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DeBoer will return as New Jersey Devils coach

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 7:10 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Peter DeBoer will return to coach the New Jersey Devils next season, general manager Lou Lamoriello said Sunday.

Lamoriello spoke with reporters after the first period of the team's season finale against the Boston Bruins, a 3-2 victory at Prudential Center. It was an attempt to put to rest any confusion about the immediate future of the coach following multiple reports that indicated the Devils were working on a contract extension with DeBoer.

"There's a lot of rumors going on, a lot of misinformation about our coach, so I thought I'd get really out of character a little and put this to rest," Lamoriello said. "Pete DeBoer is under contract for next year, has been under contract for next year, and will be coaching next year. That's all I have to say. I don't want to get into any other discussions."

Lamoriello would not comment about reports that the Devils and DeBoer are closing in on an extension. He typically does not divulge contract information, length or term. DeBoer also would not comment on the specifics of his contract situation.

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Devils' Jagr passes Howe on all-time assists list

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 6:59 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr passed Gordie Howe for eighth place on the NHL's all-time list for career assists on Sunday when he contributed to goals by Travis Zajac and Marek Zidlicky in the third period against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center.

Jagr assisted Zajac at 3:52 and Zidlicky's power-play goal at 6:13.

With his two points in the third, Jagr also tied Steve Yzerman for sixth on the all-time points list at 1,755.

Jagr, 42, has 705 goals and 1,050 assists in his NHL career that spans 20 seasons. He trails Mike Gartner (708 goals) by three for sixth on that all-time list.

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Panthers' Jovanovski fined $5,000 for elbowing

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 5:16 PM / NHL Department of Player Safety

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NEW YORK - Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been fined $5,000 for elbowing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Corey Tropp in NHL Game No. 1216 in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday, April 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:26 of the first period. Jovanovski was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Avalanche clinch Central crown with Blues' loss

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 3:27 PM / News

NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche have gone from 29th-best in the NHL to division champions.

One season after finishing last in the Western Conference, the Avalanche clinched the Central Division title on Sunday when the St. Louis Blues lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings. It is the first division title for Colorado since 2002-03.

By winning the Central and finishing second in the conference, the Avalanche will play the top wild card in the West, the Minnesota Wild, instead of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, in the first round of the playoffs.

This is the franchise's first trip to the postseason since 2009-10. The Avalanche have not won a playoff series since 2008.

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Resch marvels at Brodeur's success with Devils

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 12:16 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Glenn "Chico" Resch has watched with great enthusiasm from the broadcast booth most of the two decades that New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has played with the organization.

Resch, 65, announced Friday that he would be retiring as Devils television analyst on MSG Network after 18 seasons. His final telecast is Sunday afternoon when the Devils play host to the Boston Bruins.

It might also mark Brodeur's last game as a member of the Devils. Brodeur, who made his NHL debut against the Bruins on March 26, 1992, has made public his desire to continue playing beyond this season and if that means with another organization, so be it. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

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Why the Blackhawks will win the Stanley Cup

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 12:00 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks will win the Stanley Cup this season for the same reasons they won the Stanley Cup last season. They're simply better than every team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There's no mystery with Chicago, no element of surprise. Their opponents know exactly what the Blackhawks want to do, and more often than not they can't defend it. Nobody will be able to defend the Blackhawks successfully enough to beat them four times in a seven-game series this spring.

Chicago is virtually the same team it was last season with 19 returning players. The differences between the 2012-13 version and this season are subtle and offsetting.

The Blackhawks had a dominant penalty kill and a weak power play last season; this season their PK was average, but their power play was in the top-third of the NHL. Chicago allowed more goals per game this season, but because of the bump in power play they scored more and had the puck more often, which is impressive considering they were a dominant possession team last season too.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: April 13

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 9:48 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs picture became clearer Saturday, but there are still a few things to be decided on the final day of the regular season. The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to wrap up home-ice advantage for their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens, while either the Colorado Avalanche or the St. Louis Blues will win the Central Division and a Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild.

Here are the remaining scenarios:

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

The Lightning would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in a first-round matchup against Montreal if they beat the Washington Capitals in any fashion.

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Sunday Long Read: Hershey's a great hockey town

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

HERSHEY, Pa. -- The best way to start a story about the best minor-league hockey town in America is to tell the one about how a modern dynasty began.

At first glance, the phrases "minor league" and "dynasty" aren't supposed to go together. The minor leagues in hockey and baseball are, by design, in a constant state of flux. Roster turnover is required as these teams provide parent organizations with future big leaguers.

Hershey, Pa., didn't become the best minor-league hockey town in America by being like the rest, though. The Hershey Bears win, and they win consistently.

As a result, the Bears, now aligned with the Washington Capitals, built a modern dynasty in the American Hockey League.

So, about the beginning of that ... it almost never happened.

In 2006, the Bears led the Portland Pirates three games to one in the Eastern Conference Final of the Calder Cup Playoffs, but Hershey lost two straight games.

If this was going to be remembered as one of the great playoff series in recent AHL history, it was going to need some quirks, and it had plenty. Because of scheduling conflicts, the best-of-7 did not follow a traditional format, and Hershey had Games 3, 4 and 7 at home, instead of a 2-3-2 or 2-2-1-1-1.

The Pirates won Games 5 and 6 in Portland, but then there was a six-day layoff before Game 7 at Giant Center in Hershey.

Even worse for the Bears, Portland's parent club, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, were eliminated from the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs between Games 6 and 7, and that's where the mythical part of the tale arrives.

This story works better if some of the principal characters tell it:

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X-Factor: Versatile Bonino could hold key for Ducks

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 2:43 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

One of the reasons the Anaheim Ducks have great depth at forward is not just the talent and skill on the roster, but also the versatility of several players who have become interchangeable parts for coach Bruce Boudreau.

This was evident during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when Boudreau mixed and matched players on three of his four lines during a seven-game series loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Matt Beleskey, Kyle Palmieri and Emerson Etem moved up and down the lineup, but continued to perform well even when the team's stars were not.

Nick Bonino is also part of that versatile group, and he could play a large role in the 2014 postseason fortunes for the Ducks. Bonino was a relative unknown before the team's series with the Red Wings. At the time, he had 112 games of NHL regular-season experience, but he also had 11 goals and 33 points on his resume.

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Ducks win first Western Conference title

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 1:59 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The Anaheim Ducks wrapped up the first Western Conference regular-season title in franchise history when they went into overtime Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings, a game they ultimately won 4-3 in a shootout at Staples Center.

They entered the night needing one point to close out the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues, each of which entered the night one point behind Anaheim.

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