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Welcome to the Weekend Update. This is the weekly article that keeps you up-to-date on the NHL standings, provides you with videos from around the world of hockey in the week that was, and informs Nashvillians on the televised NHL games in the upcoming week. In this edition, Reimer shuts the door on Elias, Parise scores a hard-working goal, Galchenyuk scored an unlikely goal, all of Boston sings the anthem, Huberdeau gives Florida a bright spot, and the Sabres demonstrate how not to end and start a period.
Here are the NHL standings. It's the last week of the season which means only a few playoff spots remain up for grabs. In the Western Conference, keep an eye on the battle for eighth place between Columbus, Detroit and Dallas. In the Eastern Conference, the Rangers and the Jets are battling for the final playoff spot. While it is unlikely either of the eighth place teams will advance this year, last year's Kings team showed that nothing is impossible. On the other end of the spectrum, the Florida Panthers worked hard to be exceptionally bad last week to seemingly lock up the best odds to land the top pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
We start this week's videos in Toronto. On Monday night, the Maple Leafs hosted the New Jersey Devils. The game was scoreless midway through the third period, but the Devils had a great chance to break the tie. Tavis Zajac fed Patrik Elias right on the doorstep of the Toronto goal. It seemed to be a sure goal, but Leafs goaltender James Reimer shut the door on Elias to preserve the tie. This save led the way to the eventual 2-0 win for Toronto.
The Devils season took a turn for the worst a couple of months ago. It's due partially to the departure of their star forward Zach Parise's departure last offseason. Of course, he now plays for the Minnesota Wild. The Wild visited the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday, and Parise put his goal scoring instinct on display. Minnesota already had a two goal lead in the opening stages of the third period, but Parise decided to give his team some more insurance on that lead. The American Olympian refused to quit on a loose puck around the net and finally got it past the goal line. It turned out to be the game winning goal in the Wild's 5-3 win.
Next, we head over to Pittsburgh, where the Montreal Canadiens visited the Penguins on Wednesday. The Pens held a comfortable 5-1 lead late in the second period, but the Habs were not giving up yet. Rookie Alex Galchenyuk received a pass from Lars Eller and had appeared to skate too close to Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. However, Galchenyuk amazed the Consol Energy Arena crowd with an incredible wrist shot over the shoulder of Fleury. Galchenyuk definitely has the potential to do more of this for years to come.
Our next video is a tear-jerker and perhaps the best of the season. The Bruins first home game after the Boston Marathon bombing came against the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday. The anthem singer for the Bruins, Rene Rancourt, began to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" when the TD Garden crowd began to loudly sing along. Rancourt put the microphone down, and it was an amazing moment. The video made national headlines as a representation of the city rallying back after tragedy. See more NHL videos relating to Boston here, here and here.
Earlier, we noted how atrocious the Florida Panthers have been, but they did have one bright spot on the ice last week. It came Thursday in Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The Panthers trailed 2-0 late in the first period, but Jonathan Huberdeau cut the lead in half. He made a great deke to get some daylight and wristed an absolute laser to beat Henrik Lundqvist.
Finally, we head to Upstate New York, where the Buffalo Sabres played host to the New York Rangers Friday night. The game was knotted at zero heading into the last couple of minutes of the first period. That's when the floodgates opened. The Rangers scored three goals, the last being a terrible mistake by Ryan Miller, in 74 seconds. The Rangers then opened the second period with two goals in 27 seconds, sending Miller to the bench in the meantime. New York would win 8-4.
Now, here's the schedule of this week's televised NHL games in the Nashville area.
|Day||Away Team||Home Team||Time (CDT)||Network|
|Tonight||St. Louis Blues||Colorado Avalanche||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tonight||Dallas Stars||Los Angeles Kings||8 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Mon||Phoenix Coyotes||Detroit Red Wings||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mon||Chicago Blackhawks||Vancouver Canucks||9 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Tue||Boston Bruins||Philadelphia Flyers||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tue||Calgary Flames||Nashville Predators||7 p.m.||FS-TN|
|Tue||Dallas Stars||San Jose Sharks||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed||Los Angeles Kings||Detroit Red Wings||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed||San Jose Sharks||Phoenix Coyotes||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thu||Pittsburgh Penguins||New Jersey Devils||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thu||Nashville Predators||Detroit Red Wings||6:30 p.m.||FS-TN|
|Thu||Anaheim Ducks||Vancouver Canucks||9 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Fri||Calgary Flames||Chicago Blackhawks||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat||New Jersey Devils||New York Rangers||2 p.m.||NBC|
|Sat||Montreal Canadiens||Toronto Maple Leafs||6 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Sat||Nashville Predators||Columbus Blue Jackets||6 p.m.||FS-TN|
|Sat||Detroit Red Wings||Dallas Stars||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat||San Jose Sharks||Los Angeles Kings||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
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