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Video: Chimera catches Flyers’ Gostisbehere with butt-end of the stick

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Maybe Jason Chimera was trying to be subtle. But with video replay, not much gets overlooked.

The veteran Washington Capitals forward got away with poking Philadelphia Flyers rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere with the butt-end of his stick to the midsection during a stoppage in play in the second period of Wednesday’s game.

There was no call on the play. Gostisbehere went down, got back up and had some choice words for Chimera.

Senators win, remain Canada’s lone team still alive in Stanley Cup playoff race (Updated: They’ve been eliminated)

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Technically, there is still a sliver of hope. Mathematically, the Ottawa Senators remain alive in the playoff race. For how much longer, though?

The Senators are the lone Canadian team still in a playoff race following a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. The Sens were without forward Mark Stone for the third period after he was on the receiving end of a massive hit from Dustin Byfuglien in the second period.

With the win, the Senators moved eight points back of the Philadelphia Flyers, the final Wild Card team in the Eastern Conference, with five games remaining on their schedule. The Flyers were still in action versus Washington at the same time this game was wrapping up.

If (or when) the Senators don’t make the playoffs, it would mark the first time since 1970 that not a single Canadian NHL team would qualify for the post-season.

Updated: The Flyers came back to defeat the Washington Capitals in the shootout later in the evening, which eliminates the Senators from playoff contention.

 

Video: Byfuglien crushes Stone with massive hit (Updated)

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At six-foot-five-inches tall and 260 pounds, Dustin Byfuglien can provide unique talent to the National Hockey League. He’s also capable of being a physical beast, as Mark Stone found out Wednesday.

Stone was rushing the puck through the neutral zone when Byfuglien stepped up just before the Winnipeg blue line and threw a devastating hit on the Ottawa Senators forward during the second period.

The massive collision brought about a scrum along the boards, however there was no penalty for the initial hit. Stone left the game but did return.

Updated: The Senators have since updated Stone’s condition. He left once again and will not return to Wednesday’s game due to a chest injury.

 

Penguins provided a welcomed ‘fresh start’ for Daley

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What a difference a change of scenery can make.

Take Trevor Daley for example: It was November when his name really started circulating through the trade rumor mill while he was with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that acquired him from Dallas in the Patrick Sharp deal last summer.

In 29 games with Chicago, Daley failed to score a goal. He had six points.

“You went from a situation in Dallas where you were getting a lot of minutes and playing in those situations to suddenly not getting them [in Chicago], and for me to say I didn’t lose confidence? I lost a lot of confidence,” he recently told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Things changed for the better for Daley, when he was traded to Pittsburgh for Rob Scuderi.

Since then, his offensive totals from the blue line have increased substantially.

He has scored six goals with 18 points in 43 games. He’s averaging more than 19 minutes per game in Pittsburgh, compared to the 14:45 of average ice time he received in Chicago.

And the Penguins, winners of six straight and eight of their last 10, have worked their way into third in the Metropolitan Division with the playoffs approaching. A case of peaking at the right time, perhaps?

“When I got to Pittsburgh, I think I came into a good situation with the coaching chance and everybody looking for a fresh start,” Daley told ESPN.

 

 

That pesky four-game losing streak is no longer a thing for the Islanders

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NEW YORK (AP) Brock Nelson and Matt Martin scored 21 seconds apart in the second period and the New York Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 Wednesday night to snap a season-high four-game losing streak.

John Tavares also scored in the Islanders’ three-goal second period and rookie goalie Jean-Francois Berube, making just his fourth career start, stopped 22 shots.

New York, holding the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, got a needed victory in its playoff push after going 1-4-2 in its previous seven games while getting outscored 22-11.

VIDEO: Berube delivers save of the year candidate versus Ottawa

The Islanders pulled within one point of Pittsburgh for third place in the Metropolitan Division and moved four points ahead of Philadelphia and Detroit, who are tied for the East’s second and final wild card.

Mark Stone scored and Andrew Hammond finished with 20 saves for Ottawa, which lost its second straight after winning three of four.

The Senators were 0 for 1 on the power play and have not scored in 28 chances over their past 11 games.

Stone spoiled Berube’s shutout bid at 6:21 of the third period as he took a pass from Erik Karlsson on a 2-on-1 break and scored on a backhand. It was Karlsson’s NHL-leading 62nd assist and he is fourth in the NHL with 75 points.

The Islanders got on the scoreboard early in the second period. After Tavares won a faceoff in the offensive zone, Calvin de Haan got the puck and sent it to Josh Bailey, who fired a shot from inside the blue line. Hammond stopped it, but the rebound went to Tavares in front and he backhanded the puck in at 5:24 for his 27th of the season.

New York doubled its lead with 5:32 remaining in the period as Travis Hamonic took a shot from the right side and Martin, streaking across the front of the goal, deflected it past Hammond for his eighth of the season.

Nelson made it 3-0 just 21 seconds later as got a quick pass from Shane Prince from behind the net and fired it past Hammond from the right side in front for his 24th.

Neither team had much intensity for most of a scoreless first period. The Islanders had two power plays in the first five minutes, but got just two shots on goal and three others that were wide.

Ottawa finished the opening period with a 10-5 advantage on shots, with Berube having to make several sprawling saves.

NOTES: The Senators were without D Dion Phaneuf, who did not travel to New York with the team after suffering a lower-body injury in a 4-2 loss at home to Washington on Tuesday. D Fredrik Claesson was called up from Binghamton of the AHL. … RW Bobby Ryan played in his 600th game. … Ottawa closed its 13th set of back-to-back games this season. The Senators are 7-6 in the first games, and 3-10 on the back end. … Stone has a team-high 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in road games. …. Tavares has six goals and seven assists in his past 10 home games. … LW Prince played against the Senators for the first time since being traded to the Islanders in a trade-deadline deal. Prince, who spent six seasons in the Ottawa organization, has a goal and an assist in 11 games with New York. … The Islanders announced they have agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with G Eamon McAdam, the team’s third-round pick in the 2013 draft. McAdam went 13-8-1 with a 2.98 GAA at Penn State this past season. He will report to Bridgeport of the AHL on an amateur tryout deal for the rest of the season.