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Over the Boards: Boudreau reflects on historic rally

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 2:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said his team's historic come-from-behind 5-4 overtime win Monday against the Winnipeg Jets reminds him of Game 4 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.

"We were down [3-0] in Game 4 to the Rangers in New York," said Boudreau, who was Capitals coach from 2007-2011. "We scored three in the third, [Jason] Chimera scored in [double] overtime, and we won."

On Monday, the Ducks trailed 4-0 before Nick Bonino scored with 2:16 remaining in the second period. Anaheim scored three times in the third, including Corey Perry's game-tying goal with 22.7 seconds left, to force overtime. Stephane Robidas' goal 16 seconds into overtime capped the Ducks' largest comeback victory in franchise history.


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Daily Primer April 2: Big games for Wings, Coyotes

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 2:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

Two more teams punched their tickets to the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday, leaving seven spots available. Each of the four games on the NHL schedule Wednesday will have playoff implications.

The Ottawa Senators have a tough road ahead but they remain alive heading into their game against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET, TSN). Ottawa trails the Columbus Blue Jackets by five points for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

In an Atlantic Division matchup, the Detroit Red Wings, who have a one-point lead on Columbus for the top wild-card spot and are two points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will host the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN2).

The two Southern California teams are in action; the Anaheim Ducks, who have a three-point lead on the San Jose Sharks atop the Pacific Division, host the Edmonton Oilers. The Los Angeles Kings, who virtually are locked into third place in the Pacific, host the Phoenix Coyotes. Phoenix fell behind the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference by losing 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout. Each team has 85 points; however the Stars, 5-0 winners against the Washington Capitals, have a game in hand.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry: DeKeyser vs. Hamilton

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 2:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights. For this week, we are trying to determine which defenseman is on the best path to becoming a franchise player, Danny DeKeyser of the Detroit Red Wings or Dougie Hamilton of the Boston Bruins.

In their second NHL seasons, defensemen Danny DeKeyser of the Detroit Red Wings and Dougie Hamilton of the Boston Bruins have become key cogs for teams with Stanley Cup aspirations.

How they got to this point, however, is starkly different.

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Rangers concerned after McDonagh leaves with injury

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 1:58 AM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The sight of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh struggling to get up off the ice after receiving a high hit from Alexandre Burrows in the final minute of a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night was enough to seriously worry his teammates.

McDonagh, who leads the Rangers with 24:49 of ice time per game and is tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 43 points, usually bounces right up from everything. But New York's top defenseman appeared to be favoring his left shoulder as he slowly made his way off the ice and straight to the dressing room.

"It's not a good thing to see him laying on the ice," forward Brad Richards said. "He's probably been our best player for the last few months, night in and night out. He's resilient and battles through a lot. I don't know anything, but hopefully it's short-term and nothing serious."

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault did not have an update after the game.

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Johnson plays key role in Lightning's drive to playoffs

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 12:24 AM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

Tyler Johnson
Center - TBL
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 48
SOG: 161 | +/-: 20
TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011. They wouldn't have gotten there without unheralded rookie forward Tyler Johnson.

That's why it was appropriate that Johnson's shorthanded goal with 7:19 remaining in regulation Tuesday night turned out to be the game-winner in a 3-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens that assured the Lightning of a return to the postseason.

"It's awesome, especially in my first year," Johnson said of making the playoffs. "As a kid growing up you want that chance to win the Stanley Cup and right now we have that chance. Once you're in there, anything can happen."

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Tale of the Tape: Bruins visit Red Wings

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 12:15 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Boston Bruins know they'll be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the Detroit Red Wings are scrambling to get to the postseason for the 23rd consecutive season. The longtime rivals face off in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN2). The Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title last week and are battling for the Presidents' Trophy; the Red Wings are in a clutch of teams battling for the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference.

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Crosby reaches 100 points with assist vs. Hurricanes

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 8:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins reached 100 points for the fifth time in his NHL career with a first-period assist against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Crosby became the first player in the League this season to reach 100 points when he earned an assist on a goal by Chris Kunitz at 9:01 of the opening period. It was his 64th assist to go along with 36 goals.

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Lightning sign 2013 second-round pick Erne

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 3:54 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Adam Erne on Tuesday signed an entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Details of the contract were not released.

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Blue Jackets sign 2011 draft pick Tynan

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 3:53 PM / News

NHL.com

Center Thomas Tynan signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Financial terms were not released.

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Kings sign draft picks Dowd, Mersch

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 3:26 PM / News

NHL.com

Forwards Nic Dowd and Michael Mersch on Tuesday each signed an entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

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