Author: James O'Brien

Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars

WATCH LIVE: Stars at Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks hope to clinch the top spot in the West by beating the team they knocked out of 2014’s first round.

The Dallas Stars aren’t in the mix this time around, yet they’ve been been feisty nonetheless, winning 12 of 17 contests and being an especially tough out on the road.

You can check out the second game of tonight’s NBCSN doubleheader either through normal TV measures or by streaming it via NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Important note: Ryan Getzlaf’s either being rested or out injured today.

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Finally: Ryan Murray’s first goal of 2014-15 puts James Reimer out of his misery

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Sometimes the same goal can leave different fans saying “finally” for different reasons.

It’s been an awful Wednesday for the Toronto Maple Leafs, especially James Reimer. It turns out the fourth goal allowed finally shuttled him from the Maple Leafs’ net.

The 2014-15 season has been cruel for Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray, who’s still-young career has been crippled by injuries. Many Blue Jackets fans probably said “finally” when he got his first goal of the year, the same tally that chased Reimer tonight:

It’s plausible that we’ll see better days for both players, and maybe even their teams.

Video: Capitals capitalize on Bruins’ slow start

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The Boston Bruins have a ton on the line right now, but you wouldn’t know it from how they started against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Washington grabbed two goals from defensemen within the first 7:06 of game time before Boston started to show a little more life. As of this writing, it’s still a 2-0 advantage for the Capitals.

John Carlson started things off with his 12th goal of 2014-15, adding to career-highs for goals and points:

A little more than two minutes later, Matt Niskanen took advantage of Nicklas Backstrom’s second assist to get his fourth goal of the season:

While Washington aims for a round of home-ice advantage, they likely have some fans in Detroit and Ottawa tonight. So far, those three groups are happy.

Video: Milbury says Kings are in trouble (and started the wrong goalie on Tuesday)

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It doesn’t take an expert to notice that Tuesday’s loss was devastating for the Los Angeles Kings.

The tougher questions surround what’s next and what could have been done to improve their situation. Both Mike Milbury and Keith Jones think that the Kings are in big trouble, and Milbury wonders why Jonathan Quick didn’t face the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday:

NBC Sports viewers think that the Kings are toast, too.

One other poll of interest pins the bigger-picture blame on players:

WATCH LIVE: Bruins at Capitals

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Wednesday represents an important game for both the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, but there’s no doubt that Boston has more on the line.

While they’re in a solid position to lock up a playoff spot by the end of this week, they don’t share Washington’s luxury of already having a postseason berth clinched. They need to take advantage of their game-in-hand advantage on the Ottawa Senators and possibly leapfrog the Detroit Red Wings in the process. Meanwhile, home-ice for a round is the biggest dangling carrot for Washington.

Well, that and spite.

The Capitals host the Bruins on NBCSN. You can also check it out by streaming the game via NBC Sports Live Extra.

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