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Hurricanes rookie Hanifin sees game like a veteran

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin doesn't sound like a rookie when he begins breaking down the game he loves.

The fifth pick in the 2015 NHL Draft is a rookie on paper, but his performance on the ice is proving otherwise. Hanifin is also mature enough to realize his limits in the locker room among those who have been there and done that.

"You can tell by the conversations you have with him that he's a very mature boy for an 18-year-old," Hurricanes assistant coach Steve Smith said. "He asks all the right questions and goes through the exercises on the ice on a daily basis without any resistance at all.

Heading to Hall, Pronger could run NHL team someday

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Chris Pronger will be one of seven individuals be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9.

When injuries prevented Chris Pronger from helping the Philadelphia Flyers on the ice, Paul Holmgren found a way to take advantage of Pronger's advanced hockey intellect off it.

A two-season, part-time scouting job started the former defenseman on a path that could lead to him being heavily involved with running an NHL team.

"It interests me, absolutely," Pronger said. "It's something I'm definitely interested in doing down the line."

Pronger's strength, skill built Hall of Fame career

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor takes a look at each of the seven individuals who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9.

At a scouting combine in Toronto prior to the 1993 NHL Draft, Ray Shero noticed a tall, lanky defenseman from Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League unable to move the 135-pound bar at the bench-press station.

Shero, at the time an assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators, remembers thinking the 18-year-old's inability to do a bench press wasn't going to hurt his NHL chances.

Shero was right.

Around the League notebook: Saturday, Nov. 7

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 2:15 AM / News

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Of the 11 games contested Saturday, four featured a team scoring a tying or go-ahead goal late in the third period en route to victory (WSH: 19:59; MTL: 18:52; CAR: 19:56; and BUF: 19:43). Elias says there have been eight tying or go-ahead goals scored in the final minute of regulation this season, with the scoring team holding a 6-0-2 record in those contests.

* Nicklas Backstrom tied the game with 1.7 seconds left in regulation and Alex Ovechkin tallied the lone shootout goal to help the Washington Capitals (10-3-0, 20 points) equal the best 13-game start to a season in franchise history (1991-92: 10-3-0, 20 points).

* David Desharnais broke a 2-2 deadlock with 1:08 left on the clock – his second consecutive game-winning goal – to rally the Montreal Canadiens past the Boston Bruins for their League-leading 13th win of the season, continuing their best start in their 98-year NHL history.

Ovechkin ties Fedorov for goals by Russian player

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 12:28 AM / News

Katie Brown - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 483rd NHL goal Saturday to tie Sergei Fedorov for the most by a Russian-born player.

He almost passed him.

Ovechkin scored a third-period goal that would have tied the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs but it was disallowed after a coach's challenge for goaltender interference.

"Still have one to pass the tie," Ovechkin said. "If not today, tomorrow."

Actually Tuesday, when the Capitals next play at the Detroit Red Wings, where Fedorov spent much of his career (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, FS-D, CSN-DC+).

Washington center Nicklas Backstrom tied the game Saturday with 0.8 seconds remaining in the third. Ovechkin scored in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Capitals defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 at Verizon Center.

Hall inductees share memories, humor at Fan Forum

Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 5:15 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Phil Housley recalled the hit, being stunned by it, by Sergei Fedorov.

"It was probably the only time I didn't see him," Housley said during the annual Fan Forum Q&A at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Fedorov is most known for being one of the greatest skaters in NHL history, for his fluid motion, for making his white Nike skates look like a blur on the ice. But he could pack a wallop. He could hit. Years and years of the rigorous Russian training regimen made him powerful.

"He reminds me of somebody that just attacks the game," Housley said of Fedorov.

Fedorov also remembers hitting Housley. He called it an accident.

"I hit him, but we both can agree it was his fault," Fedorov said, bringing laughter from the crowd of mostly Red Wings fans inside the Esso Great Hall. "It was an accident because Phil was impossible to hit because he was so smooth. We both understood it was his fault."

That's only a snippet of the memories and stories that were shared during the Fan Forum. It was, as it has been during every Hall of Fame weekend for the past 16 years, an informative, entertaining and hilarious hour with the player inductees.

The five this year -- Fedorov, Housley, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Angela Ruggiero -- participated in the event, which has been a tradition since 1999, when Wayne Gretzky asked the Hall to create something so he could interact with the fans during his induction weekend.

Here are some of the highlights:

Wild forward Parise week-to-week with sprained MCL

Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 1:22 PM / News

Dan Myers - Correspondent

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise has a sprained MCL in his right knee and his return will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, the Wild announced Saturday.

"I think it's great news. He'll be out a few weeks but all things considered, in terms of knee injuries, it's best-case scenario," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "It's certainly not months but it's not days. He'll be out this week but next week we'll have a better feel for how the recovery is going."

Teammates, opponents marvel at Lidstrom's legacy

Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Nicklas Lidstrom is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, seven-time Norris Trophy winner, and an Olympic gold medalist. On Monday, he'll become an honored member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He gained respect and admiration from people all over the NHL, and the hockey community at large, during the course of 20 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. spoke to many people who were associated with Lidstrom during his Hall of Fame career, either with the Red Wings, Sweden, or playing against him. Here is what they had to say:

Red Wings were sure of Lidstrom's Hall qualities

Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer takes a look at each of the seven individuals who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9

When Nicklas Lidstrom strides to the stage Monday to deliver his Hall of Fame induction speech, Bryan Murray, Nick Polano and Jim Lites might be thinking back to 24 years ago when they weren't sure if he even deserved a contract offer from the Detroit Red Wings.

"We went to the World Championship in Finland in 1991," said Murray, who at the time was Red Wings coach and is now general manager of the Ottawa Senators. "Detroit had already drafted him and wasn't sure if he could play or not. So I went over with Nick Polano and Jim Lites and watched him against the Russians."

Around the League notebook: Friday, Nov. 6

Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 1:35 AM / News

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Down 1-0 in the second period, the Dallas Stars scored four unanswered goals, including the game-winner by Patrick Sharp at 11:15 of the third period, to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes and improve to 11-3-0.

* Per Elias, the Stars (22 points) equaled their best start to a season through 14 games in franchise history, also achieved in 2011-12 (11-3-0), 2006-07 (11-3-0) and 1971-72 (10-2-2).

* The Stars improved to 6-2-0 on the road. Per Elias, the Stars recorded 12 points through the first eight road games of a season for the first time since 2006-07 (6-2-0). Elias adds that the franchise’s most points through the first eight road games of a season was in 1971-72 (Minnesota North Stars: 6-1-1, 13 points).

* Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves on 31 shots to improve to 5-1-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

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