PHT Extra: Game 7 previews of Bruins-Caps, Sens-Rangers

Mike Halford and Jason Brough — or, as they’re known to friends, “those disagreeable old men from The Muppets balcony” — are back with the latest installment of PHT Extra, breaking down this week’s  do-or-die Game 7s for each of the Eastern Conference’s top two seeds:

On Wednesday, No. 2 Boston hosts No. 7 Washingon at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

On Thursday, No. 1 New York hosts No. 8 Ottawa at MSG (TBD, NBCSN).

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In case you’re curious of the other No. 8 seeds to beat a No. 1 prior to LA topping Vancouver…

2010: Montreal over Washington
2009: Anaheim over San Jose
2006: Edmonton over Detroit
2002: Montreal over Boston
2000: San Jose over St. Louis
1999: Pittsburgh over New Jersey
1998: Ottawa over New Jersey
1995: New York Rangers over Quebec
1994: San Jose over Detroit

Should be noted that only the 2010 Canadiens and 2006 Oilers went on to win another round.

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    Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers

    The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”

    The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.

    The NHLPA released a similar statement.

    It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.

    We’re starting to find out some details now:

    How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?

    Stay tuned.

    Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for ‘assault on a female’ (Updated)

    Brad May, Kevin Hodson, Jiri Fischer, Aaron Ward

    Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for “assault on a female,” per WNCN.

    Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

    Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

    Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.

    According to the warrant for his arrest, he took away his wife’s phone.

    Because of the nature of his charges, Ward will spend a mandatory 48 hours in the Wake County jail. Anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge is held for 48 hours before bail is set.

    And here’s a statement from TSN: