Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 8:10 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

SJS @ OTT - 14:09 of the First Period

At 14:09 of the first period in the San Jose Sharks/Ottawa Senators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the San Jose net. Video review confirmed that the puck deflected off Mika Zibanejad and into the San Jose net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good goal Ottawa.

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 8:03 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Yandle proves to Rangers why he's worth it

NEW YORK -- It took him until his 10th game, but defenseman Keith Yandle showed the New York Rangers on Sunday why he was worth the steep price general manager Glen Sather paid to acquire him and what he can do for a Stanley Cup contending team this spring.

Yandle came to the Rangers in a trade from the Arizona Coyotes on March 1 for top prospect Anthony Duclair, a first-round draft pick in 2016, a second-round draft pick this year, and defenseman John Moore.

He came to New York for games like he played Sunday, when Yandle's first pass and focus on the details of his offensive game were on point in a 7-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden.

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 7:47 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CHI @ CAR - 17:55 of the First Period

At 17:55 of the first period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Carolina Hurricanes game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Jonathan Toews' shot at 17:21. Video review confirmed that Jonathan Toews' shot did not cross the Carolina goal line. No goal Chicago.

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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 / 3:50 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Oilers

EDMONTON -- They will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, but the Edmonton Oilers are living vicariously through teams still in the hunt.

Playing against the Winnipeg Jets at Rexall Place on Monday, the Oilers are looking to influence the race by playing a spoiler role.

"We relish these games a bit, knowing that they're going to be playing their best hockey and that can help raise our game," Oilers forward Matt Hendricks said. "We want to be as competitive as we can these last 10 games and steal as many points as we can. We want to win hockey games and a lot of the teams we're playing right now are fighting for playoff positions or trying to get into the playoff picture. We want to win as many as we can."

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 3:41 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Flames

CALGARY -- Jarome Iginla spent 15-plus seasons trying to put the Calgary Flames into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now chasing the Flames as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, Iginla is hoping to put a dent in Calgary's playoff hopes to help his own odds.

"Being in the same conference and them being in a playoff spot that we'd like to have, it's not looking and just being happy [for Calgary]," said Iginla, who is set to skate in career game No. 611 at the Saddledome on Monday, a building where he has 268 goals and 302 assists all-time. "We're trying to catch them; we're trying to beat them. That's the game and that's the sport. It's the fun part. These games are important to win. They have a huge impact.

"It's a four-point game. It's a huge impact on the standings and for us, it'd be really big to keep moving forward and keep closing the gap on a big group of teams."

On a 6-1-1 run, the Avalanche have kept their postseason aspirations alive.

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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 Monday, 03.23.2015 / 2:34 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sabres at Stars

DALLAS -- When the Buffalo Sabres face the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Monday, they could be without leading scorer Tyler Ennis, who missed the morning skate because of an illness.

Ennis, who leads the Sabres with 39 points (21 assists), became ill Monday morning, but Buffalo coach Ted Nolan remains optimistic Ennis will be able to play against Dallas.

"He woke up not feeling really good today, maybe a touch of the flu or whatever it is. Sent him back to the hotel. Hopefully he'll be ready to go tonight," Nolan said.

Buffalo (20-45-7, 47 points) will be without right wing Jerry D'Amigo, who took a stick to the face late in a 3-0 loss at the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, an infraction that earned Nashville center Craig Smith a $5,000 fine.

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 2:16 PM

By Chris Stevenson - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Senators

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators will take over the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference if they earn at least a point against the San Jose Sharks at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

Ottawa trails the Boston Bruins by one point, but has played two less games. The Senators have not held a playoff position since late November and were 14 points out of the second wild card Feb. 10. They have been boosted by goaltender Andrew Hammond's 13-0-1 record as a starter, but Hammond said nothing changes just because the Senators are now close to a playoff spot.

"It's just another game we need win," he said. "Obviously tonight there is a little more on the line. The most important thing is being there after 82 games, not after tonight.

"You can't get caught up in [taking over a playoff spot] now that you're here. You just need to keep doing what got you here. Everyone for the most part is just worrying about each game, each night that we had and didn't worry about the following game or the game two nights later. It's given us a lot of success and maybe made the tall hill we had to climb seem not so steep."

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 1:55 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Richards exactly what Kings need

I watched the Los Angeles Kings lose to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday saw a team that just can't score right now, and gets more chances from its fourth line than its second or third. I thought to myself, "This team needs to do something to right the ship. Are they ever going to call Mike Richards up?"

Funny how that happens sometimes.

By the time the Kings called up Richards on Sunday, it seemed pretty clear that this was a move they had to make. Regardless of his struggles this season, you know Richards has the experience of winning the Stanley Cup twice and that he plays hard every night. Maybe he can give them the juice or the spark the Kings need because that's the way he plays. Maybe he'll be so fired up to be on planes instead of buses that he'll bring a whole new energy to their lineup. That's something the Kings desperately need right now if they're going to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and have a chance to defend their title.

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