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Riding the Zamboni – November 24 (early edition)

It’s been an awfully busy night of action, so we’ll summarize the first 11 of tonight’s 13 games. We’ll discuss the other two contests later on.

Atlanta 5, Detroit 1

How do you respond to a tongue-lashing from your coach (in this case, Craig Ramsay)? Well, by beating two of the NHL’s best teams – Washington and Detroit- by 5-0 and 5-1 scores respectively. The Thrashers are now on a three game winning streak as they also be the woeful NY Islanders, while the Red Wings are going through some rare struggles.

Washington 3, Carolina 2

The Capitals got things back together in this one, on the strength of Nicklas Backstrom’s two goals and Alex Ovechkin’s three assists. Perhaps best of all, Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 out of 32 shots for his first win of the season while Justin Peters played well (35 out of 38) in defeat.

Pittsburgh 1, Buffalo 0

The Penguins won this game with a rare 1-0 shutout thanks to Marc-Andre Fleury’s 30 saves. Jhonas Enoth was strong in his own right, stopping all but one shot by Pascal Dupuis 15 minutes into the first period. Pittsburgh is now on a four game winning streak.

Columbus 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)

Read the full recap here.

Boston 3, Florida 1

Both Tim Thomas (31 saves) and Tomas Vokoun (34) made more than 30 stops, but Thomas came away with the win. The ageless Mark Recchi scored two goals while David Krejci earned two assists.

Tampa Bay 5, NY Rangers 3

Steve Stamkos progressed to a two point lead over Sidney Crosby in the points race for the 2010-11 season thanks to a one goal, two assist performance (and the Lightning actually have a game in hand on the Penguins right now). The Rangers scored three third period goals after going down 5-0 but Tampa Bay ultimately held them off.

New Jersey 2, Calgary 1 (SO)

It might not be much, but at least the Devils aren’t as bad as the Islanders.

Philadelphia 6, Minnesota 1

Perhaps that broken pane of glass actually symbolized the Wild’s efforts and/or spirits in this game? Either way, the Flyers outclassed their opponents by getting six goals from six different players while Sergei Bobrovsky had a leisurely day in net, only needing to stop 15 out of 16 shots for the win.

Montreal 4, Los Angeles 1

It turned out to be a less than ideal homecoming for Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, as he allowed four goals on 33 shots while Carey Price only allowed one goal in 25 Los Angeles attempts. The Habs solidified their Northeast Division lead while the Kings are just a little bit further behind the Coyotes in the Pacific.

Dallas 2, Ottawa 1

The score was closer than the play on the ice, as the Stars missed a few golden opportunities but still managed to win the game. That being said, Dallas must be worried about one disturbing stat: their road power play only has one measly goal so far this season.

St. Louis 2, Nashville 1 (SO)

This score seems about right for two Central Division teams who make their hay thanks to strong, stifling defense. Ultimately, it came down to Andy McDonald, the only player who could manage to score a goal during the two team’s shootout.

Blues, Capitals to play exhibition game in Kansas City

Pedestrians walk past the Sprint Center, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The city was preparing for the third round of the NCAA college basketball tournament at the arena after the region received 6-10 inches of snow overnight. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Kansas City is going to host another NHL exhibition game.

The St. Louis Blues announced today that they’ll take on the Washington Capitals on Oct. 5 at Sprint Center. Both Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Ovechkin will be there, at least according to the press release.

The Blues last played in K.C. a couple of years ago when they took on the Stars in exhibition play. In 2011, a sellout crowd watched the Penguins and Kings at Sprint Center.

A market once considered a candidate for expansion or relocation — particularly after Sprint Center opened in 2007 — the NHL-to-Kansas City buzz has since died down. Last year, there was no interest from Kansas City when the league called for expansion applications.

Sensing an opportunity to make their team a favorite of all Missourians, not just the ones in St. Louis, the Blues have said they’d like to cultivate their fan base across the state in Kansas City.

Report: Pens won’t make Fleury (talks too much) available to media

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Don’t expect many updates on Marc-Andre Fleury‘s health over the next little while.

Well — don’t expect them to come from Fleury, anyway.

Per TVA Sports, Fleury has been shut down from speaking with reporters until he’s fully recovered from the concussion that’s sidelined him since Apr. 2.

A translation of Renaud Lavioe’s piece for TVA, per PHT’s Joey Alfieri:

Fleury practiced with his teammates this morning at the Verizon Center.

What I can tell you is he’s feeling better, but the Penguins have decided not to make Fleury available to the media because he says too much.

The next time Fleury talks to the media, it’s because he’ll be ready to return.

Not to be mean, but Matt Murray has given up three goals or more in back-to-back games.

Earlier this week, Fleury told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that — despite participating in on-ice workouts — he’s still dealing with concussion symptoms.

“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve been through,” he explained. “Some good days, when you think you’re back, and some bad days, when you think it’s never going to get fixed.”

The Fleury situation seems to have rankled some within the Penguins organization — like head coach Mike Sullivan, who took issue with questions about the club’s handling of Fleury.

Here’s a related series of tweets from DKonPittsburghSports’ Josh Yohe:

Game 2 of the Pens-Caps series goes tomorrow from Verizon at 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN). Matt Murray, who allowed four goals on 35 shots in the Game 1 loss, is expected to start in goal.

North Dakota loses another d-man as Kings sign LaDue

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Paul LaDue #6 of North Dakota skates against the Boston University Terriers during the second period of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship semifinals at TD Garden on April 9, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Keaton Thompson, Troy Stecher and now, Paul LaDue.

On Friday, the Kings announced that LaDue — the junior d-man that helped North Dakota win the Frozen Four — agreed to a one-year, entry-level deal, forgoing his senior season in the process.

LaDue, 23, was part of a talented UND blueline that also featured fellow juniors Troy Stecher — who since signed with Vancouver — and Thompson, who inked with the Ducks.

So yeah, bit of an exodus.

Thankfully for North Dakota, freshman scoring sensation Brock Boeser has already committed to returning for his sophomore campaign, while junior defenseman Gage Ausmus — a San Jose draftee — vowed to go back to school as well.

As for Frozen Four MOP Drake Caggiula — a senior that was already leaving school — he’s already begun his tour of interested NHL suitors.

Per TSN, Caggiula has shortlisted six clubs: Philadelphia, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Chicago and Buffalo.

Wilson fined for kneeing Sheary

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No suspension for Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Only a fine.

That’s what the NHL’s Department of Player Safety decided after Wilson kneed Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary last night in Washington.

The fine of $2,403.67 is the maximum allowable under the CBA, and, at the very least, it puts Wilson on official notice.

Wilson was not penalized on the play, and Sheary was able to leave the ice under his own power and remain in the game.

“We’re just going to play hockey, and the refs are going to call it the way they see it,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters afterwards. “Our guys are going to play.”

This morning, Capitals coach Barry Trotz reportedly said of the play, “It was OK, but it wasn’t I would say necessary.”