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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 6:31 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Cooper: Lightning's win against Bruins 'a relief'

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper joined NHL Live to look back at a big win Sunday against the Boston Bruins and ahead to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Lightning, 7-1-1 in their past nine games, trail the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens by two points but hold an eight-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings for second place and home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Tampa Bay's win Sunday was its first against Boston since March 13, 2012, a stretch of 10 games.

"It was a little bit of a relief," Cooper said. "I think I'm coming up on my two-year anniversary with the team and that was the one team, for me anyway being behind the bench, I've yet to steal a win until [Sunday] night, so it was pretty special."

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 2:55 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Maple Leafs

There hasn't been a lot to celebrate in Toronto recently but there will be a pregame ceremony to honor Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Eric Brewer for playing in his 1,000th career game Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

Entering the Maple Leafs' game against the Minnesota Wild on Monday, Brewer has 75 goals and 267 points in 1,000 games with six teams. But since coming to the Maple Leafs in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on March 2, Brewer has one assist and a minus-9 rating in nine games.

Those numbers led him to come up with a unique use for the silver stick he'll receive from the NHL for reaching the 1,000-game milestone.

"Should probably use it the way I've been handling the puck," Brewer said in a video posted on the Maple Leafs website.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 10:49 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Red Wings' Datsyuk out for third straight game

Forward Pavel Datsyuk will not play Sunday for the Detroit Red Wings against the St. Louis Blues, coach Mike Babcock said according to

It will be the third straight game Datsyuk has missed because of a lower-body injury. Datsyuk has 23 goals and 58 points in 57 games for the Red Wings this season.

Detroit is three points ahead of the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Blues are level on points with the Nashville Predators at the top of the Central Division, but have one game in hand.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 2:22 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Panthers

Boston Bruins center David Krejci has missed 13 games because of a knee injury; whether that comes to an end Saturday against the Florida Panthers remains to be seen.

Krejci skated with this teammates at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and stayed out on the ice for about an extra 25 minutes, according to the team's official Twitter feed. Neither he nor coach Claude Julien was prepared to say yes or no to his availability against the Panthers.

"Today, I made another step forward, did some battle drills, so I'll talk to the trainers, and we'll see," Krejci said. "Some part of it is mental as well. Once I feel good, I've got to make sure my head feels good."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 10:44 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Devils forward Elias to miss game against Penguins

New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias will not play Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of back spasms, Devils interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello said.

It will be the second straight game Elias misses since sustaining the injury during practice March 13. He sat out the Devils game Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 5:59 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CAR @ CBJ - 20:00 of the First Period

At 20:00 of the first period in the Carolina Hurricanes/Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Carolina net as time expired. Video review confirmed that Nick Foligno's shot crossed the Carolina goal line with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. The game clock is reset to reflect the time the puck entered the net and good goal Columbus.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 12:51 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canadiens at Islanders

Forward Ryan Strome will be a healthy scratch for the New York Islanders on Saturday when they play the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum.

Strome has played in all 70 games for the Islanders this season, his second in the NHL. He's set career-highs in goals (14), assists (29), and points (43), but has just one point in his past five games. Forward Frans Nielsen, who missed his first game this season as a healthy scratch Friday against the Ottawa Senators, will return to the lineup in place of Strome.

Coach Jack Capuano also said Michal Neuvirth will start in goal for the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Senators.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.11.2015 / 6:31 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Bruins forward Spooner thriving after call up

Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner joined NHL Live to discuss the recent play of the Bruins and his first two-goal game in a win Tuesday at the Ottawa Senators.

"It was great," said Spooner, a native of Kanata, Ontario. "Just to go back to my hometown like that and get two points was great. It felt awesome."

Spooner's performance led the Bruins to a 3-1 win at that extended their lead for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference to seven points. After losing six consecutive games the Bruins have won three straight and six of eight.

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Posted On Monday, 03.09.2015 / 6:07 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Brassard: Rangers-Islanders rivalry fun for players

New York Rangers center Derick Brassard joined NHL Live to preview their Metropolitan Division showdown against the New York Islanders on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA, SN1 ,SNO, MSG 2, MSG+).

The Rangers are 1-3-0 against the Islanders this season but won the last game 6-5 on Feb. 16 after overcoming three two-goal deficits.

"I think our rivalry against the Islanders is actually fun for the players and I think for the fans," Brassard said. "It's not a rivalry that's bloody and we're trying to kill each other out there. I think it's really good hockey. They have a good team and so do we. It's a lot of fun playing in those games.

"We were down 2-0 in the first period in the last game there and we found a way to come back and get a win. Since then we've been playing some really good hockey. I think [Tuesday] it's going be another great game against them. We know how important points are in the standings."

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Posted On Monday, 03.09.2015 / 2:55 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Youngstown's Connor named USHL top forward

Left wing Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, No. 14 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the USHL/CCM forward of the week.

Connor, 18, had three goals and seven points in two victories against the Sioux Falls Stampede last weekend. He had a career-high five points (two goals, three assists) in a 7-3 win Friday and had one goal and one assist in a 6-2 win Saturday.

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It's very special, obviously; there is draft day and then there's the day that you sign your first deal. It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm very honored to be able to do that."

— Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid on signing his first professional contract