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Seidenberg stepping up game at key time for Bruins

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- When Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is at his best, he's a player who punishes opponents in battles down low with his body checking and serves as a second goaltender with his shot blocking.

Seidenberg's usually at his best in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He wrote his legend during the Bruins' run to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship as sidekick to Boston captain Zdeno Chara on the No. 1 pairing. Since then Seidenberg has been a rugged pillar of stability at the most important times for the Bruins.

In case anyone missed it, the Bruins have gotten a head start on playing playoff-caliber games because they're battling the Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers and others to extend their postseason streak to eight consecutive years. And Seidenberg has again played a central role in the Bruins tightening up their defense and winning two in a row to take a three-point lead on the Senators for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Bruins also lead the Panthers by four points heading into their game at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m., SNE, SNO, SNW, NESN, FS-F).

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Around the League notebook for Monday, March 30

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 1:35 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

LIGHTNING CLAIM POSTSEASON BERTH WITH WIN AGAINST CANADIENS

Vladislav Namestnikov (2-1—3) had his first three-point game in the NHL to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 victory against the Montreal Canadiens. With the win, the Lightning (47-23-7, 101 points) moved within a point of the Canadiens (47-22-8, 102 points) who lead the Atlantic Division and clinched a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Lightning reached the playoffs for the eighth time and for the second consecutive season.

* With 47 wins this season, the Lightning set a new franchise record for victories in a season. They eclipsed their previous best of 46 wins set during the 2013-14, 2010-11 and 2003-04 seasons.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Lightning swept their season series versus the Canadiens (5-0-0) for the first time in history. Elias says that Tampa Bay is the first team to sweep a season series of at least five games versus Montreal since the Buffalo Sabres went 8-0-0 against the Canadiens during the 1983-84 season.

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Lightning continue to win despite spate of injuries

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 1:25 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL – Center Brian Boyle signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the offseason as an unrestricted free agent after spending years as a key role player with the New York Rangers.

But while Boyle has not been the Lightning around for that long, in the past two games he has come to epitomize what the Lightning have become over the past two seasons.

During a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, coach Jon Cooper moved Boyle back to defense when he lost defenseman Jason Garrison very early in the game. Prior to the Lightning's game Monday against the Montreal Canadiens, Boyle talked about how difficult that transition was for him.

"But if it's needed, I want to be effective," Boyle said. "I want to be good back there."

Little did Boyle know how soon he would get another chance.

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Five reasons Lightning clinched playoff berth

Monday, 03.30.2015 / 10:24 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Tampa Bay Lightning showed last season they were more than superstar Steven Stamkos. Despite Stamkos missing four months because of a broken leg, the Lightning finished second in the Atlantic Division.

The players who stepped up in Stamkos' absence have maintained their high level of play or improved in 2014-15, and Stamkos has returned as one of the NHL's top scorers.

It's why the Lightning have reached the 100-point mark and clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season. Tampa Bay still has a chance at winning its first division title since 2004, when the Lightning won the Southeast Division on the way to winning the Stanley Cup.

Here are five reasons the Lightning clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

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Whirlwind trip for hockey fanatic has charitable payoff

Monday, 03.30.2015 / 4:32 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

NEWARK, N.J. -- For years, Rob Suggitt dreamed about visiting every rink in the NHL.

Finally, he acted this year and finds himself in the midst of a whirlwind, month-long tour of hockey across North America.

Suggitt, a self-professed hockey fanatic from Edmonton, is on a quest to visit 30 different NHL rinks in 30 consecutive nights. It is part bucket-list adventure and part charity fundraiser. It has also been an unforgettable experience.

"For me, it's going to be the memories of this trip," Suggitt said as he sat at the Prudential Center before a game Sunday night between the New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks. "Right now, they are just incredible. As I finish it, I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life."

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Fantasy All-Access: Blue Jackets' Atkinson heats up

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

April Fools' Day is celebrated this week and some players have been playing practical jokes on owners all season with streaks of hot and cold play.

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Dubnyk, Atkinson and O'Reilly named stars of week

Monday, 03.30.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKMinnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson and Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 29.

FIRST STAR – DEVAN DUBNYK, G, MINNESOTA WILD

Dubnyk went 4-0-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .962 save percentage to lead the Wild (44-25-7, 95 points) to four consecutive victories, including their franchise-record 10th straight on the road. He opened the week with 35 saves in a 2-1 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs March 23. Dubnyk followed that performance by stopping 37 shots – and all three attempts he faced in the shootout – in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders March 24. He capped the week with victories on consecutive days, making 23 saves in a 4-2 triumph over the Calgary Flames March 27 and 31 stops in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings March 28. The 28-year-old Regina, Sask., native has won a career-high 35 games while ranking second in the NHL with a 2.05 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 53 appearances this season. That includes a 26-6-1 record with a 1.70 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and five shutouts since joining the Wild Jan. 15.

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Playoff Countdown: Kings, Blackhawks in rematch

Monday, 03.30.2015 / 11:48 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

Saturday, April 11, marks the conclusion to the 2014-15 regular season. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the countdown to the end of the season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues can clinch a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday while the Los Angeles Kings continue their playoff push in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Final.

The Kings (37-24-14) face the Chicago Blackhawks (45-24-6), who they defeated in seven games last spring en route to their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons.

While the Blackhawks are closing in on a seventh consecutive postseason berth, the Kings enter one point behind the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific and two points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the West. They have a game in hand on each of those teams.

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Playoff clinching scenarios for Monday, March 30

Monday, 03.30.2015 / 11:10 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

With 13 days remaining in the regular season, there are 12 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Two clubs can clinch playoff berths Monday, while the Anaheim Ducks can lock up the Pacific Division title:

* The St. Louis Blues would clinch a playoff berth if they win in regulation or overtime OR if they win in a shootout AND either the Calgary Flames or Los Angeles Kings lose in any fashion OR if they get one point and either the Flames lose in regulation OR the Flames lose in any fashion and the Kings lose in regulation. The Blues CANNOT clinch a playoff berth if they lose in regulation.

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Wild agree to terms with Hoffman, Palmquist

Monday, 03.30.2015 / 10:55 AM / News

MinnesotaWild.com

The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with goaltender Brody Hoffman and defenseman Zach Palmquist to entry-level contracts for the 2015-16 season.

Hoffman, 24 (2/18/91), went 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average (GAA), a .922 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 22 games during his junior season with the University of Vermont in 2014-15. He ranked second in Hockey East and 18th in the NCAA in GAA. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, posted a record of 34-33-9 with a 2.45 GAA, a .914 SV% and three shutouts in 78 games during three seasons with the Catamounts.

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Quote of the Day

He scores 50 goals, they go in, they go in, and they go in. And I think, 'Why can't I do that?'

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on teammate Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 50th goal of the season Tuesday in a 4-2 win vs. the Hurricanes