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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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Boulton agrees to one-year contract with Islanders

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 4:52 PM / News

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The New York Islanders and forward Eric Boulton agreed on a one-year contract Sunday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Minnesota, Boston College lead NCAA field

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 3:17 PM / News

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One year after upstarts took over college hockey, traditional powers Minnesota and Boston College have dominated the 2013-14 regular season and hope to continue as the top-two seeds in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Tournament.

The opening two rounds take place next weekend at four regional sites before the 2014 Frozen Four at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on April 10-12.

Minnesota was named the top seed when the 16-team field was announced Sunday and the Golden Gophers will start the quest for their first title in 11 years against fourth-seeded Robert Morris in the West Regional in St. Paul, Minn. Robert Morris, which didn't have a hockey program the last time Minnesota won a championship, is in the tournament for the first time after being the official host for the 2013 Frozen Four at Consol Energy Center.

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Predators recall Forsberg from Milwaukee

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 11:42 AM / News

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The Nashville Predators recalled forward Filip Forsberg from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League on Sunday in advance of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

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Clinching scenarios: Penguins can earn berth

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 11:32 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The Pittsburgh Penguins would clinch an Eastern Conference berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the St. Louis Blues in any fashion AND the New Jersey Devils defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in any fashion OR if they defeat the St. Louis Blues in any fashion AND both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings lose in regulation to the New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild, respectively.

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Blues' defense, goaltending spark run to playoffs

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 11:09 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The St. Louis Blues are the first Western Conference team to have its ticket punched to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They are also in the running to win the Presidents' Trophy for the first time since 1999-2000, when they finished with 114 points but lost to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Obviously, St. Louis is banking on a better result this spring, but before discussing expectations and potential for Ken Hitchcock's team, let's examine how the Blues got to this point in the season.

Here are five reasons why the Blues are heading to the playoffs for the third straight season with Hitchcock in charge:

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Kings captain Brown leaves game with injury

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 2:18 AM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown left the game Saturday against the Florida Panthers with an upper-body injury, the team said.

Brown played four shifts in the second period, when he scored a goal, and did not return for the third period. The Kings were leading 3-0 against the Florida Panthers at Staples Center. They won the game 4-0.

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Senators' Ryan tells coach he'll be fine

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 12:54 AM / News

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Bobby Ryan left the Ottawa Senators' game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday with a lower-body injury and didn't return. But the injury reportedly may not be as bad as it looked.

The Senators right wing crashed hard into the end boards behind the Ottawa net late in the third period while skating at full speed. He lay on the ice for about a minute before being helped to the dressing room while appearing to be favoring his right side.

However, Ryan told coach Paul MacLean after that game that he'll be fine, the Ottawa Sun reported.

MacLean told the media he wasn't sure of Ryan's condition.

"It's kind of up in the air," he said after the Senators' 3-1 loss in Dallas. "It's not something that's definite. It's just a re-aggravation of something. We'll see how it is Sunday."


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Daily Primer March 23: Blackhawks back in hunt

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 12:19 AM / NHL Insider

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Nine days ago, it looked like the Chicago Blackhawks had no chance to win the Central Division and might wind up in third place. That was after the Blackhawks lost 3-2 at home to the Nashville Predators, a team unlikely to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Predators come back to United Center on Sunday, and a lot has changed in the interim. The Blackhawks have gone 3-0-1 since that loss, with one of the wins coming against the division-leading St. Louis Blues. Chicago's 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday and the Blues' 4-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday have cut Chicago's deficit in the division race to a more manageable four points.

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


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Rangers getting better at closing out victories

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 12:06 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Less than two weeks ago, the New York Rangers appeared to be showing their warts as a team that could play well, could hang in tight games, but couldn't close. That seems like a distant memory now.

Nothing is set, not even close, especially with a pair of home games this week against the Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers followed by a four-game western road trip. But after going 2-4-1 to start the month, the Rangers have won four of their past five games. All four victories have come on the road, where they have a League-best 23 wins.

They beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Saturday at Prudential Center to solidify their spot as the third-place team in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have 82 points, one fewer than the red-hot Flyers and four more than the fourth-place Columbus Blue Jackets, a team the Rangers beat Friday night.

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There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp