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In the first of a back-to-back, the New York Islanders defeated the Kings of the Metropolitan Division as they beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. The Pittsburgh Penguins cannot beat the New York Rangers,

It was a final minute for the ages as the New York Islanders blew a slim 1-0 lead before Kyle Palmieri lit the lamp with 14.1 seconds to play to take down the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 2-1. Here’s your game recap. (NYI Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders have two prospects who have had strong seasons in Aatu Raty and William Dufour. Raty’s season has come to an end in Finland while Dufour is dominating the QMJHL. (NYI Hockey Now)

Here are the Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 2-1 gutsy, overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena with no David Pastrnak or Hampus Lindholm on Friday night. (Boston Hockey Now)

Whistling past the graveyard. It’s a dark turn of phrase meant to denote denial in the face of a difficult task. The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t yet whistling dixie on their way past the headstones, but they exclusively highlighted the positive after their third straight loss and third straight loss to the New York Rangers. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Lou Nolan will be honored before Saturday night’s home game for his 50 seasons as the Philadelphia Flyers’ iconic public-address announcer. Yes, he has seen it all during his time with the club. He touched on numerous topics and some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories when we did a book together five years ago, If These Walls Could Talk: Philadelphia Flyers, says Sam Cardichi. (Philly Hockey Now)

For the second time in less than a week, the Florida Panthers used a dominating second period to take control of their game against the Buffalo Sabres — both times, working their way to a win. On Sunday in Buffalo, the Panthers scored three in the second period; Friday night at FLA Live Arena, the Panthers scored twice in the second to tie the score before pulling away with a 4-3 win thanks to a nice pass from Sasha Barkov to Sam Bennett with 37.3 seconds left. (Florida Hockey Now)

After a day off following a rewarding team win over the two-team defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, the Washington Capitals got back to work ahead of a busy weekend that sees two key East matchups with 12 games left in the season. (Washington Hockey Now)

Although he’s getting closer to a return with every practice and skate he partakes in, the Montreal Canadiens are going to let Carey Price ultimately decide when he plays his first game since last July. (Montreal Hockey Now)

On Friday, the Colorado Avalache defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 5-4 in overtime. Giving the Avalanche a power play in the extra frame is never a recipe for success and Cale Makar made the Jets pay. Here’s the player grades from the win. (Colorado Hockey Now)

After practice on Friday, Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer announced that star forward Max Pacioretty will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes. Pacioretty has missed 12 games with his current undisclosed injury and 53 games overall this season. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Where does Rudolfs Balcers fit in on next year’s San Jose Sharks…and beyond? “As the team gets better, and as we move forward, I think Rudy settles into a third-line left wing role, that could play both sides. That can be a penalty killer,” head coach Bob Boughner said last week. “If he can be a full-time penalty killer, play on a good team on a third line, chip in offensively, he’ll have a heckuva career.” (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Vancouver Canucks announced the signing of goaltender Spencer Martin to a two-year contract extension on Friday. The NHL club’s already inexpensive goaltending tab, presently consisting of Thatcher Demko and Jaroslav Halak at $8-million with maximum bonuses, just got cheaper moving forward. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

A swing through California proved to be a dream trip for the Calgary Flames, and at a critical point of the season, to boot. Elias Lindholm scored twice for his 37th and 38th goals of the season on primary assists by linemate Matthew Tkachuk, who also tallied, to pace the Flames to a 4-2 win on Thursday over the host San Jose Sharks. (Calgary Hockey Now)

The Buffalo Sabres signed 2021 first overall pick, defenseman Owen Power, to a three-year entry-level contract on Friday. The Michigan Wolverine’s college career came to a close on Thursday, as they fell 3-2 in overtime to the University of Denver in the Frozen Four. Power is expected to make his NHL debut for the Buffalo Sabres against the Toronto Maple Leafs this Monday. (NHL)

Minnesota State University netminder Dryden McKay has won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday. The undrafted netminder won 38 games this season, with a 1.27 GAA and a .934 SV%. McKay can sign with any NHL team following the NCAA Championship game against Denver on Saturday. (NHL)


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