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  1. Yep... Ask me if I thought the Pens and Bolts would be gone in the first round, and i'd have laughed, ask me if I thought the flames would be down 3-1...ha ha ha. This is why playoff hock hock is amazing. Unless, of course you are a bruins and flames fan, such as I...good thing my heart is strong.
  2. Canes teen in concussion protocol after fight play 0:14 / 1:02 4:46 PM ET Emily Kaplan ESPN Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov, 19, is in the concussion protocol after being knocked out by Alex Ovechkin in a fight during Monday night's Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour made the announcement, saying he assumed that Svechnikov would miss Thursday's Game 4. Svechnikov is the youngest player in the NHL playoffs. A native of Barnaul, Russia, Svechnikov has said he grew up idolizing Ovechkin, his countryman who is 14 years his senior. Svechnikov appeared to provoke Ovechkin in the first period, and the two exchanged words before dropping the gloves. Svechnikov got a few jabs in before Ovechkin dropped Svechnikov with three hard rights. Svechnikov's head hit the ice on the way down. He stayed down on the ice for several minutes, then was helped off by Carolina athletic trainers. He did not return to the game. It was Ovechkin's first fight since Dec. 12, 2010. He received a five-minute major penalty. "First of all, I hope he's OK," Ovechkin said Monday night. "Yeah, I'm not a big fighter, and he's the same. He asked me to fight and said, 'Let's go.' I hope he's OK. You don't want to see a guy get hurt or something. And you just go a different way." Brind'Amour said Tuesday he isn't so sure that Svechnikov asked for the fight. "There's two version going around. I'll just leave it at that," he said. Capitals coach Todd Reirden had a different take on the whole thing: "I see it as two willing combatants. That's part of our sport, and one player won the fight and one player lost the fight." When asked Tuesday if fighting is still necessary in hockey, Brind'Amour said: "I don't know if it's ever been necessary. It's been part of the game forever. No, I don't think it's necessary. I don't think you're ever going to get it away from the game. It's tough to see, though. That's the worst part of it that you see when guys get hurt. That's always tough to see." The Hurricanes won their first home playoff game in a decade, routing the Capitals 5-0. Washington has a 2-1 series lead. Brind'Amour said Monday that Svechnikov had left the building before the game was over. "Svech means a lot to us. Young kid. Just turned 19. He has a special bond with our group, with me too," Brind'Amour said. "When you see that, it makes you sick. I'm still sick to my stomach about it. ... It's a little bit tough, because I just heard Ovi talk about it; he said our guy challenged him. So, if that's the case, it's a little different. If you watch the video, he slashes him twice -- Ovi, whack, whack -- then Svech gets him back. I don't know if there's words exchanged, but one guy's gloves come off way first. And that's Ovi, not our guy. "So, it's a little but frustrating, because he got hurt. It's his first fight. He's played 90 games. He's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that. So, that stuff bothers me." Svechnikov scored two goals and tallied one assist in the Hurricanes' first two games in this series. Ovechkin won his record eighth Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy this season as the league's top goal scorer. He had one goal and two assists in the Capitals' first two games in these playoffs. "I just hated seeing that. I just hated the whole part of it. Just something you never want to see," Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton said. "I just feel so bad for [Svechnikov], and hopefully he gets better soon. The game doesn't really matter when something like that happens; you just can't get it out of your head. I just hope he's OK." With Svechnikov likely out for Game 4, the Hurricanes recalled forward Patrick Brown from AHL-Charlotte on an emergency basis. Brown, who had 19 goals and 16 assists in 70 games in the minors, has one goal and one assist in 28 career NHL games.
  3. Just my unbiased bruins opinion, lol... If Kadri had just lowered his stick, and run Jake into the boards, i'd have no issues with it, but Kadri has a history of going up high, and that history will, and should have an impact on the length of suspension...cheap play at an even worse time.
  4. Devils win 2019 NHL Draft Lottery, will select No. 1 overall
  5. Sabres' Skinner won't rush decision on future
  6. Games Played on 4/6/19 Michael McLeod vs Josh Brown Winner ? Radek Faksa vs Nick Seeler Winner ?
  7. Games Played on 4/2/19 Luke Schenn vs Micheal Haley Winner ? Lawson Crouse vs Kyle Clifford Winner ?
  8. Games Played on 4/1/19 Anthony DeAngelo vs Nathan Bastian Winner ? Brendan Lemieux vs Miles Wood Winner ? Lias Andersson vs Blake Coleman Winner ? Cameron Guance vs Zack Smith Winner ? Drake Caggiula vs Dustin Byfuglien Winner ?
  9. Games Played on 3/31/19 Luke Witkowski vs Noel Acciari Winner ?
  10. Game # 82 1 3McDavid injures leg in Oilers' finale, X-rays negativeCALGARY, Alberta -- Connor McDavid gave the Edmonton Oilers a big scare in the team's final game of the season.McDavid left Edmonton's 3-1 victory over Calgary on Saturday night after hurting his left leg. It appeared to be a serious injury, but the Oilers tweeted that X-rays were negative.The next hurdle is an MRI, which the 22-year-old McDavid will have after traveling home with the team."You're going between anger and rage and your heart's broken for the guy," Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "So to get some good news right now, we can breathe for a few hours. MRI tells you everything, so we'll hopefully get through the MRI. But we're not out of the woods yet."McDavid was helped off the ice by teammate Zack Kassian and a trainer -- putting no weight on his leg -- after crashing into the Flames' net early in the second period. He fell to the ice after being challenged by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and then slid hard into the net. Giordano was penalized for tripping."That's the best player in the game. I hope he's OK," said Giordano, the Flames' captain. "I'll reach out to him and hopefully get an answer, but it's a 1-on-1. I'm trying to dive to chip the puck off his stick. It happened so quick."In hindsight, Giordano thought maybe he'd consider making a different play if he had the chance."Obviously, with the result being what it is, if I had to do it all over again, you'd almost want to see myself let him go and not injure him," he said. "But that's easy to say, after the fact."McDavid held his left leg for several minutes before being helped off."He's our leader, he's our go-to guy and when you see him get hurt like that, it stings." Oilers teammate Leon Draisaitl said. "You never want to see that happen to any player, especially him."The crowd at sold-out Scotiabank Saddledome went quiet as McDavid was being attended to by trainers."I think that's the respect factor. They know what kind of player he is. He's an honest player," Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "Everybody around the league, all fans, respect that and understand what he means to our team. I'd expect the same from our fans if it happened to another guy on their team in our building and I think everybody was a little bit shocked and just hoping for the best for him."McDavid was second in the league in scoring this season with a career-high 116 points, 12 behind Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov. McDavid's 41 goals equaled his career best."It's scary," Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse said. "He's the best player in the league. You see him go down like that, he's not a guy that ever goes down and stays down. He always hops back up. The guy means so much to not only this team but the organization, the city. I think everyone kind of held their breath there."Draisaitl scored his 50th goal, and Nurse and Alex Chiasson also had goals for the Oilers, who have missed the postseason 12 times in 13 years.Mark Jankowski scored for the Flames (50-25-7), who enter the playoffs as the top seed in the Western Conference.Calgary will face Colorado in the first round. The Flames will have home-ice advantage for the first time since 2006."It's exciting," Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic said. "You grind 82 games all year. We start the year in China. Here we are at this point and we've set ourselves up to be in the playoffs, and in the dance. Now we just have to go out and execute like we can."Edmonton took a 2-1 lead on the power play after McDavid's injury when Chiasson poked a loose puck past Mike Smith after he had stopped Oscar Klefbom's point shot.Nurse gave the Oilers some insurance 5:21 into the third, holding the puck patiently on a 2-on-1 before firing a shot past Smith high on the glove side.Edmonton opened the scoring at 10:55 of the first period when Andrej Sekera pinched down the sideboards and got the puck to Draisaitl, who wristed a shot past Smith for his 50th.Draisaitl became the first Oilers player to reach 50 goals since Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri each did it in the 1986-87 season.Calgary drew even five minutes later when Jankowski deflected Hamonic's shot past Mikko Koskinen. Johnny Gaudreau had the second assist to get him to 99 points.Gaudreau fell one point shy of becoming the first Flames player since Theoren Fleury in 1992-93 to record 100 points in a season.
  11. Game # 82 2 5Kovalchuk scores twice as Kings beat Golden Knights 5-2LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights both accomplished their goals during their regular-season finale on Saturday night.The Kings -- who will the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time in three seasons -- closed a dreadful season with a 5-2 victory over the playoff-bound Golden Knights, who left Staples Center without any injuries.Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals and Dustin Brown had two assists for Los Angeles, which finished last in the Western Conference with 71 points and had the second-fewest points in the NHL. The Kings will have three of the first 35 picks in the draft and have a 13.5% chance of landing the top overall pick when the draft lottery is held on Wednesday in Toronto."It's certainly not the season that we wanted, expected, all of the above," said Anze Kopitar, who had a goal and an assist. "It was nice ot end it on a good note, but we can't forget obviously."Jeff Carter and Matt Roy also had goals while Jonathan Quick made 29 saves. The Kings closed the season with wins in six of their last 11 games.Willie Desjardins, who served as Los Angeles' interim coach after John Stevens was fired 13 games into the season, did not comment about his coaching future. The Kings were 27-34-8 under Desjardins."I'm going to enjoy the win and worry about that in coming weeks," he said.The Golden Knights are the seventh team in NHL history to make the playoffs in each of its first two seasons. They finished third in the Pacific Division and will open the Stanley Cup Playoffs at San Jose."It was sort of a meaningless game points wise but you have to play the best you can," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We didn't play great tonight. We played OK. I'm happy it's over with and now we can get ready for the playoffs."Brandon Pirri and Valentin Zykov scored for Vegas while Mark-Andre Fleury made 27 saves.Kovalchuk opened the scoring when he stripped the puck from Zykov in the neutral zone and skated up the left side of the ice before beating Fleury on his glove side at 12:14 of the first. It was Kovalchuk's first goal since March 2.Carter extended the lead with five minutes remaining in the first when he was able to cash in on a rebound of his own shot for his 13th. Fleury made pad saves on the first two attempts before Carter got his third goal this season against the Golden Knights.Roy got his second of the season at 10:35 of the second with a shot that went in off the crossbar after taking a pass from Brown.Vegas then scored two goals less than three minutes apart. The Golden Knights got on the board 16 seconds after Roy's goal when Pirri got a loose puck near the right faceoff circle and fired a slap shot past Quick for his 12thZykov got the Golden Knights with his second of the season at 13:09 when he put in the net on a perfect pass from Jimmy Schuldt, who was playing in his first NHL game. Quick came out too far in front of the net, which left Zykov open.Kopitar provided some breathing room 8:52 into the third with a power-play goal. Kopitar tapped in the loose puck for his 22nd after a mad scramble in the crease. Kovalchuk added an empty-netter with 55 seconds remaining for his 16th.
  12. Game # 82 3 6Lightning get 62nd victory to tie NHL wins recordBOSTON -- Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with one more impressive performance.Next stop: Stanley Cup playoffs.The Lightning matched an NHL record with their 62nd win, using a three-goal second period to beat the Boston Bruins 6-3 on Saturday."Sixty-two is a number that's only been touched once, and for a team that's kind of been locked into a playoff spot for quite some time, to be able to bring it every single night, to continue to find a way to get that number is a credit to the players and staff," coach Jon Cooper said. "We didn't sit there and circle 62 and say that's going to be our number, but it's kind of cool that we actually got to that number."Kucherov, Anthony Cirelli and Braydon Coburn each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay (62-16-4), which tied the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for most victories during the regular season. Steven Stamkos got a short-handed goal during the second, and Erik Cernak also scored during the period.Third-string goalie Edward Pasquale stopped 30 shots, and Tyler Johnson added an empty-netter.The Lightning earned six of their wins in shootouts. The league introduced shootouts to decide ties after overtime at the start of the 2005-06 season. Before that, games ended in ties after overtime, which was brought in for regular-season games in 1983.Kucherov finished with 41 goals and 87 assists, putting him in position to win the Art Ross Trophy awarded to the NHL's leading scorer. He also broke Alexander Mogilny's single-season record for most points for a Russian-born player.David Krejci, Danton Heinen and Matt Grzelcyk scored for Boston (49-24-9), which fell one short of consecutive 50-win seasons. Tuukka Rask made 16 saves."Couple days of rest and a couple practices and that's it. Best time of year," said Rask, who was presented with a painting during a pregame ceremony for becoming the team's winningest goaltender earlier this season.Kucherov got his record-setting point when he assisted on Johnson's 29th of the season with 1:26 remaining. Johnson raced to the net to grab the puck and then embraced Kucherov near the blue line in front of Tampa Bay's bench."It's definitely a special moment," Kucherov said. "Thanks to everybody here in the room and thanks to the guys helping me out. It's a team effort and everybody is involved in my success."It was the Lightning's 30th road win, making them just the second team in league history to reach that total. The 2005-06 Red Wings had 31.Both teams rested a couple of key players. Boston's group included top-line players Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, who was the first Bruins player with 100 points in a season since Joe Thornton in 2002-03."I'm an optimist. I like our team," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We play hard. We're one of the better teams start to finish in the National Hockey League."Trailing 2-1, Stamkos stole a pass and went in all alone, shifting around Rask before tucking a backhander into the net midway into the second. Cirelli's goal 4:07 later moved the Lightning ahead 3-2. Kucherov scored 53 seconds into the third.The Lightning were down 2-0 at one point before rallying. This was the 136th multigoal comeback win of the season for Tampa Bay, which set a single-season league record, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The previous record of 135 was first set in 2006-07.Boston jumped in front on Krejci's 20th of the season 14:38 into the game. Charlie McAvoy was originally given the goal after he collected a loose puck and fired it at the net as Krejci was charging toward the front.Heinen beat Pasquale with a rising wrist shot inside the left post to make it 2-0 with 19.1 seconds left in the opening period. Cernak slipped a wrist shot past Rask from the slot for a power-play goal 4:41 into the second.
  13. Game # 81 1 4Stepan scores twice, Coyotes dump Vegas, 4-1LAS VEGAS -- The Arizona Coyotes' injury-plagued season finally came crashing down in the second period of their 81st game of the season.Arizona entered Thursday night's game against the Vegas Golden Knights needing a win to stay in playoff contention, but was officially eliminated from the postseason when Colorado went into overtime with Winnipeg earlier in the night.The Avalanche needed just one point to clinch the final spot in the Western Conference, and that ruined a solid performance by the Coyotes, who got two goals from Derek Stepan and 35 saves by Darcy Kuemper in a 4-1 road win over Vegas.It marks the seventh consecutive campaign, and 13th time in the last 16 seasons, the Coyotes will miss the playoffs."This room is bummed," Stepan said. "You play an 82-game schedule, we're in the thick of things and obviously came up a little bit short. When it's official and you're officially out, it stinks. We worked extremely hard, gone through a lot as a group, so it's never easy being told that your season will be done after your last game."The Coyotes lost 377 total man games to injury this season, but never lost their fight in a tight Pacific Division and hotly contested wild-card race in the Western Conference.Since Jan. 6th, the Coyotes are on a 22-13-5 run, while their 16 wins since Feb. 9 are tied for the fifth-most in the NHL. Arizona has earned points in 16 of its last 22 games (13-6-3)."In my short career, I've never seen something quite like this, that our group went through with injuries," Stepan said. "This group came and worked hard every single day. No one made excuses for this group. Everyone just put their work boots on. Didn't matter win (or) loss, we came back to the rink and we got back to work again the next day. That's a really positive thing and that makes a real special group."The Coyotes, who have earned points in 16 of their last 22 games (13-6-3), improved to 3-3-3 all-time against the Knights, and 3-1-1 at T-Mobile Arena.Richard Panik and Conor Garland also scored for the Coyotes. Kuemper has started a career-high 55 contests and has won a career-best 27 games. Since the calendar flipped to 2019, Darcy Kuemper is 22-9-6 with a 2.02 goals against average."That shows a lot. They didn't mail it in," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "They played for `Kuemps.' That's the stuff I'm proud of."Meanwhile, with Vegas locked into an opening-round series against Pacific Division-rival San Jose, the defending Western Conference champion welcomed back veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who had been listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.The Golden Knights were 4-3-2 while backup goalie Malcolm Subban stepped in for Fleury, who made 30 stops in his 59th start of the season."I always think you can get better and little things I wasn't happy with and I still want to work on, so it's good we still have the LA game," said Fleury, whose 35 wins are tied for fourth-most in the NHL. "I feel sometimes it's the timing and the speed of the game. Finding guys around you also, sometimes you focus so much on the puck, you want to stop it, you forget to look around where people are at."Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, will play in his 13th postseason, and second straight with the Golden Knights.Mark Stone scored Vegas' lone goal, when Paul Stastny's takeaway deflection landed on his blade and he beat Kuemper with a backhand for his fifth goal with the Knights and career-high 33rd overall.The lead wouldn't last long, though, as Panik gathered a loose puck in the slot and blasted a shot past Fleury while falling down to tie it at 1 with 2:37 left in the first period.Stepan's two second-period goals pushed the Coyotes ahead 3-1.On the first, Lawson Crouse fed Stepan, who deked around Fleury's right pad to give Arizona a 2-1 lead. Stepan got his 15th goal of the season when he buried a rebound that would get challenged by Vegas coach Gerard Gallant, who was looking for goaltender interference. The Situation Room confirmed the incidental contact between Crouse and Fleury occurred in the white ice and did not constitute goaltender interference.
  14. Game # 81 3 0Halak stops 26 shots as Bruins beat Wild 3-0ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Locked into the second spot in the Atlantic Division, the Boston Bruins took the opportunity to rest several players in advance of the playoffs.Jaroslav Halak made sure there was no letdown and Zach Senyshyn took advantage in his NHL debut.Halak made 26 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 47th of his career, and short-handed Boston beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Thursday night."That's how we want to finish the season, playing the right way," Halak said. "Although both teams were missing some key guys from the lineups, it could go either way. But like I said, I'm just happy the guys that played, played great, making the right plays at the right time."Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak and Senyshyn scored for the Bruins.Halak, who has split time with Tuukka Rask in goal for Boston this season, was rarely challenged by a Minnesota team that was shut out for the 10th time this season and seventh on its home ice."It was a pretty emotionless game on both sides, I think," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's very frustrating. I was getting mad on the bench saying, `We aren't getting shut out again.' I think that's the 11th time this year. You can't win like that."The Bruins, who have the second-most points in the East behind Atlantic champion Tampa Bay, rested Zdeno Chara, David Krecji, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy. Regulars Chris Wagner, John Moor and Sean Kuraly also missed the game with injuries."We don't really have anything to play for today and next game, but we want to play to our standard," Nordstrom said. "We want to build our game and end the regular season on a good note."Alex Stalock stopped 32 shots for Minnesota, which has lost nine times in its past 13 games and was eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday.The Wild were 3-8-4 at home since the All-Star break and the 10 shutouts this season are tied for the second most in franchise history, and the most since 2002-03, the franchise's third year in existence."I think just energy-wise, I feel like, for some reason on the road maybe we're just a bit simpler and had more jump," Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon said. "But I thought we had a decent first period today, and then they got the one and we couldn't muster anything."A game that didn't mean anything for either team didn't feature much action until Nordstrom broke the scoreless stretch midway through the second period.Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk sent in a shot that went wide of the goal and bounced off the end boards where forward Noel Acciari astutely tipped the puck out to the front of the net. Nordstrom was wide open in front and sent a quick shot past Stalock for his seventh goal of the season.Pastrnak and Senyshyn scored 36 seconds apart with less than three minutes remaining. It was Pastrnak's team-leading and career-high 38th goal. Senyshyn, the 15th-overall pick in the 2015 draft by Boston, capped the scoring with an empty-netter."It feels incredible," Senyshyn said of getting his first career goal. "I know it's not the way you envision it, but I'll take it any way I can get it. That was a dream come true for sure."
  15. Game # 81 1 3Rookies send Anaheim Ducks past playoff-bound Flames, 3-1ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After Ryan Miller wrapped up his 378th career victory and skated off to an ovation from the Honda Center crowd, the veteran goalie seemed hopeful about the future for himself and the Anaheim Ducks.The Calgary Flames are just killing time until their bright future starts next week in the playoffs.Rookies Sam Steel and Max Jones scored first-period goals and the Ducks continued their strong finish with a 3-1 victory over Calgary on Wednesday night.The 38-year-old Miller made 25 saves in his first win since March 5, and he seemed hopeful it won't be his last. The winningest U.S.-born goalie in NHL history isn't certain to return as John Gibson's backup next year, but he was cautiously optimistic about his hockey future."It means a lot to end the season on a win and a positive note as a goaltender," Miller said. "I feel like I can play. We'll have to see what the future holds. Still unsure of a few facts. I feel I can still play. Just want it to be the right situation."Captain Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks, who responded to a 6-1 loss to first-place Calgary last week with their 10th win in 16 games overall."You want to win every night, but when a team beats you that bad, you definitely want to come back and have a better showing," Steel said.Anaheim's streak of six straight playoff appearances will end next week thanks to its disastrous 5-21-4 midseason slump. But the Ducks will return in September with a wealth of young talent -- including two promising rookies who put Anaheim up 2-0 less than seven minutes in.Steel scored for the first time since his hat trick March 26 in Vancouver, while Jones got his second NHL goal to end an 11-game scoring drought."You always want to contribute, and (coach Bob Murray) is giving us a chance to do that, so it's awesome," Steel said.Derek Ryan scored and David Rittich stopped 29 shots for the Pacific Division champion Flames, who will start the postseason next week as the top seed in the Western Conference. With nothing to gain from a win, the Flames rested several healthy regulars, including 82-point scorer Sean Monahan and 78-point scorer Elias Lindholm."I didn't think we had a lot of jump or a lot of fire," Ryan said. "It's kind of tough to play in a game like this, but you still have to find a way to be professional. We had our chances, but (it was) just kind of a lackluster performance in my opinion."Johnny Gaudreau got his 98th point with an assist on Ryan's first-period goal, extending his scoring streak to five games and getting close to his first 100-point season."It would be cool, obviously," Gaudreau said. "It's something that I try not to focus on too much, but I realize how close I am. That's not the reason why I'm playing, though, right now. I feel good. I like to be on the ice."The Flames' three-game winning streak ended, and they lost at Honda Center for the 32nd time in their last 33 appearances. Calgary had lost 29 straight games in Orange County since 2006 before a win early last season.The Flames have won their division for the first time since 2006, but they've won just one playoff series since 2004. The Ducks' run of five straight Pacific titles ended last season, and they're missing the playoffs this spring for only the third time since 2004.
  16. Game # 80 6 2DeBrusk helps Bruins rout Blue Jackets 6-2COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jake DeBrusk and the Boston Bruins are looking to build some momentum heading into the playoffs.The Columbus Blue Jackets are just trying to get into the postseason right now.Boston beat Columbus 6-2 on Tuesday night, ruining the Blue Jackets' opportunity to clinch a wild card in their last game at home. Instead the race will extend into the last two games of the season.Columbus began the day in the first wild-card slot. It could have clinched a playoff berth with a win and a Montreal loss. But Montreal beat Tampa Bay, and Carolina beat Toronto.When the dust settled, the Hurricanes were on top of the wild-card standings with 95 points. Columbus and Montreal each had 94, and the Blue Jackets hold the tiebreaker over the Canadiens.DeBrusk had two goals and an assist and Tuukka Rask made 32 saves to help the Bruins stop a two-game slide. Brad Marchand and Karson Kuhlman each had a goal and an assist, and Marcus Johansson and David Pastrnak also scored."It's kind of the team we've been all year, right?" Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We're a good hockey club, and we don't usually lose a lot of games in a row. And we try to take care of the business at hand and correct why we lost."Oliver Bjorkstrand extended the longest active goal streak in the NHL to six games with a third-period tally for Columbus, which had won five in a row. Matt Duchene also scored.Sergei Bobrovsky had 19 stops, but allowed four goals before being relieved by Joonas Korpisalo late in the second period. Korpisalo had three the rest of the way."They just had really good sticks," Columbus forward Cam Atkinson said. "They checked really hard and made it really hard for all of us to break out, to get into the neutral zone and even getting into the offensive zone. They played a lot better than us."Boston got a bizarre break 1:58 into the game when a shot by DeBrusk bounced off the top of the net and straight into the air. On the way down, it hit Bobrovsky in the back and trickled in.The Bruins went up 2-0 late in the first when Johansson banged in a rebound for his first goal since being acquired in a trade with New Jersey at the deadline last month.Late in the second, Marchand tapped in a shot amid heavy traffic . DeBrusk got his second goal on a breakaway 46 seconds later, and Pastrnak made it 5-0 early in the third.Columbus answered with back-to-back power-play goals. Bjorkstrand, who has been on a tear, converted a shot from the top of the right circle. Duchene then got his 31st of the season at 9:14, but the Blue Jackets were unable to keep the momentum.Kuhlman followed with Boston's sixth goal with 9:32 left."We got what we deserved tonight," Columbus coach John Tortorella said.Game notesMarchand became the 10th player in franchise history to reach 100 points in a season.
  17. Game # 80 7 2Ryan scores twice, Flames chase Quick in 7-2 rout of KingsLOS ANGELES -- The Calgary Flames made wholesale changes to their lineup, sitting two top forwards and four defensemen one night after winning the Pacific Division and securing home-ice advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.They still steamrolled the hapless Los Angeles Kings.Derek Ryan scored twice, Mark Jankowski had a goal and two assists and the Flames routed the Kings 7-2 on Monday."You don't just turn it on in playoff time," Jankowski said. "This is the time of year where you really ramp it up for playoffs, so for us we want to be playing our best hockey going into the playoffs."Sam Bennett, Johnny Gaudreau, James Neal and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for the Flames, who reached 50 wins for the second time in franchise history. David Rittich made 23 saves.The only other time the Flames won 50 games was in 1988-89, when they had 54 victories in the regular season before hoisting their only Stanley Cup. Ryan said this group is trying to appreciate its current success but understands what comes next is more important."I think that we're trying to take a step back and realize that we've really accomplished something special here, but you're just so consumed in the middle of the season," Ryan said. "All these games going on, it's hard to really do that. I think maybe at the end of the year we can do that, but right now the goal is ahead of us and we're looking forward to that."Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was removed in the third period after allowing seven goals on 25 shots. Kyle Clifford and Dustin Brown scored, and Anze Kopitar had an assist in his 1,000th game.It took some time for the reconfigured Flames to find their footing. Gaudreau put them up 3-2 at 6:46 of the second period with a sharp-angle shot into the far corner, but the real barrage started 13 seconds into the third when Neal scored for a 4-2 lead.Ryan got his second goal at 2:33, and Mangiapane made it 6-2 at 8:30.Jack Campbell replaced Quick after Jankowski put the Flames ahead 7-2 at 8:45. Campbell made five saves in relief."I thought it was a tough game to go out and play, obviously, with things the way they are. But I thought with a lot of new guys drawing into the lineup, they played really well against a tough LA team," Ryan said. "I was really happy about how our roster went out there and were professional and played a really good game."While the Flames were focused on playing their best hockey going into the playoffs, the Kings sounded like a team finally ready to throw in the towel on a frustrating season."I wish we played all four games in a row, to be honest," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I just want to get this over with."
  18. Game # 80 3 1Marchessault's goal leads Golden Knights over Oilers 3-1LAS VEGAS -- Don't tell Vegas coach Gerard Gallant the rest of the regular season is meaningless.Though the Golden Knights already became the seventh NHL team to make the playoffs in each of its first two seasons, Gallant insisted the final three games mean plenty to them.That showed Monday night.Jonathan Marchessault scored his sixth game-winning goal and Vegas earned a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers."Tonight was a perfect game for me," Gallant said. "Going down the stretch, the games don't mean nothing in the standings, but keep guys going, keep them going well, and I thought they played a good, solid game."With third place in the Pacific Division and a first-round playoff date with San Jose already locked up, Vegas ended a five-game losing streak. The Golden Knights won the season series 3-1, outscoring Edmonton 15-9.Cody Eakin and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored for Vegas, which is 11-4-2 since the trade deadline.Malcolm Subban stopped 18 shots while making his ninth straight start in place of Marc-Andre Fleury. Subban ended an 0-3-2 skid since earning his first career shutout on March 21 and has a 2.67 goals-against average during the nine-game span."It was a good win, for sure. It felt good. It was a good team win," Subban said. "You always want to try and get the first goal and play in front -- that obviously helps a lot over the course of the game. That makes it a little bit easier."Eakin gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead early in the first period when he gathered the puck just outside the blue line, skated to the top of the right circle and roofed a wrist shot past Edmonton goaltender Mikko Koskinen."Every game is important this time of year and we want to build some good habits. Tonight was a good start and we'll continue that," Eakin said. "I think we know how we need to be successful. I thought we had some good habits tonight to get back to that winning way."Marchessault's eventual game-winner came 51 seconds into the second when he poked the puck away from Leon Draisaitl in the defensive zone, broke free alone and beat Koskinen with a backhand between his legs to make it 2-0. Marchessault has scored a point in 17 of his last 26 games, with eight goals and 15 assists.The Oilers, meanwhile, started the game with their playoff hopes intact but were eliminated from contention midway through the first period when Colorado earned a point in a shootout loss at St. Louis."It is what it is -- we're out. It doesn't matter how many points you miss by, there's eight that are in, and eight that are out," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "At this time of year you want your team to compete at a high level and for the most part we did."Koskinen made 28 saves and Connor McDavid tied a career best with his 41st goal for Edmonton. McDavid was left alone in the right circle, received a pass from linemate Zack Kassian and fired a wrist shot through Subban's legs to make it 2-1.Bellemare's empty-netter provided the final margin.
  19. Game # 79 3 6Mantha's 1st NHL hat trick helps Red Wings beat Bruins 6-3DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are playing their best hockey of the season while perhaps hurting their chances of winning the NHL draft lottery.Anthony Mantha scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, lifting Detroit to a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night.Jimmy Howard had 31 saves for the Red Wings, who have won five straight for the first time this season. The run has decreased their odds of getting the No. 1 pick in the draft to possibly select American star Jack Hughes -- much to the chagrin of some of their fans."The fact that our young players are the ones that are driving this winning streak should temper some of those concerns," coach Jeff Blashill said. "These are the guys that are going to make the impact than anybody we draft."Taro Hirose scored his first NHL goal early in the third period, just 8 seconds after Mantha completed his hat trick.The 24-year-old Mantha scored twice in the opening period to give Detroit a 2-0 lead and scored again 1:17 into the third period to tie the game at 3. Hirose, who signed March 12 as a 22-year-old free agent from Michigan State, put the Red Wings up 4-3 while their fans were still roaring after the tying goal.Filip Hronek, a 21-year-old defenseman, gave Detroit a two-goal cushion with 7:57 remaining in regulation, and 22-year-old captain Dylan Larkin added an empty-net goal in the final minute."We're just trying to enjoy the last couple of days, last week," Mantha said. "It shows on the ice."The Bruins, meanwhile, lost three of four games for the second time in March to give Toronto a chance to catch them for second place in the Atlantic Division."We want to get to the point where we could have the luxury of resting people," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We'd also like to play for what's in front of us, which is second place. We're allowing some of that opportunity to get away."The Bruins took a one-goal lead into the third period after David Backes redirected a shot into the net with a minute left in the second. Boston's Jake DeBrusk scored early in the second and Brad Marchand tied the game midway through the period with a franchise-record 26th short-handed goal."It's nice, but it doesn't mean as much when you don't win," Marchand said.Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots for the Bruins.Even though Detroit will miss the playoffs for a third straight year, Blashill is expected to get a two-year contract extension this week. The rebuilding franchise is developing young players such as Mantha and Larkin under Blashill and the team is competing for him even though it has been out of contention for much of the season."They're competing hard," Marchand said. "They're kind of loose right now. They're feeling it, playing really well."
  20. Game # 79 5 3Flames top Sharks 5-3, clinch conference, division crownsSAN JOSE, Calif. -- It wasn't discussed before the Calgary Flames took the ice Sunday night.It didn't have to be.With a first divisional championship in 13 years within their grasp, they left nothing to chance.The Flames scored three times in less than two minutes late in the first period on their way to clinching the top spots in the Western Conference and the Pacific Division with a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night."Nothing was said," Flames goalie Mike Smith acknowledged when asked about the mood in the locker before the game. "It was pretty quiet as far as talking about that. There was a feeling that everyone knew what was at stake here, and I think we did a good job of looking after what we needed to look after.Sean Monahan, Mark Jankowski, Dalton Prout, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik all scored for Calgary, which won for the eighth time in 11 games. The Flames will have home-ice advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.It's the first time the Flames have won their division since capturing the Northwest title in 2006."It's huge," said Monahan, in his fifth season with Calgary. "I've been here a long time now and it's tough enough to make it to the playoffs, so I think to do what we did is pretty special and it's something I'll always remember."We've got a lot of work of ahead of us, and as a group we know what we're in for."Timo Meier and Logan Couture each had a goal and an assist and Kevin Labanc also scored for the Sharks, who lost for the eighth time in nine games after winning six straight.The Flames held San Jose to a season-low 15 shots. The Sharks' previous low was 20 against Boston on Feb. 26. San Jose managed just nine shots through the first two periods, and just three in the second.The Sharks were coming off an emotional 4-3 overtime victory over Vegas on Saturday in which they clinched second in the Pacific. They looked fatigued Sunday."We didn't come out the right way," Meier said. "We didn't play the full 60 minutes. I know it's back-to-back, but we need to be better in those situations, playing high-intensity games."San Jose will play Vegas in the first round."I haven't thought about it yet," Couture said. "We have three games left to figure things out. They're a good team. It's going to be a challenge. We haven't been playing well. It seems like we're stuck in mud the last three weeks."Calgary trailed 1-0 on Meir's 30th goal before Monahan tied it with his 34th at 14:45 of the first period.Janikowski scored his 34th goal just 31 seconds later, and Prout scored his first of the season at with 3:47 left in the period to put the Flames up 3-1.Sharks goalie Aaron Dell had 23 saves.Backlund scored his 21st goal in the second period, and Frolik his 16th in the third to cap the scoring for Calgary."It's a group now that nobody wants to be the guy, nobody wants to be the guy that lets anybody down," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "We know how to play, we know how hard it is and the commitment that it takes, and nobody wants to be that guy that drops the ball. And they're holding each other accountable, and on the bench it's all positive, it's real good."
  21. Games Played on 3/30/19 Anthony Cirelli vs Brooks Orpik Winner ? Erik Cernak vs Tom Wilson Winner ? Barclay Goodrow vs William Carrier Winner ?
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