Rangers win, focus on making playoffs

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“There was frustration,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said.. “It’s obviously not the way you want to go out.. But that’s how it ends for us.. We will have to regroup and move forward.. “It hasn’t sunk in it.. I think you don’t want to think about it until it’s actually a reality.. No other word but disappointment.” NOTES: The Rangers skated with the same lineup as the one that scored 14 goals in its previous two games, both wins.. …. Lundqvist made his 11th straight start in goal.. He entered the game having played in 39 of the Rangers’ 45 games.. …. Brodeur entered the game with a record of 47-29-20 and nine shutouts along with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 96 games against the Rangers. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rangers-win-focus-making-playoffs-233037604–nhl.html

Erik Karlsson practises with rest of Senators

Erik Karlsson, seen at practice Friday with the Ottawa Senators.

Karlsson was spotted skating in public last week, but this was the first time he took part in a regular practice session with teammates.. “Even if it wasn’t the hardest practice in the world, it was still a good thing to do and it gave me some perspective as to where I am right now,” Karlsson told reporters in a video on the team’s website.. Senators general manager Bryan Murray had said in February that the Swedish blue-liner was effectively done for the season after suffering a 70 per cent tear of the tendon.. As recently as Thursday, Murray told Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SiriusXM that Karlsson practising with the team was “down the road.” Karlsson said there was no timetable for when he would be available to return to game action, even leaving open the possibility it wouldn’t be this season, as originally thought.. “Every player wants to get back as quick as possible but I’m not going to put myself in a situation where I don’t feel comfortable and I’m not going to jeopardize anything going into next season,” said Karlsson.. He suffered the injury when his left leg was struck by the skate blade of Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke.. Team owner Eugene Melnyk later said he believed Cooke’s action was intentional.. Karlsson’s return would be a huge boost for the team.. Last year, he won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman in just his third season, recording 19 goals and 59 assists.. Ottawa teammates have battled this season through the significant absences of Karlsson, centre Jason Spezza and goalie Craig Anderson, who has since returned. source: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2013/04/19/sp-nhl-ottawa-senators-karlsson-practice.html

Sorting out the potential NHL award winners

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Tavares, with 26 goals and 45 points for a team that wasn’t expected to contend for the playoffs, might win someday, but not yet.. Vezina (best goaltender) Winner: Sergei Bobrovsky , Columbus.. Runners-up: Tuukka Rask , Boston; Antti Niemi , San Jose; Craig Anderson , Ottawa; Corey Crawford and Ray Emery , Chicago.. Through Saturday’s games “Bob” was second in save percentage (.931) and sixth in goals-against average (2.03) in 35 games.. Rask has similar numbers (.929, 1.96) on a better team.. Niemi is a workhorse who kept the Sharks going when they slumped.. An ankle injury has limited Anderson to 21 games, not enough to win this.. Crawford and Emery are too good to pick one.. Norris (best defenseman) Winner: Ryan Suter , Minnesota.. Runners-up: Kris Letang , Pittsburgh, P.K.. Subban , Montreal. source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-elliott-nhl-20130422,0,204509.story

 

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