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  • Wild's Rupp suspended for hit on Oshie

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp for four games without pay for Rupp's hit on St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie on Thursday night. The league announced the decision Friday after the department of player safety reviewed the play. Rupp hit Oshie with a shoulder to the head in the second period of the Wild's 4-2 victory over the Blues. He was issued a match penalty for attempt to injure. Rupp will lose $7,692.31 for the four-game suspension, which includes the regular-season finale on Sunday and the Wild's first three playoff games. Rupp is a seldom-used veteran forward who is counted on to bring grit and toughness when called upon. Prior to the game against the Blues, Rupp h

  • Oilers' Ryan Smyth to retire at end of season

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth is retiring at the end of the season. The 38-year-old Smyth said Thursday that the Oilers' home game Saturday night against Vancouver will be his last. He has 386 goals and 456 assists in 1,269 regular-season games in 18 NHL seasons with Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Colorado and Los Angeles. Called "Captain Canada" for his loyalty to the national team, Smyth helped Canada win the 2002 Olympic title and played in the world championships seven straight times in his prime. Smyth mixed grit with a scoring touch and became the face of the post-Wayne Gretzky Oilers, leading the team to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2006.

  • Not so Great White North in NHL

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    For the first time since 1973, there is just one Canadian team in the NHL postseason. The Montreal Canadiens represent the nation's only hope of ending a 21-year Stanley Cup drought, and that's a long shot. Across the rest of the country, disappointment reigns. "It's not fun, for sure," said Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri, who spent parts of three seasons with Montreal. "The players on the team, I can tell you for sure, feel it. It weighs a lot on you, no doubt. "That's part of also what makes it so special to play in a Canadian market. When it goes the other way, there's no more rewarding feeling.

  • Barrie lifts Avs past Canucks 4-2

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Tyson Barrie put the Colorado Avalanche ahead in the game — and the Central Division standings. Barrie scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday night. Paul Stastny added two goals and Semyon Varlamov stopped 38 shots for Colorado, which took over the top spot in the division ahead of the scuffling St. Louis Blues. "Those are big points for us," Barrie said. "We have two games left and we know what's on the line." John Mitchell scored into an empty net to seal it for Colorado, which is 8-0-1 in its last nine. The Blues, who have lost four straight, and Avalanche each have 111 points with two games left — but Color

  • Rinne stops 29 shots as Predators beat Coyotes 2-0

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne's milestone win dealt a serious blow to Phoenix's playoff hopes. Rinne made 29 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 win over the Coyotes on Thursday night. Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville, which has won four of its last five. "This group, as I have been saying all year, has a lot of character," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "There's only one way to play, and that's play the right way. This group plays the right way." The Coyotes lost their sixth straight game and hurt their quest for the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff spot. Phoenix entered the day two points behind Dallas in the wild-card race.

  • Gaborik scores 2 as Kings beat Oilers 3-0

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings needed to shed some rust heading into the playoffs and the Edmonton Oilers proved to be a perfect solution. Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist and Martin Jones made just 17 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Kings snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the Oilers on Thursday night. "After coming off a bad start (Wednesday) night we talked about having to be ready to play from the start and we did," Gaborik said. "We got up 1-0 quickly and that for sure helped us. I thought we controlled the game all 60 minutes." Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings, who had won just once in their previous five games.

  • Little lifts Jets past Bruins 2-1 in shootout

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Michael Hutchinson's first NHL victory was a little extra special. The Winnipeg goalie made 32 saves in his second game, beating the team that drafted him as the Jets topped the Boston Bruins 2-1 in a shootout Thursday night. "You really want that first win against them," Hutchinson said, "kind of show them what they gave up on." Hutchinson was selected by the Bruins in the third round (77th overall) in the 2008 entry draft, and was signed by the Jets before this season. He saved the game for the Jets after Olli Jokinen was called for holding with 40 seconds left in overtime, and needed to make a snapping glove save on a blast from David Krejci with 7 seconds left to send it to a shootout.

  • Karlsson lifts Senators past Devils in shootout

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    OTTAWA (AP) — Already eliminated from the playoff race, the Ottawa Senators are still playing to win games. Erik Karlsson scored the winner in the shootout to lift Ottawa to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Mike Hoffman scored in regulation for the Senators and Robin Lehner stopped 38 shots to win his third straight game. "That's why we play this sport, it's to win games," Karlsson said. "Even though we haven't done it on a regular basis this year like we wanted to that's what we're going to keep playing for no matter where we are in the standings and it feels good to put a couple together." Karlsson is now 1-2 in shootouts this season and said he enjoys the challenge of scoring under pressu

  • Curry, Wild extend Blues' slide with 4-2 win

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With a playoff spot already secured and a journeyman goalie starting, another loss by the Minnesota Wild to the St. Louis Blues seemed inevitable. Not so fast. Kyle Brodziak scored two goals and John Curry made 43 saves in his Wild debut to lead Minnesota over the struggling Blues 4-2 on Thursday night. Nino Niederreiter added a goal and an assist to help the Wild snap a nine-game losing streak against the Blues and win for the sixth time in seven games. "I was obviously very thankful to get the opportunity, no matter how it went," said Curry, whose father was childhood friends with Blues owner Tom Stillman. "But just based on my career, I know you don't get many of these.

  • Nabokov earns shutout as Isles top Canadiens 2-0

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) — The New York Islanders had all the energy, and they came out with a victory over the listless Montreal Canadiens. Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for his fourth shutout this season, and Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored power-play goals late in the second period as the Islanders won 2-0 on Thursday night. "We outworked them," the Islanders' Matt Martin said. "They played (Wednesday) night and we were a little fresher than them and we had some young legs in the lineup. "We tracked hard." The loss, combined with Tampa Bay's 4-2 win over Philadelphia, hurt the Canadiens' chances of starting the playoffs on home ice.

  • Bjugstad scores 2 as Panthers beat Maple Leafs 4-2

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Bjugstad snapped out of his scoring slump and spoiled Drew MacIntyre's first NHL start. Bjugstad had two goals and an assist to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Brad Boyes and Brandon Pirri also scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo, who returned after missing Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury, made 27 saves. Bjugstad's goals — his first two after 21 games — came less than three minutes apart in the third for his first two-goal and three-point game of his career. "It was a good night," Bjugstad said. "We had to get pucks to the net. First game for that goalie and we wanted to get shots on him. It worked out for us.

  • 3-goal third helps Lightning beat Flyers 4-2

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have put themselves in position for home-ice in their opening playoff round against Montreal. Richard Panik, Eric Brewer and Steven Stamkos had third-period goals to help the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Thursday night. Tyler Johnson had the other goal for Tampa Bay, which moved within a point of Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division. If the Lightning win their last two games, they will clinch the Atlantic's runner-up spot. "To have the ability to win out and get home ice, that's what you want," Stamkos said. "You want to play meaningful games down the stretch. Obviously, we were proud to get into the playoffs, but it would be icing on the cake t

  • Nash's late goal lifts Rangers over Sabres 2-1

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers did just enough to dispatch of the lowly Buffalo Sabres. A few minutes later, a little bit of help handed them home-ice advantage to start the playoffs. Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York's third shot of the third period, and the Rangers ensured they will begin the postseason at Madison Square Garden with a 2-1 victory over the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. "The focus doesn't change in the playoffs — the road or at home — but the experience changes," said Henrik Lundqvist, who made 23 saves in the final home game of the regular season. "To play at home is just a great feeling, and to feel the atmosphere and the support, you get goose bumps.

  • Brouwer, 3rd line lead Capitals past Carolina 5-2

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Troy Brouwer scored two goals and the Washington Capitals routed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Thursday night. All three members of Washington's third line — Joel Ward, Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr — each had a goal and two assists. They helped the Capitals claim an easy win in this Metropolitan Division matchup of teams knocked out of the playoff race. Braden Holtby stopped 36 shots for Washington, which won its third straight after losing five in a row. This one came one night after the Capitals learned they would miss the postseason for the first time in seven years. Jiri Tlusty scored a short-handed goal, Radek Dvorak added a late goal and Anton Khudobin finished with 16 saves for th

  • Red Wings recall Coreau from ECHL

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have recalled goalie Jared Coreau from Toledo of the ECHL. The 22-year-old Coreau signed with the Red Wings last summer after a three-year career at Northern Michigan. In 76 games with the Wildcats from 2010-13, he went 32-31-8 with a 2.74 goals-against average. Coreau has appeared in 19 games with Toledo as a first-year pro, going 1-12-5 with a 4.10 GAA. He's also made five appearances for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, going 0-4 with a 4.39 GAA. The Red Wings host Carolina on Friday night.

  • Wild playoff tickets go on sale Saturday

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Single-game tickets for the Minnesota Wild's first-round home playoff games go on sale Saturday. Tickets for all three potential home games will be available starting at 10 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and Ticketmaster. Single-game tickets start at $40 per game. The limit is six tickets per customer per game. The Wild open the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on the road. Minnesota clinched a wild-card spot in the Western Conference playoffs. This is the fifth time in franchise history that the Wild have made the playoffs.

  • Ex-NHL players sue league in NY over concussions

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nine former players have sued the NHL over concussions, saying the league subjects its players to "devastating and long-term" health consequences by failing to warn players of the risks and consequences of head trauma. Among the players are former All-Star defenseman Brad Maxwell and Jack Carlson, whose brothers starred in the film "Slapshot." The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed late Wednesday, several months after a similar lawsuit was filed by 10 former NHL players in Washington. Both lawsuits seek unspecified damages, along with a medical monitoring program to care for former and current NHL players. A message for comment from an NHL spokesman was not immediately returned.

  • Monahan lifts Flames past Kings, 4-3 in SO

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sean Monahan joined some pretty exclusive company on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old center scored his 21st goal and then got the shootout winner as the surging Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 for their fourth straight victory. It's the first time a Calgary rookie has scored 21 goals in a single season since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97. "It's pretty cool," Monahan said. "Obviously, he was a big part of this team and this franchise. To be there, it's pretty special. It's an honor." Monahan already has five shootout goals on eight shots — four of them have been winners — which is tied for third in the NHL. In his career, Iginla only had 10 shootout goals on 42 attempts. <

  • Ducks beat Sharks 5-2, clinch Pacific title

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Jakob Silfverberg's short-handed goal rattled into the Sharks' empty net, the Anaheim Ducks could finally celebrate a division title that nearly got away. Just a few weeks after San Jose knocked them off the top of the standings, the Ducks clawed their way back up and cemented their spot as the Pacific's new power. Patrick Maroon scored two goals, John Gibson made 36 saves in his second NHL start, and the Ducks clinched their second straight division title with a 5-2 victory over the Sharks on Wednesday night. Corey Perry scored his 43rd goal as the Ducks finished off the second-place Sharks with a three-goal third period to earn the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history.

  • The NHL playoffs: now with wild cards!

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    The NHL has gone wild. Well, for the postseason format at least. While the change, driven by division realignment, to the qualification and seeding system was slight, the final week of the regular season has slanted a little differently than in the past. Loosely following what other leagues -- the NFL and MLB -- have done for decades now, the NHL has added wild cards to the playoff pool. Postseason qualification is the same in that eight teams from each conference are included, but it has led to essentially two separate races. Competition for the top three spots in each division is one, with the leftovers jockeying for two wild cards in each conference.