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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.

Penguins' Dupuis doesn't play; tests negative

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 11:59 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was taken to the hospital as a precaution Friday prior to the game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

The Penguins said he experienced symptoms that may or may not be related to his blood clot history.

"We've said all along that Pascal's health is the highest priority," general manager Jim Rutherford told the Penguins website. "We will take every precaution necessary to ensure he is in good health."

Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that tests on Dupuis were negative but he will not play Saturday at the Calgary Flames.

Red Wings forward Zetterberg scores 300th goal

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 11:06 PM / News

TORONTO -- Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg scored his 300th NHL goal in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

Zetterberg took the puck in the neutral zone and his long shot was mishandled by Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer for a goal at 16:21.

"I think I'll remember this one," Zetterberg said. "I just tried to get it on net, and to be honest I don't really know how it went in. It was a good dump. I just tried to use the defenseman as a screen and get it on net. I don't think I actually got it on net. It was a little bit wide, but I think it must have hit his pad and went in."

New Hall of Famers touched by Bowman's presence

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 7:08 PM / Hall of Fame

Tim Wharnsby - Correspondent

TORONTO -- To get to the Hockey Hall of Fame ring ceremony on Friday, the seven inductees walked up the stairs into the Great Hall and were greeted by an iconic figure.

There, in his Hockey Hall of Fame blazer, was legendary 82-year-old Scotty Bowman. He was in town for the weekend festivities, and once he found out there was to be a ring ceremony Friday afternoon at the Hall, it was a no-brainer for him to attend.

After all, Bowman coached Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom to Stanley Cup championships with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and 2002. Before that, as coach and general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, he took a chance on Phil Housley when he selected the teenager out of South St. Paul (Minn.) High School with the sixth pick in the 1982 NHL Draft.

Hockey Hall of Fame getting international identity

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 6:00 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- The setting was fitting given the accents of the four NHL player inductees in the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Instead of conducting the media session in the Esso Great Hall, surrounded by every trophy and the 375 plaques depicting a drawing and biographical sketch of every honored member of the Hall of Fame, this year the inductees headed downstairs to the new Tisso World of Hockey Zone to do their interviews.

Why the World of Hockey Zone?

"It's a worldly class," said Lanny McDonald, chairman of the Hall of Fame and an honored member.

For the second straight year, the Hall of Fame is inducting a class that has four former NHL players from four countries. It had never happened before last year.

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It's a big milestone for me and I'm happy to help my team with lots of good teammates. It's fun.

— Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, who on Wednesday became the ninth Russian-born player, and ninth Red Wings player, to score 300 NHL goals
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