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The last few seconds of what may be Martin Brodeur's final game with the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils beat Boston 3-2 and Brodeur made 16 saves.
I’m disappointed in the year, I’m disappointing in a lot of things. I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it.
We’ve got great support now from Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”
-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers. Much more from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel.
Boston Bruins - Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins - Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning - Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers - Philadelphia Flyers
NEW YORK (April 13, 2014) – 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.
if you missed the hit, watch it here...
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Pete DeBoer will be back behind the Devils’ bench next season.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello announced during the first intermission of today’s game against Boston that the head coach has is already under contract for next season and will definitely be back.
“There are a lot of rumors going on, a lot of misinformation about our coach. So, I’m going to step out of character 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
“We usually wait to make any announcements about anything or when it’s not necessary (say nothing). Wherever the information is coming from, I can’t answer that, but I thought I’d just put that to rest.”
from John Vogle of Sabres Edge,
The most significant record the Sabres can set is fewest goals scored in a season (post-1967 expansion). Tampa Bay set the NHL mark in 1997-98 with 151 goals. The Sabres have 147. Buffalo is averaging 1.82 goals per game.
As for franchise records, the Sabres are assured of three:
*Buffalo's season-low goal total is 190 set in 2002-03. The Sabres need to score 44 times against the Islanders to avoid that. (Sure would make for an interesting "Fan Appreciation Night," wouldn't it?)
*The Sabres will have the fewest double-digit goal-scorers in team history. The record is seven, set in 2011-12. Buffalo has just four this year. Zemgus Girgensons needs two goals to make it five, and Marcus Foligno needs a hat trick to make it six.
there is more...
Anaheim Ducks - Dallas Stars
Colorado Avalanche - Minnesota Wild
St Louis Blues - Chicago Blackhawks
San Jose Sharks - Los Angeles Kings.
"I'm glad they went somewhere instead of folding. Watching them now, they're exactly the same team. I feel bad for Winnipeg. They thought it was going to be awesome, but they're the same team."
-Lauren Godinez, a fan of the Atlanta Thrashers on the Winnipeg Jets. More from a feature by Geoff Kirbyson of the Winnipeg Free Press on fans in Atlanta still following 'their' team.
KREJCI, BRUINS WRAP UP PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY
David Krejci (2-0—2) recorded his second multi-goal game of the season, including the winner, to help the Bruins (54-18-9, 117 points) clinch their second Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history.
* The Bruins last won the Presidents’ Trophy in 1989-90 (46-25-9, 101 points). They also finished first overall in the NHL standings 10 times prior to the introduction of the award for the 1985-86 season.
* The Bruins recorded their 54th victory of the season, matching the second-highest total in team history (1971-72: 54-13-11). Their 117 points are the third-most in franchise history, behind the 1970-71 (121 points) and 1971-72 (119) squads.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register (paid sub.) at the Bellingham Herald,
"We've put ourselves in a very good position to make a run for it," Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri said. "We feel good and feel confident in ourselves. There's not a guy in this locker room who would be less than devastated with anything other than winning the Stanley Cup."
Yet, unexpected is not unusual in the NHL in springtime, this being the one sport where having home-field advantage often proves to be not even marginally advantageous.
Strange things happen all the time, like just Friday, when Daniel Winnik showed up on the Ducks' practice ice protected by a full-face cage. Afterward, Boudreau announced that Winnik had suffered a broken nose, but the coach claimed he wasn't entirely sure where, when or how the injury happened.
"He's just ugly," Boudreau cracked, and the guy really does have a great sense of humor. Maybe this is the postseason Boudreau will be around long enough to keep people laughing.
If not, it will be another sad conclusion after another glorious but overhyped regular season, a franchise valued at $300 million unworthy yet again.
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