Pavelec stops 39 shots to lead Jets past Canadiens, 5-2 (The Associated Press)

As he made save after save, Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec earned the full support of the hometown crowd. Pavelec finished with 39 saves for his sixth consecutive win, leading Winnipeg to a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Fans were already chanting ”Pavy, Pavy” after he stopped 20 shots in the first period to preserve Winnipeg’s 1-0 lead. It’s always nice,” Pavelec said with a small smile.

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NHL: 5 stories from Thursday night (CBC)

Senators goalie Andrew Hammond saw his winning streak come to an end, the Jets had a little more bounce in their step, the Canucks celebrated an anniversary, and there was a lot on the line between the lowly Sabres and Coyotes. Byfuglien opened the scoring in the first period with his 16th goal of the season.

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NHL Three Stars: Pavelec stops 39; Marleau leads Sharks over Red Wings (Puck Daddy)

No. 1 Star: Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets The Jets stayed in the playoff hunt with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Pavelec was excellent again, stopping 39 shots for his sixth straight victory. Mark Scheifele and Jim Slater each had a goal and an assist. The win puts Winnipeg three points up on the Calgary Flames for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.  No. 2 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks Three third period goals helped the Sharks upend the Detroit Red Wings 6-4. Marleau scored twice and assisted on another as San Jose won for the first time in three games. Chris Tierny had a pair of points and Antti Niemi made 30 stops. No. 3 Star: Reto Berra, Colorado Avalanche Colorado scored three goals in the opening 12:56 of the second period and coasted to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Reto Berra made 33 stops, while Ryan O’Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each recorded two points. The win was Berra’s first in a game he started since Nov. 25. Honorable Mention : Ryan Getzlaf’s goal 3:09 into overtime helped give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Frederik Andersen made 27 saves and Cam Fowler, back from being a healthy scratch, assisted on a pair of goals, including Getzlaf’s winner: David Krejci had a pair of assists for the Bruins in his first game back from a knee injury … Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 21st goal of the season, breaking Nicklas Lidstrom’s record for goals in a season by a Swedish defenseman, and Sam Gagner put home the overtime winner as the Arizona Coyotes got by the Buffalo Sabres 4-3: Anze Kopitar slipped one by Jaroslav Halak with 4:23 left in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings edged the New York Islanders 3-2. Nick Shore scored his first career NHL goal to open the scoring for the Kings. Tyler Toffoli now leads the league in shorthanded goals with five. The third straight win helps move LA into a playoff spot in the Western Conference … Chris Kreider scored twice and Tanner Glass added his first of the the year as the New York Rangers chased Andrew Hammond and routed the Ottawa Senatos 5-1 to clinch a playoff spot.. Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes and Dan Boyle all recorded two points. Cam Talbot stopped 22 shots for his 20th win … Matt Niskanen put home the winner 1:13 into overtime as the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2: Pekka Rinne made 28 saves and earned his 40th win as the Nashville Predators edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 … Brandon Pirri tallied two more goals and Roberto Luongo made 24 saves as the Florida Panthers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pirri now has 20 goals and 2 assists on the season .. Sam Carrick of the Maple Leafs scored his first career goal in the loss … Eric Staal led the Carolin Hurricanes with a goal and two assists as they dispatched the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. The goal was Staal’s 20th of the season, the ninth time he’s reached the mark in 11 seasons. Cam Ward made 27 stops, including this robbery on David Perron , while Brad Malone recorded a pair of helpers … John Tavares couldn’t get by Drew Doughty, so he stole his stick:  Did You Know?   Last #Caps player to score OT GWG vs NJ? Adam Oates. — Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) March 27, 2015 Dishonorable Mention: The Penguins and Islanders are 1-5-1 in their last seven games … Boston has lost six in a row, while Toronto has dropped seven straight …Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on 10 shots before being pulled. He also lost his starting gig for the time being, according to Mike Babcock … Andrew “The Hamburglar” Hammond allowed five goals on 22 shots and suffered his first loss in regulation … Tampa’s power play failed on all five opportunities … Richard Panik was given a 10-minute misconduct for chucking Pirri’s stick into the Air Canada Centre crowd: MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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Pavelec makes 39 saves to propel Jets to 5-2 victory over Canadiens (The Canadian Press)

Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec earned the full support of the hometown crowd Thursday night against Montreal. Pavelec made 39 saves for his sixth consecutive win as the Jets downed the Canadiens 5-2 at the MTS Centre. With the victory the Jets (39-24-12) remain in the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with 90 points— three points ahead of idle Calgary. Mark Scheifele and Jim Slater had a goal and an assist apiece for Winnipeg, while Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien and Adam Lowry also scored.

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The Numbers Game: March 26, 2015

WINNIPEG – Here’s a numerical look at Thursday’s game between the Habs and the Jets in Winnipeg.

38 – Difference, in pounds, between the heaviest player on the Winnipeg Jets’ roster, Dustin Byfuglien, who weighs in at a league-leading 260 lbs., and Greg Pateryn, who leads the Canadiens at 222 lbs.

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NHL: 5 things to know for Thursday night (CBC)

The Habs and Jets go head-to-head, the Senators try to extend their streak and the Canucks bid to open up more daylight in the playoff race. Those stories plus round 1 of the Connor McDavid Bowl are among our five things to know for Thursday’s NHL games. Although they were the first National Hockey League team to hit the century mark in points, the Montreal Canadiens (46-20-8) weren’t overjoyed with how they arrived there, picking up a single in a 3-2 overtime loss Tuesday to Nashville. Reaching 100 points put the Habs one point up on the New York Rangers and divisional rival Tampa Bay Lightning for first place overall.

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Predators-Lightning Preview (The Associated Press)

Inconsistent play over the last six weeks dropped the Nashville Predators from their perch atop the NHL, but a hard-fought win against the league’s most dominant goaltender has them again rising in the standings. Another quality win Thursday night would only boost that momentum, although it won’t come easy against a Tampa Bay Lightning team looking to clinch consecutive 100-point seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Predators scored more than two goals twice in that 11-game stretch but have managed three in each of the last two, beating Buffalo and Montreal to move back within two points in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy. Ryan Ellis tied it in the third and Filip Forsberg scored his first goal in 13 games to beat Hart Trophy front-runner Carey Price in the extra period.

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Canadiens-Jets Preview (The Associated Press)

The Montreal Canadiens are the first team to reach 100 points, though finishing on top of the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference are still far from certain. The Winnipeg Jets are just trying to hang onto the West’s final wild-card spot. The Canadiens have taken 10 of the last 12 meetings and will clinch a playoff spot with another victory Thursday night in Winnipeg. Montreal (46-20-8) lost 3-2 in overtime at Nashville on Tuesday to reach 100 points for the second straight season.

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Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Bruins’ playoff hopes; college hockey awards; Calder race (Puck Daddy)

[Author’s note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn’t tell you anything you didn’t know. Who’s hot, who’s not, who cares? For this reason, we’re doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You’ll see what I mean.]  7. “Fans don’t care about CapGeek.” Just make salary information publicly available, you dopes. Everyone wants it. 6. The Bruins Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse, the David Krejci-less Boston Bruins, losers of their last five and surrenderers of the final playoff spot in the East, announce that Dougie Hamilton is out “indefinitely.” In effect, that probably means “until next season,” because the Bruins without their Nos. 2 center and defenseman are dead in the water, and that’s if Andrew Hammond starts playing to his career average starting tomorrow. Hell, even having one of them out for an extended is going to be cause for concern, and Krejci’s not showing his hand as to whether he’ll be good to go against Anaheim — just what any team fighting for a playoff spot having lost six straight needs: A game against the Ducks — on Thursday. You can say what you want about Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg, mainly that they’re no Krejci, but the dropoff in quality overall isn’t as stark as it is from Hamilton to, say, Dennis Seidenberg. The Bruins have blue line problems to begin with; center depth not so much. Adding in any sort of extensive injury to Hamilton, who in addition to being very good also has an extraordinarily high ceiling, and you’re asking for trouble, especially at this late stage. The thing is that if the Bruins are going to trade back-and-forth shots with the Sens over the next two weeks, they at least have the talent level to go punch for punch and see where they’re at when the season ends. Without Hamilton, it’s a lot more difficult to see that being a possibility. Which means that we have to at least think about the reality that the Bruins’ window is now effectively closed, because if they don’t make the playoffs, big changes are coming. We’ve been talking for a while now about the possibility that either or both of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli could find themselves canned, and it wouldn’t be a good idea. But it’s what might (probably will?) happen. The Bruins are a team with flaws but which has a very good skeleton. Hamilton looks like he could be a No. 1 defenseman, they have an elite one-two punch down the middle, and one of the best goaltenders alive (i.e. in an “off year” his .921 save percentage is something most NHL goalies could only dream of). If they were run a little better maybe they’re in the playoffs this year — not having all that dead cap money left over from last year probably killed them — but you once again have to look at everything that’s happened this year through the lens of: “Chiarelli pushed all-in on last season, and lost with a pair of pocket aces.” They had to know this season could have turned out like this, but man the end is shaping up to be torturous. 5. College hockey awards I love college hockey more than anyone living or dead. I’m going to five games in three days this weekend, and I will probably see about 80 live before the season is over. I write about it for two outlets, and so on. And believe me when I tell you that nothing in the sport is dumber than the people who vote for awards. For instance, Jack Eichel should win the Hobey Baker this year in a runaway, because he has 66 points in 36 games and that’s 1.83 points per game and no one else is north of 1.57. He’s also doing this as the fourth-youngest player in the country. But the Hobey is awarded not to the best player in the country, but the great player who is also the nicest (seriously: “ Strength of character, on and off the ice ” is the No. 1 criteria, which is so dumb as to boggle the mind.) But this is really only done selectively; sometimes the nicest guy wins but mostly it’s the best player. It’s only when there’s enough reason to complain about the best player — Eichel drank beer can you believe an 18-year-old would do such a thing!!!!! — that this is up for debate. If Eichel doesn’t get caught on Snapchat or whatever, we’re not having a discussion about Jimmy Vesey winning the Walter Brown award, because he doesn’t win it. (The Walter Brown award is given to the best American-born college player in New England. Vesey had a great year but Eichel’s was better by a significant margin.) The people who vote on these things didn’t even give Johnny Gaudreau, who put up 80 points in 40 games, the Hobey unanimously last year . A guy who finished with fewer points on the year than Gaudreau had assists was in the final three because he is A Nice Boy. Eichel’s going to fall into the same category. And it’s not really decided that he’s going to even win the Hobey. Which I can’t believe I have to say, but I do believe that college hockey awards voters are that demonstrably dumb. And would it shock you to learn balloting for most of these awards is kept secret? Oh yeah, buddy. 4. Ilya Kovalchuk’s return Wow, you mean the NHL might be able to lure Kovalchuk, who’s not even really dominating the KHL to any great extent, back when he’s just 34 years old? Where do I sign up?! 3. Weirdly valuable players You will never ever in your entire life hear someone refer to Chris Tanev as any kind of great defenseman. But Chris Tanev is kind of a great defenseman. He just re-upped with Vancouver for five years, with a cap hit of $4.45 million, which has to be the largest cap hit for a player most hardcore hockey fans couldn’t pick out of a lineup. But here’s the thing: Tanev has the best CF% on the Canucks, ahead of even Alex Edler, and he just recently turned 25. He doesn’t pile up points, but if he’d hit the open market there would have been a feeding frenzy of smart teams. Among defensemen with more than 1,000 minutes at evens this season, Tanev’s possession numbers are tied for 27th out of 92, putting him well into the class of “No.1 defenseman” even if the points per 60 is eighth from the bottom. Which is why Vancouver was able to get him so cheap. If those numbers were even somewhat near the league average for those 92 defensemen, some of whom are still on their entry-level deals, the cost would have gone up a lot. Locking down a defenseman of that quality, regardless of the lack of offense, for basically the entirety of his prime (that is: until he’s almost 31) is almost certainly going to look like a smart bet. We generally find that high-corsi players can keep up that skill as they age, but not so much with the offense. And what’s Tanev gonna do if his game is diminished four years from now? Score less? 2. The Calder race A month or two ago this probably didn’t seem that interesting. “Filip Forsberg’s getting his name on the trophy unless something horrible happens,” was the general discussion point around Calder voting. And something horrible happened: Forsberg stopped scoring. That opened the door for Johnny Gaudreau, who has 51 points in 61 games since October (about a 69-point pace), to state his case. And look, Gaudreau is basically one of three reasons the Flames are still alive at this point (the other two are Sean Monahan, who’s having a brilliant sophomore season, and Jiri Hudler, who continues to dazzle as he did last season). So you have to ask yourself whether that should be enough. The fact that we’re even having the conversation at this point shows how sharply Forsberg has dropped off, but what it doesn’t mention is the fact that Aaron Ekblad is having an historically great rookie season. And that’s beyond the very respectable 35 points he’s compiled in his first 71 games. He’s actually getting more difficult minutes than you might expect (but not as difficult as some make them out to be), and his CF% is north of 53. Add in the 21 points at evens — his 1.03 per 60 is tied for 34th in the NHL with Johnny Boychuk and only a shade behind Alex Goligoski, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Shea Weber — and you’re talking about a guy who’s a very legitimate candidate. But defensemen don’t win awards that are typically won by forwards, so this is basically Gaudreau’s to lose at this point. We’re talking 0-fer down the stretch. Or, put another way, “pulling a Forsberg.” 1. Partnership Well done to the Canadiens . There’s no reason on earth that the NHL shouldn’t have a partnership with the CWHL, but if it’s not going to, the local clubs really ought to pick up the slack. Boston, Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal all have clubs (there’s a fifth in Brampton) and the fact that the Boston Blades and Brampton Thunder don’t have an NHL team supporting them is sad. Okay, fine, Brampton might need the Sabres to step up or something, but the Bruins not helping out is weak. Really ought to change, y’know? (Not ranked this week: Your team’s “playoff push.” If you’re like five or six points out with nine games to go, you’re not making up the ground. It’s not gonna happen. It just isn’t. Sorry to the Stars and Sharks and Panthers but this is over for you. Start booking your summer getaways.) MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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Canadians take big lead in pairs at figure skating worlds (The Associated Press)

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skated a flawless short program to take a commanding lead in the pairs at the world figure skating championships on the opening day Wednesday. The Canadian duo, undefeated in five international competitions this season, scored 76.98 points to take a four-point lead over Chinese veterans Pang Qing and Tong Jian, who came out of retirement to compete on home ice in their 16th world championships. In ice dancing, Madison Chock and Evan Bates will attempt to become just the second American duo to win a world title after taking the lead in the short dance. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada were second, and defending world champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy were third.

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NHL: 4 stories from Tuesday night (CBC)

An overtime goal from the Predators’ Filip Forsberg ended the Canadiens’ three-game winning streak, but Montreal still earned a point to become the first NHL club to hit the 100-point mark this season. Nashville edged the Habs 3-2.

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NHL Three Stars: Hartnell tricks Ducks; Dubnyk wins again for Wild (Puck Daddy)

No. 1 Star: Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets  Hartnell tallied his eighth career NHL hat trick as the Blue Jackets dispatched the Anaheim Ducks 5-3. Hartnell’s goals came at even strength, on the power play and finally, into an empty net to give the Blue Jackets their fourth win in a row.  No. 2 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild In his 32nd consecutive start, Dubnyk made 37 saves in regulation and overtime and another two in the shootout as the Wild edged the New York Islanders 2-1. The win was Minnesota’s 10th straight away from Xcel Energy Center. Zach Parise tied the game in the second period with his 29th of the season and scored his 39th career shootout goal to earn the bonus point. No. 3 Star: Mark Arcobello, Arizona Coyotes David Moss scored twice and Mike Smith made 33 saves as the Arizona Coyotes beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. Arcobello was the hero, potting his second goal of the night 3:08 into overtime. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak and gave the Coyotes their first non-shootout victory since Feb. 3. Honorable Mention : Alex Steen’s goal 35 seconds into overtime completed a St. Louis Blues comeback for a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Former Penguins Robert Bortuzzo and Marcel Goc scored second period goals 2:32 apart as St. Louis fought back from a 2-0 deficit. Another ex-Penguin, Zbynek Michalek, assisted on Steen’s winner as the Blues snapped a three-game losing streak: Jonathan Quick made 34 saves and Marian Gaborik broke a 1-1 deadlock in the second period as the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 4-2. Anze Kopitar recorded a pair of assists and now has seven points in four games. The playoff hungry Kings have now taken 16 points out of a possible 22 in their last 11 games … One of Sergei Bobrovsky’s 36 stops was this lovely save: After allowing the Florida Panthers to score three times in a span of 1:58 in the second period, the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied in the third period with two of their own for a 4-3 victory. Tampa has now won four in a row and eight of their last 10. The Lightning also improved to 18-3-3 against Atlantic Division opponents … A three-goal second period helped power the Vancouver Canucks over the Winnipeg Jets 5-2. Radim Vrbata had a pair of goals and an assist, while the Sedins combined for five points. Eddie Lack made 25 saves for his sixth win in eight starts.   … Filip Forsberg’s power play goal 1:54 into overtime gave the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Pekka Rinne stopped 37 shots for his 39th win of the season. Mattias Ekholm opened the scoring with this pretty goal from his knees in the first period: Then Forsberg, who drew the tripping penalty in OT on P.K. Subban, put home the winner later in the game: The Habs, meanwhile, became the first NHL team to reach 100 points this season. And Carey Price was Carey Price with this nice skate save to rob rookie Kevin Fiala of his first NHL goal:  Andrew Cogliano scored this nifty goal during Anaheim’s loss to Columbus: Did You Know? Via the AP: “It was the first hat trick by a Blue Jackets player since Cam Atkinson had three goals at Colorado on April 5, 2012. It had been three years and one day since the last Columbus player – R.J. Umberger – did it at home against Carolina.”  Dishonorable Mention : The loss was the first time in 10 appearances that Cam Talbot had allowed more than two goals … Detroit has now lost seven of their last 10 games … Christian Ehrhoff exited the game after this hit by Vladimir Tarasenko early in the first period: MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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Forsberg's goal lifts Predators past Canadiens 3-2 in OT (The Associated Press)

The Nashville Predators have struggled enough over the past month that they’ll take any bounce they can get, especially against Montreal goalie Carey Price. Ryan Ellis bounced a puck past Price for the tying goal in the third, then Filip Forsberg scored a power-play goal at 1:54 of overtime as the Predators rallied to beat the Canadiens 3-2 Tuesday night in a game between two of the NHL’s top teams. Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Predators, who stayed a point behind first-place St. Louis in the Central Division. Nashville won consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 22 and Feb. 24, after going 3-6-1 over the previous 10.

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Filip Forsberg scores power-play goal at 1:54 of OT as Predators rally, beat Canadiens 3-2 (The Canadian Press)

The Nashville Predators have struggled enough over the past month that they’ll take any bounce they can get, especially against Montreal goalie Carey Price. Ryan Ellis bounced a puck past Price for the tying goal in the third, then Filip Forsberg scored a power-play goal at 1:54 of overtime as the Predators rallied to beat the Canadiens 3-2 Tuesday night in a game between two of the NHL’s top teams. Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Predators, who stayed a point behind first-place St. Louis in the Central Division. Nashville won consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 22 and Feb. 24, after going 3-6-1 over the previous 10.

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NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games (Reuters)

March 24 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games: – – – Kings 4, Rangers 2 After falling behind early, the Los Angeles Kings put forth a dominant effort in a win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Rangers right winger Mats Zuccarello scored during the game's first minute, but defenseman Robyn Regehr, left winger Marian Gaborik, center Jeff Carter and defenseman Jake Muzzin responded with four consecutive goals for the Kings. Center Kevin Hayes scored with 3:44 remaining to cut the Rangers' deficit to two goals. …

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Thriving on change

MONTREAL – Charles Hudon is clearly a quick study.

In his rookie season with the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens, the Alma native amassed 60 points to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honours. Three years later, after being traded to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Hudon registered 35 points in 24 regular season games and an additional 21 points in 22 postseason contests, leading his squad all the way to a decisive seventh game in the QMJHL Finals.

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Stepan, Rangers break out of slumps in 7-2 rout of Ducks (The Associated Press)

Cam Talbot finally had a night in which he didn’t have to be nearly perfect to help the New York Rangers win. The Rangers managed only 13 goals in the previous eight games, but went 6-1-1 in that stretch, with Talbot backstopping all but one of the wins. On Sunday night, Derek Stepan broke out of his long slump with two goals and an assist, and the Rangers rode the offensive outburst and caught the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks atop the NHL standings with a 7-2 rout. Talbot allowed only two goals to Corey Perry in the first period when the Rangers netted three.

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NHL: 3 stories from Sunday night (CBC)

The Canucks won a tight game in the desert while the Bruins playoff hopes shined a little fainter and the Rangers claimed sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. The Vancouver Canucks earned an important two points with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, strengthening their post-season ambitions. With the win, Vancouver moves into a four-point lead in the standings over their Pacific Division rival, the Calgary Flames. The Canucks are looking for their sixth playoff berth in seven seasons. It was a tight game with the score stuck at one until late in the third when Alexander Edler scored an unassisted power-play goal to secure the win for Vancouver.

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Ex-Habs winger Sekac part of Ducks' late-season adjustment to get faster (The Canadian Press)

When the Anaheim Ducks struggled against quicker teams around the NHL, general manager Bob Murray shook things up with a handful of trades before the deadline. The Ducks acquired Jiri Sekac from the Montreal Canadiens, Tomas Fleischmann from the Florida Panthers, James Wisniewski from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Simon Despres from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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NHL: 3 things to know for Sunday night (CBC)

While the Vancouver Canucks would love nothing better than a repeat performance of Saturday’s win over L.A., the Boston Bruins have seen their lead over Ottawa dwindle to a single point. 3 things to know for Sunday night in the NHL. As the NHL regular season schedule shrinks down to less than a dozen games remaining, the Vancouver Canucks (41-26-4) hope to carry Saturday night’s momentum to the desert as they meet the last-place Arizona Coyotes (21-43-8) with an opportunity to enjoy a four-point weekend. Vancouver roared back from a second period deficit in Los Angeles Saturday to post a 4-1 victory that boosts them two points ahead of Calgary for second place in the Pacific Division.

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NHL Three Stars: Price goes nine on shutouts; Turris’ goals lead to burgers (Puck Daddy)

No. 1. Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens The star Canadiens netminder stopped 29 of 29 San Jose shots on goal in a 2-0 victory. With his ninth shutout, Price is the first Canadiens goaltender with nine or more shutouts since Ken Dryden had 10 in 1976-77.   No. 2 Star: Kyle Turris, Ottawa Senators Turris picked up the game winner for the Senators in a 5-3 win over Toronto. He also scored an empty net goal in the final minute of the game. Because of these scores Senators fans got two free hamburgers from McDonald’s as part of a promotion. No. 3. Star: Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks Came up big with one goal and one assist in a crucial 4-1 win for the Canucks over the Los Angeles Kings. The victory put Vancouver four points clear of LA for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division. Honorable Mention: Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby scored one goal and added one assist in a 3-1 win over Arizona to pick up the NHL’s scoring lead … Penguins defenseman Kris Letang notched one assist and played 31:09 … Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder scored a goal … Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped all 33 Chicago shots on goal in a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks … Dallas forward Patrick Eaves scored one goal and added an assist … Nashville forward Craig Smith scored a goal in a 3-0 win over Buffalo … Predators forward Matt Cullen notched two assists … Winnipeg forward Drew Stafford notched two assists and Jets forward Mark Scheifele scored a goal and added an assist … Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 of 28 Washington shots on goal … Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 28 of 30 Carolina shots on goal in a 3-2 shootout win … Rangers forward J.T. Miller scored a goal … Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 of 26 Devils shots on goal in a 3-0 win … Islanders forward John Tavares picked up an assist … Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 26 of 27 shots on goal in a 2-1 shootout win over Boston … Brandon Pirri fired the shootout winner … Andrew Hammond stopped 22 of 25 Toronto shots on goal … Sens captain Erik Karlsson scored a goal and added an assist … Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec scored a goal and added an assist … Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack stopped 25 of 26 Kings shots on goal … Columbus forward Rene Bourque scored two goals (including the winner) in a 3-2 overtime win over the Flames … Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 of 40 Calgary shots on goal … Devan Dubnyk moved to 22-6-1 in his 30th straight start, a 6-3 win over St. Louis … Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter notched two assists and played 22:44 in the victory and forward Justin Fontaine scored a goal and added two assists … Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals and added one assist in a 5-4 overtime win over Philadelphia … Oilers forward Jordan Eberle scored a goal and added one assist … Flyers forward Jakub Voracek notched three assists. Teammate Claude Giroux scored two goals. Did You Know?:  Jaroslav Halak recorded his fifth shutout of the season. Only Chico Resch has posted more shutouts in one season for the Islanders (seven in 1975-76). Dishonorable Mention: Washington forward Alex Ovechkin was a minus-3 … Toronto’s James Reimer was yanked after allowing three goals on 12 Ottawa shots on goal … The Sharks have lost three of their last four … Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, forwards Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Marian Gaborik were each a minus-3 … Blues forward Paul Stastny was a minus-3. Goaltender Brian Elliott was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots on goal.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY  

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NHL-Highlights of Saturday’s National Hockey League games (Reuters)

Highlights of Saturday’s National Hockey League games: – – – Canadiens 2, Sharks 0 Goaltender Carey Price set a career high in shutouts in a season to help the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. Price stopped 29 shots for his ninth shutout of the season, and the 34th of his career, tying him with Bill Durnan for fourth on the Canadiens all-time list. Montreal (46-20-7) beat San Jose for the first time since 2010. – – – Wild 6, Blues 3 The Minnesota Wild sprinted to a big lead by scoring the first four goals en route to a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

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NHL: 5 stories from Saturday night (CBC)

Ottawa goalie Andrew Hammond handled the Battle of Ontario, Montreal’s Carey Price became the first to 40, while Vancouver and Winnipeg held their ground in the standings. On the other end of the ice, Leafs goalie James Reimer was pulled early in the second after allowing three goals on 18 shots. Predictably, the Battle of Ontario saw no love lost in the third match of the season.

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Price earns 2nd straight shutout, Canadiens top Sharks 2-0 (The Associated Press)

Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was at a loss for words when he tried to describe goalie Carey Price’s stellar season. ”Carey was Carey again,” Therrien said after Price made 29 saves to earn his second shutout in a row and ninth of the season in a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Price, coming off a 4-0 win over Carolina on Thursday, earned his NHL-leading 40th victory to become the third Canadiens goalie to reach that milestone – following Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden, who share the team record with 42 wins. The 27-year-old Price also tied Bill Durnan for fourth on the Canadiens list with 34 career shutouts.

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Plekanec goal, Price’s second straight shutout, lift Canadiens over Sharks 2-0 (The Canadian Press)

Michel Therrien was at a loss to say anything new about the remarkable season that goalie Carey Price is having. “Carey was Carey again,” was all the Montreal Canadiens coach could say on Saturday after Price made 29 saves to post his second shutout in a row and his ninth of the season in a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Price posted his league-leading 40th victory of the campaign and became only the third Canadiens goalie to reach 40 wins after legends Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden, who share the team record of 42. Tomas Plekanec scored in the first period and Brendan Gallagher added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left in the third period as Eastern Conference leading Montreal (46-20-7) won its third game in a row.

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Payback time

MONTREAL – Carey Price gave the San Jose Sharks a taste of their own medicine on Saturday.

Coming into the Bell Centre desperate for points while riding a three-game shutout streak dating back to December 1, 2011, the Sharks nevertheless had the tables turned on them in Montreal after Tomas Plekanec scored the eventual game-winner in the first, and Carey Price was, well… Carey Price.

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The Numbers Game: March 21, 2015

MONTREAL – Here’s a numerical look at Saturday’s game between the Habs and the Sharks in Montreal.

1,206 – Number of days which had passed since the Canadiens last scored a goal against the Sharks prior to Saturday night. Former Hab Erik Cole was the last Montreal player to beat a San Jose netminder back on December 1, 2011, until Tomas Plekanec snapped the three-year scoreless streak with his 22nd of the season.

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QMJHL Roundup: Oceanic spoil Vlasic jersey retirement with win over Remparts (The Canadian Press)

QUEBEC – It wasn’t the result the Quebec Remparts were looking for as they retired their fourth number in franchise history on Friday night.

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