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Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings are reportedly close to agreeing to a new long-term deal.

A source told MLive.com that Howard's current $2.25 million salary would double to the $5 million per season range and it is expected to be for at least six or seven years. He has a 10-7-4 record with a .914 save percentage, a 2.46 GAA and two shutouts so far this campaign. He is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Source: Mlive.com
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 05:33:00 PM

The St. Louis Blues' 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 represents the first playoff victory of goalie Jake Allen's NHL career.

Allen made 24 out of 25 stops as the Blues tied their first-round series at 1-1. Allen finished the season on fire, but with every game holding such importance, he needed a win like this to hold off Brian Elliott.
Apr 18 - 6:03 PM

After failing to register a shot on goal in Game 1, Vladimir Tarasenko's first career playoff hat trick powered a 4-1 St. Louis Blues win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2.

Tarasenko has four points so far in this series, as he had an assist in Game 1. The talented Russian had 37 goals in 2014-15, so don't be surprised if he has a big playoff run, especially with a contract on the line.
Apr 18 - 5:59 PM

Tyler Johnson scored two big goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning tied their series against the Detroit Red Wings thanks to a 5-1 win.

The Lightning were rewarded in Game 2 after losing in Game 1 despite a lopsided shot differential. Johnson wasn't the only player to have a strong game, as Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist while both Steve Stamkos and Nikita Nesterov enjoyed two-helper afternoons.
Apr 18 - 5:44 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks will start Scott Darling instead of Corey Crawford for Game 3 against the Nashville Predators.

Many believe that it was a mistake for Joel Quenneville to go with Crawford over Darling in Game 2's 6-2 loss, especially after Darling's perfect relief appearance. Every playoff game probably qualifies for the biggest of the young goalie's career at this point.
Apr 18 - 3:05 PM

Grim news for the Nashville Predators: Shea Weber (leg) isn't traveling with the team to face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 (and likely beyond).

With an update coming on Wednesday, it certainly doesn't sound like he'll be back anytime soon. The Predators are probably one of the teams most equipped to handle Weber's injury, but it's obviously a huge blow to Nashville anyway.
Apr 18 - 2:30 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will remain without Christian Ehrhoff as they try to tie their playoff series with the New York Rangers in Game 2.

Ehrhoff, 32, has been sidelined since March 24 with an upper-body injury. Really, his season hasn't really ever taken off with the Penguins thanks in large part to various ailments. Pittsburgh would gladly welcome him back if he can get into this series, though.
Apr 18 - 2:04 PM

Jakub Voracek will play for the Czech Republic at the upcoming World Championships.

He will get to play with his idol and fellow countryman Jaromir Jagr in front of a home crowd as the Worlds will take place in the Czech Republic. Voracek finished the season tied for fourth in NHL scoring with 81 points and while he was satisfied with his season personally, he stated that he has only done it once. "It’s been a long season," Voracek said. "If I do it next year, maybe I can admit that I belong there [in that club]. Right now, I had one good season. It doesn’t end for me. Nothing changes. I will work hard this summer."
Apr 18 - 8:38 AM

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine.

TSN.ca is reporting that the Las Vegas police department confirmed the arrest to the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. Stoll is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and this will certainly put a damper on his attempt to sign back with the Kings or with a new NHL team. Stay tuned.
Source: TSN.ca
Apr 18 - 1:11 AM

Alex Galchenyuk scored the overtime winner in Friday's 3-2 win over Ottawa.

The Canadiens failed to close the game out in the final minutes of the third period, but end up with the win regardless. Max Pacioretty tied the game at one in the second period, while P.K. Subban gave Montreal a 2-1 lead later on in the period. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond will likely want Galchenyuk's goal back. Montreal now has a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Game three will take place in Ottawa on Sunday night.
Apr 17 - 10:12 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had one goal and two assists in Washington's 4-3 game two win over the New York Islanders.

The Capitals found themselves down 2-0 and 3-1 in the game, but they managed to claw their way back into the series with a big win on home ice. Backstrom picked up assists on second period goals by Karl Alzner and Alex Ovechkin. He scored the game-tying goal at the 3:44 mark of the third period before Jason Chimera completed the comeback later on in the final frame. The series now heads to Long Island tied 1-1. Game three will be played at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 17 - 9:52 PM

Max Pacioretty will indeed play in Game Two on Friday night against the Ottawa Senators.

And with that, the Montreal Canadiens have their top scorer back in the lineup. Pacioretty has five goals and 11 points in 21 career playoff games, however he's gone pointless in four games and 13 shots in the playoffs versus Ottawa.
Apr 17 - 6:53 PM




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