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  1. Around The Rink – October 9th

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The last two days of the NHL season felt like an appetizer for what’s to come today. The NHL is still in Europe with two more games getting the afternoon delight treatment. Meanwhile, the rest of the league comes to the table to check things out. Oddly enough, a handful of teams are playing the…

  2. Goal of the night: Buffalo's Derek Roy

    Oct 9, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Last night’s Sabres 2-1 win over the Senators produced not just a surprising outcome (the Sabres are generally miserable against Ottawa) but also our goal of the night. Check out the stick handling by Sabres forward Derek Roy. You can’t really fault Sens goalie Pascal Leclaire for making the moves he did. Any of us…

  3. Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson suffering from back spasms

    Oct 9, 2010, 3:35 AM EDT

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    While the Red Wings’ season got off to a hot start with a 4-0 win over Anaheim, it didn’t come without some worry. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left the game in the first period with back spasms and will miss Saturday’s game in Chicago. The Wings will have to call on rookie defenseman Jakub Kindl to…

  4. Ducks' Andy Sutton breaks thumb in fight

    Oct 9, 2010, 2:40 AM EDT

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    Sometimes the perils of dropping the gloves can have unforeseen circumstances. In the case of Ducks defenseman Andy Sutton, taking swings at Red Wings defenseman Ruslan Salei can bring about problems. Like a broken thumb. Not only did the Ducks begin the season with a one-sided loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night,…

  5. Evander Kane and Thrashers win one for Pavelec, beat Washington 4-2

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:06 AM EDT

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    With the game being marred by Ondrej Pavelec’s terrifying collapse early in the game, both the Atlanta Thrashers and Washington Capitals did continue playing the game and did find a way to keep things somewhat focused. You could argue that the Capitals didn’t do much of that in looking lethargic against an energized Thrashers team…

  6. Video: Pavel Datsyuk gets a Gordie Howe hat trick against Anaheim in 4-0 Wings win

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    When you’re a four-time Lady Byng Trophy winner the way Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings is, going to the penalty box in any way is usually met with a raised eyebrow. When you’re able to help lead your team to a 4-0 win over Anaheim with a goal and an assist, coming away…

  7. Ondrej Pavelec awake and alert, will stay overnight in Atlanta hospital

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:59 PM EDT

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    The Thrashers have provided another update on goalie Ondrej Pavelec who was taken to an Atlanta hospital after collapsing unconscious on the ice early in tonight’s game. The update from Atlanta, thankfully, is positive. Preliminary tests were negative.  He’s awake and alert at the hospital and asking about the score of the game, but will…

  8. Devils get two points from Ilya Kovalchuk but fall in overtime to Dallas

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:06 PM EDT

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    What was ultimately a great start for the Devils top line of Ilya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac, and Zach Parise turned into an uncharacteristic game of firewagon hockey between the Devils and Stars ending in a Devils 4-3 overtime loss at home. Kovalchuk assisted on New Jersey’s first two goals to his linemates Zajac and Parise…

  9. Update on Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec's status

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    The Thrashers have updated goalie Ondrej Pavelec’s situation in Atlanta. Pavelec collapsed during a break in play 2:25 into the first period of play against the Washington Capitals. Ben Wright from the Atlanta Thrashers provides this update on his condition. Official word: Pavelec lost consciousness and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.…

  10. Mike Modano scores first goal as a Red Wing in first period

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Consider the story book start written in Detroit. Michigan native Mike Modano making his season debut with the Detroit Red Wings playing at home in in Michigan scored a goal assisted by Dan Cleary and Brad Stuart to give Detroit a 2-0 lead on Anaheim in the first period. Modano played for 20 seasons in…

  11. Video: Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec collapses on ice, taken away on a stretcher

    Oct 8, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    Thrashers starting goalie Ondrej Pavelec was taken from the ice in Atlanta on a stretcher after passing out during the middle of play in their home opener against the Washington Capitals. Pavelec collapsed on the ice during a break in play just 2:25 into the first period. Pavelec was seen on video signaling to the…

  12. Productive power play propels San Jose Sharks past Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 For a while, it looked like this game might get out of hand. The San Jose Sharks took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period while Steve Mason looked more than a little beleaguered. The third-year goalie got his game together, though, and the Blue Jackets…

  13. Today's starting goalies – October 8

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. 12:00 PM ET…

  14. Report: Washington Capitals G Semyon Varlamov should return from IR next week

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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    While the Washington Capitals top goalie job certainly isn’t set in stone, it seems like the smart money is on Semyon Varlamov as the “1a” in the rotation. At least to start the season. His stranglehold over the top job is in some danger because the Russian youngster is dealing with injury problems, but Puck…

  15. Report: Nashville Predators place Sergei Kostitsyn on IR because of broken toe

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Almost every team in the NHL is taking some kind of gamble on a “wild card” or “X-factor” player. Sometimes they’re solid veterans who could make the most of a plum job (see: Mike Comrie in Pittsburgh) or enigmatic talents whose decisions will leave just as many people guessing as their skills (example: Nikolai Zherdev…

  16. Back surgery will sideline Michael Leighton 6-8 weeks; can Sergei Bobrovsky steal top job?

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

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    Tough injury-related news out of Philadelphia today: the Flyers just announced that goalie Michael Leighton will need surgery on his back. That procedure will keep Leighton out six to eight weeks according to the team. Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told philadelphiaflyers.com that goaltender Michael Leighton will have back surgery on Monday, Oct. 11…

  17. Cam Ward wins goalie duel with Niklas Backstrom as Hurricanes beat Wild 2-1

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    The Carolina Hurricanes are a team that places an incredible amount of emphasis on the production of two players: goalie Cam Ward and forward Eric Staal. While Staal was snubbed in both games in Finland, Ward is one of the main reasons why the Canes will leave Helsinki with a maximum four out of four…

  18. Los Angeles Kings to push nostalgia buttons on opening night by wearing purple 'retro' jerseys

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    For a franchise that owns zero Stanley Cups despite being in the league since 1967, the Los Angeles Kings need to occasionally distract their fans with shiny objects. Swanky jerseys are hockey’s version of shiny objects, so perhaps it makes sense that the Kings have featured a handful of stylish jersey options over the years.…

  19. Phoenix Coyotes sign first round D Brandon Gormley to entry-level deal

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes signed their first round pick Brandon Gormley today, a player who went 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Gormley followed Cam Fowler in the draft this year as an individual who seemed like a “blue chip” guy only to slip out of the top 10 picks. As usual, financial details…

  20. Boston Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to three-year, $15M extension

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Last year, I thought Marc Savard would have a big year for the Boston Bruins in part because he was in a contract year only to see the team sign him to a lucrative (and lengthy) contract extension. Patrice Bergeron was in a similar spot going into this season, but he too will avoid the…

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