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 Posted: Sun Apr 12th, 2015 07:00 am
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Cory17 wrote: I can't believe either Boston, or Pittsburgh are going to choke away a playoff spot. Good on Ottawa, hell of a run. I hope Boston makes it, Edmonton has Pittsburgh's first round pick, and if by a miracle, Pittsburgh wins the lottery, you might see the Mario blow a gasket.
Pittsburgh's in, Boston is out. I'm calling a first round upset over the Rangers. You read it hear first.

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Jamie Benn, Alex Ovechkin and Carey Price are all guaranteed hardware at this year's NHL Awards.

Benn leapfrogged John Tavares with 10 points in his final three games to capture the Art Ross Trophy as the league's scoring leader. The 25-year-old Dallas Stars forward set career-highs in goals (35) and points (87).


Ovechkin finished with 53 goals to run away with the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. The Washington Capitals captain had at least 10 more goals than anyone else in the league - a fitting gap for a player claiming his fifth goal-scoring title in his 10th season.

Price was far-and-away the best goaltender over the course of 2014-15, leading the Montreal Canadiens to an Atlantic Division title with a franchise-record 44 wins and a league-best goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933).

Bravo, Carey! // Congrats, @CP0031! #GoHabsGo #ThePriceIsRight pic.twitter.com/z2Tv63QGMg

— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 12, 2015
The only goaltending category Price didn't capture was shutouts, where he tied for second with nine behind Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, who had 10.

As for other awards, Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler could be in line for the Lady Byng Trophy after recording just 14 penalty minutes to go with his career-high 31 goals and 76 points. Hudler is likely to face competition from players like Logan Couture (12 penalty minutes) and perennial contender Pavel Datsyuk, who had eight penalty minutes in 63 contests.

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From riches to rags in one regular season.

That's the story of the 2014-15 Boston Bruins, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention courtesy of a win by the Pittsburgh Penguins in Buffalo on Saturday.

Shortly thereafter, Boston dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning, rubbing more salt into the wound.

The Bruins go from winning the Presidents' Trophy one season to being eligible for the draft lottery the next, becoming the third club in NHL history to miss the playoffs after finishing atop the league standings.

The other two teams on that list are the New York Rangers (1992, 1993) and Buffalo Sabres (2007, 2008).

Over the course of the past seven postseasons, the Bruins have won 16 rounds, two Eastern Conference championships and one Stanley Cup.

Despite that run of success, don't count out a measure of change on various levels of personnel during the offseason.

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lobo316 wrote: From riches to rags in one regular season.

That's the story of the 2014-15 Boston Bruins, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention courtesy of a win by the Pittsburgh Penguins in Buffalo on Saturday.

Shortly thereafter, Boston dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning, rubbing more salt into the wound.

The Bruins go from winning the Presidents' Trophy one season to being eligible for the draft lottery the next, becoming the third club in NHL history to miss the playoffs after finishing atop the league standings.

The other two teams on that list are the New York Rangers (1992, 1993) and Buffalo Sabres (2007, 2008).

Over the course of the past seven postseasons, the Bruins have won 16 rounds, two Eastern Conference championships and one Stanley Cup.

Despite that run of success, don't count out a measure of change on various levels of personnel during the offseason.
With success comes agony.They just burnt out  after some many extended seasons and playoff runs much like the L.A. Kings did. It happens a lot especially in a salary cap era and an era of free agency.

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Leafs not wasting any time.  Nonis and the entire coaching staff on the unemployment line.


The Toronto Maple Leafs fired general manager David Nonis and interim coach Peter Horachek on Sunday.
Toronto, which did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season and the ninth time in the past 10 seasons, also relieved assistant coaches Steve Spott and Chris Dennis, and goaltending coach Rick St. Croix of their duties.
Steve Staios will remain as manager of player development. The organization will have assistant general manager Kyle Dubas and director of player personnel Mark Hunter serve as interim co-general managers while team president Brendan Shanahan seeks a full-time replacement.



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Ted Nolan fired by the Sabres.  Can't say I agree with this move when it was pretty obvious the tank was on.

BUFFALO, N.Y (April 12, 2015) -- Buffalo Sabres General Manger Tim Murray today announced Ted Nolan has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. In addition, Murray also announced Danny Flynn has been relieved of his duties as an assistant coach and the contracts of Bryan Trottier and Tom Coolen will not be renewed.**Murray will be available to the media this evening at 7:45 p.m. in the post-game press conference room at First Niagara Center**



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Shouldn't have gassed Nolan. Nobody could have gotten any more out of that bunch of scrubs masquerading as Sabres this year.

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khawk wrote: Shouldn't have gassed Nolan. Nobody could have gotten any more out of that bunch of scrubs masquerading as Sabres this year. Pretty sure Tammy Sytch could have "squeezed" a little more out of them.  They all might have shot better as a team.



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Would've been even harder to play once the Genital Warts showed up, no?

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khawk wrote: Would've been even harder to play once the Genital Warts showed up, no?If Genital Warts is the guy the Sabres are thinking of drafting I hear he had a real breakout year. 



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No, no, the warts would have come from Sunny's extra "coaching".

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khawk wrote: Shouldn't have gassed Nolan. Nobody could have gotten any more out of that bunch of scrubs masquerading as Sabres this year. And they can thank him even more if they land Connor McDavid.

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The Florida Panthers have re-signed forward Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract.

General manager Dale Tallon told reporters Sunday that Jagr's new deal will pay him about $3.5 million, not including incentives.

Sportsnet's Chris Johnston had more details about the extension.

"(I'm) thankful (that) I had a chance to play the last 20 games here," Jagr said. "A lot of people thought (I was) done, (but) those young guys gave me a little extra energy, extra life. I'm glad I can continue to play."

The 43-year-old registered 18 points after being traded to the Panthers from the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks on Feb. 26.

He clicked with 21-year-old forward Jonathan Huberdeau and 19-year-old center Aleksander Barkov after the trio were united on the team's top line.

"Once he got here and he saw the talent, he (was) really on board and he (was) really excited," Tallon said Sunday.

Jagr moved into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time points list on Thursday night. He tied Wayne Gretzky on the league's career power-play goals list with his 204th on Saturday.

The 21-year NHL veteran has 1,802 points in 1,550 career regular-season games.

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The Los Angeles Kings aren't denying reports the players locked coach Darryl Sutter out of the locker room after a road game, they just take issue with the details.

The locker room lockout happened after a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in February and not last week, as the New York Post reported, according to Kings general manager Dean Lombardi.

"It's factually inaccurate. The timing is wrong," Lombardi told reporters at a press conference Sunday.

Lombardi also explained why he isn't concerned by the news of the players taking over the room. He views it as a sign they are emotionally invested in the team's fate, not as an indictment of Sutter.

I could look at it and say, 'That's when we won eight in a row, so let's do this more often.' In terms of what actually happened, maybe (players) don't have to go to that extreme, but theoretically I don't have a problem with it. Here's the thing, with where this team has to get to. If you look at what a coach's number-one role is, it's to give his team structure and detail. The emotion, in terms of getting that emotion to where it needs to be, if we're going to be a top team it has to come from within the room. With it, at times, the coach obviously still has to have some ability (to talk). So we're, at times, a part of raising the emotion. Obviously one of the problems this year was just that, that for whatever reason, we weren't where we needed to be mentally.

The only real issue Lombardi raised was with the way his players informed Sutter of their decision, but he appears to have faith in his team's ability to govern itself after two Stanley Cup championships.

"In terms of trash cans or whatever, I'm not sure you have to send a message that way, but you look at the top players and they say, 'We've got this one,' and they go out and get it done," he added. "The irony is, it happened and then we went on one of our best streaks."

Los Angeles won eight straight games in February, beginning with a 4-2 victory at Tampa on Feb. 7.

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With the regular season officially at its end, Florida Panthers forward Brandon Pirri has set an odd NHL record.

Pirri completed the season with 22 goals and two assists, giving him the honor of having the most lopsided goals-to-assists ratio in NHL history, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

The 24-year-old broke Alfred Lepine's record of 16 goals and one assist set in 1926-27.

"It's kind of strange and I can't even explain it,'' Pirri said. "Both of my assists weren't even passes. It's very strange. Next year I'll get some more assists.''

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