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Stars' Benn gets four points to win scoring title

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 11:13 PM / News

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn used a late-season charge to win his first Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer with 87 points, edging New York Islanders forward John Tavares by one point in the final seconds of the Stars' 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Benn had a hat trick and an assist. It was a career high in points for Benn, who had 79 last season.

Benn scored his third goal with 2:05 remaining with an empty net. That tied him with Tavares (86 points). Had the two remained tied, Tavares would have won the Art Ross Trophy because he scored more goals (38 to 35).

Kings defenseman Regehr likely to retire from NHL

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 6:57 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr said Saturday he will likely retire after the Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 at Staples Center.

"Probably the last professional game I’ll play," Regehr said. "I talked to [Kings general manager] Dean [Lombardi] just after I got here [in 2013] and he asked me how long I thought I could play for. I told him I think I can give you two hard years and we’ll see … I think it’s time to move on to the next chapter in life."

Regehr, 34, played 15 seasons in the NHL as a physical, hard-hitting defenseman whose body absorbed a lot of impact over the years. He was due to become an unrestricted free agent.

Five reasons Senators clinched a playoff berth

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 4:15 PM / Expert Picks

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

The 2012 Los Angeles Kings proved that all a team needs to do is get to the Stanley Cup Playoffs; from there, anything can happen. Los Angeles caught fire after the 2012 Trade Deadline, sneaking into the postseason as the No. 8 seed, and then eventually winning the 2012 Stanley Cup.

The Ottawa Senators have followed that blueprint to the letter so far.

On Feb. 10, the Senators were 14 points out of a playoff spot. Five teams stood in the way of a postseason berth.

Playoff hockey is all about "what have you done for me lately?" and of late, the Senators have been the hottest team in hockey. Ottawa is 23-4-4 since Feb. 10, and 32-16-7 since coach Dave Cameron took over on Dec. 11. Th Senators, the one led recently by a first-year goaltender and timely goal-scoring, now have a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

Here are five reasons the Senators clinched a playoff berth:

Kraft Hockeyville USA announces top 10 finalists

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 3:30 PM / 2015 Kraft Hockeyville

NHL Public Relations

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Hundreds of communities across the country have shown their hockey spirit and passion by nominating their local rinks for the esteemed title of "Kraft Hockeyville USA," and the chance to host an NHL Pre-Season Game in their local community. Launched in the United States for the first time on January 1, in partnership with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), National Hockey League (NHL), NBC Sports Group and USA Hockey, Kraft's Canadian-born program captured the nation, reaching communities in all 50 states, with 1,324 rinks nominated and 18,388 unique story nominations. The top 10 communities will share $425,000 in arena upgrades from Kraft.

The 10 communities, five from the West and five from the East, moving on to the first round of voting include:

Eric Staal uncertain about future with Hurricanes

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 2:13 PM / News

Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- As the Carolina Hurricanes prepare for the offseason after having failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, there is a possibility management will make significant roster changes. Captain Eric Staal is among those players who are uncertain about their future.

With one season remaining on a seven-year contract, Staal said he has had no discussion with the Hurricanes about an extension.

"No contract talks," he said. "I'm not worried about it to be honest. I'm not sure what their plans are or what lies ahead."

Canadiens' Pacioretty skates, return still uncertain

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 1:54 PM / News Staff

Left wing Max Pacioretty skated Saturday morning for nearly 30 minutes at the Montreal Canadiens training facility, coach Michel Therrien told the Canadiens website.

It was Pacioretty’s first time on the ice since he sustained an upper-body injury in a game at the Florida Panthers on April 5.

Therrien said Pacioretty was responding well to treatment, but he provided no further update to the probability of Pacioretty being ready for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Playoff countdown: Senators can cap amazing run

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 12:16 PM / News

The 2014-15 NHL regular season concludes Saturday with a 15-game schedule with game play stretched across approximately 12 hours. Final positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones are left to be determined before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15.

Saturday is the final day of the NHL regular season, and all 30 teams will play game No. 82. There's still much to be determined with the season coming to a close, including two playoff berths in the Eastern Conference, and seeding in both conferences.

The Ottawa Senators play in one of the first games of the day against the Philadelphia Flyers. Earning at least a point will clinch the Senators a playoff berth. A win would secure at least the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. If Ottawa loses in regulation, it can still get into the playoffs. The Boston Bruins would either need to lose in any fashion, or, the Pittsburgh Penguins would need to lose in regulation. Pittsburgh plays the Buffalo Sabres, and, like Ottawa, has multiple ways it can clinch a berth. A win in any fashion will secure the Penguins a spot in the postseason. An overtime loss paired with an Ottawa regulation loss or a Bruins regulation loss would also earn Pittsburgh a spot. If the Penguins and Bruins level on points for the final spot, Boston owns the tiebreaker and would qualify.

Playoff clinching scenarios for Saturday, April 11

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 11:56 AM / Expert Picks

On the final day of the 2014-15 regular season, two berths and much of the remaining seeding in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs remain up for grabs.

Here are all of the clinching scenarios for Saturday:


* The Senators would clinch a playoff berth if they get at least one point against the Flyers OR if the Penguins lose to the Sabres in regulation OR if the Bruins lose to the Lightning in any fashion.

* The Senators would clinch the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division if they defeat the Flyers in any fashion AND the Red Wings lose to the Hurricanes in regulation.

Penguins' Letang 'likely' out for season: report

Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is not likely to play again this season, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Tribune-Review on Friday.

Letang, who has a concussion, would be out even if the Penguins make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rutherford said.

“Based on his present condition, it's not likely he'd return this year,” Rutherford told the newspaper.

Five players in race for NHL scoring title on final day

Friday, 04.10.2015 / 11:02 PM / News

Five players have a chance to win the NHL scoring title on the final day of the regular season, one of the closest races in League history.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and John Tavares of the New York Islanders enter the full schedule of games Saturday leading the League with 84 points. Each had one point in New York's 3-1 win at Pittsburgh on Friday, moving ahead of Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, who has 83.

Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers has 81, and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has 80.

It is likely to be the closest finish for the Art Ross Trophy since the shortened 1994-95 season, when Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Eric Lindros of the Philadelphia Flyers tied with 70 points. (Jagr won the Art Ross with 32 goals, three more than Lindros).

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