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Canadiens shine spotlight on Beliveau's seat

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:18 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have sold out Bell Centre for 422 consecutive games.

All 383 regular-season games and 39 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs dating to Jan. 8, 2004 were officially listed as a sellout, a streak that is one month short of 11 years.

The streak was snapped Tuesday.

The official attendance for the Canadiens' 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks was listed as 21,286, one short of capacity, to account for the empty aisle seat in Row EE in Section 102, three rows behind the Montreal bench.

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Lightning forward Stamkos scores 250th goal in loss

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:08 AM / News

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his 250th NHL goal 47 seconds into the second period against the Washington Capitals at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Stamkos took a centering pass from Ryan Callahan and sent a wrist shot around the defense of Brooks Orpik and past goalie Braden Holtby on the stick side to tie the game 2-2.

The Capitals won 5-3.

"People may not believe me, but all that stuff, whether it's 200 or 250 … it doesn't register to me," Stamkos said. "If you get to the big one of 500, maybe that's something different, but there's a lot of hockey to play and my focus right now is producing and scoring goals and helping our team win, and it wasn't good enough [Tuesday]."

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Lightning's Stamkos humble scoring 250th goal

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 10:33 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos didn't want to make a big deal about closing in on his 250th NHL goal.

Truth be told, he doesn't think it's much of a milestone.

"It's kind of cool to think about when you are getting close to something like that, but I never really thought something-and-50 was a milestone," Stamkos said before scoring that goal against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. "I think when you get to 200, 300, 400 … I mean it's halfway to 500, but if we're at 499 one day you can ask me if I'm thinking about the next goal. Not that I am taking it for granted, it's always fun to score goals, but I want to help this team."

Stamkos scored 47 seconds into the second period at Amalie Arena. It tied the game 2-2, but the Lightning lost 5-3.

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Canadiens legend Beliveau honored at Bell Centre

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 8:28 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- They wouldn't have stopped of their own accord. No, they only stopped because she asked them to.

The capacity crowd at Bell Centre on Tuesday wanted more than anything to show their appreciation, especially after a moving video tribute to the late Jean Beliveau got them even more eager to do so.

From afar, the fans in this city watched Elise Beliveau show her strength this week in greeting every single person who visited Bell Centre on Sunday and Monday as her husband lay in state. She shook hands and accepted condolences from a public that was almost as much a part of her family as her own daughter and grandchildren.

Finally, given the opportunity to do so in the same venue, but one now meant for such an outpouring of gratitude, the fans at Bell Centre stood and cheered.

And cheered some more.

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Beliveau funeral details provided by Canadiens

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 7:34 PM / News

NHL.com

MONTREAL -- With regards to the state funeral for Jean Beliveau, the Montreal Canadiens announced the following sequence of events that will be in place Wednesday:

-- The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Queen Mary of the World Basilica Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal starting at 2 p.m.


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Former Senators coach MacLean has no regrets

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 5:20 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA – Former Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said Tuesday he hasn't second-guessed himself about any of his decisions behind the bench.

MacLean, who was 114-90-35 in four seasons with the Senators, was fired Monday and replaced by Dave Cameron, who was an assistant on MacLean's staff.

"I have no regrets over the way I did anything. I have no regrets. I can't change anything. It's all done," MacLean said. "All I can change is maybe what I would do going forward. But I'm not changing nothing that I did behind me and I don't regret anything I did, the way I did it, how I did it. I did it the best way I thought it would be to get the team to play in June. That's all it was about."

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Blue Jackets unveil events leading up to All-Star Game

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 3:52 PM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets want everyone to know that the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend is more than just the game at Nationwide Arena on Jan. 25.

In fact, there will be plenty of events not in the arena or held exclusively on the final weekend of the month, Blue Jackets officials announced Tuesday:

* The Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Winter Park across the street from Nationwide Arena will have an NHL-sized rink with 500 bleacher seats, skate rental and four heated locker rooms. The park will be open Jan. 16-25.

There will be more than 50 hours of public skating plus private events and youth hockey games, said Larry Hoepfner, Blue Jackets executive vice president of business operations.

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Cameron took scenic route to Senators coaching job

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 3:32 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Dave Cameron apparently doesn't do anything too quickly.

The new coach of the Ottawa Senators jokingly said he holds the record for taking the longest to get an undergraduate degree at University of Prince Edward Island, at 10 years.

"I enrolled in '76, graduated with the class of '86," said the 56-year-old, who became the Senators' 10th coach when Paul MacLean was fired Monday.

Cameron was pursuing his career as a hockey player during that 10-year span, which included three NHL seasons with the Colorado Rockies and the New Jersey Devils.

It's taken him a long time on a long road, but he has his first job as an NHL coach.

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Bettman talks World Cup, future of outdoor games

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 3:02 PM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A potential World Cup of Hockey and the status of the next wave of outdoor games were key topics of discussion when the NHL wrapped up its annual December Board of Governors meeting here.

On the final day of the two-day meetings, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the reincarnation of the World Cup of Hockey remains a work in progress, but significant headway has been made toward being able to announce details of the tournament, which is rumored to be scheduled to be held before the start of the 2016-17 season.

"We're focusing, together with the [National Hockey League] Players' Association, on a point in time where we will have an announcement where we can get past the rumor stage and actually get specific with you as to what it will look like," Bettman said Tuesday. "We are not at that point yet, but the Governors were given an update as to where we are."

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Ducks forward Perry out 3-4 weeks with knee sprain

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 2:48 PM / News

NHL.com

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry will miss 3-4 weeks with a knee sprain, the team announced Tuesday.

Perry was injured in the first period Friday against the Minnesota Wild when he was knocked into the boards along the right wall on a hip check by Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard. Favoring his left leg, he needed assistance to leave the ice and immediately left the bench.

"The day after it was pretty stiff, but it's feeling better every day," Perry said in comments tweeted by the Ducks. "We're thankful it was only a sprain and not a tear."

Perry's 14 goals are sixth in the NHL. He has 22 points in 23 games.

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