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East update: Leafs fall, Devils jump to ninth

Apr 5, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

Adam Henrique, Ryane Clowe, Michael Ryder AP

It was a busy Saturday for the NHL in general and the Eastern Conference bubble race in particular. With a wave of important games ending in succession, it’s probably most convenient to look at the night overall. Here’s a quick rundown of where all the teams sit, beginning with the bubble squads:

  • The Detroit Red Wings erased a 3-0 third-period deficit against the Montreal Canadiens, but the Habs responded to that, scoring twice to end the Red Wings’ winning streak at four games. Detroit still seems fairly comfortable in the first wild card spot with 88 points, but another win might have allowed the Red Wings to at least approach the kind of room that would allow them to rest a player or two. They have four games left.
  • Life isn’t perfect for the Columbus Blue Jackets on an idle evening, yet they remain in the final wild card spot with 85 standings points and five games left.
  • By beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1, the New Jersey Devils jumped to the ninth spot in the East. That might be surprising for some, yet the Devils are finding ways to grab points (even when they can’t win a shootout), as the Devils now have a seven-game point streak going (4-0-3). They have 84 points with four games left.
  • The biggest letdown of the day might go to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Evander Kane didn’t play and Dustin Byfuglien‘s night was cut short, yet the Winnipeg Jets bested them 4-2. Time is running out for the Buds as they have 84 points and just three games left.
  • As noted earlier, the Washington Capitals managed a shootout win, giving them 83 points with four games left.
  • Moving to the higher rankings (sorry, Ottawa and Carolina), the Boston Bruins clinched the East’s top seed while the Canadiens now have a four-point lead over the Bolts for the second spot in the Atlantic. The New York Rangers lost in regulation to the Ottawa Senators, yet the Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Boston Bruins before in regulation as well, so New York’s lead for second in the Metropolitan Division remains at four points. The Blue Jackets could overtake Philly, however.

Is that too much for one sitting? Don’t worry, this standings update should help you out:


  1. chill1184 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    To the bitter end….

  2. sportsfaninyyc - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Habs win, Leafs lose, cold beer. Perfect Sat. nite.

  3. 101starmymedic - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Those last two Canadiens goals should not have counted. More amazing officiating. A blown offsides and goalie interference. Way to go on your non-win Habs. At least there’s no questions about the Wings goals.

    • sunderlanding - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      More crappy complaints about refs. Good teams find a way to win. Besides players make mistakes all the time. The skaters did when they didn’t get the puck away, and the goalie did when he didn’t stop it, so why would we expect the refs to be any different? Everyone makes mistakes get over it.

      • imgoingtowichita - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Ya, but when it becomes a trend with one team getting the benefits more often than not, it can become scary.
        The NHL is big business with many, many stakeholders. Why not more transparency in how the officials are critiqued on their game? All the fan hears is that so and so has ‘not made the cut’ for playoffs. It’s BS.
        As long as Gary is running the show, we will not get an apology for a wronged call that is made obvious after the fact. (See Brett Hull’s size 10 skate)

      • sunderlanding - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Why should they apologize? It’s part of the game. There isn’t some cosmic law being solved, it’s entertainment.

    • blinkyhowe - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Hockey’s full of bad calls and ref mistakes. Probably too many. But that’s the game. Montreal got the winning goal in this game on what appeared to be an offsides play. They got another late goal to win in their last game against the Wings that was definitely offsides. That’s hockey and 4pts. It’s on Detroit to stop those chances. Besides, maybe the Wings will make the playoffs by 2 pts. The 2 they got when a shot bounced off the retaining nets, down and off Quicks back and into the net to beat LA with 25 sec. to go.

      • bsaures - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        It wasn’t offside he had possession of the puck when he crossed over

      • 950003cups - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Is that the rule?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:23 AM

        Yes, if you have clear possession of the puck you can back into the zone with it, but it looked to me like he did not gain such possession until both he and the puck were over the line. Close though.
        The goalie interference on the 5th goal was more obvious to me.

    • pwshrugged - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      There was nothing wrong with the 4th Canadiens goal; you can dispute the offsides call, but it seemed legit. It was just bad puck luck for the Wings and a lucky bounce for the Habs.

      The fifth goal, however, was totally bogus, although it was another example of the kind of good puck luck the Habs had all night.

      The Wings were sleepwalking through a good chunk of that game; the Canadiens outplayed them when it mattered. It was a back-to-back for both teams, but Montreal looked more rested and more comfortable. The Wings just got any breaks or good bounces; everything seemed to go in Montreal’s favor insofar as the luck component goes.

      Still, not worried as a Wings fan. We have two days off and then Buffalo. If we can get 2 points from Buffalo and 1 or 2 more points from our other three games (PIT/CAR/STL), I think we’re fine. The real hope is simply that we don’t need points from St. Louis next Sunday.

  4. 101starmymedic - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Sure, like going in offsides and interfering with goalies. The Canadiens really are a good team then. Can’t wait to watch them blow it in the playoffs. I implore you to find even a small minority, maybe 15 people who can honestly say the officiating this year hasn’t been the worst ever.

    • sportsfaninyyc - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Detroit had 2 more power plays than Montreal.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        The goals were the bad calls. Not penalties. Offsides and interference.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Your tears are salty and delicious.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:30 PM

        Yours will be more delicious when the Canadiens blow it like they do every year. When’s the last time they win anything of significance? Oh yea, I want even born yet.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        Not a Canadians fan.

        Still laughing at your crying though.

        Mmm salty.

    • bsaures - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      The goal was not offside you are allowed to skate in before the puck if you have possesion of it which he did learn the rules bub

  5. 950003cups - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Leads are in serious trouble. Their only life preserver is that they play their remaining games on the road where they’re much more successful. Columbus and NJ are gonna be in a battle. NJ has four remaining games which are all winnable if you count Boston in on resting their star players. However, they’re injuries are can cost them big. But Columbus has to play five games in less than a week. At that tempo they’re likely to have a few injuries of their own.

    It started tonight.

    I would be shocked if the Devils climbed out of that hole they dug and actually made the playoffs. It would be astonishing. They have a big puck hogging team with tons of playoff experience all around. If they squeeze in, they could pull off what the 2012 LA Kings did.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      Doubtful. Your team still has a long road a head of em and I wouldn’t put much stock in a team that hasn’t had more than 3 wins in a row all season. Even the 2012 Kings had flashes of win streaks just no consistency until they got hot come playoff time. Not seeing the same with the Devils.

      Regardless, the underdogs are always my favorite to watch. One of the better playoff series last year was the Islanders vs Pens. No one expected them to even put up a fight and the Pens were in real jeopardy of a first round exit.

      Good luck to your team, if they make it. Still a lot of important games left to be played.

      • 950003cups - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:39 AM

        Whats with the “your team” stuff? You’re a Devils fan too.

  6. penzfan329 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:07 AM


  7. bleedrangerblue - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    @950003. LMAO. No chance. Wake up

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Heh, that’s what I say to Rangers fans. I’ve been right every year, for seventy plus years, minus one fluke season.

      • 7mantel - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        your 70 years old ?

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Sad thing is for a Rangers fan is that they’d have to be too.


  8. 19to77 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Hang on, Columbus! Five games left!

  9. slaugin - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    I’m pretty sure that’s not how the rule goes

  10. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:23 AM


    not entirely true …

    the player proceeding the puck into the offensive zone must have possession and control of the puck before his skates proceed the puck over the blueline

    i saw a player reaching back and gaining control of the puck after he had entered the zone … he was offside

    learn the rules bub

    but it’s montreal on saturday night and they’ve been getting those calls forever … ho hum move on

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      Your sentences and word choices are a little jumbled. To clarify: If a player has clear control of the puck on his stick, he may back into the opponents’ zone. His skates may cross the blueline ahead of the puck, if he is in control of the puck.

    • bsaures - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:45 AM

      he had possession before BOTH his skates (u can have one over it has to be both to be considered entered the zone) crossed the line. The ref made the right call

  11. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:03 AM


    i am sorry … your new age shorthand reads like incomprehensible gibberish … there’s too much of that sort of thing cluttering blogs and tweets … empty words for empty heads

    i’d recommend some classes in reading comprehension and effective writing


    • bsaures - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:57 AM

      Its very simple if you have possession of the puck before both skates completely cross the blue paint of the blue line it is NOT offside. The replay clearly show Gionta’s foot was still on the blue paint when he had possession of the puck so there was no off-side to be called,

      and muckleflugga before you go chirping people about their grammar and sentence structure maybe you should work on yourself first. Your explanation of the rule above is terrible:

      “the player proceeding the puck into the offensive zone must have possession and control of the puck before his skates proceed the puck over the blueline” – Muckleflugga

      If you are going to try and sound smart you may as well take the exact quote from the rules

      However, a player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered “off-side,” provided he had possession and control of the puck prior to his skates crossing the blue line. -Rule 83.1


  12. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:12 AM


    there’s nothing amiss in my statement

    i’m surprised the list’s self-appointed expert in grammar … invariably unable to grasp shading in tense and meaning … would have difficulty in comprehension

    too much ale and too many losing season …?

    try this:

    Rule 83 – Off-side
    83.1 Off-side – Players of the attacking team must not precede the puck into the attacking zone …

    a player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered “off-side,” provided he had possession and control of the puck prior to his skates crossing the blue line …

  13. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    bsaures … nooooo no no

    the shot was directed at you because you habitually follow other commentators with one line half-wit efforts at abuse … without the courtesy to read commentary and how it relates to the subject of the blog

    you appear challenged by longer posts where a position is stated then supported with argument … responding with shallow rejoinder comprised wholly of personal attack … you pander for thumbs-up from the equally witless … easily satisfied by a teaspoon full of bitterness

    you advance your crime by presuming to be speaking for everyone … how self-important you are … backed-up with what i deem for the most part to be unintelligible garbage

    these are not your boards nor are they the boards of others of your kind … relying on the term troll or outright personal abuse to dismiss effort at dialogue … the habit reads as lazy and stupid

    as a rule i refrain from commenting on matters of convention … i leave that for the anal retentive numpties who go so far as to correct their own typos … who cares … these are not term papers or dissertations …the effort bogs reading for those who like to speed through commentary

    you make yourself vulnerable through lack of imagination lack of humour and most notably lack of wit … you have company in your kind … if you and your kind want to step outside the bounds of courtesy i will if it suits me rain you with abuse where i know through reading, you’re most vulnerable …

    name callers are most vulnerable because they betray what they’re thinking in the basest of terms … and they succumb to emotion … come to my house and we’ll play poker … you will learn how expensive cheap emotion can be

    you predictably finish with the term dbag … where i run a lapse in manners or name calling brings jeers and abuse and argument is dismissed outright … after which you’d not be invited to further party

    as for the offside …

    i am completely vexed by anyone unable to read and understand the comment i made which you’ve quoted … and if i should have simply quoted the rule, why did you and others not

    the operative word in all of this is control of the puck … you see it one way i see it another … i believe it to mean being in a position to make a meaningful hockey play which did not occur until gionta’s skates were three feet into detroit’s end of the ice

    the keep-your-head-up-camp, comprised of people who’ve invariably never played serious contact hockey if any hockey at all, see control as being anywhere within twenty feet of the puck

    learn to state your case and move on

    • bsaures - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      The NHL does have a definition for possession it is part of the interference penalty section. Possession is

      Possession of the Puck: The last player to touch the puck, other than the goalkeeper, shall be considered the player in possession. The player deemed in possession of the puck may be checked legally, provided the check is rendered immediately following his loss of possession. Rule 56

      Since Gionta touches and retains the puck before both his skates cross over he was deemed to have possession therefore he can go into the zone backwards.

      And for the comments on name calling you were the first to insult someone in this exchange bub implying I was a idiot with your empty minds comment. Dont dish it out if you cant take it.

      Finally you need to learn statitng your case. trying to be some third rate essay writer every time you comment.

      And no these are not my boards but given the votes i got versus the votes u did (me 7 positive you 7 negative) people think your consistently a dink.

  14. csilojohnson - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Its true.

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