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Playoff clinching scenarios for Sunday, March 29

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 11:26 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

With 14 days remaining in the regular season, there are 12 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Clubs that can clinch their spots Sunday:

* The Tampa Bay Lightning would clinch a playoff berth if the Boston Bruins lose to the Carolina Hurricanes in regulation.


Around the League notebook for Saturday, March 28

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 10:46 AM / News


* Frederik Andersen made 29 saves and Andrew Cogliano's second period goal stood as the game-winner for the Anaheim Ducks, who clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders. The League-leading Ducks (48-22-7, 103 points) reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 11th time in franchise history and third consecutive season.

* Andersen improved to 33-11-5 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .914 save percentage, and has won three of his past four starts.

* Rickard Rakell and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Ducks. Palmieri's goal was his 14th of the season, matching his career-high set last season.


Rogers Hometown Hockey: Lethbridge, Alberta

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

CITY in Canada will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET prior to the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. The location this week is Lethbridge, Alberta, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg scored on a goal on Oct. 25 this season against the St. Louis Blues hours after promising he would to Rochelle and Sara Knapp in memory of Rochelle's mother.


Eichel, Boston University advance to Frozen Four

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 11:49 PM / News

Forward Evan Rodrigues scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:24 remaining in the third period, to lead the Boston University Terriers to a 3-2 win against the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday.

The Terriers will face North Dakota in the Frozen Four at TD Garden in Boston on April 9.

BU center Jack Eichel (2015 draft eligible), whose 67 points led the nation, was kept off the scoresheet. He had three shots on goal and was plus-1.


Blues without Steen, Oshie against Blue Jackets

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 9:49 PM / News

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen sustained a lower-body injury in the first period Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and did not return.

Right wing T.J. Oshie (sick) was not in the lineup, leaving the Blues without two of three forwards from their top-two line with center David Backes.


Panthers interested in re-signing Jagr: report

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 7:57 PM / News

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is interested in re-signing impending unrestricted free agent forward Jaromir Jagr in the offseason, the Miami Herald reported Saturday.

Tallon confirmed to the Herald that he met with Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, on Saturday in Montreal prior to the game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. The parties agreed to hold off on contract discussions until the season is over.

But there is interest in having Jagr back in South Florida next season, according to Tallon.

"From what I've seen and what has gone on," Tallon said, "it would be tremendous to have him back here."


Bruins' Rask expected to be OK after exiting game

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 5:20 PM / News

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask left a 4-2 win against the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Saturday because he apparently was dehydrated.

Coach Claude Julien said Rask is expected to be OK and would travel with the Bruins for their game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Rask could start against the Hurricanes.

“It looks like it might have been a case of dehydration, so he’s scheduled to travel with us,” Julien said. “He’s scheduled to be with us and he should be fine for [Sunday].”

Rask, who left 10 seconds into the second period with Boston leading 3-0, had informed the Bruins during the first intermission that he wasn’t feeling well.


Penguins' Letang injured, taken to hospital

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 4:48 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Defenseman Kris Letang was taken to the hospital after leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes with an injury Saturday.

Coyotes forward Shane Doan shoved Letang near the end boards, causing Letang to fall backward. He landed on his back, which resulted in his head snapping backward and seemingly hitting the boards with 4:45 remaining in the second period.

Letang remained seated on the ice, with his back against the boards, for several minutes while being treated by trainers. Penguins forward Steve Downie and defenseman Rob Scuderi helped Letang to the runway, where he struggled to walk toward the Pittsburgh locker room.


Playoff clinching scenarios for Saturday, March 28

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 11:10 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

With 15 days remaining in the regular season, there are 15 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Clubs that can clinch their spots Saturday:

* The Montreal Canadiens would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Florida Panthers in any fashion OR if the New York Rangers defeat the Boston Bruins in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Panthers AND the Bruins defeat the Rangers in a shootout.


Around the League notebook for Friday, March 27

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 1:03 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


With the score knotted at 1-1 heading into the third period, the Minnesota Wild scored three consecutive goals to eventually defeat the Calgary Flames 4-2. The Wild have won four straight games and improved to 43-25-7 (93 points) this season.

* Minnesota occupies the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference and moved three points ahead of the idle Winnipeg Jets, who occupy the final Wild Card spot with a record of 39-24-12 (90 points). The Wild also moved within a point of the Chicago Blackhawks, who rank third in the Central Division with a record of 44-24-6 (94 points).

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