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Video: Stars’ Eakin scores on penalty shot in overtime

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Kyle Turris’ overtime-clincher was probably the most important goal of Saturday, at least as of this writing, but Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin’s tally would require the most initials.

Eakin’s game-winning goal wasn’t just a GWG on Saturday. He gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 OT win on a penalty shot, so that would make it a PSOTGWG, right? (Or would it be an OTPSGWG?)

Anyway, it was a cool moment, and it came against star Nashville Predators goalie, too:

The Stars remain a ludicrously long shot to make the playoffs (if they’re not already eliminated by some minor tiebreaker), but they could be quite the spoiler threat in the final week. Just ask the Preds.

The Horton treatment? Bruins may shop Savard’s contract this summer

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When the Toronto Maple Leafs essentially acquired the right to put Nathan Horton’s cap hit on LTIR, a few people thought of other just-about-retired players who might get the same treatment. It sounds like the Boston Bruins may just pitch such an idea regarding Marc Savard’s deal.

HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman dropped that mention in passing toward the end of this Headlines segment.

For those wondering what a potential trade partner would get out of a potential trade, considering this:

Savard’s cap hit is a little more than $4 million in 2015-16 and 2016-17, yet that loophole-friendly deal only carries a $525K salary. That could be a great way for a low-budget team to get to the cap floor and could also give another franchise some extra space.

In case you’re wondering, Chris Pronger basically has the same situation going on, only his cap hit is about $4.9 million.

Update: Flames’ Ramo (lower body) considered day-to-day

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Update: It seems like good – if somewhat vague – news for Karri Ramo: the Calgary Flames consider him day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Day-to-day can mean very little time or could mean a week-plus depending upon how he progresses.

The news could certainly be worse, though.

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The Calgary Flames have done a great job adapting to a variety of different situations, yet seeing Karri Ramo go down with an injury on Saturday remains a cause for concern.

The 28-year-old left tonight’s contest against the Edmonton Oilers a little less than one minute into the game, giving way to Jonas Hiller.

There’s no word yet how hurt Ramo (pictured) is. The good news for Calgary is that Hiller is a seasoned starter who could easily carry a heavy workload (and who’s seen playoff success before, something Ramo can’t really claim). The bad news is that injuries and other issues would give the Flames limited backup options behind Hiller.

That’s a troubling situation, yet we don’t know how serious Ramo’s issue is just yet.

Senators win, but so does just about everyone else in East’s bubble

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The good news for the Ottawa Senators is that they avoided total embarrassment against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, winning 4-3 in OT after giving up a three-goal lead. The bad news is that they didn’t really gain significant ground in the Eastern Conference’s playoff race.

With the Florida Panthers now crossed off the list, the Senators are the only team that could knock one of the current top eight out of the postseason. Here’s a quick look at what happened:

Again, Florida’s out after Tampa Bay trounced them

Red Wings 3, Wild 2 (SO)

Detroit fought toe-to-toe with Minnesota (a team in a very similar predicament) and ultimately managed a shootout victory.

(If you don’t like shootouts, this post will make you shudder.)

Senators 4, Capitals 3 (OT)

It seemed like it would be a cakewalk for Ottawa when they took advantage of some 5-on-3 advantages to build a 3-0 lead, but it instead was a nail-biter. Kyle Turris’ OT winner salvaged a win, but Washington made its position in the playoffs – if not the Metropolitan’s third spot -that much more secure.

Really, though, that Turris goal was something.

Islanders 3, Sabres 0

Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1 (SO)

The Penguins also coughed up a lead and lost to the Blue Jackets

James Reimer was very close to stealing a win for the spoils-seeking Maple Leafs, but the Bruins managed to wipe the sweat off their brows and gain a (you guessed it) shootout victory.

Pretty zany stuff, huh? And, yes, shootout-haters only get more fuel. Let’s look at the East after Saturday’s relevant games are over (the late games are all West-leaning).

Atlantic

Montreal: 104 points, three games remaining, 41 regulation/OT wins
Tampa Bay: 104 points, two GR, 46 ROW
Red Wings: 95 points, four GR, 37 ROW

Metropolitan

Rangers: 107 points, four GR, 47 ROW
Islanders: 98 points, three GR, 39 ROW
Capitals: 97 points, three GR, 38 ROW

Wild card

Penguins: 95 points, four GR, 38 ROW
Bruins: 95 points, three GR, 37 ROW

Bubble of one

Senators: 92 points, four GR, 34 ROW

It’s obviously not over for Ottawa just yet, but they’ll clearly need some help in this final week. As you can see, they didn’t get much of it on Saturday (although they almost did).

No Nugent-Hopkins for Oilers on Saturday

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The playoff-hungry Calgary Flames get a break on Saturday, as the Edmonton Oilers will try to play spoiler against them without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

“RNH” is out with a lower-body injury. The bad side of that is a top line gets a new wrinkle, however, as Taylor Hall slides between Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle according to Fan 960’s Derek Wills.

No Nugent-Hopkins seems like a positive on paper for the Flames, but what if that little change of pace gives Edmonton a little boost? This is a wacky time of year, after all.