NHL playoffs update: The Senators won a game!

Just three games last night, but two of the outcomes had some major ramifications in the playoffs race in the West. The Ottawa Senators finally — finally! — won a game and stopped the bleeding.

Eastern Conference

DIV GP W L OT L10 Streak
1 Washington Capitals SE 72 48 14 10 7-1-2 Won 1
2 Pittsburgh Penguins ATL 73 42 25 6 5-3-2 Lost 1
3 Buffalo Sabres NE 71 39 22 10 6-3-1 Won 3
4 New Jersey Devils ATL 71 42 25 4 5-4-1 Lost 1
5 Ottawa Senators NE 73 38 30 5 2-7-1 Won 1
6 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 72 37 30 5 4-4-2 Lost 2
7 Montréal Canadiens NE 73 36 30 7 7-2-1 Lost 1
8 Boston Bruins NE 71 32 27 12 5-4-1 Won 1
9 Atlanta Thrashers SE 72 32 29 11 4-5-1 Won 4


Ottawa Senators 2, Montreal Canadians 0 – Not only did the Sens win a game, but they did so against a fellow playoff team. How amazing.

Western Conference

DIV GP W L OT Pts GF GA DIFF Home Away L10 Streak
Chicago Blackhawks
CEN 71 45 19 7 97 234 179 +55 26-7-3 19-12-4 4-4-2  
Phoenix Coyotes
PAC 73 46 22 5 97 201 179 +22 26-10-2 20-12-3 9-1-0 Won 9
Vancouver Canucks
NW 72 44 24 4 92 236 187 +49 26-8-2 18-16-2 6-2-2  
San Jose Sharks
PAC 72 43 19 10 96 232 192 +40 22-6-8 21-13-2 3-6-1 Lost 5
Los Angeles Kings
PAC 71 42 24 5 89 211 188 +23 21-12-3 21-12-2 5-4-1 Won 2
Nashville Predators
CEN 73 42 26 5 89 206 203 +3 21-12-2 21-14-3 7-3-0 Won 6
Colorado Avalanche
NW 72 40 25 7 87 216 194 +22 22-11-2 18-14-5 5-4-1  
Detroit Red Wings
CEN 72 36 23 13 85 196 193 +3 20-10-5 16-13-8 7-2-1 Won 2
Calgary Flames
NW 72 36 27 9 81 184 181 +3 18-16-3 18-11-6 6-4-0 Lost 1


Pittsburgh 1, Detroit 3 – The Red Wings got revenge for the game 7 loss in last year’s Stanley Cup finals, and opened up another four-point lead on the Calgary Flames. Perhaps putting playoff tickets on sale wasn’t a bad thing after all.

Colorado 3, Los Angeles 4 (OT) – It’s a tight race in the bottom half of the Western conference now, and the LA Kings earned two very important points to try and stay ahead of the pack. The Avs, despite the loss, earned one point to stay two up on the Red Wings.

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    Julien explains comments about Lundqvist’s ‘acting’

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    We’re now over two days removed from last Friday’s tilt between the Bruins and the Rangers, but the coaches from both teams seem unwilling to move on.

    Moments after that game, Claude Julien claimed that Henrik Lundqvist did some “acting” on the ice to sell a goalie interference call on Brad Marchand.

    On Saturday, Alain Vigneault fired back by saying that Julien needed to get his eyesight checked. Vigneault also compared Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton in the 2011 Stanley Cup final to Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan in Friday’s game.

    Now it was Julien’s turn to address the “issue” at hand.

    Julien clarified his original comment about Lundqvist and he also tackled some of Vigneault’s comments.

    “I think it’s pretty obvious what I said . . . I thought Lundqvist sold it,” said Julien. “Not for a second did I ever question Henrik Lundqvist as a person, or a goaltender or any of that. We all know how good he is as a goaltender, and I know he’s a good person. I’ve met him at the All-Star games and all that stuff.

    Julien on his eyesight: “As far as my eyes, I’m not the one that compared Beleskey’s hit to Aaron Rome’s [hit]. We’ll just leave it at that.”

    It’s time for both sides to move on.

    Good news: Colaiacovo traveling with Sabres

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    It was a scary sight.

    Carlo Colaiacovo fell to his hands and knees after taking a cross-check to the throat from Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (above).

    Arvidsson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Colaiacovo suffered a dented trachea on the play.

    After the game, both Dan Bylsma and Peter Laviolette agreed that there was no malicious intent on Arvidsson’s part.

    “I don’t think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check,” Bylsma said. “They kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it’s a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo’s neck.”

    “It was tough for Arvidsson,” said Laviolette. “I don’t think he had any bad intentions. He just ran into somebody and the stick got caught a little bit high, but just a tough turn of events.”

    The Sabres defenseman left the game and was treated at a nearby hospital, but there is some good news to report.

    According to the Buffalo News, Colaiacovo was released from hospital and he was able to travel to Detroit with his teammates.

    It’s unclear how long he’ll be out.

    Start the Carr: Habs recall another player from the minors

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    There’s been a lot of movement between Montreal and Saint John’s lately and that continued on Sunday.

    This time, it’s forward Daniel Carr who’ll be getting a stint with the big club.

    Carr has no prior NHL experience.

    The 24-year-old spent four years at Union College before joining the Canadiens organization as an undrafted free agent.

    In his first season as a pro, Carr scored 24 goals (led the team) and 39 points in 76 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15.

    This year, Carr has seven goals and 15 points in 20 games.

    Montreal is without forwards Torrey Mitchell, Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Semin.

    Campbell’s perfect snipe sinks Wings in OT


    Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

    With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.

    It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.

    Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.

    The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.

    Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.

    They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

    This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.