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Hype builds for Cup rematch as teams surge

Friday, 01.06.2012 / 2:33 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- While most Boston Bruins players are sequestering themselves from any media hype in advance of their Stanley Cup Final rematch Saturday with Vancouver (1 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), Milan Lucic has other excited sources he can't avoid.
There are plenty of people close to the veteran power forward in his native Vancouver that have had Jan. 7 circled on their calendars for a long time.

"I've had a couple buddies text me and say they're excited for this game and looking forward to it," said Lucic after he and the Bruins prepared for the Canucks with a practice Friday here at Ristuccia Arena. "More so just from they're the best in the West so far, so they want to see them play us again because they still remember what happened last year. So they're looking forward to the game, that's for sure."

Biron proving to be ideal backup for Rangers

Friday, 01.06.2012 / 2:16 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Henrik Lundqvist wasn't a one-man show in New York during the previous five seasons, but he was the headliner of an off-Broadway production that didn't offer much of a supporting cast.

The 29-year-old took over the No. 1 goaltender job with the Rangers in 2006 and averaged 70 starts during the next five seasons. That didn't leave much playing time for the team's primary backup goaltenders.

* Kevin Weekes made 12 starts in 2006-07
* Steven Valiquette made 10 starts in 2007-08
* Valiquette made 12 starts in 2008-09
* Valiquette made 5 starts, Chad Johnson made 4 in 2009-10

Eight reasons the Rangers are No. 1 in the League

Friday, 01.06.2012 / 12:47 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Two seasons ago, the New York Rangers weren't good enough to make the playoffs. Last season, they needed a loss by the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 82 to sneak into the postseason as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

So what has propelled the Rangers into the League's top spot in the standings this season?

There haven't been any glaring weaknesses on the club through 38 games, but there have been a lot of things going right for them. Here are eight reasons why the Rangers have compiled more points than any team in the NHL:

Emery sees career come full-circle with Philly return

Thursday, 01.05.2012 / 2:54 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The last time Ray Emery left Philadelphia, his destination was an uncertain future that almost certainly didn't include playing professional hockey.
Almost two years later, he returns to the Wells Fargo Center as the starting goalie for the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.
"I got hurt when I was in Philly," Emery told, "and it was kind of a scary time, not knowing if I'd get a chance to play again. Being able to come back and be feeling pretty healthy is exciting."

As Hawks visit, Cup loss still stings for Flyers

Thursday, 01.05.2012 / 2:11 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers center Claude Giroux best summed up his memories from the night of June 9, 2010.

"It was one of my worst days of my life," Giroux told "I remember sitting here and telling myself we're just one game away from the Stanley Cup. That's what you live for, to win that Cup, and to see that we were that close, it hurts."

That night -- Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final -- Giroux and his teammates were left to mourn how close they had gotten while the Chicago Blackhawks were on the ice, skating laps with the Cup.

For the first time since that night, the Blackhawks are back in Philadelphia on Thursday here at Wells Fargo Center, and while the talk in the visiting room was about all the fun they had -- Patrick Kane even tried to re-enact his Cup-clinching overtime goal -- the Flyers were left to deal with less pleasant memories.

"There's disappointment there," coach Peter Laviolette said. "Am I disappointed about two years ago? … Yeah, it stings. Two years ago, you'll take that with you forever -- that's part of professional sports. You get the opportunity to play for the greatest trophy in the world and your team has a chance to win a championship, it doesn't happen -- it stings. Those things you don't forget about, they don't leave you. I think they're part of the fabric of who you are as an athlete or a coach, whoever it might be."

Return to Philly is nostalgic for Hawks' core

Wednesday, 01.04.2012 / 5:40 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews might've fired up the replays of Game 5 and Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final during the flight to Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.

Once the Chicago Blackhawks arrive at Wells Fargo Center for Thursday's showdown against the Philadelphia Flyers, Hawks forward Patrick Kane will probably find the exact spot on the ice where he fired home a low overtime shot that ended a 49-year Cup drought in the Windy City.

The six other remaining Blackhawks who played in that game will have their own tingly feelings on Thursday, too, walking into the place formerly called the Wachovia Center for the first time in almost two years.

The last time the Hawks were in that building, they ended the Flyers' season with a 4-3 OT win on June 9, 2010, and left with Lord Stanley's Cup in their possession.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Toews, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs and hoisted the Cup first after receiving it from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "I can imagine just being at the hotel and being at the rink. All those things will bring back some pretty cool memories. It's been a long time, but just being back in that locker room … we'll have some old stories we can tell. I'm sure the new guys, the guys that weren't there … I'm sure they're sick enough of hearing about all that stuff. They'll just have a couple more days of it, I guess."

NHL history beckons as Iginla one shy of 500th goal

Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 5:55 PM / NHL Insider

Ben Raby - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Jarome Iginla says he would rather discuss his team's ongoing battle in the Western Conference standings, but the Flames captain can't help but flash his trademark smile when the topic of his upcoming milestone is brought to his attention.
Calgary's all-time leading scorer enters play Tuesday one goal shy of becoming the 42nd player in NHL history with 500 career tallies.
"I may not know how many guys have done it but it is special for me to be this close to 500, and I do kind of still have to pinch myself that it's happening," Iginla told 

Green ready to return, plans on taking it slow

Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 2:15 PM / NHL Insider

Ben Raby - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- The Capitals will open the 2012 calendar year at Verizon Center with a familiar face back in their lineup. Defenseman Mike Green expects to play Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames after missing 23 games with a groin strain.
"Finally," Green said after the Caps morning skate. "It's been frustrating sitting out, and obviously a couple of months ago after coming back [from an earlier ankle injury] and then that first game back [forced] back in the press box, so I'm just happy to be back, focused, preparing to do the right things tonight and that's all that's on my mind."
Since the Capitals opened the season with a League-best 7-0-0 record, Green has missed 29 of the past 30 games. Green twisted his right ankle Oct. 22 in a 7-1 win over Detroit in which he collected 2 goals and 2 assists.

'NHL 36' to showcase Bergeron's skill, determination

Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 1:58 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Ever since he cracked the NHL as an 18-year-old straight out of junior hockey, Patrice Bergeron's movie star looks and superb on-ice skill have made him one of the Boston Bruins' most recognizable and in-demand players.

But as a humble kid from Quebec City, he's never sought out the spotlight for his own personal gain. Now that he's an alternate captain and star player for the defending Stanley Cup champions, however, the notoriety is unavoidable.

The attention continued to intensify last week when the cameras from "NHL 36" followed Bergeron on a game day in Phoenix. The 30-minute episode premiers Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network and airs over the weekend on the NHL Network.

"I was actually surprised when [Director of Communications Matt Chmura] told me about the ‘NHL 36.' I was like, ‘Really?' And also I was like, ‘I'm kind of a boring guy, I don't do that much,'" Bergeron said after the Bruins practiced Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena. "We joked about it. But it was nice to actually get that and also go to the media tour [for the League in New York] earlier this year. Sometimes it's nice to get recognized, but at the same time, I don't really care as long as we're playing like we are right now."

Friends' pond-hockey video turns into Internet sensation

Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Davis Harper - Staff Writer

"The original plan was we wanted to show how much fun it is to go up there with your best friends who all love to play hockey together -- it's a good dynamic that way. There's a lot more going on, but we wanted to keep it pretty fun and uplifting because that's what it's all about -- being with your friends." -- Brian Ceci

Each February, eight long-time friends abandon the bustle of Vancouver's downtown and head north on Highway 97 toward 100-Mile House, in the south Cariboo region of the British Columbia wilderness. Their destination is a rustic waterfront cabin near Green Lake, B.C., best known as a trout-fishing and bird-watching haven for summer travelers.

The friends use the lake for an entirely different, but quintessentially Canadian, purpose: Pond hockey.

The good feelings that come from the annual pilgrimage to play outdoor hockey is hard for its participants to describe. It's a bond shared among friends, punctuated by the camaraderie most easily expressed in jokes and jabs throughout the weekend. And don't forget the healthy portion of grueling, day-long hockey marathons.
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