on that defensive corps now play in the NHL or are on their way there.

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Klesla won't join Sabres after trade: report

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 8:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Rostislav Klesla said Saturday he will not join the Buffalo Sabres, who acquired him in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

The trade, which also sent goaltender Michal Neuvirth to Buffalo and goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a draft pick to Washington, came one day after the Capitals had acquired Klesla from the Phoenix Coyotes. Klesla had been scheduled report to the Rochester Americans, the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate.

"With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season. It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams," the 31-year-old defenseman said in a statement reported by TSN.


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Capitals sign top prospect Kuznetsov

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 7:17 PM / News

NHL.com

Evgeny Kuznetsov is finally going to play for the Washington Capitals.

One of the top prospects in the world for the past few years, Kuznetsov agreed to an entry-level contract Saturday with the Capitals. General manager George McPhee said the plan is to put him in the lineup Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Elliotte Friedman of CBC reported it is a two-year contract. Kuznetsov will be at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for a media availability Sunday.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

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