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Video: Avalanche rookie Jost scores first NHL goal

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You just know members of Tyson Jost’s family are beaming with pride right now.

The 19-year-old Colorado Avalanche center, signed to an entry-level deal at the end of March, scored his first NHL goal on Thursday versus the Minnesota Wild, beating Devan Dubnyk with a quick wrist shot over the left shoulder.

Jost made his NHL debut on March 31. It was especially heart-warming to see his grandfather in the crowd that night, crying tears of joy as Jost hit the ice for the warm-up.

 

Ducks GM Murray: Cam Fowler could miss 2-6 weeks with knee injury

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Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray provided an update on injured defenseman Cam Fowler prior to Thursday’s game with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fowler could miss anywhere between two to six weeks with an injury from a knee-on-knee collision with Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on Tuesday. Per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, Fowler suffered a sprain on the hit.

A more concrete timeline is expected next week.

“Could come around quickly. We’ll know much more when the playoffs start,” said Murray. “When I saw the hit, your heart goes in your mouth. We may have gotten a little bit of a break.”

He then had this to say about Giordano, who didn’t receive a penalty on the play or supplemental discipline from the league.

“He’s done this before. I have no respect for people who go after knees,” said Murray.

This is a significant development for the Ducks, with the playoffs right around the corner. They are also without Hampus Lindholm (upper-body injury), although it appears he’s getting closer to a return.

The Ducks have a chance to lock up first place in the Pacific Division tonight, as they play the Chicago Blackhawks. Sami Vatanen was also in the Anaheim lineup after missing the last two games.

WATCH LIVE: Blackhawks at Ducks in battle of Western Conference powers

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The Anaheim Ducks can clinch top spot in the Pacific Division tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in a meeting of Western Conference powers.

Per the NHL, the Ducks clinch the Pacific if they defeat the Blackhawks in any fashion and the Edmonton Oilers lose to the San Jose Sharks tonight, or if Anaheim gets a single point and the Oilers lose their game in regulation.

You can catch tonight’s clash between the Blackhawks and Ducks on NBCSN (10 p.m. ET) or with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

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Blackhawks reach 50 wins for just second time in franchise history

Oilers lose ground in Pacific Division race after loss to Kings

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The Anaheim Ducks won on Tuesday. The Edmonton Oilers did not.

And that has put the Ducks four points up on the Oilers for the Pacific Division lead in the final week of the regular season. Edmonton still has a game in hand.

While the Ducks were involved in a nasty contest with the Calgary Flames, the Oilers were on the wrong end of a 6-4 result against the L.A. Kings.

The Kings struggled down the stretch drive to score goals and that problem ultimately cost them a playoff spot. But against the Oilers, they suddenly erupted offensively, erasing a two-goal deficit and then completely taking over in the third period.

“We just weren’t as sound as we normally are… You don’t win any games giving up six goals,” said Mark Letestu.

“Nobody’s not trying, it’s just a matter of cleaning things up and I’m pretty confident in this group that’s going to happen,” added Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who scored a beautiful goal for his second of the night and 18th of the season.

The Oilers play the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. They wrap up their schedule with a home-and-home series against the Canucks over the weekend.

There is bad blood between the Ducks and Flames

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The Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames just might meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

What a match-up that could be.

There’s been bad blood between these teams at points already this season and that continued as they met again Tuesday, particularly during the third period in Anaheim.

First, let’s get to the score. The Ducks won 3-1, which pushes them closer to winning the Pacific Division. That’s also 25 straight regular season home wins for the Ducks over the Flames.

OK. Now to the animosity — and there was plenty of it:

— In the third period, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano caught Cam Fowler with a knee-on-knee hit. Fowler left the game and couldn’t put pressure on his right knee as he was helped off. There was no call on the play and Fowler didn’t return. That’s a huge concern for the Ducks, especially this close to the playoffs, although coach Randy Carlyle didn’t provide an update after the game.

“I hope he’s okay. You don’t like to see guys hurt. There was no intent there,” said Giordano.

— Shortly after that incident, Josh Manson fought Giordano, landing some heavy shots before they hit the ice.

— After throwing a huge hit on Matthew Tkachuk at the blue line, Ducks d-man Korbinian Holzer fought Matt Bartkowski, while a near line brawl broke out on the other side of the ice, with Ryan Kesler and Michael Frolik jousting. Bartkowski was given an instigator penalty and a game misconduct, as well.

— Holzer had been previously involved in a large scrum after he went after Micheal Ferland, who was given a misconduct.

— The two teams combined for 106 minutes in penalties in the final period.

The Ducks lead the Pacific with 101 points, while the Flames hold the second wild card spot in the West with 92 points. Nashville does have the same point total in the same amount of games played, but with two fewer regulation/overtime wins.