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Blackhawks' Kane, Toews on road to recovery

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 5:40 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- They're still out for the remaining three games of the regular season, but Chicago Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are on the mend.

Kane, who's out with a lower-body injury, started skating on his own this past weekend in Chicago. Toews, who has missed three games with an upper-body injury, isn't scheduled to get back on the ice for individual work until later this week.

"[Saturday] and today, and he did very well," Quenneville said of Kane's on-ice work. "We're in no hurry [with Toews]. We want to give him a break. I would say towards later in the week.

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'Coach's decision' to scratch Blackhawks' Saad

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 5:29 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville did not mince too many words Sunday when asked why he decided to make 21-year old forward Brandon Saad a healthy scratch against the St. Louis Blues.

"Coach's decision," he said following a 4-2 victory at United Center. "We like tough decisions and we welcome them. This wasn't a tough one, so we're looking for tougher ones as we go along here. When we put the lineup together, we want consistency and to play the right way. That's what we're looking for."

Saad, who's been on the second line at left wing, took part in the pregame warm-up, but did not participate in line rushes. That was the first sign that he might be in street clothes during the game.

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Sylvan Lake, Alberta wins Kraft Hockeyville 2014

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 11:16 AM / Kraft Hockeyville 2014

NHL.com

TORONTO - Forty days of nominations, millions of votes and countless rallying cries for support in communities across the country has culminated in the announcement made by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that Sylvan Lake, Alberta is Kraft Hockeyville 2014. In a live spot last night on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, representatives from Sylvan Lake cheered as they received the news that their local arena will benefit from $100,000 in upgrades, the opportunity to host an NHL® pre-season game between the Calgary Flames and the Phoenix Coyotes, and a visit from CBC. To mark its eighth season, Kraft Hockeyville came back bigger than ever, awarding a total of $1 million in prizing to 16 different hockey loving communities from coast-to-coast.

"Everyone at Kraft Canada sincerely congratulates Sylvan Lake on winning the title of Kraft Hockeyville 2014," said Jack Hewitt, Vice-President, Consumer Insights & Portfolio Marketing, Kraft Canada. "The passion Canada has, not only for its national sport, but for the communities across this great country is astounding. Sixteen amazing communities now have the funds to upgrade their local rinks – and that means there are 16 rinks that will continue to be the heart of their communities."

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No clinching scenarios in Sunday games

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 10:56 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

The Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens are the Eastern Conference teams that have clinched a postseason spot. The Bruins have clinched the Eastern Conference's No. 1 overall seed, while the Penguins have clinched the Metropolitan Division championship. The St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings are in from the Western Conference.

There are no clinching scenarios for games on Sunday.

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Playoff Countdown: Conn Smythe possibilities

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. After game play Saturday, the League is down to 54 games remaining on the schedule, with six to be played Sunday. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff qualification, playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the eight-day countdown to the end of the season April 13 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

It takes contributions from a full roster to win a Stanley Cup, but through the grind of the two-month process, there is always one player who elevates his game to another level and not only hoists the most prestigious trophy in sports, but also the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Last season, it was Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane who won the award after scoring 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 23 games to help the franchise win its second Stanley Cup in four seasons.

As the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs fast approach, NHL.com presents some of the early candidates, based on their performance in the 2013-14 regular season and/or past playoffs, to raise the MVP trophy in mid-June.

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Sunday Long Read: Trip by Canucks lifted Curtain

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 2:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Vancouver Canucks needed answers and weren't shy about looking for them in unusual places.

Not even a trip to the 1982 Stanley Cup Final, where they were swept by the New York Islanders, could put a brave front on what the organization felt was a lost decade.

The Canucks owner, Arthur Griffiths, believed the change would come from harnessing the talents of Eastern European players who, to that point, had been excluded from the NHL.

Throughout the 1980s, the Canucks had a losing record every season, finishing last in the Smythe Division three times in four seasons between 1984-85 and 1987-88.

In that atmosphere, no idea was off-limits. This allowed the organization to turn to a potentially unorthodox avenue for help: Looking into acquiring players from Eastern Europe, particularly those behind the Iron Curtain.

No Eastern Bloc players had made the jump to the NHL. Most were banned from doing so by the communist governments that ruled their countries.

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Daily Primer April 6: Blackhawks host rival Blues

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 1:45 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

The Chicago Blackhawks could head to dinner Sunday night one point out of second place in the Central Division. First, the defending Stanley Cup champions will have to beat one of their longtime rivals, the St. Louis Blues, in a matinee at United Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN2) without stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

The Blackhawks could go to bed Sunday night right back where they started the day though. That's because the Colorado Avalanche, who are three points ahead of them for second place entering Sunday, welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to Pepsi Center at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday (RDS2, ROOT, ALT).

Colorado, which has won six in a row, and Chicago are fighting for home-ice advantage in a likely Western Conference First Round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Penguins' Maatta sidelined by upper-body injury

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 11:16 PM / News

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

He was a late scratch for the Penguins' 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Maatta is second among Penguins defensemen in goals (nine) and points (29). He is plus-9 in 75 games.


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Blues' Oshie thankful for infant daughter's progress

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 10:56 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- It's been quite a year for T.J. Oshie.

The St. Louis Blues right wing became an instant sensation after his shootout exhibition for the United States against Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in which he scored four of six times during a 3-2 shootout victory. He became engaged to girlfriend Lauren Cosgrove and was soon a first-time father, when Cosgrove delivered the couple's first child, a girl named Lyla Grace, on March 17.

Those are moments people treasure for the rest of their lives, and Oshie will continue to make more memories with his daughter. There was a major obstacle at the beginning of her young life though.

While there were no complications with the actual birth of their firstborn child, Oshie and Cosgrove were immediately faced with a big challenge as parents - one that required surgery for their daughter.

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Jets' Byfuglien leaves game with upper-body injury

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 9:22 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien left the game Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury and will not return.

Byfuglien's final shift ended with 4:55 remaining in the second period. He finished the game with 11:04 of ice time, three shots on goal, and no points.

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