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Bruins' Bergeron knows what Sid is going through

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 2:41 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL – If there is one player who could have some semblance of an idea of what Sidney Crosby is going through in the final hours before making his comeback from a 10-month concussion recovery, it would be Patrice Bergeron.

The Boston Bruins center was Crosby's linemate on the gold medal-winning Canadian team at the 2005 World Junior Championship, and he was his teammate on the 2010 Olympic gold medal-winning Canadian team as well.

So he was a natural person for Crosby to turn to for support, because Bergeron had his own frightening recovery from a concussion he suffered Oct. 27, 2007, costing him the rest of that season.
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Teammates and foes discuss Crosby's return

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Penguins forward Steve Sullivan, perhaps more than any other player on the ice, knows what Sidney Crosby will be going through physically in his first NHL game in more than 10 months.
 
But only Crosby himself knows what will be going through Sidney Crosby's mind, according to Sullivan.

And, for Sullivan, it is how quickly Crosby adapts mentally in his return to the sport he was dominating a year ago that will likely determine how soon No. 87 plays like, well, Sidney Crosby.
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DeBoer admits beating Panthers would be special

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 1:47 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer had no problem admitting Monday night's game at Florida had extra meaning for him.

DeBoer, who was fired the day after the Panthers ended their 2010-11 season, will be coaching against his former team for the first time. 

Moments after the Devils won at Tampa Bay on Saturday night, DeBoer said about facing the Panthers, "I'd like to win that one for a lot of reasons."
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Sidney Crosby blog

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 10:07 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com Staff

Still quiet here at CEC
11.21.11 10:07 a.m. ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Zamboni is just finishing it's morning sweep of the ice and now one guy is on the ice with a squeegee. The nets are stationed near the half-walls, waiting to get put in their proper places.

Overall it's still relatively quiet here at Consol Energy Center. It won't be for long.

Sidney Crosby is expected to take the ice with his teammates for the Penguins morning skate in about 25 minutes.


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New-look Wild rise to top of NHL standings

Sunday, 11.20.2011 / 11:07 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Heading into the 2011-12 season, much of the focus in the Northwest Division was rightfully on the Vancouver Canucks, who won the Presidents’ Trophy for the 2010-11 season, sat atop the Western Conference throughout the playoffs and advanced to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last spring.

By Halloween, the focus had shifted to the young and thrilling Edmonton Oilers, who quickly erased the memory of back-to-back dead last finishes by racing to the top of the division behind recent No. 1 picks Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall.

Not a whole lot was said during this time about the Minnesota Wild, apart from the occasional mention of the trades executed over the summer that brought Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi from the San Jose Sharks, or that they had a new coach in Mike Yeo. But after finishing out of the playoff picture each of the past three seasons, the Wild registered on few hockey fans’ radars.
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Long playoff run is no excuse for Vancouver

Sunday, 11.20.2011 / 10:02 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

The Vancouver Canucks don't want to hear about Stanley Cup hangovers.

For starters, they never got the Stanley Cup to celebrate with. But mostly they just aren't interested in making excuses for a 9-9-1 record that is well below everyone's expectations -- from both the outside and internally within the organization.

No matter how many times they're asked about it.

"No, you're not going to get me," defenseman Kevin Bieksa said with a smile after a reporter's third attempt to tie this year's sluggish start to last year's long playoff run and disappointing finish. "I don't even remember the playoffs last year. Nobody remembers. There are no more excuses like that. We're well into our schedule right now. We're thinking about this year, and that's not even on our minds right now."

Those minds, however, seem incapable of focusing for an entire 60-minute game, which is the biggest reason the Canucks continue to tread water as their season approaches the quarter pole Sunday against Ottawa. They are outside the playoff bar and on pace for just 82 points, nowhere near good enough for a roster largely unchanged from the one that led the league in just about every significant statistic before failing to win Game 7 of the Cup Final against Boston. 
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Gomez searching for previous form, faces former team

Saturday, 11.19.2011 / 2:12 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Just about any game would be an opportune time for Scott Gomez to break out of an epic goal-scoring drought, but Saturday night against his former team, the New York Rangers, would probably be more ideal than most others.

Gomez's last goal dates back to Feb. 5, 2011, against these same Rangers in this same venue, a span of 46 regular season and playoff games without one.

"Well, (if) I keep shooting, hopefully that makes it go away," Gomez said Saturday about the drought. "It's not a lack of working. I just need a bounce to go in off someone. But my job is to get my wingers the puck and have them put it in. That's not going to change."

Meanwhile, on the other side Saturday night the Bell Centre crowd will likely be watching Ryan McDonagh log around 25 minutes of ice time on the Rangers' top defense pairing with Dan Girardi.
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Despite Jackets loss, little-used Sanford stellar

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 11:40 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Curtis Sanford went two years, 10 months and seven days between starts in the NHL. He should get only one day off before his next one.
 
Given the Blue Jackets' predicament and their red-hot opponent Thursday night, Sanford gave Columbus arguably its best goaltending performance of the season by making 26 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the streaking Bruins at TD Garden. The only goal he allowed in regulation went in off of his own teammate.
 
Boston won its seventh straight game while Columbus picked up only its eighth point of the season, but it was in a confidence-building fashion behind the unlikeliest of sources.
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Tallon discusses Panthers' improvement on 'NHL Hour'

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 7:58 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Florida Panthers are the only NHL team remaining without a captain -- but general manager Dale Tallon says that's not due to a lack of leadership in their dressing room, it's because there are so many viable candidates that management isn't in a rush to award the "C" to just one.

"We want to take our time and do the right thing," said Tallon, whose Panthers list forwards Stephen Weiss and Tomas Kopecky and defensemen Brian Campbell and Ed Jovanovski as alternate captains. "We feel we've got a lot of leaders -- it's a tough decision. It's not just one or two guys now; we've got a whole locker room full of guys, and we do have a lot of young guys in our system that we're high on as well. So we want to take our time and make the right decision."

Appearing as a guest on Thursday night's "NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman," the 61-year-old Tallon, who helped assemble the Chicago Blackhawks' championship team in 2010, addressed his new reclamation project in Florida. Now in his second year as GM of the Panthers, Tallon's club entered the day tied for first place in the Southeast Division with perennial favorite Washington -- heady territory for a franchise that hasn't qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2000.
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Bruins invested themselves in overcoming poor start

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 2:45 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Tim Thomas sees similarities between his path to NHL stardom and the Bruins' drastic turnaround from a team in disarray through October to one that is surging in November.

It's about a mentality, one he had to develop 10 years ago and the Bruins had to copy three weeks ago.

"I didn't get my NHL break and chance until I had totally given up on it," Thomas told NHL.com Thursday morning at TD Garden. "A lot of things in life happen to turn out that way. I don't want to say in any way that we just gave up; it just came. It wasn't something that we manufactured."

Thomas said nobody authored a rah-rah speech at any point in October, when the Bruins were 3-7-0 and last in the Eastern Conference. In fact, he can't pinpoint anything tangible that has led Boston to its 6-0 record, including a 34-13 goal-differential, in November.
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