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Tapped In: Rookie Krug finding Boston to his liking

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

NHL fans may not have known the name Torey Krug prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring, but they certainly do now. The Boston Bruins defenseman made his mark after being called up from their American Hockey League team, the Providence Bruins, in the 2013 postseason, when Krug became the first rookie defenseman in the history of the NHL to score four goals in his first five playoff games. Hoping to make another long postseason run, Krug shared what he’s thinking this year, how he endeared himself to his new teammates early on, and what his biggest role is in the locker room.

Kathryn Tappen: First off, happy birthday! April 12 is a good day.

Torey Krug: Thanks, 23. I’m getting old!

KT: What’s this I hear you are in charge of bringing magazines to the rink every month? What are the job requirements for that gig?

TK: [laughs] That’s a rookie duty. You got to make sure the guys are entertained. I bring magazines like Men’s Fitness, the fashion magazines. Guys are into the muscle cars, and any time you bring Golf Digest it will capture the guys’ attention.

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Playing in Devils' finale could be up to Brodeur

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 12:50 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Martin Brodeur
Goalie - NJD
RECORD: 18-14-6
GAA: 2.52 | SVP: 0.901

NEWARK, N.J. -- The chances New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will get one final start before the conclusion of the season look pretty good.

At least that's what Devils coach Peter DeBoer would like to see transpire Sunday when the Devils close their 2013-14 schedule against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center.

It will give fans one more opportunity to chant Brodeur's name and applaud the effort one final time if it is his curtain call for the only organization he's played for the past 20 seasons.

"Every time I play it could be my last game," Brodeur said following a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Friday. "That's the way I kind of approach it."

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Rupp suspended four games for illegal check to head

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 3:30 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp has been suspended for four games, without pay, for a late illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie during NHL Game No. 1201 in Minnesota on Thursday, April 10, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The suspension includes the Wild's final regular-season game and first three Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The incident occurred at 10:30 of the second period. Rupp was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Rupp will forfeit $7,692.31. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Union, Minnesota set to play for NCAA title

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 2:52 PM / On Campus

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- After one of the more dramatic nights in NCAA hockey history, the Union College and University of Minnesota hockey teams were back at work Friday, trying to put the celebrations and memories behind them.

"I think when you wake up this morning, you realize that you're playing for a national title and you better get your mind ready to go," said Minnesota center Kyle Rau, a Florida Panthers prospect who assisted on both Gophers goals in their 2-1 win against the University of North Dakota on Thursday. "Because if you're not, you're going to lay an egg."

Union started Thursday with a 5-4 win against Boston College in the first national semifinal, and Minnesota closed the night by scoring the winning goal with 0.6 seconds left against UND.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: April 11

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 12:41 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche can clinch the Central Division Friday, while the Dallas Stars can secure the last remaining Stanley Cup Playoffs berth. Here are the scenarios:

COLORADO AVALANCHE

The Avalanche would clinch the Central Division title if they defeat the San Jose Sharks in any fashion AND the St. Louis Blues lose to the Dallas Stars in regulation.

DALLAS STARS

The Stars would clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff berth if they defeat the Blues in any fashion.

Two first-round matchups have been determined through games played April 10. The Sharks will face the Los Angeles Kings in the first round with San Jose having home-ice advantage. The Canadiens will face the Lightning in the first round with home-ice advantage to be determined.

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Puempel rounding out his game in Binghamton

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 12:30 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

As left wing Matt Puempel of the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators continues to evolve as a hockey player, one thing has remained constant: his natural ability to create offense.

"He's been a goal scorer wherever he's gone, and that has definitely followed him here," said Senators coach Luke Richardson. "His ability to look for openings offensively and his shot -- it's a heavy, major-league shot -- those are just God-given talents that aren't teachable to some people."

The 21-year-old Puempel, selected by Ottawa at No. 24 in the 2011 NHL Draft, spent four years in the Ontario Hockey League with Peterborough and Kitchener from 2009-13. In his first season with Peterborough, he was named the Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year after recording 64 points in 69 games.

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UMass-Lowell's Hellebuyck wins Mike Richter Award

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 12:23 PM / On Campus

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- UMass-Lowell sophomore Connor Hellebuyck won the inaugural Mike Richter Award on Friday as the best goaltender in NCAA hockey.

Hellebuyck, a 2012 fifth-round pick (No. 130) of the Winnipeg Jets, led all college goalies with a 1.79 goals-against average and .941 save percentage, and his six shutouts were tied for second. He went 18-9-2 in 29 games.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound native of Commerence, Mich., signed a three-year, two-way entry-level contract with the Jets on April 5. The contract has an average annual value of $925,000.

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NHL announces Player Safety procedures for remainder of season and Stanley Cup Playoffs

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 11:12 AM / NHL Department of Player Safety

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- At the direction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brendan Shanahan immediately relinquished responsibility for overseeing the League's Department of Player Safety upon accepting the position of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday afternoon.

Effective with Thursday night's games and for the balance of the regular season and throughout the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stephane Quintal assumes the role of conducting hearings and administering supplementary discipline.

The National Hockey League has a first-rate and fully functional team of professionals staffed in the Player Safety Department that will continue to monitor all plays in all games and to flag plays that warrant review and potential discipline. There will be no change in the approach that has been established by the Department of Player Safety and the League will take all steps necessary to ensure a consistent standard of enforcement and application of discipline for the balance of this season.

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Wild's Rupp to have hearing for hit on Blues' Oshie

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 6:35 AM / NHL Department of Player Safety

NHL.com

Minnesota Wild left wing Mike Rupp will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Friday for a hit on St. Louis Blues left wing T.J. Oshie on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.

At 10:30 of the second period, Rupp was assessed a match penalty for hitting Oshie near the blue line in the Minnesota defensive zone. Oshie left the game and did not return.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head/interference. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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Hart choice Crosby produced regardless of linemates

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

That Sidney Crosby has broken the 100-point barrier for the fifth time in his career is impressive, and his double-figure lead on the rest of the field in the scoring race makes his pending second Art Ross Trophy pretty remarkable as well.

What is the most impressive thing about Crosby's season? He's accomplished all that by playing more time at even strength with Lee Stempniak and Brian Gibbons as linemates than Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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