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Depth, puck possession deliver Lightning to playoffs

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 11:34 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Three seasons ago the Tampa Bay Lightning, led by a coach who shot through the ranks to become an emerging young star, reached the postseason and came within a goal of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

The roster at coach Guy Boucher's disposal was highlighted by superstars Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, but it also was full of declining veterans. Instead of building off the team's breakout season, the Lightning regressed and general manager Steve Yzerman spent the past two seasons weeding out bad contracts and helping the club get younger.

Boucher went from rising star to unemployed, but instead of taking a conservative approach, Yzerman made another bold move by replacing him with Jon Cooper, another young coach who rocketed through several levels of hockey with great success to make it to the NHL.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: April 2

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 10:40 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

The Los Angeles Kings are the only NHL team that can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday. Here is the scenario:

LOS ANGELES KINGS

The Kings would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Coyotes in any fashion.

The Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens are the Eastern Conference teams that have clinched a postseason spot. The St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks are in from the Western Conference.

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Montreal's Murray faces disciplinary hearing Thursday

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 9:46 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray will have a hearing Thursday for his hit against Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka during the third period Tuesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Murray was issued a match penalty on the play at 17:47 of the third period.

The following grounds for the proposed supplemental discipline are being considered: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to these infractions accordingly upon further review.

The Lightning won the game, 3-1.

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12 games to watch down the stretch

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 9:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

There are 12 days remaining in the 2013-14 NHL regular season, but there is still much to be decided and plenty to play for before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.

Seven playoff spots still need to be secured, along with three division titles. There are a couple of first-round playoff matchups that look like safe bets to happen, but the others remain in a state of flux.

Will the Boston Bruins or St. Louis Blues win the Presidents' Trophy, or will the Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks make a late run? Can the Ducks hold off the Sharks to win the Pacific Division and avoid a brutal first-round series with the Los Angeles Kings?

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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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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threatening illness