Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin, Toews among attendees for NHLPA meeting

The threat of a lockout looms during this summer, but the general feeling is that – for better or worse – the players are as united as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that can be best seen in the attendance for the upcoming NHLPA meetings; Adam Jahns reports that big names such as Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews and Shane Doan will be involved.

Here’s some of what Ovechkin had to say, via Stephen Whyno:

““It’’s our future. It’’s important to us and for everybody,” Ovechkin said. ““Everybody has to be on the same page. Of course, it’’s going to be hard, but hopefully it’’s going to be done …”

“It doesn’’t matter if you’’re the biggest star or just a star. I think everybody has to be involved. It’’s our lives.”

Toews passed along similar sentiments to Hedger and Jahns.

“We just want to see things come together for both sides and be sure both sides are respected and feel they’ve been treated fairly,” Toews said. “I mean when it comes down to it, everyone wants to play hockey. We all want to play hockey and the fans want to see hockey.”

Brian Campbell expressed a reality that goes beyond the fans: no hockey hurts the players and owners in a serious way as well.

“I think for the owner’s sake we can’t afford (a work stoppage) and for the player’s sake we can’t afford to not be playing,” Campbell said. “We have a good product going right now. You don’t want to ruin that.”

Campbell and Doan have more first-hand experience with the last lockout for obvious reasons: Toews and Ovechkin hadn’t played NHL games yet. For that reason, Doan was able to shed some light on how the upcoming talks could be different.

“The negotiation last time was more to do with the concepts … this is probably more about numbers,” Doan said. “We don’t want to give up too much and they want to get as much as they can. We want to get as much as we can. That’s the whole thing.”

Despite a more proactive vibe, Doan’s probably correct in guessing that things will pick up more as the urgency increases.

“When will it affect people most? That’s really the drop-dead date,” Doan said. “Whenever the most pressure’s applied is when anything gets done.”

Gulp. Hopefully that doesn’t mean the NHL faces an NBA-style opening day around Christmas time … or worse.

Burrows on waiving his no-trade clause: ‘I’ve never talked to management or coaches about it’

Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
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Alex Burrows doesn’t want a trade out of Vancouver and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.

On Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman reported that Burrows was potentially willing to waive his no-trade clause if a deal came up.

When asked about the report, Burrows went into denial mode.

“There’s no truth to that,” Burrows told beat reporter Ben Kuzma. “I’ve never talked to management or coaches about it.

“Last time I talked to my agent was to wish him Merry Christmas.”

Whether or not Burrows is willing to accept a deal out of Vancouver may be irrelevant.

The 34-year-old has seven goals and 16 points in 53 games this season, and he comes with a cap hit of $4.5 million dollars next season.

That’s pretty steep for a guy who’s on pace to score just 25 points this year.

If the Canucks want to find a taker for his services (assuming he’s willing to go), they’ll likely have to take a good-sized contract back or they’ll have to eat some of his remaining salary.

Marchand scores fastest goal in Bruins’ history; Datsyuk’s 900th point

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It makes sense that a swift bit of history happened in a game in which three goals were scored scored on three shots in about three minutes.

Brad Marchand found the net eight seconds in after an icing call, setting a new record for the Boston Bruins.

(You can see that goal in the video above.)

Watch that three-goal burst in this video:

The two teams weren’t done then. Loui Eriksson made it 3-1 while Pavel Datsyuk scored his 900th point to make it 3-2.

Maybe the best moment wasn’t a goal: Torey Krug was seemingly hurt by a Pavel Datsyuk hit, yet he returned without missing much time.

Kinkaid blanks Kings, Devils move into playoff position

New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) watches a shot on goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Newark N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.

Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.

It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.

This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.

That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.

Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP

So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.

The Kings, meanwhile, remain comfortably in first in the Pacific.

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings on NBC

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (25) battle for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The Boston Bruins (without Patrice Bergeron) take on the Detroit Red Wings (missing Jonathan Ericsson) on Sunday afternoon.

It’s a matchup between the second-ranked and third-ranked teams in the Atlantic Division, with little separating the two in the standings.

You can watch the game on NBC and also stream it online via the link below.

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