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Referee Devorski calls it quits after 26-year career

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 6:34 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Paul Devorski's career as an official started in the early 1980s because of a headline in a newspaper and ended Sunday with NHL stars such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Claude Giroux shaking his hand and thanking him for his service to the game.

Devorski officiated his 1,594th and final NHL game at Wells Fargo Center. The 56-year-old is retiring after serving as a referee for 26 years.

He worked the game Sunday with his brother, Greg, a linesman.

"You know what, I never thought I'd last this long, but it's so fast out there and it's time to go before you embarrass yourself," Devorski said following the game, a 4-1 win for the Flyers against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "It's so fast out there now. It's time to go."

Playoff clinching scenarios for Sunday, April 5

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 11:44 AM / Expert Picks

NHL Public Relations

With seven days remaining in the regular season, there are nine berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

These are the clinching scenarios for games Sunday:

* The New York Islanders (idle) would clinch a playoff berth if the Ottawa Senators lose in regulation.

* The Washington Capitals would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Detroit Red Wings in any fashion AND the Senators lose in any fashion OR if they get one point AND the Senators lose in regulation.

Playoff Countdown: Blues-Blackhawks preview?

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 11:24 AM / Expert Picks

Saturday, April 11, marks the conclusion to the 2014-15 regular season. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the countdown to the end of the season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

There's a good possibility the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will face each other in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner of their game at United Center on Sunday will have the inside track on the home-ice advantage for that series.

The Blues (48-23-7) come to Chicago in second place in the Central Division, one point ahead of the Blackhawks (48-24-6). Chicago has won four in a row; the Blues have won their past two games.

Sharp beginning to find offense for Blackhawks

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 10:13 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- His scoring touch left him for a long stretch of games, but forward Patrick Sharp is starting to round into form at just the right time for the Chicago Blackhawks.

His goal production is trending up as the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs approach, and that’s a welcome relief for a team that’s missing its most potent offensive threat. If the Blackhawks are going to survive long enough to get injured right wing Patrick Kane back, they’re going to need one of Sharp’s patented postseason runs.

Other players were more heralded in Chicago’s 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup championship runs, but Sharp’s name was at the top of the goals column on the stat sheet each time. Odds are he’ll be up there again if the Blackhawks cap these playoffs with another title.

“Everybody wants to gear up for the end of the season and what’s to come,” said Sharp, who has two goals in the Blackhawks’ current four-game win streak. “You know, for whatever reason it’s been a tough season individually, offensively, putting up points and scoring goals. But I think our team’s right where we want to be. We’re playing better hockey as of late, individually, and I think we’re trending in the right direction.”

North Saanich, B.C. named Kraft Hockeyville 2015

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 9:00 AM / 2015 Kraft Hockeyville

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO – Last night, millions of votes and countless rallying cries culminated in North Saanich, B.C. being named Kraft Hockeyville 2015 in Canada. During a live spot on Hockey Night in Canada™, NHL® Commissioner Gary Bettman announced that North Saanich will receive the opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season Game between Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, and $100,000 to build a dedicated home-team locker room in their arena. In its ninth season, Kraft Hockeyville remains committed to investing in community arenas to help keep the game alive from coast-to-coast.

The Panorama Recreation Centre Hockey Arena plays an essential role in bringing together fans, friends, and family in North Saanich. The centre is home to the Saanich Peninsula's only hockey facility, however, it does not have a dedicated home-team locker room where players can store their equipment and join together before and after games. In its quest for the Kraft Hockeyville title, the community organized several events, including a voting party at the rink with free skating, and received an outpouring of support from many local organizations.

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