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.
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.
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."
Raffl, who signed a one-year, $925,000 contract May 31, 2013, could have become a restricted free agent this summer.
Downie collided with the Blues' Patrik Berglund in the neutral zone 45 seconds into the game, with Downie's head appearing to strike Berglund's shoulder. Downie remained down on the ice for several moments before skating off with trainer Jim McCrossin.
Downie has 24 points in 59 games this season, including 17 in 48 games with the Flyers, who acquired him from the Colorado Avalanche in October. He missed four games in November with a concussion sustained in his first game with Philadelphia.
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He's able to play now, we just want to see other guys. We know what he can do.