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Video helps Letang find Norris-worthy form

Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 1:00 AM / Player Profiles

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Ask Kris Letang to handicap the Norris Trophy race he is very much a part of and he clams up.

"You guys [in the media] think about it," the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman said after a recent midweek practice. "I don't."

One thing Letang does think about, though, is what qualities he evaluates in the best defensemen.

Don't bring up Letang's chances of winning a Norris if an answer is desired. But ask him what he thinks a Norris winner should play like and he opens up.

"You have to measure the way the guy played defensively, if he plays against tough lines every night, if he's a guy that is used in every situation," Letang said. "There's a lot of things you evaluate.

"I don't think you can measure that just on statistics."

Too bad for Letang, because solely judging by the points, he is having a season unmatched in the NHL.

Ovechkin surpasses 700 points, rallies Capitals

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 12:15 PM / Player Profiles

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin scored career points 700 and 701 on Thursday night in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 comeback win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C.

Alex Ovechkin
Left Wing - WSH
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 12 | PTS: 22
SOG: 107 | +/-: -6
Ovechkin tied the score with a power-play goal early in the third period, then set up Mike Ribeiro's winner with 2:16 remaining by hitting the post on a breakaway.

Only 209 players in NHL history have more career points than Ovechkin, who is still just 27 years old. Since 2005-06, no player has more points than Ovechkin.

That's not too bad for a guy who has been consistently criticized during his career by just about every hockey analyst in North America.

"For me it doesn't matter," Ovechkin told reporters about reaching 700 points. "Right now the most important thing is to get back on track and just stay fight for the playoff spot."

Crosby celebrates year since return as best player

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 9:00 AM / Player Profiles

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

It was a year ago that questions surrounded Sidney Crosby's NHL future.

When would the Pittsburgh Penguins captain return to the lineup? If he did return, what kind of player would he be? Could he still be the dominant force he was prior to the concussion and neck injuries that took him out of the lineup for most of a 14-month span?

As we reach the one-year anniversary of Crosby's most recent return, he again is right where he was when he began his injury ordeal: on top of the NHL scoring race and regarded as the best player in the game.

"I get to play with the best player in the world every night," Chris Kunitz, Crosby's linemate, told the Penguins' website. "It makes going out and playing a lot of fun."

Semin finding a new comfort level in Carolina

Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 2:22 PM / Player Profiles

Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent

Alexander Semin
Right Wing - CAR
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 20 | PTS: 27
SOG: 81 | +/-: 19
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maybe the Carolina Hurricanes are the right team at the right time for Alexander Semin.

For all the question marks and finger pointing that came from Semin's departure from Washington, he has quieted his critics since his arrival in Raleigh.

For the third time is his seven-year NHL career, the Russian sniper is playing at a point-per-game pace. The easy - and accurate - explanation is that Semin has meshed well with Hurricanes captain Eric Staal.

Refocused Ribeiro lauded for leadership, maturity

Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 11:25 AM / Player Profiles

Ben Raby - Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As the Washington Capitals prepared for a two-game road trip to Carolina and Boston this week, Mike Ribeiro shook his head in disbelief.

Mike Ribeiro
Center - WSH
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 19 | PTS: 28
SOG: 33 | +/-: -3
Ribeiro leads the Capitals with nine goals, 19 assists and 28 points and entered play Wednesday tied for the NHL lead with 15 power-play points.

"He's been our MVP so far," teammate Troy Brouwer said. "A good surprise, if you can call it a surprise, given the production that he's had over the course of his career. He's been phenomenal."

Ribeiro's current pace would, in fact, produce the best statistical season of his career if played out over an 82-game season, but the veteran of 14 professional seasons doesn't do a double take when discussing his play in 2013.

Stamkos improving even after 60-goal season

Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 1:56 PM / Player Profiles

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Remember when Steven Stamkos scored 60 goals last season? In 2012-13, he's actually scoring at an even greater rate.

With his third-period, game-winning goal in the third period of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, Stamkos became the first player to reach the 20-goal mark this season and he scored it in his 26th game.

On his way to 60 goals in 2011-12, he didn't score his 20th goal until game 32.

Vision, playmaking skills keep Bennett with Penguins

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 3:27 PM / Player Profiles

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Beau Bennett's superior vision on the ice is a major reason the Pittsburgh Penguins envision such a great future for the 21-year-old rookie forward.

Most NHL scouts will say on-ice vision is a natural instinct that one is born with. But to hear Bennett tell it, it wasn't until his teenage years that he developed that innate ability to see the ice.

Growing up in Southern California, he was far more likely to see the asphalt.

"Roller hockey was my main sport until I was 14 or 15, and then I made the switch over full-time [to ice]," Bennett said. "Roller hockey actually helped me so much with my vision and passing. It's such a passing game; you don't really get many open shots, so usually all the plays you see in roller hockey are tic-tac-toe. You're always trying to find the open man. I think roller hockey helped me translate my pass-first game over to ice."

Carter's 17 goals coming in every way imaginable

Monday, 03.11.2013 / 4:00 PM / Player Profiles

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Darryl Sutter often speaks his own language, his sayings dispensed with a unique bluntness that hits home through his farmer's tongue.

Getting him to wax poetic about a player takes patience because his compliments are tossed out like grenades: When they hit the ground it gets everybody's attention. So it was through Sutter-speak that he revealed some explanation of Jeff Carter's fast-drip scoring spree.

Jeff Carter
Center - LAK
GOALS: 17 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 19
SOG: 68 | +/-: -1
"Everybody looks at Jeff just because it's outside speed and all that, but really most of his goals have come from between the dots and that triangle, where the goalie's got to make a pretty good save," Sutter said.

"You look at the goals … he scores goals on his off side. It's sort of like Jarome [Iginla] where he scores goals on his off side. He'll go up top, he'll go low. Where you're not just seeing how he shoots it. And then around the net, he just scores where it's natural. He's [shooting] to score, not just [shooting] to shoot.

"I like that -- when you're getting on guys to score on rebounds and all that instead of just another save. He's a hard guy to defend, I think, because it's not that he's perimeter, it's not like he's inside. It's like those guys that they're just going to compete to score. It's not something you've got to learn. It's something [that comes naturally]."

Nash leading Rangers' charge since return from injury

Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 12:00 AM / Player Profiles

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

It wasn't that Rick Nash wasn't off to a sensational start with the New York Rangers; it was that he couldn't finish.

When Nash arrived via trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer, he was touted as the missing piece, the elite scorer that was sorely lacking from a Rangers club that saw its offense vanish during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But through seven games this season, Nash had one goal, and it wasn't exactly a difference-making goal either.

Nash's first goal for the Rangers came in his second game, a shorthanded mini-breakaway beauty. But all it did was turn a 5-2 deficit into a 5-3 hole with 5:15 remaining in a game the Rangers would lose 6-3.

Nash's second goal was far more impactful. It broke a 1-1 tie in the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning and would've been the game-winner if not for a goal by Steven Stamkos in the final seconds of the Rangers' 3-2 win.

Ducks' Beauchemin garners notice for superb play

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 10:11 AM / Player Profiles

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

Francois Beauchemin
Defense - ANA
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 13
SOG: 36 | +/-: 13

ANAHEIM -- Don't bother to bring up the Norris Trophy with Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin -- or with his coach.

His general manager? Let's just say Bob Murray's temperature rose with the Southern California weather when he overheard pundits mention Beauchemin as a possible Norris candidate.

"We're not even halfway through the season," Murray told "I think it's totally ridiculous for anybody to talk about awards ... that irritates me to hell. It's not fair to the player."

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