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Rivalry Night Faceoff: Crosby vs. Ovechkin

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights. For this week, we take a look at which superstar is off to the better start in 2013-14, 2013 Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin or 2013 Ted Lindsay Award winner Sidney Crosby.

There aren't many professional athletes that can say their time in a league defined an era. When Alex Ovechkin joined the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby debuted for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005-06, they were two of the most anticipated rookies in the history of the sport.

There wasn't much of a rivalry between the players at first, but they quickly became two of the premier talents in the League and helped their teams become Stanley Cup contenders. The rivalry between Crosby and Ovechkin, and between their teams, intensified and at one point was considered by many in the hockey world to be the best in the NHL.


Suter has played his way into Norris Trophy lead

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With the first quarter of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter lives the quiet life as a part-time farmer in Wisconsin during the offseason. If he continues to play the amount of productive minutes he's playing this season, he may want to let someone else ride his tractor out into the soybean fields next summer so he can sit on the couch and put up his feet.

Suter has been the NHL's busiest and best defenseman through the first quarter of the season. He plays nearly half the game and most of the time it's 30 mistake-free minutes. He has 14 assists, but that number doesn't even come close to describing Suter's effectiveness this season.


Bruins' Seidenberg leaves with first-period injury

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 12:51 AM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg left the Boston Bruins' game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night after one shift with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Late in his first shift of the game, Seidenberg was injured during a scramble in front of the net, although it wasn't immediately apparent that he was hurt on the play. Boston iced the puck shortly after the hit, forcing Seidenberg to stay on the ice. He left after the next faceoff and did not return.

Coach Claude Julien said after the 2-1 victory that it was "obviously a lower body injury where he couldn't come back" and that Seidenberg would be evaluated after the team returned to Boston.


Blackhawks' Bickell sidelined with lower-body injury

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 12:12 AM / News

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell left the game against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Bickell was injured with 9:05 remaining in the opening period when he went hard to the net, lost his edge and went crashing into the left post, catching his left leg on the post. He was helped to the dressing room.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after the 5-1 loss that Bickell will be evaluated Wednesday.


St. Louis plays in 1,000th career NHL game

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 10:46 PM / News

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis skated in his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. He became the 286th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game milestone.

St. Louis, the franchise's ninth captain, has played 1,000 career games split between the Calgary Flames (69 games) and the Lightning (931 games). He is the 27th active player to skate in 1,000 or more NHL games and the 45th college player in NHL history to accomplish the feat. St. Louis also becomes just the 16th undrafted NHLer to reach the 1,000 game plateau since the inception of the universal draft in 1969.


Maple Leafs sign Finn to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 5:18 PM / News


The Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday signed defenseman Matt Finn to a three-year entry-level contract.

Finn, selected in the second round (No. 35) of the 2012 NHL Draft, has five goals and 20 points in 21 games this season for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, tying him for fourth in scoring among defenseman in the league. Finn also has a plus-15 rating.


Panthers' Thomas still has Olympic aspirations

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 4:34 PM / 2014 Olympics

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Tim Thomas is back in Vancouver for the first time since hoisting the Stanley Cup here in 2011, but the Florida Panthers goaltender wasn't interested in reminiscing about his Conn Smythe-winning playoff performance with the Boston Bruins.

Asked about being back in the room where he celebrated winning both the Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP award two-and-a-half years ago, Thomas talked first about his skates that night, about how much they were hurting his feet, and how long he waited to take them off.

"You just won the Stanley Cup, you should want to celebrate, but all I could think was, 'I've got to get these skates off,' and I couldn't because there were so many people," Thomas said.


Aucoin announces retirement from NHL

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 2:26 PM / News


Defenseman Adrian Aucoin, who played 18 seasons in the NHL with seven teams, announced his retirement Tuesday.

In 1,108 games with the Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets, Aucoin had 121 goals and 399 points.

He had four assists in 36 games with the Blue Jackets last season.

"Having the opportunity to realize my childhood dream of playing in the NHL and being able to have played professional hockey for 20 seasons has been an incredible experience," Aucoin said in a release issued by the NHL Players' Association. "I really enjoyed playing with and against some of the best players in the game and getting the chance to play in front of such great hockey fans. Thanks to my family, teammates, friends, fans and everyone in the hockey community who helped me in my career. I will look back on it with fondness and pride for the rest of my life."


Hurricanes forward Semin out with concussion

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 1:15 PM / News


Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin is out indefinitely with a concussion, according to Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller.

Semin was injured Saturday during the Hurricanes' 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on a hit by Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Semin returned to the ice briefly after the hit, but left the game for good in the second period.


Panthers to dedicate press box to Roger Neilson

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 12:16 PM / News


The Florida Panthers will honor one of the NHL's most respected and innovative coaches on Monday with the unveiling of the Roger Neilson Memorial Press Box at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Neilson, who died from cancer at the age of 69 on June 21, 2003, was named the first coach of the Panthers on June 2, 1993.

The dedication will take place at noon. The Panthers face the Philadelphia Flyers, another team Neilson coached, on Monday night.

Neilson led the Panthers to a 33-34-17 mark in their first season, establishing a League record for a first-year club with 33 wins, 83 points and a .493 points percentage. He would finish fourth in voting for the Jack Adams Award as the League's coach of the year.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round