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Lightning move one point out of wild card with OT win

Yanni Gourde scores winner to complete three-goal comeback against Blackhawks

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning moved one point out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference after a 5-4 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena on Monday.

The Lightning (37-29-9) trail the Boston Bruins for the second wild card with seven games remaining and are one point ahead of the New York Islanders, who lost to the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Monday.

Yanni Gourde scored the game-winner with 35 seconds left in the overtime when he beat Scott Darling on a breakaway to complete a three-goal comeback after trailing 4-1. 

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Hurricanes inch closer to wild card despite OT loss

Fall to Red Wings to move four points out of playoff spot; Carolina goalie Eddie Lack stretchered off on final play of game

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Andreas Athanasiou scored at 1:59 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Monday.

Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack was stretchered off the ice after being injured on the game-winning goal when Athanasiou swept to the net. Lack was able to give a thumbs up before he was taken off. He was taken to a hospital, where tests indicated that he has full feeling in his extremities.

"With Eddie going down, it's hard to think about the game," Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Eddie right now."

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injury

Eddie Lack stretchered off ice after collision

Hurricanes goalie injured on game-deciding goal in OT loss to Red Wings

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

Lack injured in overtime

DET@CAR: Lack taken off ice following collision

Eddie Lack is taken off the ice following a collision with Andreas Athanasiou in overtime of the Red Wings-Hurricanes game

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack has full feeling in his extremities after he was stretchered off the ice at the end of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on Monday.

Lack was injured on the game-deciding goal by Andreas Athanasiou at 1:59 of overtime. Athanasiou raced through the neutral zone to gather the puck along the right-side wall before cutting to the net. He was checked by Victor Rask before colliding with Lack and tucking the puck between the right pad and the left post. Lack slumped back in the net and was quickly attended to by the Hurricanes medical staff.

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Blues keep pace in Central with win against Coyotes

Remain one point out of third place, two behind first wild card in West

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues stayed one point out of third place in the Central Division with a 4-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Scottrade Center on Monday.

The Blues (41-28-6) are one point behind the Nashville Predators in the division. Nashville defeated the New York Islanders 3-1 on Monday. St. Louis remained two points behind the Calgary Flames for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with seven games remaining. The Flames defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Monday. 

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Flames hold on to first wild card in West

Calgary defeats Avalanche, moves within point of second place in Pacific Division

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames held on to the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

Sean Monahan had a goal and three assists, and Micheal Ferland, Troy Brouwer and Johnny Gaudreau scored for Calgary (43-29-4), which stayed two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues for the first wild card. St. Louis won 4-1 against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

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Predators top Islanders, keep pace in Central

Nashville remains in third place; New York fails to pull even for second wild card

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The Nashville Predators remained in third place in the Central Division with a 3-1 win against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Monday.

Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen scored and Juuse Saros made 24 saves for the Predators (39-25-11), who have won four in a row and seven of their past eight games. They have 87 points with seven games remaining. They have a one-point lead on the St. Louis Blues, who also have seven games left.

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Panthers fail to gain ground in playoff race

Florida comes up short against Sabres, remains seven points back of second wild card

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Florida Panthers missed an opportunity to gain ground in the Stanley Cup Playoff race with a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Monday.

Florida (33-31-11) is seven points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining. 

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Short Shifts

Big night for Brian Gionta, who scores in game 1,000

Sabres captain honored with gifts and tribute video, nets goal

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Gionta tallies in 1,000th game

FLA@BUF: Gionta beats Reimer after slick deke

The puck ricochets to Brian Gionta, who makes a nice move on James Reimer and goes top-shelf to score in his 1,000th career game

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Brian Gionta continues to show up for work and good things happen.

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Five Questions With...

Five Questions with Bruce Cassidy

Bruins coach on replacing Claude Julien, special teams success, more

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy:

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NHL Insider

Todd McLellan knew early Oilers would be contenders

Coach said things would be different following loss to Sabres in October

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- It didn't take long for Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan to sense things were going to be different this season. Three games in fact.

The Oilers can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons with a win against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-W, NHL.TV). McLellan was asked Monday if there was a moment this season he knew Edmonton might be better than he thought, or better than outsiders expected.

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injury

Frederik Andersen won't start Tuesday for Maple Leafs

Goalie has upper-body injury; Curtis McElhinney to play for Toronto vs. Panthers

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will not start against the Florida Panthers at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, FS-F, NHL.TV) because of an upper-body injury.

Andersen practiced Monday but coach Mike Babcock said goaltender Curtis McElhinney will start.

The Maple Leafs said Andersen is day to day. He was removed after the first period of a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

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100 Greatest Players

Chris Pronger: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Physically dominant defenseman won Stanley Cup with Ducks, two Olympic gold medals for Canada

by Bob Duff / Special to NHL.com

He could quarterback a power play. He could make a first pass out of the zone as efficiently as any defenseman who ever played. He was a powerful skater who could easily join the rush and seemingly had enough stamina to play all night long.

Yet of all the things that opponents remember about playing against Chris Pronger, there's one that stands out above all others:

You had to keep your head up. Because Pronger could change the momentum of a game with his physical skills, or his physical presence.

 

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Player Safety

Micheal Haley of Sharks suspended one game

San Jose forward disciplined for roughing Nashville forward Calle Jarnkrok Saturday

by Dept. of Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety / NHL.com

NEW YORK - San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley has been suspended for one game, without pay, for roughing Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok during NHL Game No. 1114 in Nashville on Saturday, March 25, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:56 of the third period. Haley was assessed a match penalty.

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NHL Insider

Benn brothers set for first matchup in NHL

Jamie Benn to play Jordie Benn after defenseman was traded from Stars to Canadiens

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Jamie Benn and Jordie Benn have never played an organized hockey game against each other.

And while Jamie and the Dallas Stars will face Jordie and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, FS-SW, NHL.TV), the brother-on-brother matchup might never materialize.

"Probably when he steps on the ice I'll get yelled at to get off," Jordie said after Canadiens practice Monday. "So I'll be on the bench watching him play."

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Short Shifts

Coyotes send rookie Clayton Keller out on ice alone

Latest team to prank the new guy gets him in his hometown of St. Louis

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Keller's solo pregame lap

ARI@STL: Keller takes a solo lap before debut

Prior to making his NHL debut in his hometown of St. Louis, Coyotes forward Clayton Keller warms up with a solo lap around the ice

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Clayton Keller probably saw it coming, but he wasn't left much of a choice.

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Short Shifts

Capitals teammates show off big hair in team photo

Justin Williams, Andre Burakovsky steal show on fun picture day

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. - Justin Williams had company in the big-hair department for the Washington Capitals team photo on Monday.

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fantasy

Fantasy waiver wire: Strategies for final two weeks

Elias Lindholm becoming must-own forward; Curtis McElhinney worth streaming

by Ben Zweiman @BZweimanNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

We've finally reached the end. With the second-to-last week of the NHL season underway, this will be the final installment of NHL.com's waiver wire watch. If your team is still alive, you should be proud that you've made it further than the vast majority of fantasy owners.

If you drafted a team prior to the season that doesn't require any tinkering at this point, then simply ride with the players who got you here. If not, there's absolutely no shame in utilizing streaming options to cap off your fantasy championship run.

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injury

Tuukka Rask hopes to play for Bruins on Tuesday

Boston goaltender feels good after practice; Krejci hopeful vs. Predators after leaving workout with upper-body injury

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask returned to practice Monday and is confident he'll be in the lineup when the Bruins, who have a two-point lead in the race for second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, host the Nashville Predators at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNO, TVA Sports, NESN, FS-TN, NHL.TV).

"Good day back on the ice. Feel good," said Rask, who didn't play in the Bruins' 2-1 defeat of the New York Islanders on Saturday because of a lower-body injury. Anton Khudobin started and made 18 saves, and Zane McIntyre was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League to be the backup.

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Short Shifts

Jake Allen honors Blue Angels with new mask

St. Louis goalie gets fresh helmet that pay homage to iconic Navy pilots

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Jake Allen is putting the Blue(s) in Blue Angels.

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This Date in NHL History

March 28: Wayne Gretzky scores 92nd of season

Plus: Stan Mikita sets record for assists; Capitals end 37-game road losing streak

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 28

1982: Wayne Gretzky scores his 92nd and final goal of the 1981-82 season in the Edmonton Oilers' 6-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Gretzky beats Mike Blake 1:50 into the third period to make it 6-1. He also has an assist, his 116th of the season.

Though his 92 goals are 16 more than the previous record set by Phil Esposito in 1970-71, Gretzky says years later that he was somewhat disappointed he didn't score more. He gets four assists in Edmonton's final two games, but no goals.

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fantasy

Fantasy picks: Cam Atkinson prime sleeper

Blue Jackets wing candidate to break out, among March 28 DFS options against Sabres

by Ben Zweiman @BZweimanNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Tuesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Tuesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Tuesday night including Dominic Moore and Ryan Ellis

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Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

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