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Nash of Rangers set to play 1,000th NHL game

Forward will reach milestone against Coyotes on Thursday

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash quickly recites the details of his first NHL game.

It was Oct. 10, 2002. Nash, the No. 1 pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2002 NHL Draft, was 18 years old.

"Against Chicago," Nash said. "At home [in Columbus]. Scored a goal against Jocelyn Thibault."

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Jones, Couture help Sharks defeat Rangers

Goalie makes 33 saves, forward has two points in victory

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Martin Jones made 33 saves and the San Jose Sharks penalty kill went 6-for-6 in a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday. 

Jones made 10 saves on the penalty kill. The Sharks' penalty kill is 13-for-13 in three road games this season and 30-for-31 in seven games since allowing three power-play goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 4.

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Sheahan eager for fresh start with Penguins

Forward ready to begin next chapter after trade from Red Wings

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Riley Sheahan looked around and laughed.

"I think this is my stall," he said.

Behind him hung a generic nameplate that said "PENGUINS," because he had just gotten there. To his right was Phil Kessel. To his left, Sidney Crosby.

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Lindholm, Getzlaf to return Ducks' lineup on Tuesday

Defenseman hasn't played all season, center has missed past three games, will play against Flyers @NHL

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm and center Ryan Getzlaf will be in the lineup for the Anaheim Ducks against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, PRIME, NHL.TV).

It will be Lindholm's first game since Game 6 of Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators. He had shoulder surgery during the offseason to repair a torn labrum after initially being injured Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames but didn't miss a game. He had four points (one goal, three assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games, and 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 66 regular-season games last season.

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Fleury close to returning to practice with Golden Knights

Goalie doing well in recovery from concussion sustained on Oct. 13

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is doing well in his recovery from a concussion and should be returning to practice soon, coach Gerard Gallant said Monday.

"I think it's days," Gallant said. "Not this week, but I think he's getting better every day."

Fleury was concussed against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 13 and placed on injured reserve Oct. 15. He's 3-1-0 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in four games. 

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Greer Keeping With His Game In NHL Return

The rookie was recalled from the AHL along with Gabriel Bourque and both will play against Dallas

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Nothing changes in A.J. Greer's mindset now that he's in the NHL after beginning this season in the American Hockey League. He still wants to be a dependable power forward that isn't afraid to hit or muck it up with opponents in front of the net.

Even after missing the second half of the preseason and the first few weeks of the main campaign with a concussion, Greer is determined to play the same style that he was known for during his time with Boston University, Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL, San Antonio of the AHL and last year with the Colorado Avalanche.

"I think I showed them a little bit of what I could last year, and it is a matter of bringing that energy and bringing that game again toward this year," Greer said. "Staying positive and doing the right things."

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Pens players go shopping with kids for Project Bundle-Up

by Jeff Carpenter @penguins / Pittsburgh Penguins

Despite a warm autumn so far this year, winter is inevitably coming, and Penguins players helped prepare Pittsburgh's local youth for the cold on Monday afternoon at the DICK'S Sporting Goods location in Cranberry as part of the Salvation Army's "Project Bundle-Up."

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Fixing on sixty

The Habs are hoping to deliver a more consistent effort in an attempt to get back in the win column on Tuesday against the Panthers

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

BROSSARD - The Canadiens were back at the homestead [read: the Bell Sports Complex] on Monday morning, and are hoping that a high-intensity practice will translate into a solid effort when they face off against the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.

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3 Things: Boo!

by Pens writing staff @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here's a look at 3 takeaways from the Penguins' Monday afternoon practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. 

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Hayes Line "Building An Identity" At the Right Time

Vesey's Physical Edge Leading to Success in O-Zone; Same Lineup Against Sharks

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The early part of the regular season is a time coaches tinker with lines in search of chemistry among trios.

Coach Alain Vigneault seems to have found some with Kevin Hayes centering Jimmy Vesey and Jesper Fast. The line led the way offensively on Saturday with three goals and five points in the team's 4-2 victory over Nashville.

Fast got the scoring going, Hayes had the game-winner and Vesey clinched it with an empty-netter in the final minute.

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