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REPORT FROM GENERAL MANAGERS MEETINGS
After three days of meetings, the NHL’s general managers did not propose any radical changes or rule recommendations to the Competition Committee. They are, however, considering to propose modifications to the overtime format and face-off protocol.
“There are no major announcements or major changes,” said commissioner Gary Bettman. “There will be some recommendations, some things people will look at, there will be some more homework done, but you should continue to enjoy the game principally the way it’s being played.”
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REMINDER: “NHL REVEALED” FINALE DEBUTS TONIGHT ON CBC
The season finale of “NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other” debuts tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET / 9:30 p.m. NT on CBC. The episode focuses on the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as the Trade Deadline, including perspectives from Roberto Luongo,Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan.
The episode will re-air on Sportsnet on Sunday, March 16, at 9:00 p.m. local and on NHL Network-U.S. on Monday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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STARS ANNOUNCE PEVERLEY WILL MISS REMAINDER OF SEASON
The Stars announced that forward Rich Peverley will undergo a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat and miss the remainder of 2013-14. The 31-year-old Peverley, who has 7-23—30 in 62 outings this season, collapsed on the bench during Monday’s game versus the Blue Jackets after what a team doctor called a “cardiac event.”
“On behalf of my wife, Nathalie, all of my family and myself, I’d like to thank you and to thank all the people that saved my life,” Peverley said Wednesday during a press conference. “First, I’m going to start off with Dr. Robert Dimeff, Dr. Bill Robertson, Dr. Gil Salazar and Dave Zeis, our trainer with the Dallas Stars. They all attended to me once I passed out and they saved my life and I will forever be grateful.”
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(Home Team in Caps)
Boston 4, MONTREAL 1
Vancouver 3, WINNIPEG 2 (SO)
COLORADO 3, Chicago 2
CALGARY 7, Anaheim 2
AVALANCHE OVERTAKE BLACKHAWKS IN CENTRAL
Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves to help the Avalanche (43-18-5, 91 points) improve to 6-1-0 in their past seven games and leapfrog the Blackhawks (38-14-14, 90 points) for second place in the Central Division.
* The Avalanche went 4-1-0 in their five-game season series versus the Blackhawks, including a 2-0-0 mark at Pepsi Center. Varlamov posted a 4-0-0 record with a 1.59 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in those meetings.
* At 43-18-5 (91 points), the Avalanche own the second-best record in franchise history through 66 games. Only the 2000-01 squad had a better mark through 66 contests (42-12-12, 96 points).
* Varlamov recorded his 100th NHL victory, becoming the fourth Russian-born goaltender (and third active) to do so. The others: Evgeni Nabokov (347), Nikolai Khabibulin (333) and Ilya Bryzgalov (213).
* Varlamov improved to 33-12-5 with a 2.44 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and one shutout in 52 appearances this season. He ranks second in the League in wins – one behind Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (34-14-3) – and fifth in save percentage.
* Matt Duchene posted 1-1—2 to extend his career-long point streak to nine games (5-9—14). He leads the Avalanche with 40 assists and 62 points in 63 games this season.
* Ryan O’Reilly scored what proved to be the game-winning goal and added an assist to earn the team’s player of the game helmet (photo courtesy of @Avalanche). O’Reilly has six game-winners in 64 contests this season; he had five in 265 career games entering 2013-14.
BRUINS END SKID AGAINST CANADIENS, MAKE IT SIX STRAIGHT
Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins end their five-game losing streak to the Canadiens, in the process extending the team’s winning streak to a season-high six games.
* With the victory, the Bruins (43-17-5, 91 points) moved within one point of the Penguins (44-17-4, 92 points) for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
* The Bruins improved to 14-2-3 in their last 19 games, including a 9-1-2 mark in their past 12. They have recorded at least one point in each of their last 11 road games (8-0-3), their longest such streak since an equal run Jan. 20-Feb. 24, 2004 (6-0-5).
* Rask improved to 29-14-4 with a 2.12 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and six shutouts in 48 appearances this season. He leads the League in shutouts, is tied for fourth in wins and ranks fourth in save percentage.
* Milan Lucic reached the 20-goal mark for the third time in his seven-year NHL career.
* Zdeno Chara scored his 15th goal of the season, which ranks fourth among defensemen.
FLAMES SCORE SEASON-HIGH SEVEN GOALS IN WIN
The Flames scored a season-high seven goals to pick up their third win in their past five outings. They also improved to 8-2-0 in their last 10 games at Scotiabank Saddledome dating to Jan. 22.
* Five Flames recorded multiple points, highlighted by 2-1—3 from Mikael Backlund.
* The Flames scored a pair of shorthanded goals and now lead the NHL with 11 shorthanded markers this season, one ahead of the Hurricanes.
* Backlund potted one of the team’s shorthanded tallies. He now has four this season (65 GP), tied for the most in the League with Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Lightning forward Tyler Johnson. Backlund had zero shorthanded goals in 170 career games prior to 2013-14.
* Corban Knight scored his first NHL goal in his fifth career game.
BURROWS, HIGGINS LEAD CANUCKS PAST JETS
Alexandre Burrows scored his first two goals of the season and Chris Higgins potted the lone marker in the shootout to lead the Canucks to their second win in their last three games.
* With the victory, the Canucks (30-28-10, 70 points) leapfrogged the Jets (30-28-9, 69 points) in the Western Conference race for the Wild Card.
* Henrik Sedin played in his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the fourth player – and second this week – to reach the milestone in 2013-14 (Robyn Regehr, Martin St. Louis, Matt Cooke). He also became the 10th Swedish-born player to reach the 1,000-game milestone.
* Sedin is the first player to appear in 1,000 games in a Canucks sweater. The No. 3 overall selection in the 1999 NHL Draft, he holds the franchise records for assists (641), points (833) and consecutive games played (679).
Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek collected an assist in his home debut . . . Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his seven-year NHL career . . . Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp posted an assist to extend his point streak to five games (1-5—6) . . . Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk played in his 100th career game . . . Avalanche forward Paul Carey made his NHL debut . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau for two games, without pay, for boarding Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Phoenix @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, RDS2, FS-A, NESN
Buffalo @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-CR
San Jose @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-O
Florida @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, SUN
Edmonton @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., TSN, FS-MW
NY Rangers @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., MSG, FS-N, FS-WI
Toronto @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., TSN, FS-W
BERNIER RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES FOR FIRST TIME
Jonathan Bernier returns to Los Angeles, the city where he began his NHL career, for the first time since an offseason trade sent the 25-year-old goaltender to Toronto. Bernier played 62 games for the Kings, compiling a 29-20-6 record with a 2.36 goals-against average and six shutouts over parts of five seasons.
“For me to be back where I started my career it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m excited. [I’m] going to be a bit nervous, but it’s going to be a fun game,” Bernier told the Toronto Star. “I’m going to enjoy it.”
The Kings enter the contest on an eight-game winning streak, one shy of the franchise record set Jan. 21-Feb. 6, 2010. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have won three of their past four, but are coming off a 6-2 setback Tuesday at San Jose.
Source: NHL Media