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Tapped In: Nystrom continues family's hockey legacy

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

The name on the back of his jersey is very familiar to hockey fans, but Eric Nystrom has paved his own path in the NHL. Son of legendary New York Islanders forward Bob Nystrom, Eric grew up in a hockey world, but never knew if his fate would also offer the opportunity to make a living playing the game he loves. More than 450 games later, the forward for the Nashville Predators is still at it.

Kathryn Tappen: Your dad played his entire career with the New York Islanders and is affectionately known as “Mr. Islander.” He won four consecutive Cups while there. What was it like growing up as the son of a hockey legend?

Eric Nystrom: I grew up learning hockey at a young age. Watching all the old video tapes and seeing the incredible memorabilia around the house is pretty special. I don’t think it will ever happen again where one player plays 900 games with the same team and wins four consecutive Stanley Cups. That’s incredible. To know that my dad accomplished that is pretty amazing.

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Ducks and Kings get their turn to shine outdoors

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Jealousy and envy used to be the emotions that Corey Perry and Anze Kopitar experienced when they would turn on an NHL outdoor game. They'd see the spectacle of the event, the volume of media coverage, the grassroots appeal and have thoughts such as, "Good for them, but that'll never be us."

Saturday night at Dodger Stadium it will be them -- minus the snow and frigid temperatures.

The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings are ready to play the NHL's first warm-weather outdoor game to kick off the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2). The teams practiced at Dodger Stadium on Friday to get a taste of what they will be walking into Saturday night.

For Perry, Kopitar and others like Dustin Brown, Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and Jonas Hiller, guys who have been in this market since the NHL's outdoor game explosion started in 2008, getting the chance to play in this game gives them the opportunity to check an item off the bucket list they have for their hockey careers.

Players want to play in these outdoor games. Now the Kings and Ducks get to play in a regular-season game that should make other players around the League jealous.

"It's one of those things you're hoping you're going to be a part of one, but usually you've got better odds playing in the east to participate in one," Kopitar said. "I guess there's a slight hope in your system where you want to play even here, and it's nice that this dream, I guess, comes true."

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Mister Cartoon offers new take on logos

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELES – Mister Cartoon, an art icon in the Los Angeles area, is always looking for ways to give back to the community that only nurtured his artistic bent, but also provides inspiration for the art that has earned him international acclaim.

So when presented with an opportunity to work with the NHL and the Los Angeles Kings to help promote the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium between the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium, Mister Cartoon jumped at the chance.

"This is a great project, a combination of different teams," he said. "Being able to draw the Ducks logo, the Kings logo and the Stadium Series logo and bring it together with a little bit of street graffiti edge of something that was born right here in L.A.."

He also knew he could provide even more exposure for the Para Los Ninos Charter Middle School in the deal.

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Lovejoy: Fun on Friday, serious on Saturday

Ben Lovejoy - Special to NHL.com

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy can barely contain his enthusiasm for the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings (Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) at Dodger Stadium. In his first edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com for the next three days, Lovejoy talks about the history of Dodger Stadium, the uniqueness of playing hockey in Southern California, the rivalry that will be on display Saturday night for the rest of the hockey world to see and a special skate he has planned during Friday's family skate after the Ducks practice.

His second blog entry comes after the Ducks got a chance to practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday:

My first impression arriving at Dodger Stadium was just how cool this all is. We walked out and were able to finally see this iconic building. This is so cool. The rink looks so small in this massive stadium, and everybody is so excited to come out and play a hockey game here. The ice looks so tiny in this cavernous building. The roller rink, the volleyball court, the palm trees in the background, 70-degree weather; everything makes this game unbelievable.

This is a game that has been played in these big-market northern cities; we are going be the first one in a warm climate in Southern California, where hockey is booming and people are truly excited. People are genuinely excited all over North America about this game and we get to play in it.

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Bonino back outside with Ducks in Stadium Series

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Four years ago, Nick Bonino played in the NCAA version of the NHL Winter Classic. Bonino helped Boston University pull out a 3-2 win against Boston College at Fenway Park.

It was the first outdoor game between BU and BC, and it was played in a light snowfall and a wind chill that made it feel like 12 degrees.

Now a center for the Anaheim Ducks, Bonino gets to play in another iconic baseball stadium on the other coast in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series opener at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, against the Los Angeles Kings (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2).

"Being a [Boston Red] Sox fan, you get to play in Fenway Park," Bonino said Friday. "That's a dream come true. And you're on the opposite side of the country playing in one of the biggest cities in the world in an outdoor game. I'm soaking it all in. It was pretty cool to get out there with the guys and get out there with the families. Today was a great memory, as I'm sure tomorrow will be."

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Ducks' Selanne savors Stadium Series experience

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

Teemu Selanne
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 17
SOG: 77 | +/-: 1
LOS ANGELES -- One of the more endearing sites of practice Friday for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series opener at Dodger Stadium was 43-year-old Teemu Selanne bringing his daughter, Veera, out on the ice.

Selanne also had sons Eemil, Eetu and Leevi on hand for the family skate portion of the practice, and it wasn't really surprising that Teemu was the last off the ice at 8 p.m. PT.

"Obviously, it's so much fun to bring our own families to skate after our practice," said Selanne, still in all his hockey gear while leaning on the visitors dugout. "They're also going to remember this for a long time. They like it. They thought it was really cool and exciting."

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Devils face Stadium Series goalie decision

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Cory Schneider
Goalie - NJD
RECORD: 9-9-7
GAA: 1.84 | SVP: 0.928
NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer wouldn't mind a few snowflakes in the forecast for his team's showdown with the New York Rangers on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC).

The game is the fourth between the Metropolitan Division rivals this season, with the Devils having won the previous three by a combined 11-5.

In addition to having visions of snowflakes falling on the infield ice at Yankee Stadium, the third-year Devils coach also has a big decision to make Saturday when his team practices at the iconic ballpark.

Who will be his starting goalie against the Rangers, Martin Brodeur or Cory Schneider?

DeBoer acknowledged after a 2-1 victory against the Washington Capitals on Friday that each has played well this season.

"It's a tough decision and that's a credit to both these players" DeBoer said. "I will make a decision first thing [Saturday]. But it just shows the type of professionals both guys are; they've handled this so well all year long."

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Kings' Mitchell feels lucky to get to play outdoors

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Willie Mitchell's knee injury was so mystifying that he didn't know if he'd ever play again, so an event like the one he'll take part in Saturday night at Dodger Stadium couldn't even be called a goal, a dream, or really anything at all for the Los Angeles Kings defenseman.

"I was out 17-18 months and I had no idea, to be honest with you," Mitchell told NHL.com.


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Muzzin: Fun today, all business tomorrow

Jake Muzzin - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin is a veteran of outdoor hockey, except he played on ponds in his hometown of Woodstock, Ontario. Muzzin's first NHL outdoor game will be nothing like what he's used to. The first game in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series is on Saturday between the Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC). Muzzin will be blogging for NHL.com through the event.

His second blog entry comes after the Kings got a chance to practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday:


LOS ANGELES -- A hockey practice on the ice at Dodger Stadium. Seriously, who would have ever thought they would be doing something like that?
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Devils wing Jagr ties Lemieux in all-time assists

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 8:15 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr tied Mario Lemieux with his 1,033rd NHL assist, his second Friday against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center.

Jagr had a first-period assist on Stephen Gionta's goal before aiding Henrique on a power-play goal at 1:45 of the second.

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