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Unmasked: Bobrovsky, Mason succeeding differently

Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

It could not have been easy for Philadelphia Flyers fans to see goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky hoist the 2013 Vezina Trophy one year after being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There was no need, however, to rekindle any angst when Bobrovsky was named NHL Second Star of the Week heading into a game against the Flyers on Tuesday.

Bobrovsky would be the first to remind fans still upset by his departure that the goalie Philadelphia traded is not the same one now stopping pucks and winning awards in Columbus. He has made significant technical and tactical adjustments since leaving.

"I would say it's two different goalies right now comparing me in Philly and right now in Columbus," Bobrovsky told NHL.com. "I changed my style a lot. Mentally, physically, technically, all those things have changed here."

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Zacha making transition to North America look simple

Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Pavel Zacha had a pretty good idea of the steps he needed to take to succeed in his first season in North America with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.

It wasn't easy. The smaller rinks and quick decisions he had to make on the fly were a bit of an adjustment, but the Czech Republic native seems to have found his groove.

"Pavel has made a seamless transition to the North American game," Sting general manager Nick Sinclair said. "He's a very intelligent young man both on and off the ice."

With 19 points in 21 games, Zacha is tied for third in scoring among OHL rookies, and his nine goals are tied for third on the Sting. He had an A rating from NHL Central Scouting on its November players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Dec. 10

Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 1:35 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

FUNERAL HELD IN MONTREAL FOR CANADIENS ICON JEAN BELIVEAU

A funeral mass was held for Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau at Queen Mary of the World Basilica Cathedral in Montreal on Wednesday. Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard, Phil Goyette, Guy Lafleur, Bobby Rousseau and Jean-Guy Talbot served as pallbearers for the ceremony while Cournoyer, Savard, Dickie Moore, Ken Dryden and Geoff Molson all stepped to the podium to eulogize their friend.

KESLER'S GAME-WINNER LIFTS DUCKS TO FIFTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

Ryan Kesler (1-0—1) netted the game-winning goal in the second period to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers. The Ducks have won five consecutive games and eight of their last 10. They lead the NHL with 43 points (19-6-5).

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Current Canadiens vow to maintain Beliveau's legacy

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 9:28 PM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Jean Beliveau wanted to be remembered as a team player. On Wednesday, his beloved Montreal Canadiens celebrated his life as a good man, above all.

Max Pacioretty, Carey Price, P.K. Subban and the rest of the Canadiens were among the 1,500 people who attended Beliveau's funeral at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

Beliveau was eulogized by Hall of Fame teammates Dickie Moore, Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard and Ken Dryden, and Canadiens owner, CEO and president Geoff Molson.

"It was an emotional experience," Price said. "I don't think you'll ever meet another guy that was loved and respected by so many people, and it was a real honor to be a part of his memory and the celebration of a really good life."

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Jean Beliveau funeral 'a great tribute to a great man'

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 8:13 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- There have been so many words used to describe Montreal Canadiens icon Jean Beliveau over the past week.

Class, grace, dignity, respect; the list of accolades is long. But one of the words repeated most often is humility.

Beliveau was not a man who liked speaking of his greatness, in spite of how obvious it was.

One can only imagine what Beliveau would have thought Wednesday when he was laid to rest in a state funeral at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral eight days after he passed away at his home at age 83.

The tributes that came from former teammates, dignitaries and a who's who of the hockey world likely would have been difficult for a man as humble as Beliveau to hear.

"His presence didn't diminish others but made others better," former Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden said during his eulogy. "He had other skills and might have done other things, but he understood probably early in life that his greatest impact wouldn't be as a corporate or political leader, but as Jean Beliveau, in doing what he did and in being who he was.

"As a great star, he had a responsibility; he knew to live not as a star but as a good person."

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Wild's Scandella suspended two games

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 8:04 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during NHL Game No. 415 in St. Paul on Tuesday, December 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:32 of the third period. Scandella was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.

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Bruins' Gagne leaving team to be with sick father

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 4:27 PM / News

NHL.com

Boston Bruins forward Simon Gagne has taken a leave of absence from the team, the Bruins announced Wednesday.

"I have taken a personal leave of absence from the Boston Bruins in order to return home to Quebec to be with my father, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer," Gagne said in a statement released by the Bruins. "The doctors, who have been great throughout this whole process, unfortunately informed us that his cancer is not curable. I greatly appreciate the support and understanding that the Bruins organization and my teammates have given to me and my family since I let them know the news and I look forward to rejoining them when the time is appropriate. Until then, I would kindly ask everyone to respect my family and I's privacy during this difficult time."

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Wild's Ballard released from hospital, out indefinitely

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:54 PM / News

NHL.com

Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard was released from a hospital Wednesday after sustaining multiple facial fractures and a concussion on a hit by New York Islanders forward Matt Martin during a game Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center, the Wild announced. Ballard is out indefinitely.

Ballard was playing a puck in the Wild end in the second period when he was hit by Martin and fell awkwardly into the boards. Ballard remained down on the ice for several moments and a stretcher was brought onto the ice, but Ballard was able to skate off the ice with assistance.

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Ducks to honor Selanne, retire jersey Jan. 11

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks announced the schedule for the "FOR8VER TEEMU" events leading up to "Teemu Tribute Night" on Jan. 11, 2015 vs. Winnipeg at Honda Center. The Ducks will honor Selanne on his legendary career in a pregame ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. that will include the raising of Selanne's #8 jersey to the rafters at Honda Center. Fans attending "Teemu Tribute Night" are encouraged to be in their seats by 4:15 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a replica Selanne jersey retirement banner.

Fans who visit the Ducks Mobile App between 12:00 p.m. today (Dec. 10) and 11 p.m. on Dec. 18 will have the opportunity to be entered into a sweepstakes to receive a purchasing code for up to 2 tickets for "Teemu Tribute Night." Fans can enter the sweepstakes using the official Ducks Mobile App for iPhone, iPad and Android by tapping "Teemu Tribute Night" in the app menu and filling out the form. For more information on the Ducks Mobile App, visit AnaheimDucks.com/mobileapp.

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Canucks reassign Jensen, Corrado to AHL

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:56 PM / News

VancouverCanucks.com

Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have reassigned forward Nicklas Jensen and defenceman Frank Corrado to the AHL Utica Comets.

Jensen, 21, has appeared in 5 games with the Canucks this season. In 15 games with the Comets this season, the Herning, Denmark native has collected 11 points (6-5-11). He currently ranks sixth on Utica in scoring. The 6'3", 202 pound forward was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, 29th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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