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Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview (AP)

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For a slumping Boston Bruins team trying to avoid its first three-game skid since October, Tuesday night's MVP may be the schedule maker.

Campbell: Thoughts on 30 NHL teams (TheHockeyNews.com)

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The difference between Stamkos and Ovechkin; another reason why Ken Holland is the best GM; and more.

JVR Loss Could Hurt Flyers Come Playoff Time: A Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

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Injuries continue to be the story for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011-12 season. Forward James van Riemsdyk will miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the playoffs. JVR needs to have surgery on his broken foot and the timetable for his return ranges from four to eight weeks. In all likelihood, the best case scenario will see him return to the ice at some point during the playoffs. As a fan this is disappointing news to say the least. Just as the Flyers seemed ready to get back on track they were dealt another major blow.

Capitals Crushed at Home by New Jersey, 5-0: A Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

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Everything was in place for the Washington Capitals to run their winning streak to four games on March 2. The Caps were playing a New Jersey team that had played and lost to Boston the night before. They were going against the Devils backup goaltender, Johan Hedberg. The team should have also had an abundance of confidence, after they rallied from two goals down to defeat the New York Islanders on February 28.

Flyers Finally Win a Defensive Battle Over Struggling Capitals: A Fan’s Recap (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

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The Philadelphia Flyers have been trading wins and losses for weeks in the same fashion. One night, the Flyers will score five or more goals and win easily, then lose a 1-0 or 2-1 defensive battle in the very next game. As such, Philadelphia fans like myself feared a low scoring game against the Washington Capitals on Mar. 4, right after blowing past the New York Islanders on Mar. 1.

Nilsson posts shutout in first NHL win (Yahoo! Sports)

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It's not often that registering your first NHL win qualifies you as the proverbial "hot goalie," but New York Islanders rookie Anders Nilsson might just qualify under that heading. Nilsson, who made 24 saves in a crucial 1-0 win Sunday over the New Jersey Devils, had...

Boston Bruins Fall Short Against New York Rangers: A Fan’s Reaction (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

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On the bright side, the Boston Bruins are still in first place in the Northeast Division with their only competition (at this time) coming from the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins are sitting tight at 79 points with a 38-23-3 record. They have, however, gone 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

Wellwood, Bryzgalov lead Flyers past Capitals, 1-0 (The Canadian Press)

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WASHINGTON - Ilya Bryzgalov's shutout, Eric Wellwood's deflected goal, and coach Peter Laviolette's well-timed timeout all helped the Philadelphia Flyers pick up a rare second consecutive victory.

Sunday’s Three Stars: Bryz blanks Caps; historic win for Isles’ Nilsson ()

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No. 1 Star: Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers
Bryz earned his 26th career shutout and third of the year by making 34 saves and shutting out the Washington Capitals 1-0. Eric Wellwood's second of the season in the second period was the only tally of the game not long after Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette called one of his famous timeouts. And stop asking Bryz how he's playing .
No. 2 Star: Anders Nilsson, New York Islanders
Nilsson made 24 saves in his second career start and Kyle Okposo scored the game's only goal as the Islanders blanked the New Jersey Devils 1-0. According to the AP, the win was historic for Nilsson as it was the first time in Islanders history that a goaltender earned their first NHL win with a shutout. The victory puts the Islanders five points behind the Winnipeg Jets for eighth in the Eastern Conference.
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Sunday’s Three Stars: Bryz blanks Caps; historic win for Isles’ Nilsson (Yahoo! Sports)

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No. 1 Star: Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers Bryz earned his 26th career shutout and third of the year by making 24 saves and shutting out the Washington Capitals 1-0. Eric Wellwood's second of the season in the second period was … Continue reading ?

Islanders blank Devils 1-0 (AP)

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Anders Nilsson made Islanders history and got his team an important victory. The 21-year-old Swedish goalie kept his team in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. He also became the first goalie in Islanders history to record a shutout for his first win.

Philadelphia Flyers Take Their Road Show to Washington: Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

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The Philadelphia Flyers currently find themselves in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff pack neck-and-neck with the New Jersey Devils, while the Ottawa Senators are nipping at their skated heels.

Flyers Ds Timonen, Meszaros out indefinitely (The Canadian Press)

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WASHINGTON - Philadelphia Flyers defencemen Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros are out indefinitely with lower-body injuries.

Islanders blank Devils 1-0 (The Canadian Press)

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Kyle Okposo scored the game's only goal and Anders Nilsson stopped 24 shots for his first NHL victory and the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Sunday.

Paralyzed high schooler Matt Brown drops ceremonial puck before Boston Bruins game (Yahoo! Sports)

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In January of 2010, high school hockey player Matt Brown, of Norwood, Massachusetts, broke his neck on a collision with the boards. The incident left him paralyzed from the chest down. It was 102 days before he was released from … Continue reading ?

Rangers snap 2 ties in 3rd, top Bruins 4-3 (The Canadian Press)

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sometimes the so-so performances stand out more than the great ones.

Bruins’ Rask out for at least two games (Yahoo! Sports)

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Boston Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask will miss at least the next two games. Rask will miss Sunday's game against the New York Rangers and Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bruins coach Claude Julien told the media.

You Can Play: Behind Patrick Burke’s bold effort using NHL players to fight homophobia in hockey (Yahoo! Sports)

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Patrick Burke calls it "casual homophobia" in hockey. It's the jocular language used in the locker room and on the ice that's intended to be humorous among teammates or insulting to opponents, but are essentially gay slurs for comedic effect. … Continue reading ?

Saturday’s Three Stars: Stamkos OT hero; Carlyle wins Leafs debut; Sabres chase Luongo (Yahoo! Sports)

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No. 1 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning Stamkos scored an unassisted goal in the second period to cut the Carolina Hurricanes' lead to 3-2 and then scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Bolts the 4-3 victory. … Continue reading ?

Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, March 4, 2012: Fan Preview (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

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The Boston Bruins suffered a critical blow when they lost reserve goaltender Tuukka Rask in Saturday's loss to the New York Islanders. Not only did they fail to collect two points in a game I believe they should have won, but also Rask plays at the caliber of a starter on just about any other team in the league.

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