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Rangers ink Benoit Pouliot to one-year, $1.3M pact

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The New York Rangers add a little extra scoring touch via free agency on Friday, signing forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.3 million contract, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.

He’s coming off a solid campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he scored 20 points in 34 games. He scored 32 and 30 points in two previous full seasons.

The Bolts decided to go in a difference direction this offseason, opting against extending him a qualifying offer on July 1.

The 26-year-old must be getting used to the uncertainty of being an NHL journeyman.

After playing parts of four seasons with the Minnesota Wild – the team that drafted him fourth overall in 2005 – Pouliot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Guillaume Latendresse in November 2009. He stuck with the Canadiens for the rest of 2009-10 and all of 2010-11 before bouncing to the Boston Bruins last season and Lightning in 2013.

Many believe that new head coach Alain Vigneault aims to make the Rangers a more offense-leaning team, so Pouliot could provide a nice – if subtle – amount of depth offense.

WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers on NBCSN

New York Rangers' Dominic More, left, brings the puck around the net watched by Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in Philadelphia. ( AP Photo /Tom Mihalek)
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The New York Rangers will be without Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

New York’s four-game winning streak came to an end in Friday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Flyers are coming off a disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Philadelphia has just one win in their last five contests.

The Rangers beat the Flyers in a shootout the last time these teams played each other on Feb. 6.

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Wild Wild East: Datsyuk and the Wings outlast Bruins in a crazy 11-goal game

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Some hockey fans like to complain about scoring being down, but someone forgot to tell the Red Wings and Bruins.

The two teams combined for 11 goals, including nine in the first two periods, in Detroit’s 6-5 win over Boston.

The Wings were led by their usual suspects, as Pavel Datsyuk (two goals, one assist) and Henrik Zetterberg (two goals, one assist) led the charge.

The Bruins appeared to be in control of the game early on.

Here’s your scoring breakdown:

Brad Marchand opened the scoring just eight seconds into the game (that’s a Bruins franchise record).

They jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the first frame before the Wings started chipping away at the deficit.

Datsyuk cut the lead to 3-2 before the end of the first.

Just over three minutes after Darren Helm tied the game at three in the second period, Datsyuk completed the comeback.

Helm’s second goal of the period gave Detroit a 5-3 lead.

Just when you thought the Bruins were dead in the water, they woke up.

Boston got goals from two unlikely sources (Dennis Seidenberg, Joonas Kemppainen) to draw even in the third period.

But unlike the Bruins, the Wings wouldn’t let the Boston complete the comeback.

Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser combined forces to put the game away:

It’s a huge win for the Red Wings, who now move one point ahead of the Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division.

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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.