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Canada forward Sidney Crosby warms up before a men's ice hockey game against Austria at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Crosby to captain Canada at Worlds


Sidney Crosby will once again wear the “C” internationally — on Thursday, it was announced that Crosby will captain Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.

Dallas’ Jason Spezza and Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis will serve as alternates.

Crosby, 27, previously captained Canada to gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He’s also twice served as an alternate for his country — once at the Worlds in 2006 (when he scored 16 points in nine games, becoming the youngest scoring champ in tourney history) and again at the ’10 Olympics in Vancouver, where he was part of a leadership group that included captain Scott Niedermayer, and fellow alternates Chris Pronger and Jarome Iginla.

Crosby famously scored the “golden goal” for Canada at those Vancouver games, potting the OT winner in the tournament finale against the United States.

Feisty Flames dump Canucks, win first home playoff game in six years

Brandon Bollig

Prior to tonight, the Saddledome faithful hadn’t seen postseason hockey since 2009.

They, and their Flames, savored the return.

And what a return it was, as the Flames rode a wave of emotion — and some gritty, physical play — to a 4-2 victory over Vancouver in Game 3 of their Western Conference first round matchup.

“It really helped us out tonight,” Flames center Sean Monahan said of the fan support.

“They were unbelievable,” added fellow forward Michael Ferland.

With the win, the Flames took a 2-1 lead in the series.

That win was also Calgary’s first in the playoffs at the Saddledome since defeating Chicago 6-4 in April of 2009. Back then, Mike Keenan was the coach and Jarome Iginla was the club’s veteran leader — a far cry from tonight, which further illustrated that Calgary’s youth movement isn’t just underway.

It’s thriving.

Sam Bennett, the 18-year-old playing in just his fourth NHL contest, scored what proved to be the game winner just 2:14 into the third period. Bennett, the fourth overall pick at the 2014 draft, notched his second point in three playoff games and helped solidify himself as a major contributor for a Calgary team that received plenty of support from the kids tonight.

Monahan, 20, scored an insurance marker for his first goal of the series. T.J. Brodie, 24, led the Flames with two points (1G, 1A). Ferland, 22, led all skaters with a game-high nine hits.

“They had a good forecheck. That’s the bottom line,” Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said. “They got on our D. I thought they played physical all night. We turned over the first goal on the wall, where we couldn’t get it out. They did a good job on us.

“We have to be better. We weren’t good enough. We know that.”

Ferland’s ferocity embodied how the Flames played for most of the evening. They out-hit Vancouver 33-18 on the night and seemed to feed off a frenzied home crowd. They also carried over the emotion from the end of Game 2, when a wild brawl ended with over 130 minutes in penalties; Kris Russell squared off with Alex Burrows late in tonight’s third period, followed by a tilt between Ferland and Kevin Bieksa.

(Burrows was given an instigator penalty for his antics with Russell, and could be subjected to further discipline from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Dan Hamhuis could also be getting a call for a headshot on Bennett in the third period.)

As for Vancouver, tonight might prove a wake-up call. The Canucks controlled proceedings at Rogers Arena on Friday night but were unable to do the same this evening, and often looked to be the older, slower and less energetic team. If there was a bright spot, it was that some secondary scorers — Shawn Matthias and Jannik Hansen — scored their first goals of the series.

But that might be it, as far as silver linings go. Sunday night was all about Calgary.


The Flames made a pair of lineup changes tonight: Tyler Wotherspoon drew in on defense for Corey Potter, while Mason Raymond played up front in place of Markus Granlund… Eddie Lack stopped 23 of 27 shots for Vancouver, Jonas Hiller stopped 23 of 25 for the Flames… It was another busy third period for the scorekeepers tonight, as the two teams combined for 57 PIM in the final frame.

Neely, Jacobs presser leaves more questions than answers


They didn’t want to get into specifics and, for the most part, they didn’t.

That was the biggest takeaway from Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs and team president Cam Neely meeting with the media this afternoon, just hours after dismissing GM Peter Chiarelli. The pair began the session evading questions about Chiarelli’s ouster — “I don’t want to get into specifics,” was the common refrain — and left without really delving into why one of the NHL’s most respected GMs, who led Boston to two Stanley Cup Finals in the last five years, was turfed.

That’s not to say Neely and Jacobs didn’t talk around the firing. Here’s a list of the (possible) reasons that were (partially) touched upon:

— Missing the playoffs.

— A lack of push from younger players for roster spots, which morphed into talk of whiffing at the draft (which Brough pointed out on Twitter.)

— Straying from the team’s identity, possibly related to the aforementioned young players and lackluster drafts. “We got away from our identity,” Neely explained. “We weren’t as tough to play against as we’d like to be.”

— Cap management, with Jacobs saying the Jarome Iginla contract put Boston in a “sticky” situation.

It’s likely a combination of all these factors played a role Chiarelli’s dismissal, though one wonders why he wasn’t afforded the chance to try and fix some of the issues. For as disappointing as this season was, Chiarelli developed a good track record of success — and a good reputation across the league — over the previous eight.

The lack of insight also makes it tough to predict what the Bruins seek in a new GM. All we know is Neely and Jacobs will look both internally and externally for “the best candidate, period,” and that the new hire will decide the fate of head coach Claude Julien.

Neely also confirmed he had zero interest in becoming GM.

That isn’t to say, however, that Neely doesn’t want major influence over the club moving forward. Consider this, from the Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa:

Chiarelli’s ouster is a result of two things: the Bruins’ failure to make the playoffs and the clout of Cam Neely.

The president, in conjunction with CEO Charlie Jacobs, made the decision to fire Chiarelli. Neely has not been happy with many things about the Bruins this season: the defense-first style of play, the small number of young players pushing for NHL employment, and the team’s tightness against the salary cap.

This is Neely’s quickest move to call for change. He will have a big say in who becomes the next GM. Beyond that, Neely will have an greater say in how the GM goes about his business. The 2015-16 Bruins and beyond will be built according to Neely’s vision and play in the manner he prefers.

Neely also revealed he utilized some of his clout at the March trade deadline.

“At some point during the year as we approached the trade deadline I had a conversation with Peter to make sure that we were protecting as many assets as we could,” Neely said. “Peter was very professional, and he was going to do everything he could to help improve our club during the season.

“It was more about, for me, trading assets for rentals which he understood.”

Translation: Chiarelli wasn’t allowed to mortgage the future for a deal that might get the B’s into the playoffs, which might’ve saved his job.

Not long after saying that, Neely left the podium and embarked on arguably his most important offseason after coming aboard five seasons ago. There’s a GM search to conduct, Julien’s lame-duck status to figure out and trade rumors swirling around Milan Lucic.

Soon, the Bruins will have to get into specifics.

Bruins don’t want to ‘rely on the last game’ to make the playoffs

Boston Bruins Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs At TD Garden

And so it comes down to the last three games — all on the road — for the Boston Bruins to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Chances are, they’ll get the job done. Two wins would do it. Even just one could be good enough. They already deserve some credit, heading into tonight’s contest in D.C. having won five in a row.

That being said, there are easier ways to try and clinch than with three away games in four days: tonight at Washington, tomorrow at Florida, and Saturday at Tampa Bay. Two of those teams are headed to the playoffs. The other was close, and will be rested.

“We don’t have an easy schedule,” coach Claude Julien conceded, per CSN New England. “We have a game against Washington and we know what that represents, but it’s also a late game with a late arrival in Florida the next day.

“So we really need to take care of business early on, and try and take as many of those points as we can to not have to rely on the last game.”

It’s been quite the year for this Boston team. Even without Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk, it wasn’t supposed to be this hard. The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy last season; they finished with a 27-point cushion. Their cushion now, over the Ottawa Senators, is zero points and one game in hand.

“This is why you play hockey,” said forward Chris Kelly, choosing to focus on the positives. “You don’t play to play in meaningless hockey games. You play to have purpose, and there’s nothing better than playing 82 games that have purpose. Every year is a different situation.”

NHL on NBCSN: Sharks, Avs hope to keep distant playoff hopes alive

Avalanche takes on the Sharks

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight with a doubleheader. The second game of that series will see the San Jose Sharks host the Colorado Avalanche at the SAP Center, starting at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

Even in a best-case scenario, it’s difficult to imagine the Colorado Avalanche or San Jose Sharks storming to a playoff berth this season. Many members of each team seem to know that.

According to Sports Club Stats, the Avs boast a .1 percent chance to make the postseason while the Sharks have a 2.6 percent chance. You get the impression that mathematical elimination will just be a formality at some point.

Matt Duchene told the Denver Post that the Avalanche just want to make every game count, a sentiment that’s likely echoed by the Sharks.

“We’re both still fighting, and it’s not over until it’s over,” Duchene said. “We’re not done until we’re mathematically eliminated. If we go 6-0 in the last six games, we’re going to give ourselves a shot. We have to make these games count — all six of them.”

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Despite their current predicaments, the two teams boast some talent that could entertain on NBCSN tonight.

The Sharks employ a group of forwards that are talented enough that it’s tough to believe they’ll almost certainly be watching the playoffs on TV with the rest of us. For all the controversy surrounding Joe Thornton, he’s had a great season feeding Joe Pavelski while Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture also rank as big offensive threats. Don’t forget dragon-loving hybrid defenseman Brent Burns, either.

Colorado isn’t far behind.

It’s been a disappointing season for the likes of Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, yet the Avalanche are enjoying production from veterans (Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay) and guys deep in their primes (Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly).

Expect to see two desperate hockey teams on NBCSN tonight, then.