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Jets’ Maurice adjusting to life in Winnipeg

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After being ushered in as the Jets’ head coach in January, Paul Maurice finally had time to relocate his family to Winnipeg this summer.

Talking to JetsTV, Maurice says he’s settling in nicely in the Manitoba capital after signing a new four-year extension in April.

“It was a lot of travelling early on. We got (here) about the middle of July and never really left,” he said. “We settled into Winnipeg, found a place to live, got the kids in school – all those things that parents understand you’ve got to go through.

“Now we’re here. We’ve been here for quite some time and really enjoyed the summer.”


Maurice, 47, knows a thing or two about moving his family around.

The Ontario native coached the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise from 1995-2003 leading the Canes to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2002. After a stint with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, Maurice took over the coaching duties of the parent club, the Maple Leafs, from 2006-08. But after two consecutive years of missing the playoffs, he was fired.

In 2008, Maurice returned to Carolina to take over from Peter Laviolette, who had replaced him in 2003.

Maurice also spent a year overseas coaching in the KHL.

“For people that have moved a lot, like our family, they certainly understand. There’s so much that goes into just the logistics in getting your family set up,” said Maurice.

He’s also looking forward to getting on the ice with his kids and their teams.

“I like to get out on the with them, I’m not sure that I coach them a whole lot, as a matter of fact I’m sure I don’t, but I like to get on the ice when they’re on the ice,” said Maurice. “When I get a chance to do that, that’s been a lot of fun.”

Maurice better enjoy the time with his family because come October, he’s got the tall task of bringing playoff hockey back to Winnipeg. The Jets/Atlanta Thrashers organization has not qualified for the postseason since their lone appearance in 2007.

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Devils unveil ‘The Salute’ statue in honor of Martin Brodeur

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The New Jersey Devils on Monday unveiled ‘The Salute’ — a statue paying homage to one of the greatest goalies in NHL history, Martin Brodeur, who will have his No. 30 uniform retired Tuesday at Prudential Center.

“Looking at the pictures of my career and some of the events that meant a lot to me, I always saluted the fans,” Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Devils, told the Fire and Ice blog.

“That picture, at different times, in different jerseys, actually, like with Team Canada, it all came to that same pose.”

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The 900-pound bronze statue was created by renowned sculpture and artist Jon Krawczyk, who worked with Brodeur on the design. Krawczyk, a Boonton Township, N.J. native and lifelong Devils fan, who also created the hockey statue on Championship Plaza outside of Prudential Center, personally drove “The Salute” from his Malibu, Cali. studio to the arena late last week.

Video: Panthers furious after Abdelkader ‘cheap shot’ hit on Barkov

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The Florida Panthers are fuming after their skilled 20-year-old forward Aleksander Barkov left Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings following a hit from Justin Abdelkader.

Abdelkader caught Barkov with a hard hit near the goal line as the Panthers player tried to move the puck up ice early in the second period.

The only call on the play was to Panthers’ blue liner Alex Petrovic for the retaliatory cross check on Abdelkader. Barkov left the game and didn’t return with an upper-body injury.

Members of the Panthers irate with the hit, and the fact there was no call.

“It was a cheap hit, I don’t know how the ref didn’t call it,” Nick Bjugstad told the Miami Herald. “It was frustrating, the whole bench felt that way. We’re not happy with it. It turned the game around. Barkov has tough shoes to fill. It looked pretty serious. We’ll see how the league handles it and I think they will. I just don’t know how it wasn’t handled on the ice.”

“You hate to lose your top player, but that’s part of the game,” added Panthers’ head coach Gerard Gallant.

“We’re disappointed to lose him. I thought it was a cheap shot but the referees didn’t see it that way and explained to me it was a clean check. It’s tough. It happens quick and we get to see the replay. I think it’ll be looked at. [Abdelkader] left his feet a little and got him in the jaw.”

The Panthers gave up three goals in the third period in a 3-0 loss to the Red Wings.

Penguins thump the Ducks as Crosby’s hot streak continues

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In a meeting between two clubs enjoying hot streaks and their own subsequent climbs through the standings, the Pittsburgh Penguins bested the Anaheim Ducks courtesy another dominant Sidney Crosby performance on Monday.

After that slow start, Crosby has put together a growing number of dominant performances of late.

The latest, a four-point night, helped the Penguins to a 6-2 final over the Ducks, stopping Anaheim’s winning streak at six games.

— He extended his scoring streak to a career best seven games, and did so with two beauty goals versus the Ducks.

— From Dec. 18 to Feb. 8, he’s appeared in 21 games. In that span, he’s recorded 34 points.

— Crosby is now into the top five among NHL players in points, with 53 in 51 games this season.

He wasn’t the only Pittsburgh player to have a big night. Keep in mind, Evgeni Malkin wasn’t even in the lineup due to a lower-body injury.

Ten different Penguins players recorded points. In addition to Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang had multi-point efforts, and four players — Kunitz, Crosby, Olli Maatta and Patric Hornqvist — were plus-four.

The Penguins now move into third in the Metropolitan Division, while the New York Islanders slip into the first Wild Card spot in the East. Pittsburgh’s lead over the Islanders, however, is only one point.

The Islanders also have a game in hand.

Panthers’ Barkov (upper-body injury) leaves game versus Red Wings

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The Florida Panthers will be without Aleksander Barkov for the remainder of their game versus the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

As per multiple reports, Barkov will not return due to an upper-body injury suffered after a hit from Justin Abdelkader early in the second period.

Abdelkader wasn’t given a penalty on the play. Barkov didn’t play another shift after that hit.

In 42 games this season, the 20-year-old Barkov has 16 goals and 35 points.