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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 12:08 AM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

SJS @ EDM - 13:42 of the Second Period

At 13:42 of the second period in the San Jose Sharks/Edmonton Oilers game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Oilers forward Jordan Eberle's centering pass deflected off Sharks defenseman Justin Braun's skate and into the net. Good Goal Edmonton.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 8:23 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CGY @ TOR - 6:53 of the Second Period

At 6:53 of the second period in the Calgary Flames/Toronto Maple Leafs game, video review upheld the referees group decision on the ice that Curtis Glencross deflected the puck into the net with his stick above the cross bar. Initially, the referee closest to the puck signalled goal but after discussion with the other on ice officials the determination was made that the deflection was with the stick above the cross bar. Video review supported that decision. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No Goal Calgary.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 4:56 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks know there's no room for letdown vs. Oilers

SAN JOSE -- No one has to tell center Logan Couture that the San Jose Sharks can't afford a letdown Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers if they hope to win the Pacific Division.

Couture watched on television Monday night as the first-place Anaheim Ducks rallied from a 4-0 hole to beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in overtime. The Ducks moved three points ahead of the Sharks and have a game in hand. They also own a significant edge in non-shootout wins, the No. 1 tiebreaker once the regular season ends.

With six games left to play, the Sharks appear to be in must-win territory when it comes to winning the Pacific Division and avoiding a first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 4:31 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks for Tuesday April 1, 2014

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Flames

Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Colorado Avalanche vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Philadelphia Flyers vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

New York Rangers vs Vancouver Canucks - Rangers

Winnipeg Jets vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

Dallas Stars vs Washington Capitals - Stars

E.J.'s Season Record: 290-181-61

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 4:23 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lack to start for Canucks against Rangers

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks rookie goalie Eddie Lack never has met fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist, but he long has admired the New York Rangers star goaltender.

Lack will face Lundqvist for the first time Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, TSN), but wasn't yet sure if he'd speak up while they are stretching at the red line during pregame warm-ups.

"He's a guy I have been looking up to for almost 10 years now and I've been looking forward to this a while," Lack said of Lundqvist, who will be back in goal for the Rangers after serving as the backup Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers. "It's a great moment for me."

There are similarities between Lack and Lundqvist in terms how they play deeper in their crease and minimize their movements. Lack, who is making his 17th straight start, cited Lundqvist among a handful of goalies he watches closely to find things he can improve in his game.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 4:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Clowe day-to-day after hard hit, out vs. Sabres

New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe will not play Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres due to an injury sustained Monday against the Florida Panthers.

Clowe was hit hard by Panthers forward Quinton Howden late in the second period and needed help leaving the ice. He did not return to the game.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Record that Clowe is "fine" but is "day to day." He did not accompany the team on its trip to Buffalo.

The Devils did not hold a morning skate Tuesday, so the makeup of their lineup won't be known until game time. One player who could take his spot is forward Tim Sestito, who was one of two players to take the ice Tuesday morning. Sestito hasn't played since being elbowed in the head by Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser on March 20.

"I haven't had any setbacks," Sestito told The Record. "I've felt fine. I just needed some time practice and skates and stuff, but since then I feel like I'm up to speed."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 3:52 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes' Moss game-time decision against Jets

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes forward David Moss took part in an optional skate Tuesday morning and coach Dave Tippett said Moss will be a game-time decision Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

Moss sustained an ankle injury against the New Jersey Devils on March 27 and missed the 3-1 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. If Moss can't play, Tippett will likely stick with the same lineup up front and play center Mike Ribeiro, who has been a healthy scratch in two of the past three games.

Goalie Mike Smith skated on Monday for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury on March 24 and was back on the ice in full equipment Tuesday before the team skate. Smith was able to do some side-to-side drills in the net and Tippett was happy to see his No. 1 goaltender back on the ice. Smith is to be re-evaluated on Friday and his status has not changed.

"He continues to move along like we'd hoped," Tippett said.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 2:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers rookie Bjugstad emerges as playmaker

With their Stanley Cup Playoff hopes ended, the Florida Panthers have used the final weeks of the season as a chance for some of their top prospects to develop at an accelerated pace.

No one has seized that opportunity like center Nick Bjugstad.

The University of Minnesota product last scored a goal March 1, but he's shown an ability to set up others with 11 assists in his past 18 games. With two assists Monday in a 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils, Bjugstad became the fourth rookie in Panthers history to reach 20 assists, joining Michael Frolik, Kristian Huselius and Jesse Belanger.

Bjugstad led a brief comeback Monday after the Panthers fell behind 3-0 by setting up Dmitry Kulikov's shorthanded goal with 2:38 remaining in the first and Brad Boyes' goal 50 seconds into the second to cut into the Devils' lead.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 2:14 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers defenseman Gustafsson eager to rejoin lineup

ST. LOUIS -- Erik Gustafsson had to dust the cobwebs off his equipment Tuesday morning. The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman hasn't been in the lineup for more than a month.

Because of an upper-body injury to defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who took a puck off the face and will miss the game Tuesday against the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues (50-17-7), Gustafsson will be inserted into the Flyers' lineup (39-27-8) for the first time since Feb. 27.

Gustafsson, who has two goals and 10 points in 27 games, is anxious to play rather than feeling bad about not being part of the mix in recent weeks.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 1:56 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Maple Leafs' Kessel proclaims himself fit to play

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs head into their game Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames on an eight-game losing streak. One question they had was the health of their leading scorer, right wing Phil Kessel.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Kessel, who bruised his foot against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, is available to play against the Flames.

"He says he's available to play," Carlyle said. "So basically it's been two days of treatment and he's telling us he's ready."

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It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery