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Referee Devorski calls it quits after 26-year career

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 6:34 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com 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."

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Flames recall goaltender Thiessen

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 4:17 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled goaltender Brad Thiessen from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League

The Aldergrove, British Columbia native is playing his sixth season professionally and was signed as a free agent by Calgary on July 4, 2014. In 32 games with Adirondack during the 2014-15 season the 6', 177 lb. netminder has a 10-14-7 record with a 3.02 GAA and a .905 SV%. Thiessen played five NHL games with Pittsburgh in the 2011-12 season and had a 3-1-0 record.

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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.

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, April 4

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 11:25 AM / News

NHL.com

FLAMES, KINGS GAIN GROUND IN PACIFIC DIVISION

The Calgary Flames (43-29-7, 93 points) and Los Angeles Kings (39-25-14, 92 points) each earned wins Saturday to gain ground on the Vancouver Canucks (45-29-5, 95 points), who lost in regulation, as jockeying continues in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles holds a game in hand on each team and also faces Vancouver (Monday at VAN) and Calgary (Thursday at CGY) once more this season.

* Jonas Hiller stopped all 27 shots he faced in a relief effort and Dennis Wideman had a goal and two assists to power the Flames to their third win in their past four games and a sweep of their five-game season series with the Oilers.

* The Flames swept their season series with the Oilers for the first time since 2009-10 (6-0-0). Calgary has won 26 of the past 34 games dating to April 11, 2009, including seven straight victories since March 1, 2014.

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Playoff Countdown: Blues-Blackhawks preview?

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 11:24 AM / Expert Picks

NHL.com

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, NHL.com 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.

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Sharp beginning to find offense for Blackhawks

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 10:13 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com 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.”

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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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Islanders closing Coliseum chasing one more Cup

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"It's the land that time forgot over there. It's all the same ushers, it's the same people working there. To me, it feels like I stepped back through a portal to 1984." -- Former New York Islanders captain Patrick Flatley

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Depending on where you live on Long Island, you either drive north or south on the Meadowbrook Parkway. When you see the gigantic smoke stacks alongside the highway, you know you're almost there.

You get off at Exit M4. On most nights, many of the car horns are playing to the tune of "Let's Go Islanders," a repetitive sound you've heard nearly every trip you've made to Uniondale.

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the only home the New York Islanders have had, opened in 1972, the same year the Islanders entered the NHL with the Atlanta Flames. This Saturday, the Islanders will play their final regular-season game there, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Flames goalie Ramo leaves game with injury

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 1:08 AM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo left 58 seconds into their 4-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Ramo went down on a shot attempt that went wide and was favoring his left leg when he got up.

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U.S. women edge Canada to win World Championship

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 1:34 PM / News

NHL.com

Brianna Decker scored the decisive goal with 9:38 left in the third period and the United States women held off Canada for a 7-5 victory Saturday to win the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

Decker was one of seven goal scorers for the United States, which held leads of 3-0 and 5-2 before Canada rallied with three goals in a span of 2:03 to create a tie heading into the third.

Anne Pankowski, Hilary Knight, Megan Keller, Anne Schleper, Haley Skarupa and Kendall Coyne had the other goals, and the United States won the World Championship for the second year in a row.

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