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No clinching scenarios in Sunday games

Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 10:33 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are the only teams in the Eastern Conference to have clinched a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title by defeating the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Saturday.

The St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche have all clinched spots in the Western Conference. The Avalanche clinched a berth by defeating the Sharks 3-2 on Saturday. The Blackhawks were idle Saturday, but clinched a spot after the Minnesota Wild defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1.

There are no clinching scenarios for games on Sunday.

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Daily Primer March 30: Hawks seek home-ice edge

Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The Chicago Blackhawks didn't play Saturday, but their ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs was punched when the Phoenix Coyotes lost to the Minnesota Wild. Now that they know for sure they will have a chance to defend their crown, the Blackhawks will attempt to secure home-ice advantage in the opening round.

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Snider Foundation grows game in Philadelphia

Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 2:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

Virlen Reyes is sitting at a two-top at a Starbucks on the quad of West Chester University, where she is a senior. She is in the middle of telling her life story when she pauses.

Her narrative has unraveled during the course of nearly an hour when Reyes, in a quiet, confident voice, has held forth on the circumstances of her remarkable evolution. It's a gripping tale, and Reyes is a capable storyteller. Now, though, caught in the part between her graduation from high school and her college years, her train of thought stalls as a flash of realization crosses her face.

"I'm just … I'm just noticing now how much effort it took not to give up," she said.

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Blackhawks complete first step on road to repeat

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 11:50 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Chicago Blackhawks have passed the first checkpoint on what they hope will be the road to back-to-back Stanley Cups, though the journey this season may be a bit more difficult.

The defending champs were assured of a sixth consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Phoenix Coyotes lost 3-1 to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. It came after the Blackhawks dropped back-to-back road games against the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators.

The road to a second championship won't be as smooth. Last season's team had the home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs; this one may not have it in any series. The Blackhawks are not likely to catch the St. Louis Blues for the Central Division title, and they're in a battle with the Colorado Avalanche, their all-but-certain first-round opponent, to see who finishes second and gets the home-ice edge.

Regardless of where they finish, the Blackhawks will be a serious contender to win the Cup for the third time in five seasons. Here are five reasons why:

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Union, North Dakota advance to Frozen Four

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 11:26 PM / On Campus

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Top-ranked Union College advanced to the Frozen Four for the second time in three years by beating Providence 3-1 on Saturday in the NCAA East Regional Final at Bridgeport, Conn.

Max Novak, Mat Bodie and Matt Hatch scored for Union (30-6-4) of the ECAC, which is 14-0-1 in its past 15 games. The Dutchmen, who lost to Ferris State in the 2012 national semifinals, are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in school history.
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Avalanche ride fast start, young core back to playoffs

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 9:06 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

A season ago the Colorado Avalanche finished last in the Western Conference and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight season. Coach Joe Sacco was fired.

Two franchise legends were tasked with rebuilding the franchise. In May, Joe Sakic was named executive vice president of hockey operations. Two weeks later, Patrick Roy was hired as coach. Each was a cornerstone of Colorado's Stanley Cup victories in 1996 and 2001, which made for a winning pedigree in the front office and behind the bench.

The Avalanche opened the Roy Era with a 6-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks and raced out of the gate like a thoroughbred. Considering how they finished last season, many braced for the Avalanche to fall back to the pack. Instead, they're headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

It's been a long road back for the Avalanche, but the wait has been worth it. Colorado's 47 wins are the most since 2000-01 (52) and its 100 points are the most since the Avalanche hit that number in 2003-04.

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Giroux, Berube at forefront of Flyers' resurgence

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 7:30 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was sitting on the bench during the second period of a Nov. 9 game against the Edmonton Oilers when something caught his eye.

As a frustrated Claude Giroux slammed his stick on the ice after missing another scoring chance, Simmonds noticed something he hadn't seen much during a trying start to the season for the Flyers and their on-ice leader.

The Flyers entered that day 4-10-1. Coach Peter Laviolette had been fired three games into the season. The offense was missing in action; nine times in 15 games it had been held to one goal or fewer. The power play was non-existent, and only strong play by goaltenders Steve Mason and Ray Emery kept their goal differential from being worse than the minus-20 it was.

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Bruins' Iginla proving he's still a top-flight talent

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 7:20 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Free agency, mega-contracts and wealth disparity among owners have made the one-organization superstar almost as rare as the 150-point season.

When Nicklas Lidstrom retired from the Detroit Red Wings in 2012 after 20 seasons in one uniform, the ranks of the one-team legends was diminished further. In 2013 another icon of one city, Jarome Iginla, was traded from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Iginla remains the Flames' all-time leader in games played, goals and points; he was in the midst of his 16th season with an organization that traded for him when he was 18 years old and anointed him captain at 26.

Some legends, like Brett Hull and Paul Coffey, get traded around the NHL their entire careers with varying levels of success at each stop. A few like Lidstrom make it all the way through to the end with one team. Others are shipped off late in their careers and the results historically have been mixed.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: March 29

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 7:01 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs or a division title on Saturday. Here are the scenarios:
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Daily Primer March 29: Coyotes can pass Wild

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The Phoenix Coyotes have been trying to hold on to the second Western Conference wild-card position in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They return home after a three-game road trip looking ahead, not behind.

The Coyotes went 2-0-1 on their trip, and a victory against the visiting Minnesota Wild on Saturday (9 p.m. ET) will move them into the first wild-card spot, ahead of the slumping Wild. Phoenix won games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils with backup goaltender Thomas Greiss, who's likely to get the call against Minnesota in place of starter Mike Smith, who's out with a lower-body injury.

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