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Video- “For The 17” The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Hockey Team

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via TSN's YouTube channel,

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was nestled in the state’s safest city. But Feb 14th changed everything, after a former student opened fire in the school, killing 17 students & educators. A week later, the school’s hockey team sought to help the healing by winning the state championship, in honour of the victims. Rick Westhead has more in this TSN Original, “For The 17”


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NHLPA Approves Goalie Interference Change

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TORONTO (March 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has reviewed the NHL General Managers Recommended Change to Rule 78.7 (ii) Governing Coach’s Challenges for Goaltender Interference with our Competition Committee Members – Michael Cammalleri (Edmonton Oilers), Ron Hainsey (Toronto Maple Leafs), Kevin Shattenkirk (New York Rangers), Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils), and Daniel Winnik (Minnesota Wild) – along with many other Players in our Membership.  Based on those discussions, the NHLPA has decided to approve the proposed change.  The rule change will now require further approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors.

“First and foremost, the players want consistency in the application of the rule, and therefore support this proposed change in order to help accomplish that goal,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director.  

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Video- Pittsburgh/Montreal - You Make The Call

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Called a goal on the ice.


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Video- Gary Bettman On The “Tweak” Made To Goalie Interference And More Topics

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Afternoon Line Part 2- Dale Tallon

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“No one expected us to be doing what we’re doing, especially after the first half and especially with all the young defencemen, new players and new coaches, so, we’re enjoying it. The meaningful games are more important for what we plan to do down the road. It’s a great experience for our young guys and I’m excited to see how they react to it.

“Six of our seven defencemen have played less than 200 games, so we knew that there would be growing pains and there would make mistakes. But they’re getting better and making fewer and fewer mistakes and playing with composure.”

-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers.  Michael Traikos of the National Post has more on Florida plus the talk at the GM Meetings.

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Talking Prospects

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A significant chunk of the Detroit Red Wings' future will be on display during the WHL playoffs in center Michael Rasmussen and defenseman Dennis Cholowski, the organization's top picks in each of the past two drafts.

Rasmussen leads the Tri-City Americans in points per game heading into their series against Kelowna, which starts Thursday. Cholowski is one of the leaders on the blue line for the Portland Winter Hawks, who face Spokane starting on Saturday.

The Red Wings hope both, sooner than later, will join other recent top picks (Evgeny Svechnikov, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Martin Frk) in Detroit.

Shawn Horcoff, the Red Wings' director of player development, called both prospects "a development guy's dream," and will travel West to watch a few of their games.


Another Detroit prospect, Evgeny Igorevich Svechnikov talked after practice today. Watch below. (Who knew his middle name was Igorevich?)

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The Wings Practiced Today

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Dana Wakiji tweets,

Among #RedWings not practicing are Zetterberg, Daley, Green and Glendening. All but Glendening most likely maintenance days.

Blashill said Glendening, Zetterberg, Daley and Green all expected to be available tomorrow.

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Steven Stamkos Fined For A Dangerous Trip

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NEW YORK (March 21, 2018) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip against Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly during NHL Game No. 1127 in Tampa on Tuesday, March 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 10:25 of the second period. Stamkos was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing.

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Afternoon Line- Darren Dreger

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What do you think, will it help?


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Questioning The Dallas Stars

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Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answers questions from the fans,

Question: Depending on how they handle the remaining games, do you feel Jim Nill failed the Stars by not trading for secondary scoring in February or did the Stars fail Nill by not winning when he believed in them.

Mike Heika: Probably both. The price of getting players like Patrick Maroon and Michael Grabner at the trade deadline were pretty reasonable, and it seems like either or both could have helped the Stars down the stretch. Then, the fact the Stars did not read Martin Hanzal's injury well looks really bad in retrospect. They could have shut down Hanzal before the trade deadline, taken his remaining cap space, and put it to use. All of that said, Nill put his faith in the players, and they did not step up. If the Stars miss the playoffs, there will be a lot of hard questions at every level of the organization.

more Q & A...

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