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Five Questions With…

Five Questions: Kunitz on life as Crosby's linemate

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz:

Chris Kunitz knows there are a lot of hockey players who would trade places with him nowadays.

He gets to reap the rewards of playing on a line with arguably the best player in the game today, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. And despite being 34 years old and now in his ninth full NHL season, Kunitz never has been better or more productive than he has been so far in the 2013-14 season.

Kunitz has become better than a point-per-game player since the start of last season (62 points in 56 games heading into the Pens' game Monday) and this past summer Hockey Canada officially declared him a candidate to be on the 2014 Canadian Olympic team by making him one of 45 players invited to attend Canada's Olympic orientation camp in August.

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Five questions: Hartley enjoying start with Flames

Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." is back for the 2013-14 season. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the state of their teams.

The latest edition features Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley:

While warning that he and every one of his players have to stay grounded and humble, that five games is too small a sample to go on, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley sees his team's surprising 3-0-2 record and can't help but wonder about the potential for what could happen on its upcoming five-game road trip that starts Wednesday.

"We learned a lot in the first five, but the next five, all five road games against very good hockey clubs, that's going to say a lot," Hartley told NHL.com on Monday.

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Five questions: Ruff enjoying start with Stars

Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" is back for the 2013-14 season. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the state of their teams.

The latest edition features Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff:

Lindy Ruff can look around his office and see scarce reminders of his nearly 16 years in Buffalo. There are some old books he read, a few notepads with practice drills scribbled in them, but that's about it.

Ruff has moved on from the Sabres and he's embracing his new challenge in Dallas. He's working closely with first-year general manager Jim Nill, who spent the previous 19 years with the Detroit Red Wings. Together they're trying to rebuild the Stars into Stanley Cup contenders.

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Five questions: Blackhawks' Sharp staying motivated

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 9:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." is back for the 2013-14 season. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the states of their teams.

The latest edition features Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp:

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp has gone from an American Hockey League call-up the Philadelphia Flyers felt was expendable eight years ago to a three-time 30-goal scorer and two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.

He hopes to add Canadian Olympian to his resume this season and knows he has the first three months of the season to prove to the national team executives and coach Mike Babcock why they should take him to Sochi, Russia, in February.

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Five Questions: Boyle wants to end career with Sharks

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 9:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." is back for the 2013-14 season. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions designed to gain insight into their lives, careers and the state of their teams.

The latest edition features San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle:

Dan Boyle has only known regular-season success and Stanley Cup Playoff disappointment in his five seasons with the San Jose Sharks. The combination has made his time in the Silicon Valley exciting, interesting and frustrating all at once.

As Boyle heads into the final year of a six-year contract, the defenseman with a Stanley Cup championship ring and an Olympic gold medal is hopeful that his team in teal can finally skate its way to the Stanley Cup Final after being ousted in the Western Conference Semifinals last season.

Boyle spoke to NHL.com about his expectations, his goals, his contract situation, when he wants to finish his career, where and why.

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Five Questions: Torts on changing Canucks' culture

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." is back for the 2013-14 season. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the state of their teams.

The latest edition features Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella:

John Tortorella has immersed himself in his first training camp with the Vancouver Canucks, digging around to learn about his new players, the identity they already have and working on the one he feels they still need to create.

He offered NHL.com insight into what it's like to be one of the most controversial voices in the NHL, what he wants from his new team and why he coaches the way he coaches during a 20-minute phone conversation.

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Five Questions: Clarkson contract has expectations

Tuesday, 09.10.2013 / 11:01 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." returns for the 2013-14 season. We'll talk to key figures in the game today and ask them poignant questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the state of their teams.

The first edition of the 2013-14 season features Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson:

David Clarkson will be the toast of Toronto or the target of the fans' fury in about two months.

The former New Jersey Devils forward put himself in that precarious position by signing a seven-year, $37 million contract to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 5. Clarkson knows that a mega-contract signed with a big-market team always is accompanied by notoriety and scrutiny, but it can be even more pressure-packed when you're a local guy returning home.

Clarkson, who is from the Toronto suburb of Mimico, Ontario, hasn't even pulled the blue and white sweater over his head yet and his contract has been the target of criticism by some fans and media members.

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Five Questions: Lupul set to embrace Cup craziness

Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 9:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Throughout the season NHL.com will be doing a weekly series called "Five Questions With …," a Q&A with some of the key figures in the game aimed at gaining insight into their lives and careers.

This edition features Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul.

The Toronto Maple Leafs spent nearly a week in Florida after clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004. They were sheltered from the growing hysteria in their city. They only got second-hand information on what people were saying until they finally got back home last Friday.

"I would assume that after a nine-year absence everyone is really ready to rally behind our team and go on a special run," Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul told NHL.com.

Lupul would be correct, but just getting into the playoffs won't be enough for the postseason-starved fan base in Toronto. The euphoric feeling of being there will dissipate quickly if the Maple Leafs don't get off to a good start against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 Wednesday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS).

The Maple Leafs will have to handle the hype, hysteria and inevitable adversity. They will have to manage their emotions before games and play tight defense during them, something with which they have struggled to do during the season.

Lupul spoke to NHL.com about all of that in the latest installment of our Q&A series.

Here are Five Questions with … Joffrey Lupul:

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Five Questions: Brown sees Kings hitting stride

Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 9:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com will periodically be doing a series called "Five Questions With ...," a Q&A with some of the key figures in the game today aimed at gaining insight into their lives, careers and the state of their teams.

This edition features Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown:

Editor's Note: The interview for this edition of Five Questions with .... was conducted before the Department of Player Safety convened a hearing with Dustin Brown for his actions in a game Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild.

The Los Angeles Kings are rounding into playoff form at just the right time. They're beginning to resemble the team that won the Stanley Cup last June.

The Kings are 4-0-1 with a perfect penalty kill (12-for-12) and nine goals-against in their past five games. Jonathan Quick, last year's Conn Smythe Trophy winner, has started all five, posting a 1.72 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown broke out of mini scoring slumps in the Kings' 4-3 overtime win Sunday. Mike Richards is starting to put the puck in the net on a consistent basis, and Anze Kopitar continues to be a point-per-game player, with five assists in the past five games.

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Five Questions: Outspoken Ott on Sabres' season

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 5:27 PM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com will periodically be doing a series called "Five Questions With ...," a Q&A with some of the key figures in the game today aimed at gaining insight into their lives and careers.

This edition features Buffalo Sabres forward Steve Ott:

As irritating to other players and as controversial as Steve Ott can be on the ice, he is just as honest when he talks to the media off the ice.

It doesn't matter if it's after a win, a loss or following a practice, Ott is typically one of the first players inside the Buffalo Sabres dressing room that the media go to because they know he'll truthfully answer some hard questions.

"They usually come to the veteran guys in the dressing room, and obviously I have lived through experiences of good times and bad times, ups and downs in my NHL career," Ott told NHL.com. "It's easy to answer those types of [hard] questions on a daily basis."

The questions this season have been particularly difficult because of how inconsistent the Sabres have been, even though they're still mathematically alive for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs heading into their Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

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