The PHT Nightcap – Tuesday, April 6

We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

Goal or not?: Nicklas Backstrom

Breaking down the Eastern bubble race: Dirty, soapy bubbles that smell funny.

Will Pens, Devils, or Sabres gain East #2 seed?: Teams licking their chops for whoever is #7.

New Phoenix Coyotes lease not official yet: Because you haven’t heard enough about this yet.

Save of the night: Jose Theodore: From Monday night.

Martin Brodeur aims for 600th win vs. Atlanta: Spoilers listed below.

Are the Canucks in trouble without Ehrhoff?: Bet you thought you’d never read that line before.

Top Ten goals of 09-10 season: NHL Network’s picks

Ilya Kovalchuk trade impact on Devils, Thrashers: Ewing Theory at work here or not?

Penguins, Capitals still have plenty to play for: Bet you didn’t know these teams are popular.

Quick hits: Langenbrunner is a sad panda: He wishes his lawn was emo so it could cut itself.

Jim “The Hulk” Playfair wins Bertuzzday IV

How the Kings prepare for the playoffs: Orange slices and hugs are not on the list.

Vote for Bertuzzday V: Panthers not named Keith Ballard could win this.

Martin Brodeur wins #600: Remember that spoilers warning? BOOM!

Thrashers eliminated from playoff contention: Rapper Lil’ John has another reason to get crunk now.

Save of the night: Ryan Miller: Tuesday’s ridiculous save.

Keith Ballard’s own goal: He’s already the leading candidate for Bertuzzdays VI

Race for the Richard Trophy: It’s not just about Sid and Alex you know.

Playoff update: West is booked, East thins out: The East is still a gigantic mess

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    Blackhawks F Katchouk will be sidelined by ankle sprain

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    CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced Sunday.

    The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

    The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

    The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

    Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

    The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

    The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

    Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

    The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

    Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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    TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

    The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

    “This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

    Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.

    Maple Leafs sign defenseman Rasmus Sandin to 2-year deal

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    TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.

    The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.

    “Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”

    The signing comes as the Leafs’ blueliners been hit hard by injuries. Muzzin has been dealing with a back issue, and Timothy Liljegren recently had surgery for a hernia.

    Toronto then lost Jamie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) in Wednesday’s 3-0 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens, pressing forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot into defensive roles for two periods.