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Pascal Dupuis

Dupuis: ‘I will play in the National Hockey League again’


If you’ve got a few minutes this afternoon, give this rather harrowing piece by Pascal Dupuis at the Players’ Tribune a read.

It’s all about Dupuis’ experience with blood clots, and how he tried to hide the potentially fatal ailment.

An excerpt:

Call me stupid but I didn’t say anything to anyone about it. Not my teammates. Not my trainers. Not my wife. The hockey player in me — he’s saying it’s nothing. He’s thinking, You just battled through eight months of rehab for your knee. Everyone was second-guessing you. You’re 35. This is it.

I finished practice.

I would not recommend this to anyone but the truth is that I played five more NHL games without ⅓ of a lung.

At the end of the piece, Dupuis vows to play again.

“I don’t care if it takes six months or a year or two years,” he writes. “I will get healthy. I will play in the National Hockey League again.”

Sabres’ McCormick in hospital with a blood clot

Milan Lucic vs. Cody McCormick

The Buffalo Sabres announced Sunday that Cody McCormick will be out a while with a blood clot in his leg.

According to Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald, the blood clot is in McCormick’s calf muscle.

“I’m quite sure it’s somewhat serious if he’s still in the hospital,” said Ted Nolan. “I know he took a puck in the foot, he was limping around for a couple days, maybe it happened from there. I’m not 100 percent sure.”

McCormick, 31, has appeared in 33 games for the Sabres this season registering a goal and three assists to go along with 40 penalty minutes.

He is just the latest NHLer to be sidelined due to blood clots.

Flyers’ defenseman Kimmo Timonen has missed the entire season due to blood clots in his right leg and lungs.

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun missed the entire 2013-14 season due to blood clots and has since retired.

Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis is expected to miss six months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lungs in November.

Related: Flyers’ Timonen to get blood test results in 10 days

Get your game notes: Bruins at Penguins

Milan Lucic, Simon Despres
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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Boston Bruins at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• Boston’s struggles: Since the start of December, Boston has won just 5 of 16 games (5-6-5).

• The B’s enter having dropped 4 of their last 5 games (1-1-3), including their last 3 – all in OT/SO.

• The Bruins (44 points) are 5th in the Atlantic Division, and trail TOR by 1 point for the 2nd Wild Card spot. On Tuesday, new Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs had critical remarks for the team’s performance this season: “I’d say without question this has been a very disappointing year. It’s unacceptable the way this team has performed given the amount of time, money and effort that’s been spent on this team. To see it deliver the way it has is unacceptable.”

• BOS is coming off a 2-1 (SO) loss at CAR on Sunday.

• Patrice Bergeron netted the lone goal for Boston.

• Tied 1-1 after 2 periods, the Bruins managed just 2 shots in the 3rd period, and finished with 20 in the game for their 3rd-lowest total of the season (BOS was outshot 36-20).

• BOS has not allowed more goals than it has scored in a season since 2007-08. That season, the Bruins qualified for the playoffs as the 8th seed in the East and lost in the Conference Quarterfinals.

• Pittsburgh also hitting a snag: The Pens have just 2 wins in their last 7 games (2-4-1)…

• PIT is coming off a 4-1 loss vs. MTL last Saturday.

• David Perron – acquired from EDM last Friday for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 1st round pick – scored the lone PIT goal in his Penguins debut.

• PIT (53 points) is tied in points with NYI for the Metropolitan Division lead (with one game in hand) – those two teams trail only TB and MTL in the Eastern Conference.

• The Pens have won their division each of the past 2 seasons

• Of key players, currently forwards Patric Hornqvist (lower-body), Blake Comeau (wrist), Pascal Dupuis (blood clots), and defensemen Olli Maatta (shoulder) and Paul Martin (undisclosed) are all on IR.

• Martin practiced on Tuesday and coach Mike Johnston said the trainers believe Martin is “really close” to returning. He hasn’t played since Dec. 18.

• The Penguins are 15-1-1 when scoring on the power play this season, but just 1-for-15 in their last 6 games with the man-advantage.


• Nov. 24 at BOS: PIT def. BOS 3-2 (OT)

• Evgeni Malkin tied the game at 2 with a power-play goal midway through the 2nd period before scoring the OT-winner 32 seconds into the extra frame.

• Sidney Crosby had a goal and assisted on both of Malkin’s tallies.

• Milan Lucic and Joe Morrow scored 28 seconds apart early in the 2nd for BOS.

• This game was the 300th career victory for Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, making him the 3rd-fastest and 3rd-youngest goalie to reach the milestone.


• Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins in assists (20) and points (28). He scored the lone Bruins goal in the loss to Carolina, and has 6 points (2G-4A) in his last 6 games.

• Bergeron: “We’re halfway in, and we’re not in the playoffs. It’s definitely unacceptable.”

• Loui Eriksson has played well of late, with 10 points (4G-6A) and a +6 rating in his last 9 games.

• Overall, Eriksson is 3rd on the team with 25 points (9G-16A).

• Career vs. PIT: Eriksson has 11 points (5G-6A) in 10 GP.

• Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in goals (11), and he is the only Bruin with 10+ goals this season.

• Vancouver (Radim Vrbata – 16 goals) and Buffalo (Zemgus Girgensons – 11) are the only other NHL teams that have just one 10+ goal scorer this season.

• Milan Lucic scored 24 goals in 80 games last season, but he has just 6 in 39 GP so far this season.

• Lucic is in the middle of an 8-game goal drought, and he has just 1 goal in his last 15 games.

• David Krejci will play in his 10th game since returning to the lineup following a month-long absence (groin).

• Krejci led the Bruins in scoring in October (9 points), and has 4 points (1G-3A) in his last 4 games.

• Zdeno Chara is also trying to find his stride since returning to the lineup last month from a knee injury that sidelined him for 19 games.

• Chara has 5 points (all assists) in the 12 games since returning, but is without a point in his last 4.

• Career vs. PIT: Chara has 16 goals vs. PIT – his most vs. any NHL opponent – along with 15 assists.

• Tuukka Rask has made 4 straight starts for Boston, getting at least 1 point in each (1-0-3). However, he has been the hard-luck loser in the past 3 games, dropping 2 in a shootout and one in overtime.

• The reigning Vezina Trophy winner stopped 35 of 36 shots in the SO loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday.

• Rask hadn’t allowed 1 or fewer goals in a game since Nov. 28 – a span of 13 games.


• Evgeni Malkin is one of just 3 Pens to have played in all 39 games this season (Nick Spaling, Rob Scuderi).

• Malkin leads the team in goals (17 – T-9th in NHL) and is tied for the team lead in points with Sidney Crosby (43 – T-6th in NHL).

• Malkin leads the team in power play goals (8 – T-5th in NHL).

• Malkin has just 2 points in his last 5 games (1 goal, 1 assist in 6-3 win vs. TB last Friday).

• Career vs. BOS: Malkin has 28 points (13G-15A) in 24 GP.

• Sidney Crosby may be locating his scoring touch. He has 6 points (1G-5A) in his last 4 games, including a 4-assist game in the win over Tampa Bay.

• Crosby is tied with Malkin for the team lead in points (43 – T-6th in NHL).

• Career vs. BOS: Crosby has 38 points (11G-27A) in 26 GP.

• PIT acquired David Perron from EDM last Friday in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 1st round pick. The 8-year NHL veteran scored the lone Penguins goal in his debut last Saturday in the 4-1 loss to MTL.

• In 38 games with EDM this season, Perron had 19 points (5G-14A).

• Last season, Perron had a career-high 28 goals and 57 points.

• Perron was a 2007 1st round pick (26th overall) by STL.

• In Patric Hornqvist and Pascal Dupuis absences, Steve Downie has benefitted from playing alongside Sidney Crosby on the top line.

• Downie has as many points (10) in his last 8 games as he did in his previous 26 to start the season:

• Marc-Andre Fleury only has 1 win in his last 6 starts (1-3-1, 3.16 GAA, .898 SV%), but the 30-year-old is still having his best season statistically as a pro.

• His 6 shutouts through 31 games lead the NHL, and are already his career-best for a season. His 2.18 GAA and .926 SV% this season would be his best season averages in his 11-season career (current bests: 2.32 GAA in 2010-11, .921 SV% in 2007-08).

• Career vs. BOS: Fleury is 12-6-3 with a 2.30 GAA and .922 SV%.

Perron on leaving Edmonton: ‘After a few years, you just want to win’

David Perron

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2015 first-round pick and Rob Klinkhammer. Regardless of whether you feel Pittsburgh or Edmonton got the better end of that deal, it’s hard not to see Perron as the big winner in all of this.

He’s going from one of, if not the worst team in the league to a club that has the potential to win the Stanley Cup. Perron said it’s tough to leave any situation once you’re emotionally invested, but he’s not shy about admitting that this is an exciting turn of events for him.

“Once (the losses) start piling on, it’s hard to get out of it,” Perron said. He later added, “I think the first few years you’re in the league, you’re just happy to be in (it) … but after a few years you just want to win and obviously it’s not going to happen this year in Edmonton. It’s nice to get that kind of opportunity in Pittsburgh.”

When asked if he was a pretty happy guy overall, he didn’t hesitate before saying, “For sure.”

He did offer an olive branch to the Oilers by saying that they’ll bounce back “eventually” and be a top team.

Others were far less diplomatic when talking about how Perron must feel right now:

It’s also not difficult to see how this deal could benefit the Penguins, given that they’ve had a hole in their roster since losing Pascal Dupuis (blood clot). Perron’s presence could help solidify the Penguins’ top two lines.

This move also gels with what Penguins GM Jim Rutherford did when the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Most of the criticism for this trade was instead directed at Edmonton. It’s easy to see why a team consistently at or near the bottom of the NHL standings would chose to trade a veteran for a top draft pick, but the Oilers have been rebuilding for so long that it’s hard not to be cynical.

Especially seeing as, while this move was big for Edmonton, for better or worse its core is still untouched.

If you want to see Perron’s full post-trade press conference, you can watch it here:

Penguins get Perron from Edmonton for first rounder, Klinkhammer

David Perron

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round pick, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Edmonton’s season has long since been lost and Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been under a lot of pressure to make the type of bold moves that he promised when he assumed his current position in April 2013. Pittsburgh’s top pick will likely be towards the end of the round, which is problematic given Edmonton’s poor track record in recent drafts, but it’s still an opportunity for them to breathe new life into their floundering rebuild.

Moving Perron also makes it more likely that the team will end up with Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

For the Penguins, this move will help them fill the void in their lineup that’s existed since Pascal Dupuis was sidelined indefinitely with a blood clot in his lung. Perron will likely slide into a top-six spot after the Penguins found themselves often using Bryan Rust on the same line as Sidney Crosby in recent games.

Perron has just five goals and 19 points in 38 contests this season, but he should get a boost moving from one of the worst offenses in the NHL to one of the best.

He comes with an annual cap hit of roughly $3.8 million through the 2015-16 campaign, so this is more than just a rental for Pittsburgh.