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Dare I say, the Islanders once again have a chance to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday.

They won't be in action, but they have two ways to finally lock up a spot in the postseason. One possibility requires the Ottawa Senators to lose at Madison Square Garden. If the Rangers come away with a win in any fashion against the Senators -- winners of four of their last five -- then the Isles would clinch.

The Islanders can also clinch if the Bruins lose in any manner to the Panthers. The Washington Capitals helped the Islanders Wednesday by beating the Bruins 3-0 at the Verizon Center.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Islanders, new york islanders, News, Ottawa Senators, pittsburgh penguins, Standings Watch
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Ryan Strome isn't exactly a guy known for dropping the glove.

However, that's what the Islanders' forward did on Saturday night in the opening period against the Boston Bruins. His combatant, Torey Krug, is not a guy who gets into a fight that often either. In fact it was just his second of the season.

For Strome, it was his first career fight in the NHL.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Islanders, new york islanders, News, ryan strome, Videos
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Chad Johnson will be in net tonight when the Islanders take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

In his last outing, Johnson allowed four goals on 19 shots in the Isles' 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The Islander backup goalie has struggled since starting off the year with three wins in his first three starts. Johnson is 6-6-0, with a 3.43 goals against average and .886 save percentage.

Head coach Jack Capuano has seemed hesitant to start Johnson, even in games that would be logical for the team's backup to start in. Jaroslav Halak has started in 38 of the Isles 51 games this season.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Chad Johnson, Islanders, new york islanders, News
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders found a way to come back from a two-goal deficit on Thursday night, but Bruins goals in the final seconds of the second period and opening minutes of the third led them to a 5-2 victory over the Isles.

The Bruins had a 2-o lead before the Islanders rallied in the second period. John Tavares scored 8:25 into the second to cut the Boston lead to 2-1 and Michael Grabner deflected Johnny Boychuk's shot in to even the score at 2. However, an error in judgement by Jaroslav Halak led to a goal by Kevan Miller with 3.4 seconds left in the period.

Boston added two more goals in the third.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Islanders, new york islanders, News, NHL
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Uniondale, N.Y. -- Chad Johnson was at the Nassau Coliseum when he heard his former Boston teammate would be joining him on Long Island. Corey Conacher played the role of news breaker by alerting Johnson of the deal:

"I was outside there and Conacher was like 'hey did you hear the news?' I didn't know what he was talking about," Johnson explained. "He said, 'yeah we picked up Boychuk in a trade there.' It was definitely exciting, so I sent him a text right away. Just letting him know if he needed anything I'd be more than willing to help out. He called me five minutes later."

Unlike Nick Leddy, who was acquired on Saturday via a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boychuk is only familiar with Johnson in the Islanders room. The two discussed the situation on Long Island during that phone call after the trade. "[Johnson] said it's a great area for family and he says that I think I'm really gonna like it here," Boychuk told reporters.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Chad Johnson, Islanders, Johnny Boychuk, new york islanders, News
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Bridgeport, Conn -- It was a tough friday night for the Islanders in their final preseason game of the season.

The Boston Bruins pummeled the Isles 6-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 8,600, -- a large number of which were Bruins fans -- at Webster Bank Arena. Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal for the Islanders on the power play after Brock Nelson left the game after being hit from behind by Kevan Miller in the second period.

The Islanders fielded a roster primarily made up of AHL players and a handful of NHL regulars, which played into how the game turned out, but it was still as ugly a preseason loss as they come. Inside the locker room after the game there was a very somber atmosphere. You could tell no one was taking the loss lightly.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Brent Thompson, brock nelson, Chad Johnson, GIFs, Islanders, john tavares, kyle okposo, new york islanders, News
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Bridgeport, Conn -- A scary moment occurred during Friday night's preseason game against the Boston Bruins.

Brock Nelson left the game after defenseman Kevin Miller hit Nelson into the boards head first. The play occurred midway through the second period with the Islanders trailing 3-0. Nelson, according to Arthur Staple, ?received five stitches and returned to the game in the third period.

Miller was given a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Islander captain John Tavares immediately went after Miller for the?hit on Nelson.

Tags: Boston Bruins, brock nelson, GIFs, Islanders, Kevan Miller, new york islanders, News
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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 9?

1994- Martin Brodeur stops all 22 shots he faces, pitching his first-career playoff shutout in New Jersey's 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Brendan Byrne Arena.

Tags: Boston Bruins, John Madden, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Scott Stevens, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 8?

1988- Officials boycott game 4 of the Wales Conference finals between the Devils and Boston Bruins, after the NHL did not suspend New Jersey coach Jim Schoenfeld for his postgame outburst at referee Don Koharski.

Tags: Boston Bruins, DAVID CLARKSON, David Maley, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Arnett, Jim Schoenfeld, Martin Brodeur, Notes, Pat Verbeek, PETR SYKORA, Philadelphia Flyers, Tom Kurvers, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 7?

1994- Stephane Richer's goal at 14:19 of the first overtime lifts New Jersey to a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins in game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Boston Garden.

Tags: Ben Hankinson, Bernie Nicholls, Boston Bruins, Brian Rafalski, Claude Lemieux, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PETR SYKORA, Stephane Richer, Toronto Maple Leafs, Valeri Zelepukin
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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 6?

1972- Denis and Mireille Brodeur welcomed a baby boy, Martin, into the world. That boy would grow into the Devils' -- and arguably the NHL's -- greatest goalie of all time.

Tags: Boston Bruins, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Denis Brodeur, Don Koharski, Jim Schoenfeld, John Madden, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PETR SYKORA, Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Gomez, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 5?

1994-?Tom Chorske scores twice and records an assist, leading New Jersey to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins in game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tags: Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Stephane Richer, Tom Chorske
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Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On May 4...

1988-?Pat Verbeek's overtime goal lifts New Jersey to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in game 2 of the Prince of Wales Finals at Boston Garden. Aaron Broten and Doug Brown also score goals, evening the series at 1.

Tags: Aaron Broten, Boston Bruins, Doug Brown, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Pat Verbeek
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Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 30...

1988-? Kirk Muller scores 14 seconds into the game, and John MacLean's third-period redirection serves as the game-winning goal in New Jersey's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in game 7 of the Patrick Division finals at the Cap Center.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Brian Rolston, Doug Gilmour, John MacLean, Kirk Muller, Lyle Odelein, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Ottawa Senators, Scott Gomez, Scott Stevens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals
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The Devils helped themselves on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for them and their fans, that's the only help they got.

New Jersey remains six back of eighth place now with only five games remaining. The Devils' 3-0 win in Philadelphia kept them alive in the playoff hunt with five games left but did them no other good.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Winnipeg Jets
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Down six points with just six games left, it's time for the Devils to start helping themselves.

We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn't matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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It's going to take an awful lot to get the Devils into the playoffs.

New Jersey clearly can't get into the tournament without winning some games. It also hasn't gotten much help lately.

Still, as it is mathematically possible for the Devils to get in, we keep it up.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Phialdelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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It's getting late fast for the Devils.

New Jersey's 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.

The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey's final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, James Reimer, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs
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  • The regular collection of links from the Devils' 5-4 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday at Prudential Center (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (AP) (NHL.com).
  • New Jersey's eighth-straight loss, coupled with Bryce Salvador's injury and the Rangers' shootout win over Toronto, has the team's playoff hopes in dire straits (Fire & Ice).
  • Andy Greene says the Devils are playing for their lives (NJ.com).
Tags: ANDY GREENE, Around The Links, Boston Bruins, BRYCE SALVADOR, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

This one hurts as much as a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the wrist. While the rival (and eighth-place) Rangers won in a shootout to move four points head of the Devils, New Jersey lost what felt like a microcosm of their entire season. There was the awful start, injuries to key players affecting the team and the Devils coming up just short of a tie game and a guaranteed point in overtime. Like I said, this one hurts. Some thoughts...

Fragile: It's a word Pete DeBoer used to describe his team after the Devils allowed three early goals despite the Bruins taking four penalties in five minutes AND Martin Brodeur stopping a penalty shot. It seemed a wildly appropriate description for a team that has been known to cave at the end of periods, surrender goals in bunches and lose their heads in their own zone. There's a reason why the Devils always seem to play better after DeBoer calls a timeout. He can read whether they need a kick in the ass or a moment to breathe and then suddenly, they look like a different team. It happened tonight and it's happened countless other times this season. The team's psyche is fragile and they don't have enough extraordinarily talented players on the roster to carry them through rough patches. Without Ilya Kovalchuk, it's a collection of "guys" -- some with high-quality talent, but most without. A "fragile" team combined with a limited roster is a bad combination and it's why they've gone one two very bad losing streaks this season. This is not a team that can answer the bell and fight through adversity, which is so strange since it's nearly the same team as last year's that basically made adversity its 24th man on the bench. THIS is where we're seeing and feeling the loss of Zach Parise, who's attitude, work ethic and willingness to buy in no matter what would drive the Devils through difficult times. Maybe Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique will get there some day, but they're not there now.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, Boston Bruins, Bruins, BRYCE SALVADOR, B's, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, Zach Parise
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Can the Devils can off their slide and back into the playoff picture tonight?

Who: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils

When: 7:30 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 7:00 p.m. ET

Tags: Boston Bruins, Bruins, B's, Devils, Devs, Gameday, New Jersey Devils
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The Devils are down to nine games to make a postseason run.

New Jersey trails the eighth-placed Rangers by just two points with 17 days left. The Devils are four points behind the two-way tie for sixth between Ottawa and the Islanders.

The Isles and Senators seem to be going in opposite directions. Ottawa's lost five straight-- including a 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Islanders are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and knocked off Philadelphia 4-1 on Tuesday in Uniondale, N.Y.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Tags: Around The Links, Boston Bruins, Ilya Kovalc, New Jersey Devils
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

If you can play better in a loss, I'd like to see it. OK, maybe if you scored some goals, but I'm not sure how much more the Devils could've done tonight. They dominated puck possession, neutralized the Bruins' offense and put tons of pucks on net -- all to come up with nothing. Even worse, with the way things are unfolding around the East, they've fallen out of the playoff picture for now. Not a good night, to say the least. Some thoughts...

Everything but the kitchen sink: The Devils did it all tonight. They threw pucks at the net, they deked the Bruins out of their jocks (Andy Greene says "Hi" Shawn Thornton) and they had Tuukka Rask running all around his crease. Yet, at the end of the day, it was a zero on the scoreboard. While I've spent countless posts here lamenting the Devils' lack of a finisher, never was it more apparent than tonight. Say the Devils didn't get "puck luck" and I'll say you're being naive. Tell me the Devils should've scored four times tonight and I'll respond, "But they didn't." None of this is to say the Devils played poorly in the offensive end; it was quite the opposite. The Devils did so many things well tonight, reducing the Bruins (arguably the second-best team in the East) to nothing more than partners in an optional skate. But the one thing they didn't do outweighs all the positive because this time of the year isn't about "building." Just like coffee, April is for closers, which is one thing the Devils have been woefully lacking since January 19. There's no relying on Ilya Kovalchuk's return. It's not coming "anytime soon," according to Pete DeBoer. That means "future Hall of Famer" Patrick Elias, "budding power forward" David Clarkson and promising young centers Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique need to start putting pucks into the net. Devils fans ask if this team can make a run like last season but tonight was 60 minutes worth of reasons why they might not even get the chance.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, Boston Bruins, Bruins, BRYCE SALVADOR, B's, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Zach Parise
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The Devils will try to stop the slide against one of the East's top teams.

Who: New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Boston Bruins, Bruins, B's, Devils, Devs, Gameday, New Jersey Devils
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I'm not sure about you all, but I'm starting to get the vibe that the Devils are trying to keep things interesting.

New Jersey dropped its fourth straight Monday night, 3-1, to the ninth-placed Islanders. Meanwhile, across the river, the Rangers polished off the Jets 4-2.

Both results moved the New York squads within two points of seventh place. New Jersey, which hasn't been outside the top-eight all season, could be by the week's end.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Look at those standings.

With the Devils' 5-4 shootout loss to Tampa Bay, there are now seven teams within four points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

It makes for a thrilling final three-and-a-half weeks left of this season.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Map, Winnipeg Jets
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  • Check out the Albany Devils' highlights from a 2-1 weekend (AlbanyDevils.com)
  • The Flyers are calling their home-and-home series with New Jersey this week "the biggest games" of their season to date (NJ.com).
  • The Eastern Conference had just one ?game on the docket last night-- Boston's 3-2 shootout win in Ottawa. (NHL.com)
Tags: Albany Devils, Around The Links, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers
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As we hit the end of the shortened NHL season's first period, the word "trade" will quickly enter our vernacular.

For Devils fans -- with Andrei Loktionov and Alex Ponikarovsky's acquisitions-- the trade word has already entered your lexicon. And though the trade deadline is still 45 days away, a blockbuster involving the Devils is not out of the question.

So here's the question: should the Devils get in on the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes.

Tags: Alex Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, Boston Bruins, Buzz, Doug Gilmour, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jarome Iginla, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Fl, Pittsburgh Penguins, Editorial Aside, Ryan Carter
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | AP recap

Moose taketh and Moose giveth away: First, let's get something out of the way: Johan Hedberg was fantastic for 98 percent of tonight's game. He was the only reason they were still in it after another slow start (getting tired of writing that) and he helped the Devils keep it close in the third period when the Bruins began to press -- particularly on the 2-on-1 power-play rush. Hedberg also made some fantastic saves in the shootout and that poke check play was so vintage Moose and perfectly timed. All that said, he probably should've stopped the Bruins' lone goal, despite the slight deflection off Henrik Tallinder's stick. He definitely shouldn't have allowed that shootout winner either. It looked like there was about five feet of space in his five hole on the shot. In the end, he had a great game with two mistakes, but those mistakes are what cost the Devils the win.

Ya too close, man!: Thought tonight was too close for comfort? Yeah, get used to that feeling. As long as Lou Lamoriello insists on not adding a top-six forward, the Devils will play in a lot of one-goal games this season. In fact, the only game so far determined by more than one goal was the Devils' 3-0 win over the Flyers one week ago. In order to get by with this kind of play, the Devils need to shore up the poor starts, limit the giveaways while doing a better job picking up trailers (which was a big problem tonight) and get very good to excellent goaltending on a nightly basis. The other thing they have to do is practice their shootouts, which were the Devils' bread and butter last season. However, this year, with a lack of impact skill players, the Devils' top shootout guys will have to be consistently effective. I mean, when Marek Zidlicky is your No. 6 shootout guy, you've got some problems.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Bruins, B's, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stefan Matteau
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In easily one of the most bizarre moments of the season, someone in the crowd at TD Bank Garden tonight threw something onto the ice and in the direction of Devils goalie Johan Hedberg during Tyler Seguin's shootout attempt.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/296454368281120771

Hedberg admitted he was distracted by the flying hot dog (Shaun White's new nickname?) and the refs forced Seguin to shoot again. Of course, Seguin scored again anyway, but I'd expect this didn't over too well at the NHL's offices. Can you imagine if this had happened on NBC? Wait -- if something bad happens and it's not on NBC, does it even happen? Hmmm.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Bruins, B's, Devils, Devs, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils, Tweets
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David Clarkson and the Devils look to rebound from their first loss of the season in Boston.

Who: New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Boston Bruins, Bruins, B's, Devils, Devs, Gameday, gameday, New Jersey Devils
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Hockey Buzz has a series of questions that surround the New Jersey Devils. They are great questions that really make you think about the Devils and the current state they are in. ?I will answer those questions...

"1.?Will the Devils finish in the top-six of the Eastern Conference, and why or why not?"

Tags: Adam Larsson, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Discuss, Hockey Buzz, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Keith Kinkaid, Martin Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Read, SNY, Tampa Bay Lightning, Zach Parise
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