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Playoff Chances For The Los Angeles Kings Fade After Loss To The St. Louis Blues

from Kevin Baxter of the LA Times,

“Just not pay attention to standings, not pay attention to what other the other teams did. And just worry about us and win every single game for the rest of the season,” defenseman Drew Doughty said when asked how the Kings will approach the rest of the schedule.

“That one stung knowing what was at stake. And we had some chances. But it’s a loss and we’ve got to get over it real quick.”

To pass the Blues, the Kings will have to win three more games than St. Louis over the next month. So even if the Blues lose half of their final 14 games, the Kings would have to win 10 of their final 14 to finish with a better record.

Adding to the challenge is the fact the Kings and Blues, who don’t meet again this season, face different schedules down the stretch. The Kings play only five games against teams who entered Monday with a losing record and St. Louis plays eight games against teams that are below .500, including three with last-place Arizona and three with Colorado, which has the worst record in the league.

That may make Monday’s loss more than just a missed opportunity for the Kings. It could make it a dagger into the heart of their postseason hopes.


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Video- You Make The Call On Sidney Crosby’s Goal

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herad,

...when playing the best player in the world and the defending Stanley Cup champions are coming at you, you have to expect a late push. It happened with 3:31 remaining, when Crosby battled with Mark Giordano in front of Flames goalie Brian Elliott and eventually willed in a goal to knot the action 3-3.

The Flames challenged goaltender interference.

But, heck, even Elliott knew that one was counting.

“You’re not getting that call,” Elliott said. “It’s 87. I don’t really understand the goalie interference and I’m a goalie, so it’s always up in the air.”

more on the Flames 4-3 win, their 10th in a row...



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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 3, NY RANGERS 2
Columbus 5, PHILADELPHIA 3
Carolina 8, NY ISLANDERS 4
NASHVILLE 5, Winnipeg 4 (OT)
CALGARY 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)
Boston 6, VANCOUVER 3
ARIZONA 1, Colorado 0
St. Louis 3, LOS ANGELES 1
Kris Versteeg (0-2—2) scored the decisive shootout marker to help the Flames edge the Penguins and extend their win and point streaks to 10 and 12 games (11-0-1), respectively. Calgary equaled the longest single-season win streak in franchise history – a mark set as the Atlanta Flames from Oct. 14 – Nov. 3, 1978 – and moved within one game of equaling the longest point streak in club history, trailing only a 13-game run from Nov. 10 - Dec. 8, 1988.


* At 39-26-4 (82 points), Calgary moved into a tie – in terms of points – with Anaheim (36-23-10, 82 points) for second place in the Pacific Division.
* Calgary became the fourth team to earn a win streak of 10+ games this season, joining Columbus (16-0-0), Minnesota (12-0-0) and Philadelphia (10-0-0). Elias notes that it marks the first season in NHL history in which four teams earned win streaks of 10 games or more – 2015-16 is the only other campaign with three such runs.
Brian Elliott (32 saves) earned his ninth consecutive win and improved to 13-1-1 in his last 15 decisions dating to Jan. 26 (1.93 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO).

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The Best Hockey Market?

An aricle about the Calder race, I enjoyed this more...

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

Toronto may or may not be the best hockey market in the world, but it’s certainly the biggest. There’s strength in numbers, with more reporters covering the sport here than in any other place in the NHL. Because of that, the daily plight of the team’s seventh defenceman often receives more attention than star forwards in some other markets.

So when there is a genuinely good player to talk about, such as Matthews or Mitch Marner or William Nylander, the rest of the world hears about them. Ad nauseam.

But does that help Matthews’ chances of beating Laine for the Calder Trophy? Or might it actually hurt him?

“I am a little sick of hearing about him,” Postmedia hockey reporter Jim Matheson, who covers the Edmonton Oilers, said in an email. “But I think people in Toronto are trying too hard to inform us how special he is.”

“Look, you can't escape the Toronto hype machine,” wrote Ottawa-based Postmedia hockey columnist Bruce Garrioch in a direct message on Twitter. “That's just the reality of Matthews being in a big market. But the amount of press a guy gets won't have any weight in how I fill out the ballot box.”

“I do think Toronto writers have gone completely nuts, but I don't really blame them, given what they've had to watch the last decade,” said Jason Brough, a Vancouver-based writer for NBC’s ProHockey Talk. “At any rate, it won't affect my vote one way or the other. Laine gets plenty of attention himself.”


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Talent Just Not There For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

He won't say it, but it's there, in the undercurrent of every answer he gives about his foundering Flyers. Ask Dave Hakstol anything, frame it as fiercely or as friendly as you want, and his unblinking answers will inevitably laud effort while underlining missed opportunity and the minutia that separates games this time of the year, especially those low-scoring ones among the league's have-nots.

Here's what he means, each time: The Flyers are not nearly as talented a team as many fans think or wish them to be, and the fact that two of the stars they leaned on so heavily during their unlikely run of a season ago - Claude Giroux and Shane Gostisbehere - are just now beginning to resemble even a sniff of their old selves only makes this more so. But the coach, still supported by the general manager who coerced him from a cushier college job, is loath to say that, perhaps fearing that the one thing they are capable of, and have given him - effort - would dissipate as a result.

Clearly, we can at least say this about the Flyers after 68 games played: They are drowning in a sea of have-nots. They have no pure goal scorers, no game-changers, no shutdown defenseman, no stand-on-your-head goaltender who can steal games because to do so on most nights would require a shutout.


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Time To Sign The College Players

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If it’s time for the U.S. college hockey playoffs, then it's time for the NHL's college signing season.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been busy already – signing graduating senior forward John Hayden out of Yale on Sunday (he's on the NHL roster and will soon play games) and Miami University graduating forward Anthony Louis Monday (he's off to Rockford of their AHL) – and could get even busier.

The Hawks will also be talking to Northeastern junior defenceman Dylan Sikura and Omaha-Nebraska sophomore forward Fredrik Olofsson now that their respective college seasons are over. Chicago will gauge their interest in turning pro and then decide what tack to take with them....

The most pressing order of business right now, though, is NHL teams competing to sign the U.S. college unrestricted free agents whose seasons are over.

The top prize in that regard is Northeastern graduating senior Zachary Aston-Reese, a 6-foot, 204-pound forward who had 31 goals and 63 points for the Huskies in 38 games this season. Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles and Detroit are among a very large group of NHL teams pursuing him, with a decision expected in the next day or so.

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Video- A Mad Datsyuk

via BarDown,

Sunday, with the series tied 1-1 against HC Dynamo Moscow, Datsyuk did something you rarely ever see from him, destroy an opponent with a hit, and the hit actually led to a game misconduct.

Datsyuk racked up 25 minutes in penalties on the one play, and you can see why he was frustrated as he was hit pretty late before exacting his revenge for lack of a better term.

Obviously the game misconduct comes as a shock, especially considering Datsyuk has never had more than 35 total penalty minutes in one season in his career (NHL and KHL).


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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (March 13, 2017) – San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlssonhave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 12.

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Video- Highlights From Sunday’s NHL Games

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The Experiences Of Brian Boyle

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Imagine being a wee lad of two, gathered with your brothers and sisters on a staircase watching your father kneeling on the downstairs floor, attempting in vain to revive your lifeless infant sibling while your mom is shrieking in horror.

Imagine being a teenager, just 14 years of age, and being informed that cancer is eating away at your dad — only to subsequently have him shock his doctors with the type of unbelievable recovery you still refer too as “a miracle.”

Then imagine, for a moment, that as a recently married man, you find out that a close friend — someone who had been in your wedding party and a kindred sprit you considered to be “like a little brother” — had suddenly drowned, just hours after hosting a charity event.

Brian Boyle does not have to imagine these things. He’s lived them. All of them.


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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