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Sunday Long Read: Orr's impact remains omnipresent

Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The anger, and the disbelief, in Derek Sanderson's voice are unmistakably present 30 years after the fact.

A long-ago attempt to besmirch the reputation of Bobby Orr remains a fresh wound, still galling despite the passage of time.

At the time, Sanderson was approached by a reporter researching a story on Orr, a former Boston Bruins teammate and one of his best friends. In fact, Orr played a leading role in Sanderson becoming sober and finding his way back from the abyss.

So there was an eagerness to talk about Orr. Almost immediately, however, Sanderson sensed this was not going to be a flattering tale about his respected and revered close friend. Sanderson had developed a sense for these things because this wasn't the first time a reporter had come to him looking for a speck of dirt on Bobby Orr.


Daily Primer Oct. 27: Sharks may give Niemi a rest

Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 1:53 AM / NHL Insider


The San Jose Sharks may finally get a closer look at their backup goaltender Sunday.

Antti Niemi is the only goaltender in the League who has played every minute of every game this season, but that may change when the Sharks visit the Ottawa Senators. Niemi, who has played 668:20 and has a 9-1-1 record with a 1.53 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, stopped all 22 shots he faced in San Jose’s 2-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

But the Sharks play back-to-back games this weekend and now travel to Canada’s capital city to take on the Ottawa Senators, it’s expected Sharks coach Todd McLellan will opt to finally rest Niemi and play backup goalie Alex Stalock.

Stalock, 26, was San Jose’s fourth-round selection (No. 112) at the 2005 NHL Draft. He has three games of NHL experience on his resume.


Penguins' Scuderi sidelined with lower-body injury

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 10:28 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO - Defenseman Rob Scuderi left the Pittsburgh Penguins' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs late in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

With 16.8 seconds remaining the period, Scuderi was checked by Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson along the boards. Scuderi dropped to the ice and needed assistance to get off the ice and to the dressing room. He was not on the bench at the start of the second period and did not return to the game, a 4-1 victory by the Maple Leafs.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said there was no definitive news on the lower-body injury and that Scuderi would be evaluated back in Pittsburgh.


DiPietro signs with Hurricanes' AHL affiliate

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 5:49 PM / News


Goaltender Rick DiPietro has signed a professional tryout with the Charlotte Checkers, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Saturday to Chip Alexander of the (Raleigh) News & Observer.

DiPietro has not played since the 2012-13 season, which he completed with the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. The Islanders used a compliance buyout on the 32-year-old's contract on July 3. At the time of the buyout, DiPietro, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, ranked second all-time in franchise history with 318 games played.

He began the 2012-13 season with the Islanders before being waived and loaned to their AHL team. In 18 games for the Sound Tigers last season, he finished with a 9-9-0 record, 2.93 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. In his NHL career, DiPietro has a record of 130-136-8-28 with a 2.87 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.


Ducks' Silfverberg out with broken hand

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 3:56 PM / News


The Anaheim Ducks revealed Saturday that forward Jakob Silfverberg sustained a broken right hand against the Ottawa Senators on Friday. He is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

The injury occurred when Silfverberg was slashed midway through the third period and with the Ducks leading 2-1. He did not return to the game following the incident. The injury is a tough one for Silfverberg, 23, who ranks fourth on the team with seven points in his first season with Anaheim. His 35 shots also rank second behind Corey Perry's 40. The Swede became the third player in Ducks history to score four goals in his first four games with the club.

Silfverberg wasn't the only Ducks player hurt Friday night in Ottawa. Center Mathieu Perreault sprained his left wrist and is listed as day-to-day. Also in his first season with the Ducks, the Quebec native ranks third on the team with nine points in 11 games.


Red Wings seek balance in Datsyuk-Zetterberg split

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 3:00 AM / Features

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

The Detroit Red Wings had a definite plan in mind when they signed center Stephen Weiss to a five-year contract over the summer.

They would put Weiss, who missed most of last season with a wrist injury, in the middle of the second line between Johan Franzen and fellow free-agent signee Daniel Alfredsson. They also planned to move captain Henrik Zetterberg from center of the second line to left wing on the top unit with playmaking center Pavel Datsyuk.

Detroit also let versatile second-liner Valtteri Filppula, who played center and left wing, leave via free agency. It looked like a fine idea, but 11 games into the new season it's time for a new plan. Vexed by an offense averaging just 2.27 goals per game (23rd in the NHL), coach Mike Babcock is again splitting up Zetterberg (six goals, six assists) and Datsyuk (five goals, six assists), who have combined for a whopping 34 percent of the Red Wings' points.


Tapped In: Smith on his goal, his music and his hair

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is one of the best puck-handling goaltenders in the NHL. He became the first goalie to record his first professional win, get a shutout and score a goal on the same night with Lexington of the ECHL in 2002-03. Fast-forward 10 years later to last Saturday when Smith became the first goalie in Phoenix/Winnipeg franchise history and just the 11th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal when he registered an empty-netter against Detroit. Off the ice Smith is just as intriguing as his record-setting stats.

Kathryn Tappen: Describe the goal.

Mike Smith: It was late in the game, we were up two goals with under 10 seconds left to play. Eventually a guy at center ice tried to dump it in but it got blocked and went up to the sideboard. I looked up at the clock and there was about three seconds left. I didn't even really try to score; I was just shooting and hoping to get it away quick. I was fortunate enough that the puck made it there on time.


Daily Primer Oct. 26: Rangers' trip comes to an end

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:43 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The longest season-opening trip in New York Rangers history comes to an end Saturday night.

With Madison Square Garden undergoing the final phase of remodeling, the Rangers were forced to open the season with nine consecutive road games. The ninth and final one will see the Rangers meet the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, a place where they haven't won in the 21st century. New York's last win in Detroit came on Jan. 30, 1999, and the Rangers have won only twice at the Joe since the start of the 1986-87 season.

The Red Wings hope they're catching the Rangers at the right time. Detroit has dropped three in a row and was hammered 6-1 at home by the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.


Sabres forward Scott to have hearing Oct. 31

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 5:40 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Buffalo Sabres left wing John Scott will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday, Oct. 31 for a hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during the game Oct. 23 at First Niagara Center.

Scott was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.


Brodeur to be back in goal for Devils on Saturday

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 4:24 PM / News


New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will make his fifth start of the season Saturday against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, coach Peter DeBoer said Friday.

It will be Brodeur's first start in four games. The future Hall of Famer has been the backup to Cory Schneider the past three games. Brodeur last played Oct. 17, when he allowed four goals on 22 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

On the season Brodeur is 0-2-2 with a 3.40 goals-against average and .865 save percentage in four games.

Schneider had perhaps his worst outing since joining the Devils this season Thursday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Schneider's giveaway off a dump-in in the first period led to a goal by Ryan Kesler and his misjudged bank attempt off the back boards in the second led to a goal by Daniel Sedin. Both gaffes came with the Devils trying to protect a one-goal lead. Schneider blamed himself for the loss.

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild