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Islanders closing Coliseum chasing one more Cup

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"It's the land that time forgot over there. It's all the same ushers, it's the same people working there. To me, it feels like I stepped back through a portal to 1984." -- Former New York Islanders captain Patrick Flatley

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Depending on where you live on Long Island, you either drive north or south on the Meadowbrook Parkway. When you see the gigantic smoke stacks alongside the highway, you know you're almost there.

You get off at Exit M4. On most nights, many of the car horns are playing to the tune of "Let's Go Islanders," a repetitive sound you've heard nearly every trip you've made to Uniondale.

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the only home the New York Islanders have had, opened in 1972, the same year the Islanders entered the NHL with the Atlanta Flames. This Saturday, the Islanders will play their final regular-season game there, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Flames goalie Ramo leaves game with injury

Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 1:08 AM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo left 58 seconds into their 4-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Ramo went down on a shot attempt that went wide and was favoring his left leg when he got up.

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U.S. women edge Canada to win World Championship

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 1:34 PM / News

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Brianna Decker scored the decisive goal with 9:38 left in the third period and the United States women held off Canada for a 7-5 victory Saturday to win the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

Decker was one of seven goal scorers for the United States, which held leads of 3-0 and 5-2 before Canada rallied with three goals in a span of 2:03 to create a tie heading into the third.

Anne Pankowski, Hilary Knight, Megan Keller, Anne Schleper, Haley Skarupa and Kendall Coyne had the other goals, and the United States won the World Championship for the second year in a row.

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Devils forward Gomez fined for elbowing

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 12:36 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez has been fined $1,478.49, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for elbowing Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin during NHL Game No. 1163 in New Jersey on Friday, April 3, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:38 of the second period. Gomez was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Playoff Countdown: Four teams can clinch berths

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 12:00 PM / Expert Picks

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Saturday, April 11, marks the conclusion to the 2014-15 regular season. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the countdown to the end of the season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The Washington Capitals, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks can join the field for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday.

The Capitals (43-25-10) don't need help from anyone. If they defeat the Ottawa Senators in regulation at Canadian Tire Centre, they'll be back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. The Capitals have won three in a row, including a 5-4 shootout victory at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday that moved them past the Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins into second place in the Metropolitan Division.

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Playoff clinching scenarios for Saturday, April 4

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 11:50 AM / Expert Picks

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With eight days remaining in the regular season, there are nine berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

These are the clinching scenarios for games Saturday:

* The Washington Capitals would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Ottawa Senators in regulation.

* The New York Islanders would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Buffalo Sabres in any fashion AND the Senators lose in regulation.

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Hall of Fame forward Elmer Lach dies at 97

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 11:32 AM / News

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Elmer Lach, a Hockey Hall of Fame member who won the Hart Trophy in 1945 while centering the famous "Punch Line" with Maurice Richard and Toe Blake, and helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup three times, died Saturday at age 97, the Canadiens announced.

Lach was born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan, on Jan. 22, 1918. He played 14 seasons in the NHL, all with Montreal, before retiring after the 1953-54 season. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

"The National Hockey League deeply mourns the passing of Elmer Lach -- center on Montreal's legendary 'Punch Line' with Toe Blake and Maurice Richard, owner of the sole assist on Richard's 50th goal in 50 games in 1944-45 and someone who, at 97 years of age, was just a few months younger than the League itself," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "The League sends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this three-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time scoring champion and 1945 Hart Trophy winner."

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Around the League notebook for Friday, April 3

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 2:01 AM / News

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SCHWARTZ’S HAT TRICK LIFTS ST. LOUIS TO TOP OF CENTRAL DIVISION STANDINGS...

Jaden Schwartz (3-0—3) recorded the second hat trick of his NHL career to power the St. Louis Blues to a 7-5 victory against the Dallas Stars. The Blues improved to 48-23-7 (103 points) and tied the idle Nashville Predators for first in the Central Division. Nashville, however, owns the ROW tiebreaker (NSH: 41, STL: 39).

* The Blues matched a season-high with seven goals; St. Louis defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-2 on Jan. 3 and again on Jan. 8.

* Schwartz’s first career hat trick came on Oct. 18, 2014, when he posted 3-1—4 versus the Arizona Coyotes. Schwartz has five points (4-1—5) in his past two games.

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Blackhawks rookie van Riemsdyk to have surgery

Friday, 04.03.2015 / 9:05 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The following statement was issued today by Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:

Trevor van Riemsdyk suffered a right wrist injury in a recent game. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday, April 7. We anticipate a full recovery and a return to full hockey activities in approximately eight weeks.”

Van Riemsdyk, 23, has one assist in 18 games in his first professional season with the Blackhawks. The Middletown, N.J., native also collected three assists in eight games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League this season. Signed as a free agent on March 24, 2014, van Riemsdyk tallied his first professional point with an assist on Nov. 9 against San Jose. He previously recorded 75 points (16G, 59A) in three seasons at the University of New Hampshire.

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Goalie Ryan Miller back at practice with Canucks

Friday, 04.03.2015 / 6:51 PM / News

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Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller practiced Friday for the first time since he sustained a knee  injury almost six weeks ago.

Miller, who was injured Feb. 22 against the New York Islanders when teammate Jannik Hansen crashed into him, is not ready to return to game action, coach Willie Desjardins told the Canucks website after practice in Winnipeg.

"It's exciting to finally get back, even if it's just practicing and going to meetings," Miller said. "At home, I've been around the rink and being a part of everything I can be a part of, but it's tough, guys are in game mode and are making the push here, so I try to stay out of their way.

"So it's nice to just be back in the locker room and feel like I'm a part of everything, especially this great time of year."

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