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Datsyuk, Bobrovsky, Ekblad named stars of the week

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NEW YORKDetroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 7.


Datsyuk shared the League lead with seven points (3-4-7) in four games, including three multi-point performances, to help the Red Wings (17-6-5, 39 points) pick up a trio of victories and tie the Lightning (18-7-3, 39 points) for the most points in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. He opened the week with 1-1—2 in a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers Dec. 2. Datsyuk then recorded his second consecutive 1-1—2 performance, including his 47th career game-winning goal, in a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Dec. 4. After being held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers Dec. 6, Datsyuk (1-2-3) factored on all three Red Wings goals, his second three-point game of the season, in a 3-1 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes Dec. 7. The 36-year-old Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has recorded five multi-point performances in his last seven outings, totaling 7-4-11 in that stretch. Despite missing 11 games this season, Datsyuk is tied for first on the Red Wings with 12 goals and ranks second on the club with 22 points in 17 contests.


Governors convene for annual December meeting

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 11:26 AM / News

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Representatives from the NHL's 30 teams will meet here for the next two days to discuss the state of the League in the December meeting of the Board of Governors.

The meeting serves as an opportunity to update the teams on several issues which impact them, including the first projections for the salary cap for the 2015-16 season. Owners are eager to hear the initial projection, which is by no means binding, to help them forecast payroll issues for the upcoming season.

It is expected there will be an update on expansion made by the League. Commissioner Gary Bettman said last month there is nothing imminent in this area, but the League continues to hear from interested parties.

"All I'll do is continue to report on the levels of interest that are being expressed," Bettman said during an appearance in Toronto last month. "There's no effort crying out for immediate expansion. But we are getting expressions of interest."


Bruins reassign forward Pastrnak to AHL

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 11:14 AM / News

BOSTON, MABoston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Monday, December 8, that the club has assigned forward David Pastrnak to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).

Pastrnak appeared in five games for Boston, including his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 24. The forward picked up his first NHL point and assist on December 1, when he assisted on Brad Marchand's second period goal against the Anaheim Ducks.

In 17 games with Providence, Pastrnak has notched five goals and 13 assists for 18 points with a plus-12 rating. On November 3, the AHL named the 18-year-old forward the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for October when he tallied two goals and seven assists with a plus-8 rating in seven matchups for Providence.


Canadiens community honors 'The Great Jean'

Sunday, 12.07.2014 / 4:59 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- To get an idea of just how much the late Jean Beliveau meant to the Montreal Canadiens, you just have to listen to Rejean Houle talk about him for a few minutes.

His voice quivering with emotion, Houle spoke to reporters during the public viewing of Beliveau's body at Bell Centre on Sunday. Every time Houle made reference to Beliveau, he called him "the great Jean."

It was as if Houle, the president of the Canadiens alumni association, did not know Beliveau under any other name.

"Over the course of Canadiens history, the presence of the great Jean is so important, we want our children and grandchildren to follow the example of the great Mr. Beliveau," Houle said. "The great Jean did so much for the community, he was so present. Whenever anyone needed the great Jean, the great Jean was there. I hope it also provides an example to our current players that you have to think of the fans and think of the people who don't have the advantages we have, and to help them. The great Jean was the great hope, the exceptional person who did that. I would even say that the great Jean burned himself out traveling to banquets, to social events everywhere to raise money to help people.

"Bravo to our Jean, our great Jean we love so much."


Rangers' Kreider shaken up during practice

Sunday, 12.07.2014 / 2:20 PM / News

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider left practice Sunday after a collision with Carl Hagelin, according to Newsday.

Coach Alain Vignault had no update on Kreider, only revealing he was a bit shaken up, according to the Rangers Twitter account. Newsday reported that it could be an upper-body injury.


Brodeur to make home debut Monday for Blues

Sunday, 12.07.2014 / 12:37 PM / News

Goalie Martin Brodeur will make his first start at Scottrade Center for the St. Louis Blues on Monday against the Florida Panthers after playing twice for St. Louis on the road.

Brodeur, who earned his all-time leading 689th win Saturday against the New York Islanders after playing two periods in relief of Jake Allen, signed a one-year contract with St. Louis on Dec. 2. He made 20 saves in his first start for the Blues on Dec. 4, a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

"My first time with the new home crowd. I'm looking forward to it," Brodeur said Sunday during a KMOX radio interview.


Fans pay respect to late Beliveau at Bell Centre

Sunday, 12.07.2014 / 12:30 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- They began lining up hours before Bell Centre would open its doors Sunday, braving cold conditions to make sure they got their chance to pay their respects to the late Jean Beliveau.

The Montreal Canadiens opened Bell Centre to the public Sunday for the first of two days where Beliveau will lay in state after he passed away last Tuesday at age 83.

As the people entered the arena, they were greeted by two massive banners showing the man in his two primary roles over the past 60 years of Canadiens history.

The banner on the right was of Beliveau raising the Stanley Cup, a trophy he won 10 times as a player and another seven times as an executive. A trophy etched with his name more often than any other, and a trophy that was present on this day, sitting just to the right of Beliveau’s casket.

The banner on the left was of an older Beliveau in recent years, holding a torch high above his head, playing his role of Canadiens ambassador, statesman and moral compass, setting the bar for how subsequent players and executives should carry themselves on and off the ice.


Hurricanes recall Terry from conditioning stint

Forward played in five games with Hurricanes’ minor-league affiliate

Sunday, 12.07.2014 / 10:58 AM / News

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Chris Terry from his conditioning stint with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey Legaue (AHL).

Terry, 25, joined Charlotte on Nov. 25 and scored one goal and earned one assist (2 points) in five games with the Checkers. The Brampton, Ont., native has totaled four goals and three assists (7 points) in 17 NHL games this season with the Hurricanes. He ranked tied for sixth in the AHL in scoring in 2013-14 with a career-high 69 points (28g, 41a) in 70 games. Selected by the Hurricanes in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Terry has totaled five goals and five assists (10 points) in 30 career NHL games with Carolina.


Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Sudbury

Sunday, 12.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / News

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators on CITY in Canada, the NHL Network in the United States will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 1:30 p.m. ET. This week’s location is Sudbury, Ontario, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:


Ducks forward Perry sidelined with knee injury

Sunday, 12.07.2014 / 1:10 AM / News

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry will not play Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets because of a knee injury he sustained Friday in a game against the Minnesota Wild. He will be re-evaluated when the Ducks return to Anaheim.

Perry received treatment in Winnipeg on Saturday. There is no timetable for his return.

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Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6