Senators seemingly still upset with Penguins’ Cooke

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Karlsson hasn’t played since but is believed to be close to returning.. Neil challenged Cooke to a fight the evening of Karlsson’s injury and received the same disinterest from Cooke on that occasion.. Cooke rarely fights, though he did in 2010 when playing in Boston for the first time since delivering a controversial hit against now-retired Bruins center Marc Savard.. “What happened between me and Erik is a complete freak accident,” said Cooke, who was swamped by dozens of Canadian media members before the game Monday.. “I’ve said it before.. I’m glad he’s close to coming back.” Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said much of Ottawa’s supposed animosity toward Cooke is a media creation.. Senators coach Paul MacLean initially made a joke about Cooke.. “I thought he was suspended,” he said, before slightly foreshadowing what could take place.. “Hockey players are hockey players.. If things happen during the game, they get taken care of.” The Senators claimed to not feel any additional desire to confront Cooke. source: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3885291-74/cooke-ottawa-senators

Pens down Sens 3-1 in Cooke’s first game against Ottawa since Karlsson injury

Although there was talk of revenge on Cooke for the Karlsson injury, not much came of it other than his refusal to fight Ottawa’s Chris Neil in the opening minutes.. The only rough treatment Cooke received was booing from the fans every time he touched the puck.. The Penguins jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead midway through the first period.. Jeffrey scored his third of the season off a one-timer at 6:15 following a cross-ice pass from Morrow, who then fed Iginla for his 13th of the season at 10:28.. While going behind the net, Morrow made a no-look pass in the opposite direction to Iginla in front as Anderson was moving away from the puck, giving Iginla an open net to shoot at.. Following a penalty-filled opening period, the Senators started the second with fresh ice and nearly a full two minutes of power-play time but were unable to register a single shot on Vokoun, who was playing in his 700th career game and recorded his 300th win.. The win was also the 200th in the NHL for Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.. Notes: Karlsson is back practising with the Senators and could return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.. …. The Penguins were first in the NHL with 3.34 goals per game scored heading into Monday.. The Senators were second in goals against allowing just 2.09 per game, just slightly more than the Chicago Blackhawks. source: http://news.yahoo.com/pens-down-sens-3-1-cookes-first-game-024256971–spt.html

NHL preview: Matt Cooke goes to Ottawa

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The Blues won 1-0.  Mark Humphrey, AP April 9: Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky makes a kick save against the Sharks.. Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots and earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over San Jose.  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports April 9: Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Kings.  Ronald Martinez, Getty Images April 8: Anaheim Ducks right wing Radek Dvorak scored both goals in a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers.. He has three goals in five games since signing out of Europe.  Gary A.. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports April 8: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel scored twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist to beat the New York Rangers 4-3.  John E.. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports April 8: Vancouver center Ryan Kesler, who has been on the injured list most of the season, scored the winning goal in his return to action as the Canucks beat the Coyotes 2-0.  Rich Lam, Getty Images Related story Fullscreen April 7: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scored an empty net goal against the Nashville Predators in a 5-3 win.. Kane and the rest of the Blackhawks are the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot this season.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports April 7: Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin scored twice in a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.. Ovechkin has 5 goals in two days.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports April 7: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves as the Wild ended their three-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports April 6: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had 48 saves in a 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.  James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports April 6: Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, left, had a hat trick to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 and help his team stay atop the Southeast Division.  Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports April 6: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 26 saves to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 and gain some breathing room atop the Northeast Division.  Eric Bolte, USA TODAY Sports April 5: Dallas Stars right wing Alex Chiasson scored his first career NHL goal in a 3-1 upset win over the Anaheim Ducks.  Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports April 5: Jussi Jokinen of the Pittsburgh Penguins joined his new team via trade earlier this week.. Jokinen scored one goal in regulation, then tallied the only score in a shootout in the 2-1 win over the Rangers.  Justin K.. Aller, Getty Images April 5: St.. Louis goalie Jake Allen made 26 saves for the surging Blues, who won their third game by defeating the Blue Jackets 3-1.  Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports April 4: Newly-acquired veteran Jaromir Jagr scored the lone goal for the Boston Bruins in a 1-0 win over New Jersey.. The 41-year-old forward was traded from Dallas earlier in the week.  Michael Ivins, USA TODAY Sports April 4: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop recorded a career-high 45 saves in his first appearance with the Lightning. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/22/nhl-preview-monday/2103215/

Ottawa Senators defenceman Jared Cowen makes smooth transition back to full speed after injury

“I don’t know why it does that, but you get a feel for the game.. Everyone said that first game was a good game, but I thought the better game was the second one, and then the third one, just cutting down on the mistakes.” The 22-year-old Cowen, however, isn’t about to offer any advice to the 22-year-old Karlsson on the adjustment to returning to a lineup in the final stages of the regular season.. “He knows,” Cowen said.. “He’s not a rookie, and it is way easier to come back when you’ve already played a lot of games.. Even for me, playing last year, that helped quite a bit.. I thought it would be a really big chore to fit in, to get a feel for all the systems.. I was happy with the progression I went through.” MORROW DEFENDS COOKE Penguins left-winger Brendan Morrow was with the Dallas Stars when Cooke cut Karlsson, but he came to Cooke’s defence Monday.. “I don’t know one guy who would go on the ice with the intention of slicing somebody’s leg,” Morrow said.. “This is just something that happens.. I got some tendons cut in a wrist befroe.. Last thing I did was blaming (Radim) Vrbata to try and intentionally skate on my arm.. I guess it’s just a fast game.” PRE-PLAYOFF GAMESMANSHIP On Monday morning, Senators coach Paul MacLean said he hadn’t yet made any plans to change his roster from Saturday. source: http://www.canada.com/sports/hockey/Ottawa+Senators+defenceman+Jared+Cowen+makes+smooth+transition/8279311/story.html

Penguins-Senators Preview

Reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin has also missed three contests with a shoulder injury.. “These types of races usually come down to the last game, last two games,” coach Dan Bylsma said, “and to be able to clinch the division and now clinch the conference this early says a lot for our team and how we’ve played through this shortened season with different types of injuries.” Now the Penguins look to sweep the season series from the Senators for the first time since winning all six games in 1995-96.. After having its four-game winning streak stopped in a 4-1 home loss to Toronto on Saturday, Ottawa (23-15-6) has a great deal at stake as it looks to avoid a third loss to the Penguins.. With just four games remaining, the Senators are engaged in a tight battle with the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets for the final two playoff spots in the East.. They’re also one point behind the sixth-place New York Islanders.. Despite getting off a season-high 50 shots, Ottawa managed only a Jakob Silfverberg second-period goal on Saturday.. “When you have 50 shots and one goal you can go back and look at it and maybe there’s too many shots from the perimeter and not getting to the good second chances and rebounds,” center Zack Smith said.. Colin Greening, who scored the team’s lone goal in a 2-1 home shootout loss to the Penguins on Jan.. 27, may be able to help the team get back on track in this contest.. Greening has three goals and four assists in his last five in this series, but has scored just once in his last eight games overall.. While Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has a 1.44 goals-against average in the two wins over the Senators, backup Tomas Vokoun – who had 38 saves on Saturday – is 2-8 with a 3.60 GAA lifetime at Ottawa. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/preview/2013042214/pittsburgh-penguins–ottawa-senators

Penguins 3, Senators 1

Dustin Jeffrey , Jarome Iginla and Tyler Kennedy scored the Pittsburgh.. The Jeffrey and Iginla goals came 4:13 apart in the first period, and both were set up by Brenden Morrow .. Ottawa defenseman Patrick Wiercioch scored his fifth of the season on the power play with 12:42 left in the third, but Kennedy snuffed out any chance of a comeback with 2:34 remaining.. Jeffrey’s third of the season was a one-timer from the slot area that seemed to take some life out of the Senators.. Iginla scored his 13th after taking a pass behind the net from Morrow, then stepping out to flip the puck high past Anderson.. Wiercioch was teed up for his point blast by former Penguin Sergei Gonchar with Morrow in the box.. Kennedy’s goal was set up by Matt Cooke .. The Senators will be keeping a eye on the Jets-Capitals game in Washington on Tuesday.. Ottawa visits the Caps on Thursday.. NOTES: Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma earned his 200th career win, making him the fastest coach to reach the mark in NHL history.. He is 200-91-25 in six seasons. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/penguins-3-senators-1-024054239–nhl.html

 

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