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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Hindsight being what it is, do you now know why you guys got away from your game last season?

"I think with a new coach coming in you want to buy into the system and all that. Torts never told us to change our game. I think a lot of people think he was the reason we got away from our game, but that wasn't the reason. That was all myself and Henrik. It was our mindset. That was the No. 1 thing. It was more our mindset. The only way for us to be successful is to play the way we always play. It might not always work out, but it's our only way of being successful."

four more questions for Daniel Sedin...

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NHL Security Meets With The Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

 National Hockey League security personnel were at the MasterCard Centre on Monday as part of their team-by-team talk on player safety away from the rink.

Years ago, a big part of the lecture had to do with avoiding narcotics, seedy characters and the like, but there has been a shift in recent years to proper protocol on social media, particularly what information a player lets out and avoiding the release of any potentially damaging images.

"When I first came in there was no social media or anything like that," 37-year-old defenceman Stephane Robidas said. "That was a big thing today. When I broke in, there were no cellphones. I got my first one during my first year, but there was no camera on it, no Facebook, no e-mail on your phone. But this is a new era."

The players usually are briefed in these meetings on what to do in any difficult off-ice situation. Where once the league had few brushes with the law compared to other pro sports, that's no longer the case.

read on for some notes on the Leafs...

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Cory Schneider Keeps Playing

from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,

As Schneider gears up for his ninth consecutive start Tuesday night against the Penguins, it is clear that he is getting the work load he craved before agreeing to sign a 7-year, $42 million contract extension with the Devils last summer.

It appears likely that he will play at least 70 games if he stays healthy, but is he prepared?

“I’m very prepared,” Schneider told NJ Advance Media. “You try to take it game by game, or in smaller segments. If you think about it as an 82-game season it gets pretty overwhelming and you sort of lose focus on what’s coming up next. For me it’s more about the next game than trying to figure out what I’m going to feel like 30, 40 50 games in.

“For now I feel good. These last few games I’ve actually felt more like myself in a good rhythm and seeing the puck well. So I have to continue that. Like a lot of guys say, the more you play the better you feel. I’m hoping I can keep it up.”

read on

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A Look At Ron Hextall In Philadelphia

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

He's drawing on his experience with the Kings as he tries to fortify the Flyers, who missed the playoffs in the 2012-13 season, were eliminated in the first round last season, and are coping with key injuries on defense. He has borrowed bits of philosophy from Flyers icon Bob Clarke, their senior vice president, and Holmgren, the Flyers' president, as well as from Lombardi.

"You've got the two ex-players in 'Clarkie' and 'Homer' and then you get the other side of it. Dean's a lawyer and very analytical, so you tune into some of his thought process and his thinking," Hextall said. "I learned an awful lot from Dean and from being in LA.

"In Philly, things have always been fairly stable. In L.A. we turned over the whole infrastructure of the organization, from trainers to coaches to scouts. I'd never been through a process like that before. I think one of the most valuable things I learned was hiring people and how important it was to hire the right people."...

"We've got some good young pieces coming, and in that sense there's similarities with L.A. We've got a real good young group of forwards here, and we've got some young defensemen coming that we're really excited about. So we've got to have some patience."

more plus a short talk with John Davidson, President of the Columbus Blue Jackets..

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The Streaking Edmonton Oilers

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers, 4-4-1, have won four games in a row for the first time since going on a five-game winning streak from March 26-April 3 in the 2012-13 lockout-shortened NHL season.

Only seven players in Monday’s lineup played for Edmonton that season.

“This taught us a lot about ourselves as a group and how we can play, but the test of a good team is repeatability and consistency. That’s where we’ve set the bar. We’ve now shown everybody in this room how we can play,” said goaltender Ben Scrivens, who made 29 saves to register his seventh career shutout.

read on

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Morning Line- Mats Zuccarello

“That’s the way we should play here at home: Don’t be afraid, and balls out. Sorry for the language, but I mean that’s when we’re one of the best teams in the league, when we play like that.”

-Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers after defeating the Minnesota Wild in come from behind fashion.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the game recap and post-game reaction.

If you missed the game, watch the highlights below...

thanks to Shnarped for the pointer on the quote

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Video- Dangerous Hit From Chris Kreider On Jonas Brodin

from Michael Russo of Russo Rants,

Chris Kreider got booted after he sent Brodin flying face-first into the yellow dasher between the ice and the end boards. In the waning seconds of the first period, Brodin stopped short in front of Kreider at the goal line, but the big Rangers forward dangerously shoved Brodin on the top of the numbers and downward five feet from the end boards.

Brodin after the game said it was a hand injury and one of his fingers was wrapped and swollen.

more on the stunning loss to the Rangers...

 

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Ben Lovejoy Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Finger

Last night the Anaheim Ducks announced...

Ben Lovejoy suffered a fractured finger (right hand) last night vs. San Jose. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

How did it happen?

 

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John Moore ejected for hit-to-the-head on Erik Haula

So John Moore did this to Erik Haula...

 

Update: While we're at "Illegal Checks," Chris Kreider was ejected for this hit on Jonas Brodin:

Also:

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Video- John Scott Suspended For Two Games

NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended for two games, without pay, for leaving the bench on a legal line change and starting an altercation with Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman during NHL Game No. 120 in Anaheim on Sunday, October 26, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $17,073.18. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Scott was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on a legal line change to start an altercation 13:56 into the third period.

video below...

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