April 15, 2014

Flyers goalie Steve Mason's status uncertain for playoff opener

Flyers goalie Steve Mason's status uncertain for playoff opener

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:59 PM EDT

VOORHEES, N.J. - Steve Mason kept the Philadelphia Flyers afloat when they struggled early in the season. Now they may have to start the playoffs without their No.


Canadiens prepared for tight, low-scoring playoff battle with Lightning

Canadiens prepared for tight, low-scoring playoff battle with Lightning

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:49 PM EDT

BROSSARD, Que. - The Montreal Canadiens hope to turn last year's playoff disaster into this year's success.The Canadiens finished second in the Eastern Conference in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign only to see their attack fizzle and their players take a pounding in a five-game setback to the Ottawa Senators.


Power play and stopping Stamkos will be keys to Habs beating Lightning

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:46 PM EDT

Five things the Montreal Canadiens will need to do to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL playoffs:Power play punch—The Canadiens went 0-for-23 with the man advantage in their last eight games.


Sabres GM Tim Murray outlines rebuilding plan for last-place team

Sabres GM Tim Murray outlines rebuilding plan for last-place team

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tim Murray's vision of rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres involves several things.And the rookie general manager doesn't expect it will take long to accomplish.


Lightning confident G Anders Lindback up for challenge of facing Canadiens in NHL playoffs

Lightning confident G Anders Lindback up for challenge of facing Canadiens in NHL playoffs

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:42 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper grudgingly gave up the news.Injured goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal, however the Lightning doesn't feel they'll be at a disadvantage with backup Anders Lindback facing a more experienced Carey Price and the Canadiens in the best of 7 series that begins Wednesday night.


Former players sue NHL, alleging league hid risks of concussions; third such suit filed

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS - Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.


Blue Jackets look at series with mighty Penguins as opportunity to finally get some respect

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets don't mind all the doubters.In fact, they almost welcome them."People were waiting for us to falter, kind of waiting to say, 'I told you so,'" coach Todd Richards said of his team's season.


Anaheim Ducks hope their long-delayed playoff success finally starts when they face Stars

Anaheim Ducks hope their long-delayed playoff success finally starts when they face Stars

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 4:24 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. - From the moment Stephane Robidas was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month, he realized he might end up facing his former teammates in the first round of the playoffs.


Crosby ready to seize another opportunity with Penguins in playoffs

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 4:17 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby won his first Stanley Cup and at age 21 and his first of two Olympic gold medals at 22. This season, he led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a division title, won the scoring race and is favoured to be the NHL's most valuable player.


Malkin's return another boost for Penguins as inexperienced Blue Jackets loom

Malkin's return another boost for Penguins as inexperienced Blue Jackets loom

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway.


Melnyk says Senators need leadership, no word yet on Spezza's future

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 3:13 PM EDT

OTTAWA - Eugene Melnyk expects to make the playoffs every year, and when his team misses out he plans to make sure it doesn't happen again.The Ottawa Senators owner voiced his disappointment over the team's performance this season in a conference call with media Tuesday, and said changes could be coming.


T.J. Oshie, Brenden Morrow practice for Blues; Blackhawks back at full strength

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 3:06 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues are getting closer to the lineup that set a franchise record for victories and challenged for first place overall, instead of the patchwork roster that lost six in a row to finish the regular season.

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