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Sid misses hat trick but extends streak to 25 games

Tuesday, 12.28.2010 / 11:07 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Hats flew from the packed stands at the Consol Energy Center. They landed on the white ice and were immediately scooped up by the Penguins' staff.

Can they give them back?

Sidney Crosby and Matt Cooke laughed on the bench because they already knew what the 18,322 inside the building would soon find out -- that Crosby didn't get a hat trick Tuesday night, and that hundreds of fans had given away their hats for nothing.

Instead, the Penguins' 186th straight sellout crowd was treated to a 2-goal, 2-assist performance from their superstar center, treated to watching him extend his point-scoring streak to 25 games in a 6-3 romp over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Osgood takes another crack at 400 vs. Avalanche

Monday, 12.27.2010 / 4:36 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Chris Osgood has played some significant games against the Colorado Avalanche, especially in the playoffs, and he will add another one to the list Monday night at the Pepsi Center when he attempts to become the 10th goalie in NHL history to win 400 games.

This will be the Detroit Red Wings' veteran’s third crack at the milestone, after a 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Thursday and a 4-3 overtime defeat to Dallas on Dec. 19 in his previous two games.

Osgood, 38, has posted a 3-3-2 record in eight games this season with a 2.84 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. In 25 regular-season games against the Avalanche, he owns a 10-8-6 record with a 2.67 GAA and .901 save percentage.

Blues beat Wings, deny Osgood 400th win

Friday, 12.24.2010 / 1:05 AM / NHL Insider


For Chris Osgood, getting win No. 400 is proving to be harder than most of the first 399.

Osgood came up short for a second time in his quest to become the 10th goaltender in NHL history to reach the milestone when the Detroit Red Wings' comeback effort came up short in a 4-3 loss at St. Louis on Thursday night.

Patrik Berglund broke a 10-game drought by scoring twice in St. Louis' three-goal first period and Matt D'Agostini's breakaway goal early in the second made it 4-1. That proved to be just enough for the Blues, as Detroit got second-period goals by Nicklas Lidstrom and Patrick Eaves to get within one, then outshot St. Louis 15-4 in the third period -- only to see Jaroslav Halak stop all 15 shots en route to a 35-save performance.

Lemaire not used to watching Devils struggle

Thursday, 12.23.2010 / 11:08 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- In his first game back as coach, Jacques Lemaire sensed something he had never before experienced behind the New Jersey Devils' bench -- a feeling of defeat.
Needless to say, it bothered Lemaire, who returned Thursday for a third stint as coach of the team he has led to five postseason appearances and a Stanley Cup in 1995.
"I saw so many things," Lemaire told the media following his team's 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders.
"When I was first behind the bench, I was looking at the players trying … not working as hard as I thought they would," he said. "They were trying and they looked like they lost their ability to play the game, which is very strange. I have never seen this in the past, never."

Wang, Snow talk Isles on 'NHL Hour'

Thursday, 12.23.2010 / 8:36 PM / NHL Insider


In spite of their struggles in the standings this season, interest in the New York Islanders has hardly waned if phone calls to the "NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman" are any indication.

Virtually all season long, Islanders fans have been clamoring as to when Bettman would get either owner Charles Wang or GM Garth Snow as a guest on his show. On Thursday night, the fans got both.

Wang and Snow addressed issues regarding the team's future on Long Island and attempts to rebuild the team, first with Bettman and then nine callers who waited patiently through the show to have their questions answered and concerns heard.

Wang, who has owned the Islanders for the past decade, said he felt it was his "civic responsibility," as someone who moved to New York at the age of 8 to buy the team and attempt to make it successful in Nassau County.

Avs look for offense, switching lines

Thursday, 12.23.2010 / 4:52 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

"When you lose 5-0 you kind of go back to the drawing board. Our team has been really good at rebounding off a bad game and I don't think tonight is going to be any different." -- Avalanche forward T.J. Galiardi

DENVER -- The fact that Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco is planning to tweak his top two lines for Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center shouldn't come as a surprise.

Not in the wake of Tuesday's 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings.

"When you lose 5-0 you kind of go back to the drawing board," Avs forward T.J. Galiardi said Thursday. "Our team has been really good at rebounding off a bad game and I don't think tonight is going to be any different."

Galiardi, who has skated with center Paul Stastny and left wing Kevin Porter since returning from a broken wrist, will switch lines with David Jones, who has been skating with center Matt Duchene and left wing Tomas Fleischmann.

Caps see Pens as measuring stick for elite status

Thursday, 12.23.2010 / 1:08 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I think it is a great barometer because they are playing the best hockey arguably of any team in the NHL right now, so when you play against the best you find where you have to go and where you have to be." -- Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau

WASHINGTON -- Two consecutive wins have helped the Washington Capitals move past the team's longest stretch of losing since Bruce Boudreau became coach more than three years ago.

Now the Capitals are about to take a big step up in weight class with their next opponent.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come to Verizon Center on Thursday (7 p.m., NHLN-US) and bring with them one of the best records in the NHL.

Not only has Penguins-Capitals become one of the best rivalries in sports, but this particular meeting could prove to be a litmus test for where the Capitals are as they try to climb back among the League's elite this season.

Neuvirth stops the bleeding for slumping Caps

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 4:23 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Goaltending was not one of the leading reasons for the Washington Capitals' recent eight-game losing streak, but both Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov struggled at times during the slump.

Considering how fragile the team's collective psyche appeared to be at times during the stretch -- something coach Bruce Boudreau talked about at length -- one more goal allowed Sunday night against the Ottawa Senators might have been a disaster.

Instead the Capitals were able to maintain a one-goal lead for the final 33 minutes and scratch out a 3-2 victory against the Senators to end nearly three weeks of torment. Neuvirth, who made 17 saves in the final two periods and helped the Capitals kill off three third-period power plays for Ottawa, proved to be the guy in net who was able to help end the slide.

Playoff loss to Blackhawks sticks with Predators

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 3:41 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Some might think enough time has passed for the Nashville Predators to finally let go of their first-round loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last season.
Evidently, that's not the case.
In fact, listening to Nashville forward Steve Sullivan talk on Wednesday, it might take a lot longer for the Predators to forgive and forget what happened in that series -- including a gut-wrenching, shocking overtime loss in Game 5.
"There's a lot of factors that go into it," Sullivan said, hours before the Preds tried to beat Chicago for a third time this season tonight at the United Center. "But let's not forget the playoffs are not that far removed and it hurt. You don't forget about something like that very quickly. It's still something that everyone thinks about every time we see these guys. That's definitely in the back of our minds for sure."


First goal on Brodeur puts Gordon in exclusive club

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 2:51 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

Now in his 18th NHL season, Martin Brodeur has allowed 2,401 goals, making it impossible for him to remember all of them.

Forty-seven of those goals, however, will forever leave a memory burned into the minds of the players who scored them. That's because only 47 players -- including Washington Capitals rookie Andrew Gordon on Tuesday -- can say they scored their first NHL goal against arguably the greatest goaltender in NHL history.

"I got more messages about that than about scoring in general," Gordon told NHL Live! on Wednesday. "Everyone's so surprised that I beat Marty more than the fact that I scored in general. I'll take it."

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday