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Jets prospect Kichton ready to kick-start career

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 10:56 AM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Brenden Kichton knows a thing or two about being a leader.

The 21-year-old spent the past five seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, serving as team captain and winning the Bill Hunter Trophy as the league's top defenseman with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) in 71 games during his final season.

This year, he's taken up the role of learner, as he continues to develop in his first professional season with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

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Clinching scenarios: Bruins can secure first berth

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 10:52 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The Boston Bruins would become the first team to clinch a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Colorado Avalanche in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Avalanche AND the New York Rangers lose in regulation to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Flyers agree to contract with 2013 pick Hagg

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 10:37 AM / News

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The Philadelphia Flyers on Friday agreed to terms with defenseman Robert Hagg, their second-round pick (No. 41) in the 2013 NHL Draft. Contract details were not released.

Hagg, 19, will arrive in North America on Monday and report to the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

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Daily Primer March 21: Bruins go for 11 in a row

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The hottest team in the NHL goes for its 11th straight victory Friday, and possibly a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To get it, the Boston Bruins will have to beat one of the best in the NHL.

The Bruins bring a 10-game winning streak into their game against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. It's the first of a back-to-back set for Boston, which had a couple of days off after a 4-2 road win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

Boston also has a chance to be the first team to clinch a playoff spot Friday. They can do so if they beat the Avalanche in any form, or if they get one point against the Avalanche and the New York Rangers lose in regulation to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Bruins have outscored their opponents 41-15 during their win streak and have won seven of the 10 games by three or more goals. They lead the Eastern Conference with 99 points.

Colorado is home after going 1-1-1 on a three-game swing through Canada that ended with a 5-4 overtime loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. The Avalanche have 94 points, putting them seventh in the overall standings but third in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks.

Here's a look at all of the action Friday:

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Super 16: Career year marks crossroad for Okposo

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 2:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

This has been a lost season for the New York Islanders, one that began with hope of building off a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013, but is ending with losses piling up and more question marks about the lineup built around superstar John Tavares than when the campaign commenced.

There has been one potentially big development for the future of the Islanders in 2013-14, and that is the play of Kyle Okposo. Long considered a gifted but inconsistent forward with potential, Okposo has put together the best season of his career with 69 points in 69 games.

Though he has spent a lot of his career with the Islanders on the second line, he moved into the spot next to Tavares and either Matt Moulson or Thomas Vanek, and that trio proved to be one of the most productive in the NHL. The question moving forward is simple: Will 2013-14 be remembered as a breakout season for Okposo, or a career year?

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Wild gain confidence earning point in comeback

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 11:16 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Minnesota Wild trailed the New Jersey Devils by two goals in the third period, and it looked like they were certain to lose for the sixth time in eight games and score one goal or fewer for the third time in four.

But a comeback forced overtime, earned a point in the standings for a 4-3 loss, and gave the Wild a little swagger in their march toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"The points are important. We had an opportunity to get two," Wild forward Zach Parise said. "But I think given the way we came back a couple of times, this one could be important."

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Blackhawks agree to terms with forward Carey

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 6:36 PM / News

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The Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday agreed to terms with free-agent forward Matt Carey on a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Carey, who will wear No. 25 for the Blackhawks, had 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) as a freshman at St. Lawrence University, sharing the team lead in goals and ranking second in points and power-play goals (11). The native of Hamilton, Ontario had a season-high three points on three occasions, including a hat trick Nov. 9 against Dartmouth.

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Rangers' Nash back in Columbus battling for playoffs

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 4:39 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Even though Rick Nash has maintained his home in Columbus, the New York Rangers forward is staying in the team hotel for his first trip back to the city where he grew up as a hockey player.

"Just like a regular road trip," Nash told reporters in Columbus after practice Thursday.

Nash may be saying that as a way to convince himself, or to deflect the nerves and emotions he's feeling leading up to his first game as a visitor in Nationwide Arena, but this road trip to face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday is anything but regular for him.

Nash figured that out Thursday when he walked into the arena he called home for 10 years and saw familiar faces everywhere, including security guards and some members of the Blue Jackets training staff who tend to the visitors dressing room.

He has faced his former team twice this season at Madison Square Garden, scoring two goals on Jan. 6, but this is Nash's first game in Columbus since he was traded in the summer of 2012. The Rangers didn't make the trip last season and he was out with a concussion when they were there Nov. 7.

"It's tough to describe," Nash said when asked how he felt about his return. "Obviously it's the first time being here since the trade, and there's a lot of excitement for me coming back to play in front of the fans I played in front of for 10 years. There are a lot of good memories here, a lot of friends made."
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Stars meet young fan who knows Peverley's plight

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 3:19 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- When Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during a game March 10 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, 9-year-old Philadelphia Flyers fan T.J. Ramos understood more than most exactly what was happening.

Ramos, a Philadelphia resident, was walking to baseball practice Sept. 12, 2013, when he collapsed. Doctors later said T.J. went into cardiac arrest because of a genetic condition called CPVT, the same condition that caused Peverley to go through his cardiac episode.

T.J.'s father Carlos said T.J. saw what happened on the news the morning after Peverley collapsed, and after they read stories online, T.J. immediately became concerned.

"He saw it and said, 'Oh my God, he had a cardiac arrest just like I did,'" Carlos said. "I said I don't know the whole story so let's just see what happens. Ever since he's been looking into it. He was a [Boston Bruins] fan and he knew [Peverley] played for Boston. He asked if he was going to be OK, does he need surgery like I needed surgery? Is he going to play hockey again? I feel bad for him. I said I don't know the condition, but we can follow the story."

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Ten nominees announced for Hobey Baker Award

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 2:47 PM / News

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The 10 nominees for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top NCAA men's hockey player, have been announced.

The list is compiled from balloting from all 59 Division I college hockey coaches and by an online fan ballot. The three finalists, or the "Hobey Hat Trick," will be voted on by a 27-member selection committee and a second round of fan balloting to be held March 20-30, and will be announced on April 2. Fans can vote here.

The winner of the Hobey Baker Award will be announced Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m. ET from Philadelphia, the site of this year's NCAA Frozen Four Championship.

Here are the 10 finalists:

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