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Bruins' Rask expected to be OK after exiting game

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 5:20 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com 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 - NHL.com 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

MINNESOTA WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN VICTORY OVER CALGARY

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).

Panthers' Bjugstad has back surgery, out for season

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 9:17 PM / News

NHL.com

Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad had successful surgery on his lower back Friday.

Bjugstad is out for the season and a full recovery is expected, the Panthers said.

"After consulting with Nick and thoroughly evaluating the extent of his injury, we mutually felt it was important to have this procedure done as soon as possible," Florida general manager Dale Tallon said.

Capitals star Ovechkin meets soccer icon Messi

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 7:14 PM / News

NHL.com

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is used to meeting fans who are in awe of him, but Friday it was his turn.

Ovechkin and teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov, along with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, met soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md., to prepare for its friendly against El Salvador on Saturday.

"It was a big dream," Ovechkin told Monumental Network. "[Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetsov] as well."

Hurricanes, goalie Nedeljkovic agree to terms

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 4:46 PM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (neh-DEL-koh-vitch) on a three-year, entry-level contract. At the NHL level, the deal will pay Nedeljkovic $700,000 in 2015-16, $750,000 in 2016-17 and $800,000 in 2017-18. In the minor leagues, he will make $70,000 in each season, and he will receive a signing bonus of $277,500. Nedeljkovic will join the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

“Alex had another strong year with Plymouth, and we are pleased with his development thus far,” said Francis. “We anticipate that he will play an important role in our organization’s future.”

Nedeljkovic, 19, recently completed his third season of major-junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He finished the season ranked first among OHL goaltenders saves (1,827) and shots faced (1,994), tied for third in shutouts (5), fourth in games (55) and minutes played (3,206), fifth in save percentage (.916) and 12th in goals-against average (3.13). The Parma, OH, native posted a 20-28-7 record with Plymouth, finishing 14th among OHL goalies in wins despite the Whalers finishing ninth in the Western Conference with a 23-38-7 record.

To read more from the Carolina Hurricanes website, CLICK HERE.

Bruins sign forward Hargrove to entry-level contract

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 4:41 PM / News

BostonBruins.com

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced March 27, that the club has signed forward Colton Hargrove to an entry-level contract.

In 34 games for Western Michigan University (NCHC) this season, the 22-year-old forward recorded 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points along with 80 penalty minutes. Hargrove finished the season tied for first on the team in goals, ranked second on the team in points and tied for third on the team in both assists and penalty minutes.

Hargrove played three seasons (2012-15) with Western Michigan University amassing 34 goals and 28 assists for 62 points in 105 career collegiate games with a combined plus-26 rating. Before his college career, Hargrove played two seasons with the Fargo Force of the USHL where he competed in 110 total games with 29 goals, 36 assists and 249 penalty minutes.

Hargrove has participated in the last three Boston Bruins Development Camps. The 6’1’’, 211-pound Dallas, TX native was drafted by Boston in the seventh round (205th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

To read more from the Boston Bruins website, CLICK HERE.

Senators unsure which goalie will play Saturday

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 3:28 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond is injured, and coach Dave Cameron said he doesn't know who will play against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports 2).

Hammond, the 27-year-old "Hamburglar" who captured the imagination of the hockey world with a record-equaling start to his NHL career, limped out of Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.

He lost for the first time in regulation as a starter (14-1-1) Thursday and was pulled in a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers, giving up five goals on 22 shots.

Hammond was injured Monday when San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture slid into him and Hammond's right leg got tangled up with the post.

Blues defenseman Shattenkirk to return Saturday

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- After an arduous practice Friday when the St. Louis Blues wanted to put Kevin Shattenkirk through one final test, the defenseman made it unanimous along with doctors, training staff and coaches.

"I'm ready to go," Shattenkirk said regarding his return to the lineup.

Shattenkirk will return when the Blues host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-MW).

Shattenkirk, who has 40 points in 49 games, has been out of the lineup since sustaining an abdominal injury Feb. 1 at the Washington Capitals that required surgery. Shattenkirk has missed 25 games, and the Blues (46-21-7) are 14-8-3 without him.

After using the past three days to ramp up the intensity of his off-ice and on-ice workouts, getting knocked around in a full-scale practice by teammates was the final hurdle.

"It's kind of that time now that really the only way to get back into game shape is to start playing games," Shattenkirk said. "I felt good out there. It was nice to just be back with the team and get the speed of the game back a little bit. … I'm excited about it.

"I've done what I've had to do rehab-wise. It's time to just get back into it. It may not be pretty to start, but you really have to get those experiences back in and get that mindset of playing games to really get back up to speed."

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