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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The momentum of this first-round playoff series has shifted to Minnesota.

For the Wild to keep their edge, or for the Colorado Avalanche to recapture their advantage, they’ll have to come up with a counter for the loss of an important player.

Wild left wing Matt Cooke was summoned for a hearing at the NHL office in New York regarding his kneeing penalty that injured Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie on Monday night in Game 3.The league said Cooke’s meeting will be Wednesday. Guys don’t travel cross country to defend themselves against simple fines, so Cooke is bound to get a multigame ban.

“Obviously things you don’t want to have happen. I think we all want to play good, physical, intense hockey,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “At the same time, I know that they want to do the same to us. Neither side wants to see anyone get hurt.”

Barrie will need four to six weeks to recover from a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Avalanche coach Patrick Roy maintained Tuesday his stance from the night before, that the knee-on-knee incident in the open ice during the second period was the most important moment in Minnesota’s 1-0 overtime win. Roy said Cooke should have received a major penalty (he got two minutes in the box) that could have taken the Wild out of their rhythm.

The Wild outshot the Avalanche 46-22 and won on Mikael Granlund’s diving goal. Game 4 is set for Thursday, when the Avalanche will be without their top-scoring defenseman.

“Tyson, he’s very good on the power play, but more than that he’s always in the rush,” Roy said. “He’s like a fourth forward for us, and you need players like this. He was playing so well for us, and losing him certainly is going to hurt us. But listen: This is what we’ve been doing all year, finding a way to win when we lose important player.”

Barrie, who had 13 goals and 25 assists during the regular season, will be replaced in the lineup by Ryan Wilson, who has one goal in his last 99 games. He won’t be asked to replace Barrie’s offense, obviously, but rather bring a physical presence to the corners and around the crease as the games only increase in intensity and roughness.

Roy, however, cautioned against the temptation to retaliate.

“It’s not the time. The league will do its part. The referees will do their part on the ice. And we just got to go out there and play our game,” Roy said. “I don’t think we should focus on anything else.”

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Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 0: Jose Mourinho profits from his lack of adventure

Mourinhos demeanour has been strange for most of this campaign. His low opinion of his side has barely wavered. Losing his amazing 77-game unbeaten home league record to Sunderland at the weekend may have been a karmic response to all his criticisms.

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Bruins manhandle Wings, taking the lead in series

April 23, 2014 Bruins manhandle Wings, taking the lead in series By Helene St. James Detroit Free Press (MCT) The Eagle Tribune Wed Apr 23, 2014, 01:41 AM EDT DETROIT The response was to let the Boston Bruins occupy Hockeytown. In what was supposed to be a message game from the Detroit Red Wings, it was the Boston Bruins who delivered a scary one.

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Blazers plan how to do it again in Game 2

HOUSTON — NBA playoff games are often like chess matches. In Sunday’s opening victory over Houston at the Toyota Center, Portland coach Terry Stotts put his counterpart with the Rockets, Kevin McHale, at checkmate at least a couple of times

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NHL wrap-up: A 1st for Jackets

Colorado is rolling without injured leading scorer Matt Duchene, Detroit is rolling without injured star Henrik Zetterberg and St. Louis may be rolling without captain David Backes.

It was an eventful first week in the NHL playoffs, with upsets, unlikely heroes, goal-fests, goalie controversies, a franchise’s first playoff win and now, likely our first suspension.

The defending Stanley Cup champions are on the ropes. The Stanley Cup favorites could join them on Sunday. And folks, we’re just getting started.

GAME OF THE DAY: Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 3 (2 OT): You can make an argument for St. Louis’ win over Chicago, given all the drama involved in that one, but the Blue Jackets posted their first-ever playoff win, and they did it in dramatic fashion, rallying from a 3-1 deficit on the road against the high-octane Pittsburgh Penguins. That’s worthy of a cannon shot, even if many of us still struggle to explain that unusual nickname. If you really want to know that story, read about it here.

PLAY OF THE DAY: Brent Seabrook’s nasty hit on David Backes: It’s a shame that with all the great hockey being played over the past two days, the plays that are dominating discussion are dirty ones. On Friday, Milan Lucic and Corey Perry took shots at opponents’ unmentionable areas. On Saturday, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook took a shot at the one area the NHL has deemed off limits: the head. Late in the third period, with the Blackhawks leading 3-2 and already short-handed, Seabrook caught Backes with a vicious elbow directly to the head and then followed through to snap Backes’ head back to the glass. All of this after the puck had clearly left the area. Backes was angry and woozy after the illegal hit, Seabrook was on his way to the penalty box for a 5-minute charging major and game misconduct, and the Blues were on their way to another late rally and overtime victory. Seabrook will have a phone hearing with the league’s disciplinary arm on Sunday and will likely earn a suspension. That means Chicago will have to play without one of its best defenseman in a 2-0 series hole — a hole Seabrook created with a dumb and reckless penalty. “I was just trying to make a play on Backes,” Seabrook told reporters after the game. “I thought the puck was there. I just tried to finish my hit. I feel bad seeing a guy like that on the ice. I’ve been there myself.I’m not trying to target his head. I’m not trying to do anything like that. It doesn’t feel good to see a player like that lying there like that, knowing that I hit him. It wasn’t my intent. It’s a physical series. Hits have been laid like that from both sides the whole series.I hope Backes is feeling alright and I hope he’s doing OK. I guess that’s all I can say.”

THREE STARS:

1. C Nathan McKinnon, Colorado: He factored in all the scoring with a goal and three assists in the Avs’ 4-2 win over the Wild. And oh what a goal it was, as he nearly broke Jared Spurgeon’s legs with an inside-out move before scoring. MacKinnon tied an NHL record for the most points in his first two career playoffs games with seven.

2. LW Matt Calvert, Columbus: Scored a second-period goal to give Columbus life; scored the game-winner just 1:10 into double overtime to give the Blue Jackets a real chance in their series with Pittsburgh.

3. RW Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis: Scored the tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, then helped up set up defenseman Barrett Jackman’s game-winner in overtime of the Blues’ second straight, 4-3 overtime victory over Chicago.

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Red Wings 3, Blues 0

ST. LOUIS — Left wing Justin Abdelkader scored two goals and Petr Mrazek recorded his second NHL shutout Sunday to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the injury-plagued St. Louis Blues. The Blues ended the regular season mired in a season-high six-game losing streak in which they were shut out three times. The Red Wings knew before the game they would play the Boston Bruins in the …

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Lightning coach Jon Cooper says Ryan Malone's DUI, cocaine charges won't be a distraction

This Feb. 4, 2014 photo, Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone (12) stretches before an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn. Malone was charged Saturday with DUI and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop, police said. An officer saw Malone’s SUV strike a curb after making a left turn from the center lane early Saturday, said Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski. After being pulled over, Malone got out of his vehicle, and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, Lusczynski said. According to the police report, the officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone’s pockets. Malone was released from the Hillsborough County jail on $2,500 bond. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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WASHINGTON – Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn’t think left wing Ryan Malone’s DUI and cocaine possession charges will be a distraction to the post-season-bound team.

“Ryan is probably a little embarrassed of what’s gone on. He made a poor decision, getting behind the wheel when he had alcohol in his system,” Cooper said before Tampa Bay beat the Washington Capitals 1-0 in a shootout Sunday to close the regular season.

“But for me, I’ve watched all the good decisions Ryan Malone’s made in his life, and how charitable he’s been and what a staple he’s been in our community in the years he’s been here,” Cooper added. “I hope this one instance doesn’t take away from that, because he’s been a class act for us, on and off the ice.”

Malone didn’t travel with the team to Washington. It isn’t yet known what his status for the playoffs will be. Tampa Bay will host the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday.

An officer saw Malone’s SUV strike a curb after making a left turn from the centre lane in the early hours of Saturday, Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski said. After being pulled over, Malone got out of his vehicle, and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, Lusczynski said. According to the police report, the officer found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone’s pockets.

“We talked about it as a team yesterday, and it’s a real unfortunate thing, but I don’t think it was really on too many guys’ minds here today with the … stakes of this game,” Matthew Carle said after scoring the only goal in Sunday’s shootout.

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In this game Russian gas beats your paper! – Video



In this game Russian gas beats your paper!
Watch the full Keiser Report Episode 587 here: http://youtu.be/PT1qQokJn-o In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the dol…

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Bruins clinch NHL's top record, beat Sabres 4-1

BOSTON Cheering fans stood and waved gold and black towels as the Boston Bruins claimed the Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best regular-season record.

The celebration will be a lot bigger if the Bruins achieve their ultimate goal, winning the Stanley Cup.

“We’ve still got to do some work here in order to get the trophy that we all really want,” Boston coach Claude Julien said.

David Krejci scored two goals, Patrice Bergeron netted his 30th of the season, and Gregory Campbell got his eighth as the Bruins dominated the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 Saturday in a game between teams at opposite ends of the standings.

It’s the second time the Bruins have won the Presidents’ Trophy, which gives them home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, since the award was instituted for the 1985-86 season.

The Bruins have 117 points, third most in team history behind 121 in 1970-71 and 119 when they won the Stanley Cup in the 1971-72 season. Buffalo’s 51 points are tied for its fewest in a season not shortened by a lockout. Each team has one game left.

“We need to play a really strong game and feel good about our game going into the playoffs,” Krejci said.

Boston will end its regular-season schedule at New Jersey on Sunday. Buffalo will finish at home against the New York Islanders.

Boston’s first-round playoff opponent was still unknown, with Philadelphia, Columbus and Detroit all possibilities.

Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres, but Buffalo sustained another blow in a frustrating, injury-plagued season. Starting goalie Matt Hackett was taken from the ice on a stretcher after Boston defenseman Torey Krug fell on his right leg in the crease with 11:35 left.

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