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Kings' Carter feels content in return to Philadelphia

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 1:33 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Leaning back on the wall outside the unfamiliar visitor's dressing room at Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter flashed a smile, revealing his bumpy gums and some scarce chipped and out-of-position teeth, a hockey player's signature grin.

There was no way to know what Carter's smile looked like June 23, 2011, when he was traded by thePhiladelphia Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first of two culture-changing transactions made that day by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, who later traded former captain Mike Richards to the Kings.

Carter was sad to be traded, and angry at the organization that drafted him and had signed him to an 11-year, $58 million contract less than a year earlier. His no-trade clause hadn't kicked in yet, but Carter thought he was safe -- until Holmgren sent him to Columbus for forward Jakub Voracek and a 2011 first-round pick he turned into center Sean Couturier.

Carter was traded to the Kings eight months later, ending a short stint in Columbus. And as he prepares to play his first game in Philadelphia since the day he was shipped out of the city (Richards played here Oct. 15, 2011), a smiling Carter appears ready to let bygones be bygones.

Time has healed his wounds; the Stanley Cup he won with the Kings in 2012 certainly helps.

"I think it's worked out pretty well," Carter said. "Stanley Cup, playing in L.A. It's a pretty good setup."

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Maple Leafs' Bernier, Ranger skate

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 1:12 PM / News

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier and defenseman Paul Ranger skated Monday and it's possible, though far from certain, one or both could return Tuesday for a home game against the St. Louis Blues.

The Maple Leafs have lost five consecutive games, all in regulation, and have slipped to the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their 80 points are one more than the Washington Capitals and two more than the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bernier has missed all five games of the skid with a groin injury. In his absence, James Reimer has given up 18 goals and was pulled early in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday after allowing three goals on 10 shots.

"It's too early to say if I'm coming back [Tuesday]," Bernier said. "I don't want to rush and be out another four or five days."

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Fantasy All-Access: Streaking Bruins have value

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The Boston Bruins are two wins shy of their franchise record for consecutive wins, 14 set in 1929-30; let’s look at the streak from a fantasy aspect.

Veteran Jarome Iginla has paced the team with 11 goals and 14 points during the win streak. Rookie Carl Soderberg has raised his fantasy stock with 10 points in the past 13 games. Both Bruins goalies have contributed to the win streak; Tuukka Rask has won seven straight while giving up only 11 goals. Chad Johnson has won five straight while stopping 125 of 131 shots.

The Bruins have four games this week (MTL, CHI, @WSH, @PHI); expect their red-hot players to keep pacing your fantasy teams.

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Nyquist, Lundqvist, Iginla named 'Stars' of week

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORK – Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 23.

FIRST STAR – GUSTAV NYQUIST, RW, DETROIT RED WINGS

Nyquist led all players with six goals and tied for the League lead with seven points to help the Red Wings (33-24-14, 80 points) earn seven of a possible eight points and move into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He opened the week with two goals in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs March 18.

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Hurricanes sign Faulk to six-year extension

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 10:53 AM / News

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The Carolina Hurricanes on Monday signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year, $29 million contract extension. Faulk will receive $2.5 million in 2014-15, $3.5 million in 2015-16, $5.5 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and $6 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20, for an average annual salary-cap figure of $4.833 million.

Faulk, who turned 22 this past Thursday, has three goals and 24 points in 65 games this season, his third in the NHL. He also represented the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"It's pretty exciting," Faulk said. "I'm happy to be here for another six years. I think we have a pretty good group of guys here, a good core of guys to build off of. If you look at our team, it's a good team to be a part of and good guys to have around. I think it's just going to keep getting better from here on out."

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Clinching scenarios: Sharks, Ducks can nab berths

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 10:29 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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* The San Jose Sharks would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they get at least one point against the Calgary Flames OR if the New York Rangers defeat the Phoenix Coyotes in regulation OR if the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation OR if both the Coyotes and Stars lose in overtime or a shootout.

* The Anaheim Ducks (idle) would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Rangers defeat the Coyotes in regulation OR if the Jets defeat the Stars in regulation OR if both the Coyotes and Stars lose in overtime or a shootout.

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Daily Primer March 24: Flyers, Rangers in key games

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The divisions that make up the Eastern Conference could each have a new second-place team by Tuesday morning after key games Monday night.

Or they could be the same.

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, second and third in the Metropolitan Division, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, Nos. 2 and 3 in the Atlantic Division, are all in action in separate games.

The Flyers lead the Rangers by one point (83-82), but Philadelphia has two games in hand. The Flyers play at home against the Los Angeles Kings, and the Rangers host the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes trail the Kings by seven points for third place in the Pacific Division.

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Canucks' Henrik Sedin leaves game with injury

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 12:41 AM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin left with an apparent left leg injury with 4:45 left in the second period against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night and did not return.

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Predators rookie Jones leaves game with injury

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 11:10 PM / News

CHICAGO -- Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones had concussion-like symptoms and did not return Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

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Bruins keep rolling as postseason approaches

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 6:04 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

PHOENIX -- Jarome Iginla was doing his job, standing right in front of the crease and screening the eyes of Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith when Boston Bruins teammate Dougie Hamilton set up captain Zdeno Chara for one of his potent slap shots from the point that can exceed 100 miles per hour.

Chara could have missed Ignila and the net completely, or he could have given his teammate a puck-shaped tattoo for the next two weeks.

"I'm sure I would have had my eyes closed there," Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said. "I've been hit by one of those and it's not fun,"

Instead, the blast glanced off Iginla's pants and was deflected cleanly by Smith to wipe out Boston's first deficit in 20 periods of hockey.

"I wasn't moving to get it. I was just standing there and it hit me," Iginla said. "Just pure luck on my part, but it was a great shot by [Chara] trying to shoot around me."

That's how things are going for the Bruins right now: Hard work, confidence and just the right mix of making their own luck and getting some.

The 4-2 win against Phoenix on Saturday gives Boston 12 straight victories, the most since Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the Bruins won 13 in a row in 1970-71.

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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie