• Senators one step closer to downtown arena after development bid selected by committee

    Jared Clinton
    IllumiNATION LeBreton's proposed Main Event Center (via IllumiNATION LeBreton)

    The Senators have spent the past 20 seasons playing in nearby Kanata, which is located just outside of Ottawa, but the team took a big step towards heading back into the heart of Canada’s capital after winning a development bid for a 53-acre site situated west of downtown Ottawa.

    At a vote Thursday, the National Capital Commission chose to proceed into negotiations with RendezVous LeBreton Group, which is backed by the Senators, concerning the future development of the LeBreton Flats site. The development bid, called IllumiNATION LeBreton, includes five neighborhoods, an aqueduct that can be turned into a skating path in winter and, of course, a brand new arena that would play host to the Senators.

    “I’m so glad we won,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said of the decision, via CBC’s Paul Jay. “I know that we’re going to deliver on everything we said we would do, and I think it’s going to change the landscape of this city, for sure. It’s going to be a huge, huge win all around.” Read more

  • Stars’ Tyler Seguin likely sidelined for at least the first two games against Blues

    Jared Clinton
    Tyler Seguin (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    The Dallas Stars lost Tyler Seguin in mid-March to an Achilles injury when the skate of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman sliced the right ankle of the Stars winger. The diagnosis was that Seguin had a 15 percent cut to his Achilles tendon, and the belief was he would be out of action for 3-4 weeks.

    Now, six weeks later, Seguin has played in just one game since the injury, skated nearly four minutes less than his average ice time when he did get into Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild and there seems to be another injury plaguing the 24-year-old. It’s not just that Seguin hasn’t played since Game 2, which was nearly two weeks ago, but that he’s struggled to even get back on the ice. And according to GM Jim Nill, it could still be a while before Seguin’s back in action.

    “He can’t skate yet, I can say that,” Nill told the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika. “He’s day to day, and once he gets on the ice, it’s probably four to five days from there.” Read more

  • Bruce Boudreau fired by Anaheim Ducks after another Game 7 loss

    Jared Clinton
    Bruce Boudreau (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    For the fourth consecutive season, Bruce Boudreau’s Anaheim Ducks exited the post-season after losing a Game 7 on home ice. And while he may have kept his job following the past three heart-breaking defeats, the fourth Game 7 loss has cost Boudreau his job.

    Anaheim announced Friday that Boudreau has been let go from his position as the Ducks’ bench boss, ending his tenure as the team’s coach after 352 games over the course of the past four and a half seasons. During his time with the Ducks, Boudreau had a record of 208-104-40, which puts him second in franchise history for coaching wins and first all-time in winning percentage among Ducks coaches.

    “I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise,” Ducks GM Bob Murray said in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision to make. Bruce is a good coach and character person, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.” Read more

  • Should refs let more go during crunch time? 2016 playoff data suggests they likely are

    Jason Kay
    Florida's Reilly Smith had a chance to clinch Game 6 against the Islanders, but Nick Leddy saved the day, and arguably got away with a trip in the process. (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

    After watching the final minutes of regulation of Game 6 in the Islanders-Panthers first round series, I was all ready to perch my soap box atop my high horse, which was balancing on my ivory tower.

    With New York’s net empty in the dying moments, there were two trips that could have been called – one on Vincent Trocheck, the other Reilly Smith – infractions that either negated Panthers’ chances to seal the game, or at least given the Islanders a penalty. You could argue there was a tad of embellishment on the Smith fall, but it was borderline. Instead of a minor being called in either instance, the refs “let them play” and we all know the result.

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  • 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs second-round preview: St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars

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    SERIES STARTS: Friday, 8 p.m. ET, in Dallas.

    THE BLUES WIN IF…

    St. Louis conquered its white whale. Now what? It was a monumental accomplishment for the franchise to finally oust the Joel Quenneville-era Chicago Blackhawks after three straight seasons of first-round exits, all after the Blues had dominant regular seasons. The key now is to use the victory as a springboard into newfound glory instead of an emotional triumph that drains all their energy. The Blues must be wary of a letdown in Game 1 on the road. If they can shrug off the potential adrenaline dump, they’re in good shape.

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  • Watch Penguins’ Bonino undress the Capitals defense to set up Lovejoy goal

    Jared Clinton
    Nick Bonino (via NHL)

    Pittsburgh center Nick Bonino was one of the most effective Penguins forwards in the first round, registering five assists in five games against the New York Rangers, and he wasn’t about to let the Washington Capitals slow him down in Game 1 of the second round.

    With the Penguins down 1-0 midway through the second period, Bonino picked up a puck in the Pittsburgh zone before making a bank pass to start a breakout. The puck got moved into the neutral zone, where Carl Hagelin flipped a short backhander to Bonino, who skated into the pass and attacked the Capitals defense with speed.

    Washington defenseman Nate Schmidt saw a chance to level Bonino, but he escaped the hit, slipped the puck around Capitals blueliner Dmitry Orlov, and watched as Schmidt crashed into his defense partner. With both blueliners down, Bonino fired low on Capitals netminder Braden Holtby, and Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy swatted the rebound home: Read more

  • Updated: Tom Wilson gets maximum fine for knee-on-knee hit on Conor Sheary

    Jared Clinton
    Tom Wilson hits Conor Sheary (via NHL/Streamable)

    Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson has a knack for getting under the skin of opponents, and he definitely falls into the category of players that are beloved by their own team but hated by opponents. But in being a pest, Wilson plays on the edge and he may have crossed the line in Game 1 of the second round.

    In the third period of Thursday’s game, Wilson was heading for a line change while approaching Pittsburgh Penguins winger Conor Sheary. As Sheary moved the deflected the puck into the Washington zone, Wilson continued to speed toward Sheary. The Penguins rookie braced for contact, but Wilson moved out of the way and instead went knee-on-knee with Sheary before being pulled off the ice by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin: Read more

  • T.J. Oshie scores hat trick goal in overtime to lift Capitals to Game 1 victory

    Jared Clinton
    T.J. Oshie celebrates his overtime winner (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    The 2009 second-round series between the Penguins and Capitals stands up as one of the most memorable post-lockout playoff matchups. That series featured three games that went to overtime and five one-goal games in a series that went seven games before Pittsburgh emerged victorious. With that series in mind, 2016’s second-round meeting between the two clubs had a lot to live up to. However, if Game 1 is any indication, the two sides shouldn’t have any problem meeting or surpassing the hype.

    And it’s fitting that in a series most remembered for a game with duelling hat tricks from Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, the 2016 meeting opened with a hat trick that will be remembered and talked about for some time. But it wasn’t Crosby or Ovechkin who found the back of the net three times Thursday. It was T.J. Oshie, and he picked the perfect time to score the his third tally to complete the hat trick: overtime.

    Each of Oshie’s goals on the night were great, too. The first came on a perfect shot over the glove of Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, the second on a deke that slipped under Murray’s pad and the third on a wraparound that didn’t come without controversy. Oshie’s overtime winner came as he showed an incredible bit of patience to pull Murray out of position before slipping around the back of the net and tucking the puck in the far side. But the wraparound barely — seriously, it’s by no more than a quarter of an inch — crossed the goal line. Read more