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Penguins goalie prospect earns 4th straight shutout

Sunday, 03.08.2015 / 12:32 AM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie prospect Matthew Murray made 32 saves for his fourth consecutive shutout in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' 3-0 win against the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday.

Murray, 20, has not allowed a goal in 245 minutes and 22 seconds. The American Hockey League record for longest shutout streak is 268:17, set by Barry Brust of the Abbotsford Heat in 2012. The second-longest streak belongs to Hockey Hall of Famer Johnny Bower, who went 249:51 without allowing a goal with the Cleveland Barons in 1957.

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Devils' first championship team reunites after 20 years

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 10:24 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur will eventually have his night at Prudential Center to speak to the fans, to thank everyone he wants and to watch his No. 30 go up to the rafters. The New Jersey Devils haven't announced plans to honor Brodeur and his 20 years of record-breaking, championship goaltending, but that's going to happen, perhaps as early as next season.

However, it was somewhat fitting that Brodeur's first trip back to the arena as a retired player was to celebrate a Stanley Cup championship team instead of his phenomenal career.

Through 28 years of leadership from general manager and president Lou Lamoriello, the Devils have been built on a team-first, star-less mentality even though two members of the 1995 championship team being honored this weekend, Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Brodeur is expected to join them when he's eligible in 2018.

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Brodeur fond of Devils, relishes new role with Blues

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 8:44 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur returned to Prudential Center on Saturday for his first event as an alumnus of the New Jersey Devils.

"It's always fun to come back home," Brodeur said after playing in an alumni game with his teammates from the 1994-95 season, the Devils' first of three Stanley Cup championship seasons.

There will be plenty more alumni events for Brodeur to attend, and perhaps soon he will be attending them as a Devils employee. But for the time being Brodeur is comfortable with his role in the St. Louis Blues front office, where he has been going through a crash course in how to become an executive in the NHL since announcing his retirement Jan. 29 and becoming an adviser to general manager Doug Armstrong.

"It's been a blast," said Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader for goalies in wins (691) and shutouts (125). "Definitely my home is New Jersey and eventually, and hopefully, I'll be back here in somewhat of a role, but right now I'm in St. Louis and I'm enjoying myself a lot."


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Ovechkin returns for Capitals against Sabres

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 7:30 PM / News

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin returned to the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Ovechkin, who had a lower-body injury, made his decision after skating in the warm-up.

"Just feel like how can I handle the puck, how can I skate, how can [I] move, all the little things," Ovechkin said after the morning skate.

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Bruins' Bergeron taking leadership to new heights

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 5:38 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Patrice Bergeron has been front and center for some of the Boston Bruins' most important moments the past several seasons.

He scored two goals against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final to help end a 39-year championship drought.

He scored the late game-tying goal and overtime winner in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to cap a remarkable comeback from three goals down against the Toronto Maple Leafs to salvage the Bruins' playoff run that ended with an Eastern Conference title.

Throughout his career, Bergeron has come through when the Bruins need him most. That hasn't changed during the 2014-15 season. The only difference has been they've needed the 29-year-old center to pull them through for almost all of their 64 games, rather than come through in clutch moments.

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Kings' Robitaille honored to have statue unveiled

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 4:18 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Luc Robitaille heard it through good authority that the 19-foot, 2,500-pound bronze statue of him was sculpted well. He knew because he had one condition when he was approached about it a while back.

"I said, 'I don’t want to see it,'" Robitaille said. "I don't want to know. You guys do it and I'll see when it comes out. Just do me one favor: Show it to my wife [Stacia]. If my wife agrees with it I know it's all good."

The verdict?

"They showed it to her a couple of times, and at one point she told me, 'Yeah, it's pretty cool,'" he said. "She's happy. I figured it's all good."

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Blackhawks' Timonen relishing last chance at Cup

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 11:25 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- If Kimmo Timonen's career had ended last summer because of blood clots discovered in his legs and lung, he would have accepted it.

The 39-year old Finnish defenseman could have found solace in his impressive career even without having his name on the Stanley Cup or with an Olympic gold medal stashed in a safe somewhere. He wouldn't have had a choice.

Doctors in Finland, however, kept the door slightly ajar. That's all he needed.

"There was always a small chance," said Timonen, who was traded Feb. 27 by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Chicago Blackhawks to pursue a dream ending to his career. "[The doctors] said, 'Well, you have to eat this medicine for six months and then you have a small chance to get back on the ice.'"

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Sabres prospect sets NCAA record for saves

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 1:48 AM / NCAA Update

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Notre Dame freshman goaltender Calvin Petersen, a 2013 draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres, set an NCAA single-game record Friday by making 87 saves, but it wasn't enough to win the longest game in college hockey history.

Shane Walsh scored 11:42 into the fifth overtime to give Massachusetts (11-21-2) a 4-3 victory and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-3, first-round Hockey East playoff series, which continues Saturday at South Bend, Ind.

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Around the League notebook for Friday, March 6

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 1:30 AM / News

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PENGUINS DOWN DUCKS, MALKIN MOVES INTO TIE FOR LEAGUE LEAD IN POINTS

The Pittsburgh Penguins built a 4-0 lead en route to a 5-2 victory against the League-leading Anaheim Ducks. Pittsburgh has earned points in eight of its past 10 road games (7-2-1) and improved to 37-18-9 (83 points). The Penguins moved within two points of the idle New York Rangers, who are second in the Metropolitan Division standings with a record of 39-17-7 (85 points).

* Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2) scored his 28th goal and added his 39th assist to record his 18th multi-point game of the season. The performance extended Malkin’s point streak to seven games (7-7—14), the longest active streak in the NHL. With 67 points (28-39—67), Malkin also moved into a tie with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (43-24—67), Nicklas Backstrom of the Capitals (18-49—67) and John Tavares of the New York Islanders (31-36—67) for the League lead in points.

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Rangers' Lundqvist 'moving in right direction': report

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 9:21 PM / News

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said Friday he will be ready to play when doctors allow him to return from a vascular injury he sustained in January.

"I know we're moving in the right direction, but we haven't set any date," Lundqvist said, according to The Associated Press. "Until then I am just going to focus on staying in shape and working on the ice. If I was unable to skate, it would have been a bigger issue because it would take me a much longer time to get game ready."

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We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5