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Lightning's patience with Hedman paying dividends

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman can still pinpoint the moment his season, and perhaps his career, turned.

Eight games into the 2013-14 season, his fifth in the NHL, the second pick in the 2009 NHL Draft struggled through one of the worst performances of his career in a 5-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

"That Boston game was a tough game, but after that I felt like I took off," Hedman said. "That was a big turning point."

After posting a career-worst minus-5 rating against Boston, Hedman responded with two points in a 6-5 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks, including his first goal in 41 games. It was the turning point in a career year that established him as a top NHL defenseman. But he still feels he has something to prove.

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Preseason roundup: Miller's Canucks debut success

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 1:27 AM / News

Ryan Miller stopped all seven shots he faced in his debut with the Vancouver Canucks, and Henrik Sedin assisted on three power-play goals in a 3-0 preseason win against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Center on Friday.

Miller played 30:22. Joacim Eriksson made 11 saves in relief of Miller on the day goalie Jacob Markstrom was placed on waivers.

Linden Vey, Jannik Hansen and Radim Vrbata scored for the Canucks; Daniel Sedin had two assists.

Flames goalie Karri Ramo stopped eight shots successfully. Douglas Carr made 22 saves in two periods.

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