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Penguins defenseman Orpik taken off ice on stretcher

Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 10:50 PM / News

BOSTON -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the first period against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

With play stopped at 11:06, Orpik and Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton were in a confrontation. Orpik remained injured on the ice.

Penguins players immediately called for medical assistance.

"Listen I feel awful. It wasn’t my intention for that outcome," Thornton said. "I know Brooksie. I’ve gotten to know him over the last several years here. I skated with him in the summer through the lockout. I texted him a couple times. I feel awful. It definitely was not I wanted to see or anybody wanted to see."


Blue Jackets' Wisniewski to miss two games: report

Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 6:54 PM / News

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski will miss at least the next two games with an upper-body injury, the Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday.

Wisniewski will not play against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday or the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. David Savard will take his place in the lineup, the newspaper said.

Wisniewski leads Columbus defensemen with 18 points (16 assists).


Avalanche defenseman Hejda out 10-14 days

Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 6:51 PM / News

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda has a sprained knee and will be sidelined 10-14 days, the team said Saturday.

Hejda was injured Thursday in a game against the Edmonton Oilers.

He lost his balance and crashed into the corner boards in Colorado's zone after he got tangled up with Edmonton's Mark Arcobello in a puck pursuit. Hejda was helped off the ice.


Bruins defenseman Boychuk out with back strain

Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 3:15 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -– The Boston Bruins will be without defenseman Johnny Boychuk for three to seven days, including their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at TD Garden, general manager Peter Chiarelli said.


Daily Primer Dec. 7: Homecoming for Henrik

Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Henrik Lundqvist can expect a lot of cheers when he leads the New York Rangers onto the ice Saturday night to face the New Jersey Devils. Not only has he dominated the Devils during his career, but he'll be playing at home for the first time since signing a seven-year contract extension earlier this week, a deal that figures to keep him with the Rangers for life.

What New York (15-14-0) needs now is to take advantage of the schedule. This is the opener of a franchise-record nine-game homestand, the longest stretch at home for any team this season.


Tapped In: Hagelin on playing outside, financial world

Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

After missing the first 10 games of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, Carl Hagelin has re-emerged as one of the top two-way forwards on the New York Rangers and has bolstered the team's top-six forward group since his return. What's more impressive is his college degree, his interest in the finance world and his proactive approach to securing a career post-hockey. Hagelin is wise beyond his years, especially when it comes to playing in outdoor games. He took time this week to discuss outdoor ice, venture capitalism and a pretty amazing celebration in Sweden that we're all missing out on.

Kathryn Tappen: You were born in Sweden. Tell me about growing up there and playing hockey as a young kid.

Carl Hagelin: I come from a family where my dad was a huge hockey fan. I have a brother who is four years older than me. He played hockey for a long time and now he's a scout for the Calgary Flames. Being surrounded by hockey, I got forced into it as a kid. I started skating when I was 4 and had a rink only 10 minutes from my home. In my town we had one outdoor rink and one indoor rink, so you could skate all year long. I lived by a lake too, so we did a lot of skating on the lake. In my country soccer was always the No. 1 sport, but I liked hockey a lot more.


Lightning prospect Drouin injured in junior game

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 10:47 PM / News


Jonathan Drouin, the third player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft, left the Halifax Mooseheads' game against the Quebec Remparts on Friday after being driven face-first into the glass by a potential future Tampa Bay Lightning teammate.

Drouin was hit by Quebec's Adam Erne during the first period of their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game, returned briefly to the bench then left for good with what the Mooseheads said were concussion-like symptoms.

He will be re-evaluated by team doctors Saturday.


Norway invites 26 to World Junior camp

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 6:45 PM / Prospects


Forward Markus Soberg, a 2013 sixth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, highlights the 26-player select camp roster released by the Norwegian Ice Hockey Association for the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Norway coach Orjan Lovdal will lead the team in a two-day practice in Oslo before departing for Karlstad, Sweden, for a pretournament game against Farjestad's Under-20 team Dec. 20. The team's final preparation game is against the Czech Republic on Dec. 23 in Landskrona.

The roster includes three goalies, eight defensemen and 15 forwards.

The 2014 WJC will be held Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. Norway will compete in Group B with Sweden, Russia, Finland and Switzerland.


Canucks point to homestand for improvement

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 6:18 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks came into their home game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday after winning three of four on the road and talking a lot about finally gaining some traction.

Unless they find a way keep it during this five-game homestand, what has been an up-and-down season under new coach John Tortorella could end with the Canucks out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years.

If that seems severe given Vancouver could have moved past Phoenix and into what would be the final Western Conference playoff position with a win in regulation Friday, consider Phoenix has played two fewer games.

If it seems like an overreaction for a team coming off a good road trip, consider the Canucks are 5-5-3 at Rogers Arena and have one win in their past six at home (against the Columbus Blue Jackets).


Coors Light becomes presenting sponsor of 'NHL Revealed'

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 5:43 PM / News


NEW YORK -- Official NHL partner MillerCoors has secured the presenting sponsorship in the U.S. of NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other™ for its flagship Coors Light brand. NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other™ presented by Coors Light is a seven-part series that will tell the stories of more than two dozen of the League's top stars -- on and off the ice -- as they participate in 2013-14 regular-season games, including the four 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games and the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™.

Over two months, the production's cameras will take fans to places they have never seen before. Players will be featured from all nine teams participating in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games and Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™.

The series is being produced by Toronto-based Bristow Global Media Inc. and its principal, Julie Bristow with Ross Greenburg as an executive producer on behalf of the NHL. Bristow is a former executive at CBC whose duties included overseeing production of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and creating and producing other top CBC programming. Greenburg, the former HBO Sports President and winner of more than 50 Sports Emmys, served as executive producer of HBO's initial "24/7: Road to the NHL Winter Classic." Steve Mayer, the Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of IMG Productions, also is serving as an executive producer on the series. Mayer oversees IMG Productions' entire New York-based production unit, which produces hundreds of hours of television each year.

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It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery