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East bubble bits: Another tough night for Detroit

Mar 11, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

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Tuesday night was a difficult one for the Detroit Red Wings and generally a pretty good evening for East teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. Except the Washington Capitals.

Here’s a look at tonight’s results, keeping in mind that the Toronto Maple Leafs will remain above the wild card fray (for now) even if their upcoming game against the San Jose Sharks ends poorly.

  • Earlier today, PHT mentioned that the Detroit Red Wings couldn’t afford to lose in regulation to the Columbus Blue Jackets, yet they fell 4-1 and seem like they’re getting more banged up by the day. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets find themselves at least briefly above the bubble altogether.
  • As mentioned moments ago, the New Jersey Devils slipped by the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. It’s Martin Brodeur‘s fourth consecutive win and came in regulation. The Devils couldn’t ask for results that are much better than that.
  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank as serious underdogs to climb back up, but they got an important 3-1 win against the New York Rangers, who aren’t that far from falling down to a wild card spot or worse.
  • It has to be deflating for the Washington Capitals to land zero points in two games on back-to-back days against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but that’s exactly what happened on Monday and Tuesday. The Pens beat them 2-0 tonight; read more about it here.

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones broke down the playoff picture a bit after the Caps – Pens game:

Here’s a look at the updated standings via


  1. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    2nd straight game the Flyers lose by 1 with a controversial goal overturned. I can get the no goal against Toronto but Hartnell did not force the goalie, with possession of the puck, over the line. The puck was clearly loose in front, hit Hartnell, and was easily going thru Brodeurs 5-hole. It was a good goal. It was incidental contact forced from behind by Volchenkov while Hartnell was attempting to play the puck. In a HUGE game the Flyers are robbed of atleast one point; a point that could easily be the difference between missing and making the playoffs at the end of the season.

    Yeah the Flyers should’ve taken advantage of their 6 PPs and played better early but it doesn’t change the fact that they scored the tying goal in the final minute.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Don’t have a horse in the race man but that was as clear a goalie interference call as you’re gonna get. Regardless, the whistle was blown way before the puck crossed the line. Either way you slice it, no goal.

      It was even reviewed in Toronto.

      • irish1136 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        if the player is hit into the goalie by the goalies man it’s a goal, they blew that one and bad, but the flyers need to get past it and be ready for saturday and sunday

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        Volchenkov tries to make a play with his stick and Hartnell initiated a shoulder on Volchenkov and that momentum drove Hartnell into Brodeur and Brodeur into the net.

        That’s interference.

        Refs got it right.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:19 AM

        First, it wasn’t reviewed in Toronto bc they CAN’T review a play where a player “contacts” a goalie, they literally called to ask the ref why it wasn’t a goal. When the league office wants to know why it wasn’t a goal it’s pretty obvious that it was the wrong call. Secondly, the whistle was not blown at all until well after the puck was in the net. The puck was visibly loose, hit hartnell, and was cleary going through Brodeurs 5-hole as there was incidental contact initiated by Volchenkov. The ref tried to make it seem as if Hartnell forcibly pushed Brodeur across the goal line with the puck underneath him, when in fact the puck was going in, contact or no.

  2. crazemastercraze - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    How awesome was the Flyers D on that second Devils goal. Cardboard would have put up a bigger fight!

  3. govtminion - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    G’bye, Washington. That was their last good chance to climb back into this thing.

  4. phatmat456 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM

  5. jrs45 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Cbus is a real fun team to watch.

  6. pwshrugged - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Wings played a great game for the first two periods, but came out flat in the third. Not sure if they were tired or if Columbus just realized they needed to push… but the Wings just didn’t have it in ’em. They were on their heels for most of the third, and once Columbus went up 2-1, they played like a team defeated.

    It’s been a good run. If we end our playoff streak this year, at least we’ve seen several quality young players get important minutes and develop into reliable NHL players, if not future stars.

    Still, being this injury riddled for two years in a row makes me wonder about the strength and conditioning coaching. Hockey’s full of fluke injuries, to be sure, but patterns are concerning.

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