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Unmasked: Hurricanes' Ward works to quiet his game

Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward is a decade into a professional hockey career that already includes a Stanley Cup, and still looking for his game. More to the point, Ward is in search of improved technical structure, which he admits has been missing for a while.

At age 30, Ward is only now trying to modernize a game that became outdated. He even updated his equipment to match this summer.

Ward reached out to a former coach from his junior hockey days during the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, looking for help finding the game that once landed him on Canada's Olympic shortlist. That task now falls to former Calgary Flames goaltending coach David Marcoux, who was hired by the Hurricanes during the summer.

More than eight years since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy as a rookie, Ward is eager to get back to work. After an .898 save percentage last season, there is a lot to be done.

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Sabres' Moulson denies Sharks' Marleau of goal

Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / Defenders of the Ice

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Up to 6 feet of snow fell in the Buffalo area Tuesday, but the major snowstorm couldn't stop a crowd of nearly 6,200 from showing up to First Niagara Center to watch the Buffalo Sabres defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-1.

Two goals from captain Brian Gionta weren't the only factors in the Sabres (5-13-2) winning consecutive games for the first time since February and their eighth straight against the Sharks. Matt Moulson's extra effort late in the third period preserved Buffalo's two-goal advantage by mere millimeters.

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau played the puck at his own blue line and found Barclay Goodrow at center ice. Goodrow fed it back to Marleau, who knifed through two Sabres defensemen and lifted a backhand shot that went off goalie Jhonas Enroth's arm and into the crease. With the puck rolling on its side and headed toward the goal line, Moulson hustled in to sweep it away at 15:16 of the third. It was initially called a goal, but video review determined that the puck did not completely cross the Sabres goal line.

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Nov. 19

Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 12:30 AM / News

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TALBOT BACKSTOPS RANGERS TO SHUTOUT WIN

Cam Talbot made 31 saves to record his first win of the season and backstopped the New York Rangers to a 2-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. The win was their ninth consecutive regular-season victory vs. the Flyers at Madison Square Garden, marking their longest home winning streak against one opponent since they won 11 in a row against Philadelphia from Jan. 14, 1990 to Nov. 4, 1992.

* New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of those nine contests, including three shutouts, and has outscored Philadelphia 33-9. Overall the Rangers have won 14 of the past 18 regular-season games between the clubs dating to a 7-0 win on March 6, 2011.

* Talbot posted his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career (23 starts). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Talbot is just the second Rangers goaltender to post four shutouts in his first 23 NHL starts – Lorne Chabot accomplished the feat in eight career starts in 1926-27.

* Rick Nash scored his 13th goal of the season and leads the Rangers in goals (13) and points (20). Nash ranks second in the NHL for goals behind Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars (14).

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Sabres recall Lieuwen, place Gorges on IR

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 5:57 PM / News

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The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Nathan Lieuwen from the Rochester Americans (AHL). The team has also placed defenseman Josh Gorges on Injured Reserve.

Lieuwen (8/8/91, 6'5", 192 lbs.) joins the Sabres for his second career recall since being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In a seven-game stint with the Sabres last season, Lieuwen compiled a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

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Maple Leafs GM Nonis, players support Carlyle

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 3:52 PM / News

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One day after the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 9-2 to the Nashville Predators at Air Canada Centre, Randy Carlyle acknowledged he wonders about his job security.

"You know, I was asked the same question last night, and the answer is you're always in a position of doubt when things go awry with your hockey club," Carlyle said after practice Wednesday. "And there's always, when you take these jobs, you can expect that. In this market, that's a little more intense at times."

The Maple Leafs have lost three in a row and have been outscored 15-4 in consecutive losses to the Predators and Buffalo Sabres.

Toronto general manager Dave Nonis put the onus on the players.

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Bruins' McQuaid out 6-8 weeks with broken thumb

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 3:08 PM / News

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Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken thumb, the team announced Wednesday via its website.

McQuaid sustained the injury Tuesday in a 2-0 win against the St. Louis Blues.

McQuaid has played in all 20 games this season for the Bruins, with one goal, one assist, a plus-2 rating and 19 penalty minutes.

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Penguins forward Dupuis has blood clot in lung

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 2:54 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will miss at least six months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung, the Penguins announced Wednesday.

Dupuis, 35, is on injectable blood thinners and will transition to an oral blood thinner later in his recovery, according to Penguins physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas. Dupuis and Vyas each said he is not sure if the ailment will end Dupuis' playing career.

"It's not a great situation to be in, but that's the card I've been dealt," Dupuis said. "Hockey's definitely second in my mind right now and [his family is] the most important part of my life right now. So, I just have to be healthy for them."

Vyas said Dupuis had a blood clot in his leg, and the clot moved to his lung. Dupuis is stable, and a battery of tests is pending, Vyas said. He also said it was "extremely important" the clot was identified when it was because it could have been life-threatening if left untreated.

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EPIX presents two-part, eight-episode series

Free live stream of each episode available to U.S. audiences via EPIX.com, NHL.com

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NEW YORKEPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ and EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Stadium Series™, a two-part original series from premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League, will bring U.S. viewers onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic will make its U.S. Television Premiere on EPIX December 16 at 10pm ET/PT, 9CT with four weekly episodes following the Blackhawks and the Capitals through regular season games as they get ready to face off in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® outdoor game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on New Year's Day, January 1.


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Fantasy top 60 'D': Habs' Gonchar, Therrien reunite

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

It isn't often you have the opportunity to find a difference-making defenseman sitting on the waiver wire a month into the season in a Yahoo Standard League, but that is exactly what you could be getting if you're willing to take a chance on Sergei Gonchar.

The veteran is owned in just five percent of leagues, but his value got a shot in the arm when he was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Montreal Canadiens last week.

Playing in Montreal doesn't change the fact he is 40 years old, a step or two slower and in the twilight of his career, but it does put him back in a situation that helped him have some of the most productive seasons of his career: playing in Michel Therrien's system.

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Lidstrom, Fedorov highlight potential 2015 Hall class

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 11:24 AM / Hall of Fame

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was a celebration of greatness at the NHL and international levels, and the Class of 2015 could have a similar sentiment.

For the first 44 years of the Hall of Fame, the list of enshrined members was almost exclusively North American-trained players. Vladisav Tretiak went into the Hall in 1989, and Borje Salming followed in 1996 to help start the flow of European-trained players into the sport's museum of excellence.

The Class of 2014, with Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano, was the first to have players from four different countries, and the first to have three players not from Canada. The Class of 2015 is almost certain to have two more European-trained players, and three is a possibility.

Four candidates, including three NHL players, have a great chance to be elected in their first time on the ballot. There is certain to be advocating for several other players who have yet to earn their place in the Hall of Fame. Here is a look at the top candidates for the Class of 2015:

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Quote of the Day

I don’t know if it was more relief for me that [Stamkos] scored or the power play scored. It was a whole compilation of Alka Seltzer.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal