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Pacioretty growing into role as captain of Canadiens

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- When Max Pacioretty was named captain of the Montreal Canadiens at the start of training camp, he became emotional.

He wiped a tear from his eye at his introductory news conference and made it clear just how much the position meant to him.

Shortly after, the Canadiens went out and had the best start to a season in team history, and have a League-best 13-2-1 record when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins (9-5-0) in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS).

Not a bad way to start out a captaincy.

If you ask his teammates or coach Michel Therrien, they don't see much of a change in Pacioretty wearing the letter on his chest.

Fedorov set course for Ovechkin to excel on big stage

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Sergei Fedorov saw the picture pop up on the television screen and he felt a twinge of honor and pride.

There was a young Alex Ovechkin, no more than 8 or 9 years old, if that, wearing a black and white shirt that had Fedorov's name on it, his number, 91, and Detroit written in big, black, block letters.

"I was so surprised," Fedorov said. "It kind of moved me."

Fedorov and Ovechkin played together with the Washington Capitals for 70 games over parts of two seasons (2008-09), passing the time by passing around stories like they were the puck, growing close, developing a friendship. But Fedorov said never once did Ovechkin bring up the fact that when he was a kid, he was his guy, his idol, the name he wore on his clothes.

"He never told me about that particular part of his life, when he was wearing something like that," Fedorov said. "We were very close, obviously, for a couple years in Washington and that was amazing. I hope he saw a lot of good things."

Red Wings' Green set to face Capitals for first time

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 11:00 PM / NHL Insider

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green misses his old teammates and friends but he has moved on.

After spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Washington Capitals, Green signed a three-year, $18 million contract with Detroit on July 1.

He will face his former team for the first time Tuesday when the Red Wings play the Capitals at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m., TVAS, FS-D, CSN+).

"I was there a long time and obviously, sometimes change is good. I felt I was becoming a little bit stagnant there, so I wanted to evolve," Green said Monday. "And I felt that coming here would be the best thing for that. It was difficult, a lot of friendships there. Obviously there will be friends on the ice [Tuesday].

"It'll be strange, but I've moved forward now. I think it's more exciting than anything. I know the personality in the dressing room and how most of these guys play, so it will be fun. But it will be fun because we're competing."

Analyzing Ovechkin's greatness as goal marks near

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 2:00 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is on the verge of reaching two milestones that have seemed inevitable since he burst onto the NHL scene with a dominant 52-goal showing as a rookie a decade ago.

Ovechkin has tied the record for most goals scored by a Russian in the NHL and will break the mark he shares with Sergei Fedorov with his next goal. Ovechkin's first chance to break the record arrives Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Sergei Fedorov Night (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, CSN-DC+, FS-D).

Ovechkin has 483 goals in 772 games. Fedorov scored his record total in 1,248 games.

Ovechkin is also 17 goals away from becoming a member of the 500-goal club. There are 42 players in NHL history who have scored 500 goals. The only active player closer than Ovechkin is Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, who has 487 goals in 1,184 games.

If Ovechkin scores his 500th goal this season, he will be the fifth-fastest player to reach 500 goals in NHL history. Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693) are the only players to score 500 goals in fewer than 700 games.

Tie Domi talks road to NHL, son Max in new book

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 10:00 AM / NHL Insider

David Satriano - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Tie Domi played in more than 1,000 games during his 16-year NHL career. He learned more than a few lessons along the way.

In his new book, "Shift Work," Domi discusses his difficult road to the NHL, life in the League and what it was like to be a tough guy, as well as the lessons he's learned on and off the ice.

Domi was known for dropping the gloves; he says he took part in 333 fights during his career. Many of them came when he was protecting his team's best players, including Mark Messier of the New York Rangers, Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets and Mats Sundin of the Toronto Maple Leafs, all of whom are still close friends of his.

Hurricanes rookie Hanifin sees game like a veteran

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin doesn't sound like a rookie when he begins breaking down the game he loves.

The fifth pick in the 2015 NHL Draft is a rookie on paper, but his performance on the ice is proving otherwise. Hanifin is also mature enough to realize his limits in the locker room among those who have been there and done that.

"You can tell by the conversations you have with him that he's a very mature boy for an 18-year-old," Hurricanes assistant coach Steve Smith said. "He asks all the right questions and goes through the exercises on the ice on a daily basis without any resistance at all.

Canucks' Miller to face Sabres in Buffalo for first time

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 5:48 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller will make his return to the city where his NHL career started in 2002.

The Canucks play the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN, MSG-B) the first time Miller will play here since he was traded by the Sabres to the St. Louis Blues in 2014.

"I've been away a lot longer than I thought I'd be, just last year getting interrupted by injury," Miller said Friday. "I thought I'd be back sooner, so it's a little delayed, but it's still a little bit emotional. But it is fun. It's fun to see how things have changed. Maybe staying away is little bit of a shock to the system, to come down here and see so much has changed. I'm really excited for the city in that regard. There's some really nice things happening. People seem to be responding really well to that. I'm hearing lots of good things. It's nice to come back here and know everything's going well."

Blues discover inadvertent rally cry in 'Roar Bacon'

Friday, 11.06.2015 / 4:08 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- What started out as an iPhone autocorrect has turned into a rallying cry for the St. Louis Blues.

The St. Louis Cardinals have their "Rally Squirrel"; the Blues have "Roar Bacon."

It all began Wednesday when the Blues were at United Center playing the Chicago Blackhawks. They had rallied from trailing 5-2 in the second period to tie the game 5-5. The Blues' Instagram account wrote, "Well that was something. #OurBlues roar bacon with three second-period goals to tie the game 5-5."

Roar bacon was supposed to say roar back, but as has befallen many with their not-so-smart smart phones at times, autocorrect changed the original message. It's turned into a team phenomenon and become a rallying cry in light of the Blues' comeback 6-5 overtime victory.

Sharks forward Marleau on verge of 1,000 points

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Patrick Marleau has spent much of his 18-season career with the San Jose Sharks rewriting their record book.

Marleau has played more games (1,341), scored more goals (459), scored more game-winning goals (88) and amassed more points (996) for the Sharks than any player.

Now Marleau is closing in on another milestone: He needs four points to become the first player with 1,000 for the Sharks.

"As a kid, you grow up, you want to be one of those players," Marleau said. "You dream about doing things like that. So it's nice to be able to say that you're one of those guys."

Bure built experience in Russia before starring in NHL

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Vassili Ossipov - Staff Writer

It didn't take long after Pavel Bure's NHL debut for it to become clear he was a special talent, not only because of his extremely high hockey IQ, explosiveness and speed, but because of the experience he already had.

Bure debuted with the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 5, 1991, coming to North America after winning two World Junior Championship gold medals and one World Championship with the Soviet national team. Bure also played three seasons with the juggernaut Red Army, which dominated Soviet club hockey by recruiting all the best talent in the country. In his last season with the Red Army, at age 19, Bure scored 35 goals in 44 games.

"I was named the best forward at the WJC tournament in 1989," Bure said. "I thought to myself that if I could be successful against NHL players at this level, I would do well playing in the NHL."

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