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Lucic, Bruins fall short again facing Canadiens

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:37 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Milan Lucic came so close to coming out of it unscathed.

After a summer of hearing about the remarks he made in the handshake line at the end of the Boston Bruins' loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Montreal Canadiens, Lucic was facing those Canadiens again for the first time Thursday, and all eyes were on him.

On his first shift of the game, Lucic picked up the puck with speed and entered the Canadiens zone only to have his nemesis, Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin, knock him down with a solid shoulder check.

The sellout Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 fans roared its approval, but Lucic did nothing to retaliate. In fact, Lucic was on his best behavior for most of the night, focused on helping the Bruins win more so than exacting any sort of revenge for a playoff loss five months earlier.

But in the final minutes, with the Bruins trailing 5-4 but taking the play to the Canadiens in an effort to tie the game, Lucic was faced with an opportunity too difficult to resist.


Pickard debuts for Avalanche after Berra injured

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:20 AM / News

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Colorado Avalanche goalie Reto Berra was injured in the first period against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and Calvin Pickard came in making his NHL debut.

Colorado put No. 1 goaltender Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve earlier Thursday with a groin injury.

Berra left the game at 2:46 of the first period after he was involved in a collision with Senators center Kyle Turris, who was pushed into the net by Avalanche forward John Mitchell.


Injury forces Islanders' Grabovski from game

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 11:11 PM / News

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski was helped off the ice with an upper-body injury midway through the first period against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. He did not return to the game.

Grabovski was driven to the ice along the left-wing boards in San Jose’s zone on a hit by Sharks forward John Scott at 13:22. Play was stopped and Grabovski was assisted to the dressing room by Islanders medical personnel.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano did not have an update on Grabovski's condition after the game.


Penguins forward Dupuis taken off on stretcher

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 10:51 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the second period against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Dupuis was cross-checked in the back by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski with 6:58 remaining in the period. Dupuis fell to the ice in front of the Dallas crease and took a puck to the head. He shook off his gloves and motioned to the bench for assistance.

Dupuis was taken off after several minutes. He offered a thumbs-up to the Pittsburgh crowd as he approached the gate.


Ducks' Maroon out four weeks with knee injury

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 2:38 PM / News

Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon will miss the next four weeks with a sprained medical collateral ligament, according to the Ducks.

Maroon, who has three assists in three games, was working the top line with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry. The Ducks re-signed Maroon to a three-year contract in August after he scored 29 points in 62 games with Anaheim in 2013-14, his first full NHL season.

The 26-year-old had seven points and 38 penalty minutes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Ducks originally acquired Maroon from the Philadelphia Flyers, along with David Laliberte, for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson in 2010.


WHL roster named for 2014 Subway Super Series

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 2:13 PM / News

Five players picked in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft were named Thursday by the Canadian Hockey League to the roster for the Western Hockey League team that will play against Russia in the opening two games of the 2014 Subway Super Series.

The WHL will play Russia in Game 1 of the six-game series Nov. 10 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The second game will be played the following day in Brandon, Manitoba. The rosters for the Russian team, as well as the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams, will be announced soon.

Among the top prospects from the 2014 draft picked for the WHL roster were forwards Jake Virtanen (Vancouver Canucks, No. 6), Conner Bleackley (Colorado Avalanche, No. 23) and John Quenneville (New Jersey Devils, No. 30), and defensemen Haydn Fleury (Carolina Hurricanes, No. 7) and Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia Flyers, No. 17).


Lightning's Drouin sent to AHL for conditioning stint

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 1:05 PM / News

Corey Long - Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment Thursday.

Drouin, the third pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, has practiced with the Lightning since training camp ended but has not played in any of their first four games. He missed time in camp with a fractured right thumb and did not play in any preseason games.

Drouin said the thumb is healed but he understands the Lightning's decision.

"It's hard to jump into the NHL after four weeks of no games," Drouin said. "This will be good for my timing and hopefully I can get off to a good start down there so I don't come back here and have a bad game right away."


Canadiens learned much from knocking out Bruins

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 12:36 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- No one needs to be reminded of what happened the last time the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins were on the ice for a meaningful game.

Hands were shaken; things were said.

Ever since May 14, when the Canadiens eliminated the Bruins from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 victory at TD Garden in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series, culminating with some menacing words from Boston forward Milan Lucic in the handshake line, the next meeting between the longtime rivals has been circled on the calendar of all involved.

That includes the Canadiens players.

"Obviously when the season starts you're not looking too far down the road, but now that it's here, with what happened last year, I think both teams are going to be really excited for it," Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher said. "I think any time Montreal and Boston are playing each other there's a little more to it with the rivalry that comes with it. I've only been a part of it for … this is my third year and I fully understand what the games are like. They're a little more intense. There's a little bit of hatred between the two teams. But there's a lot of respect as well."


Fantasy top 30 goalies: Backups prove worth early

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

Since 2010, due to factors like sheer skill, injuries and better goalie coaching in the minors, the overall usage of rookies and backups has been steadily rising.

Last season was a great example, as a large class of 26 rookies posted a cumulative .912 save percentage (6,089 saves on 6,676 shots) and played in 20.7 percent of the NHL's total games (254 of 1,230).

This season may be no different, as 21 teams have already used both goalies, including four rookies.


Flames' Jooris recalled; Jones to IR

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 11:02 AM / News

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forward Josh Jooris from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

Jooris, a 24-year-old native of Burlington, Ontario has played both of Adirondack's games thus far this season. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Calgary on July 30, 2013 and spent his first professional season in 2013-14 with the Abbotsford Heat where he put up 11 goals, 16 assists and 67 PIMs.

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My job was to get that puck and put it on net, and his job was not letting me do it. I got the best of that, but that game's over and to be honest I already forgot about it.

— Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk on his late game-tying goal in Montreal's 2-1 OT win
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