668469 Washington Capitals’ Mike Green is finally returning to form
668470 One-timers: Caps take over first in Southeast; Martin Erat debuts
668471 Braden Holtby stellar with 35-save outing against Islanders
668472 Mike Green got a haircut
668473 Braden Holtby ‘always wants the ball’ for Capitals
668489 ESPN / Need to know: Here come the Capitals
668490 ESPN / Rumblings: Bolts score with goalie Bishop
668491 ESPN / No concussion symptoms for Crosby
668492 NBCSports.com / Buffalo columnist says GM Regier shouldn’t get to rebuild team
668493 NBCSports.com / Ott: ‘Tough’ to watch Sabres sell at deadline
668494 NBCSports.com / Luongo: ‘I was emotional and I said what I said’
668495 YAHOO SPORTS /Discovering Columbus: With John Davidson and Marian Gaborik, Blue Jackets headed in right direct
668474 New run of Jets licence plates will include those for motorcycles
668475 Byfuglien on defence as Jets try to regain lost ground
668476 Updated: A 'miracle' Redmond back on ice: doctors
668477 Survey 'first step' to check viability True North testing appetite for WHL team in city
668478 Jacob's ladder starts here
668479 'I feel LUCKY to be here'
668480 Big Buff back in his comfort zone
668481 Stop me if you've heard this before
668483 Redmond's doctor finds recovery 'nothing short of a miracle'
668485 Jets’ Alex Burmistrov relieved he’s staying put
668486 Zach Redmond back on the ice for Jets after gruesome skate cut
668487 Jets need home ice magic
668488 Shades of Thrashers past for Jets?
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668293 Anaheim Ducks
Ducks can't climb out of early hole in 3-1 loss to Dallas
The Stars score three times in the first period against goalie Viktor Fasth and short-handed Anaheim. Andrew Cogliano scores the Ducks' only goal.
By Lance Pugmire
11:08 PM PDT, April 5, 2013
Goalie emergencies struck the Ducks on Friday.
The Dallas Stars scored three goals against Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth in a first-period span of just more than 10 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory at Honda Center.
Hours earlier, when it appeared no one in the organization was capable of taking the bench as Fasth's backup, the Ducks for the second time this season summoned an emergency substitute after Jonas Hiller was ill and ruled out.
The Ducks' evening was also tainted by the absence of captain Ryan Getzlaf (13 goals, 30 assists), who did not play after suffering an apparent right leg injury in Wednesday's victory over Dallas. Getzlaf is day to day, Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Dallas (17-17-3) jumped at the void, with left wing Lane MacDermid rushing down the ice and whipping a shot past Fasth 9:03 into the game.
The Ducks (25-8-5) had beaten Dallas twice this week, and answered 18 seconds later with Andrew Cogliano scoring his 12th goal of the season on a behind-the-net pass from David Steckel.
With the Ducks on a power play later in the period, Fasth then made the mistake of leaving the net to try to sweep the puck up ice, only to see Dallas left wing Eric Nystrom outrace him to it and score.
"Obviously, I misread the speed of the puck and overrated my skating ability," Fasth said.
Stars right wing Alex Chiasson scored his first goal of the season with 48 seconds remaining in the period. The Ducks have been outscored, 39-29, in the first period this season.
Friday's deficit left them reduced to the consolation of near misses.
Three times during the first half of the third period the Ducks made intense scoring efforts, only to see Cogliano's raised arms on a net rush deflated by an official's waving arms of a no-goal.
New addition Matthew Lombardi was also denied up close and Teemu Selanne struck the post to the right of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen to heighten the aggravation.
"We missed some grade-A chances," Boudreau said.
The only Duck to leave the arena with a warm heart was Hiller's emergency replacement, Rob Laurie, 42, of Corona.
Laurie was the starting goaltender for the inline hockey Anaheim Bullfrogs on July 2, 1993, in the first- professional sporting event at the arena.
Because minor league call-up Igor Bobkov had to board a cross-country flight from Norfolk, Va., earlier Friday, the Ducks felt it was necessary to sign Laurie to a one-day professional tryout contract, his ties to the team based on some practice work he did last season spelling Hiller for playing 73 regular-season games.
With the Bullfrogs, Laurie paced the team to a league championship in 1993. He now is division manager of a goalie supply company in Santa Ana.
Friday, he glanced up at a smiling Selanne in the dressing room to hear the Ducks' legend say, "First game in the NHL!"
Laurie's short stint on the bench ended in less than four minutes.
Bobkov arrived in Orange County in the hour before Friday's 7 p.m. face-off time, and was dressed and ready quickly.
"Corey Perry gave me the wink to go on out to the bench," Laurie said of the Ducks' wing. "So I went out there. I was just trying to soak it all in and pretend it's real."
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668294 Anaheim Ducks
No captain, woe captain: Without Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks fall 3-1 to Dallas
By Elliott Teaford, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/05/2013 10:23:45 PM PDT
Updated: 04/06/2013 12:03:17 AM PDT
Maybe there's something to Bruce Boudreau's MVP campaign, after all.
Ryan Getzlaf couldn't play Friday because of a lower-body injury and the Ducks looked lost without their leading scorer and team captain. They suffered a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center in their final tuneup before Sunday's showdown with the Kings.
Boudreau, the Ducks' coach, juggled his lines early and often in an unsuccessful attempt to find a winning combination with Getzlaf sitting out for the first time this season. The absence of Getzlaf and his 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) created a void that couldn't be filled.
"I think everywhere, from leadership in the (dressing) room to the power play, for sure, to the line stability," Boudreau said when asked where the Ducks missed Getzlaf the most. "He's a huge part of our team. But we should be good enough (to win)."
Boudreau couldn't say whether Getzlaf would play Sunday against the Kings.
"It's day-to-day," he said. "We're going to see how he is at practice. No one wants to play more than Ryan, but I think at this stage we want him to be 100 percent. We don't want anything to linger. As big a game as we think this is Sunday, we want to make sure Ryan's ready before he goes out."
Getzlaf was injured during a third-period collision with Dallas' Jamie Benn along the boards Wednesday, when he scored a goal and had two assists and generally seemed to be toying with the overmatched Stars during the
Ducks' 5-2 victory.
At game's end Wednesday, Boudreau lauded Getzlaf for his play this season, calling him his pick as the NHL's MVP. The Ducks, second in the Western Conference, certainly realized what they were missing when they tried to play without him Friday against the 13 th-place Stars.
Boudreau shifted Saku Koivu into Getzlaf's spot between wingers Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan on the Ducks' Big Line. He moved newly acquired center Matthew Lombardi between Teemu Selanne and Daniel Winnik and teamed David Steckel with Matt Beleskey and Andrew Cogliano.
The Ducks seemed to have everything going their way after Cogliano countered a goal by Dallas' Lane MacDermid - which came 9:03 into the first period - by scoring 18 seconds later to tie the score 1-1.
Emerson Etem then had a crowd of 16,884 roaring after a one-sided fight with the Stars' Antoine Roussel and the Ducks went on a power play.
Instead of surging, the Ducks slumped.
Eric Nystrom scored a shorthanded goal after goalie Viktor Fasth charged out of his net in a futile attempt to corral a loose puck along the half-wall. Nystrom beat Fasth to the puck and fired a shot from the left wing into the back of an empty net for a 2-1 lead for Dallas at 13:54.
Then, in the closing moments of the first period, Alex Chiasson scored to make it 3-1 for Dallas.
Fasth accepted full responsibility for his misplay on Nystrom's goal.
"They were clearing the puck out of their zone and, obviously, I misread the speed of the puck, or maybe I over-estimated my skating ability," Fasth said, smiling faintly. "No, I mean, you guys and me know it was a bad decision by me. I've got to learn from it and do it a different way next time."
Fasth was in goal for the Ducks' victories over the Stars on Monday in Dallas and Wednesday at the Honda Center. He couldn't complete the hat trick Friday, even though he made several quality saves and kept the Ducks within striking distance late in the game.
The Ducks outshot the Stars 10-3 in the final period, but couldn't beat Kari Lehtonen.
In the end, the game was lost at the start rather than the finish.
"Just breakdowns that we can't have," Cogliano said. "It seems like every time we lose a game it's because of the first period. I think that plagued us again. A couple of those goals were just breakdowns. When you let teams skate in the middle of the ice bad things happen."
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668295 Boston Bruins
Chris Kelly’s comeback with Bruins almost complete
By Michael Vega
Globe Staff / April 5, 2013
WILMINGTON — The sight of Chris Kelly skating along with Rich Peverley, Jay Pandolfo, and Kaspars Daugavins came as yet another encouraging sign for the Bruins, who welcomed his return to his first full practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena.
After he participated in a morning skate Thursday, Kelly joined the Bruins for a spirited workout at Ristuccia in preparation of Saturday night’s Northeast Division showdown in Montreal.
With a win, the fourth-place Bruins (52 points) would leapfrog the Canadiens (53) in the Eastern Conference — as well as Washington, the Southeast Division leaders with 38 points — and land in second place.
“Yeah, he’s moving in the right direction,’’ Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Kelly. “It’s nice to see him back with us.’’