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Ducks’ Nick Bonino scores impressive backhand goal while on knees

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By Nick Stoico

Sending the puck to the net is an instinctive act for pro hockey players when they find themselves in a tough situation with seemingly no other options. Hopefully, a lucky bounce or deflection will result in a goal.

Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino’s desperation play in overtime against Colorado on Sunday featured a little more razzle dazzle. He scored the game-winner by sending the puck into the twine while on his knees and gliding away from the net with his back to it.

Certainly not a bad way to score his 21st goal of the season.

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  • Published On Apr 13, 2014
  • The bests and worsts of the 2013-14 NHL regular season

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    LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks enter Dodger Stadium for NHL outdoor game

    The NHL’s outdoor craze grew palm trees this season, though fans froze at most of the other games. (Robert Beck/SI)

    By Brian Cazeneuve 

    Every NHL season has moments and events that stand out for better or worse. Here are 20 notables from the 2013-14 campaign as it draws to a close:

    1. COOLEST (AND COLDEST) IDEA

    There’s always a risk of having too much of a good thing, but nobody from the players to the fans to the owners seems to think we have reached that point with outdoor hockey, even with an all-time high six NHL games in the elements this season. The league earned some nice additional revenue to offset its losses from last season’s lockout, and with many players describing the al fresco experience as a career highlight and no shortage of teams wanting in — or is out? — the NHL is sure to keep at it, although likely not quite as frequently as it did this winter.

    GALLERIES: The NHL Outdoors | Musical acts at NHL outdoor games

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Wild on verge of playoff berth; Rangers clinch thanks to Devils’ loss

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    The Wild are on the verge of a playoff berth after a 1-0 win over the Jets. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

    The Wild are on the verge of a wild card playoff berth after a 1-0 win over the Jets. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    The NHL is one night closer to figuring out who will earn the right to gut it out for Lord Stanley’s Cup. All three games on Monday night carried playoff implications as some teams had their hopes of playing for the hardware all but confirmed, while others were officially crossed off the list of contenders.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Games to watch: NHL 2014 season’s final week key matchups (April 7-13)

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    Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh Penguins and Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings

    Evgeni Malkin’s Penguins vs. Gustav Nyquist’s Red Wings on April 9 looks like a first round preview. (Duane Burleson/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    As of Monday morning, there were 55 games left on the NHL schedule, and almost as many questions to be answered as the regular season wraps up.

    There’s a Presidents’ Trophy to be won, with the Bruins, Blues and Ducks vying for home ice as long as they remain alive. There are five teams still in the hunt for the two wild-card spots in the East, and two battling for the final berth in the West.

    There’s a Pacific Division title up for grabs, and home ice to be won in the Atlantic, Central and Metropolitan Division’s first rounds.

    With so much at stake, it’s no surprise that 45 of the 55 games have playoff implications.

    We know you can’t watch ‘em all, so here are five that we deem to be can’t-miss.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2014
  • Jets agree to terms with 2012 third-round pick Connor Hellebuyck

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    Connor Hellebuyck starred in Lowell's rise as a college hockey power over the past two seasons. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

    Connor Hellebuyck starred in Lowell’s rise as a college hockey power over the past two seasons. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

    By Mike McMahon

    The Winnipeg Jets announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a three-year, two-way, entry level contract worth $925,000 at the NHL level.

    Drafted 130th overall in 5th round of the 2012 NHL entry draft, Hellebuyck, 20, played in 53 games over the last two seasons with UMass-Lowell.

    The Commerce, MI native helped lead the River Hawks to their second consecutive Hockey East Tournament Championship with back-to-back shutouts against Notre Dame and New Hampshire, earning back-to-back MVP honors in the league playoffs.

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  • Published On Apr 05, 2014
  • Rangers forward Chris Kreider out indefinitely after hand surgery

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    Chris Kreider's 37 points ranked sixth on the Rangers at the time of his injury. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Chris Kreider’s 37 points ranked sixth on the Rangers at the time of his injury. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    Chris Kreider’s season is likely over.

    The Rangers’ winger underwent surgery on his broken left hand on Friday, the team announced on Twitter.

    Kreider had played in 66 games, recording 37 points this season for the Rangers, including 17 goals. He suffered the injury in a game against Columbus, playing two more games after hurting the hand.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2014
  • NHL players with something to prove: mission accomplished?

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    By Allan Muir

    Prior to the season, the SI.com staff identified 19 players who had something on the line in 2013-14. These players faced pressures that went beyond what others had to deal with — from living up to either their hype or their fat paychecks (or both), to getting back to the qualities that made them noteworthy in the first place.

    Today, with the season in the home stretch, we went back to that original list to examine those expectations and see which players met them … and which fell short, sometimes miserably so.

    Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks

    Bryan Bickell of the Chicago Blackhawks

    Playoff hero Bryan Bickell (29) has had an up and down season for the defending champs. (Elise Amendola/AP)

    What we said then: Bickell emerged as a game-breaking power forward (nine goals, 17 points in 23 postseason games) during Chicago’s run to the Stanley Cup last year, exactly the sort of player that several teams were seeking in free agency. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman recognized how hot a commodity Bickell had become and signed him at full value (four years, $16 million), though he had to trade Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik to create cap space. Even at 27, Bickell remains a work in progress. Stretches of inconsistency are inevitable, but he needs to translate that playoff magic into 25-plus regular season goals. We think he will.

    The verdict now: After getting off to a solid start with four goals in October, Bickell’s season has been defined by extended periods of ineffective play. He’s been limited by injuries — a lower-body ailment cost him 15 games in November and December, and he’s currently out with an upper-body issue — but it’s the inconsistency of his physical play that’s more troubling than his weak numbers (10 goals, two assists). Coach Joel Quenneville has cut Bickell’s minutes and has even benched him, but he hasn’t been able to ignite the passion or the offensive touch that was expected from the big winger. Anything short of another magical postseason for him and his new contract will veer towards bust.

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • Toronto Furies topple Boston Blades in overtime to win CWHL’s Clarkson Cup

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    Christina Kessler was a stalwart in net, helping Toronto to its first-ever Clarkson Cup. (Meg Linehan/MegLinehan.com)

    Christina Kessler was a stalwart in net, helping Toronto to its first-ever Clarkson Cup. (Meg Linehan/MegLinehan.com)

    By Sarah Connors

    Congratulations, Toronto – you’ve got yourselves a Cup champion at long last.

    A Clarkson Cup, that is.

    The Toronto Furies defeated the Boston Blades for the Canadian Womens’ Hockey League championship in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon at Centennial Arena in Markham, Ontario. Britni Smith scored the only goal of the game :33 into overtime, after a 60-minute goaltending clinic by the Furies’ Christina Kessler and the Blades’ Brittany Ott. Kessler made 25 saves, while Ott made 23.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • The Moffatt, world’s oldest hockey stick, up for auction on eBay

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    By Darian Somers

    A brand new top-of-the-line composite hockey stick costs roughly $250. That’s a small price compared to the old Maple one that is currently on sale for $50,000-plus.

    According to TSN’s BarDown blog, the Moffatt Stick, regarded as the world’s oldest, is up for auction on eBay.

    The current bid as of 6:30 p.m. on March 12.: $50,100 with 41 previous bids. According to eBay, the reserve for the stick still has not been met.

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  • Published On Mar 12, 2014
  • VIDEO: Eddie Lack gives up the dreaded center-ice goal against the Flames

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    By Mike McMahon

    Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack was caught napping in the 2nd period against the Calgary Flames last night when Flames tough-guy Brian McGrattan fired a puck past him from center ice for his second goal of the season, and just the eighth of his career.

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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014


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