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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Brad Richards netted his first NHL hat trick (in his 896th NHL game) as the NY Rangers crushed the Buffalo Sabres 8-4, effectively ending the latter’s playoff hopes. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller was jeered by the Sabres fans in a moment which one scribe described as eerily similar to Patrick Roy’s final game in Montreal.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Marian Hossa scored in overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Nashville Predators 5-4.
STLTODAY.COM: Chris Stewart and Ryan Reaves were the goal-scorers as the St. Louis Blues nipped the Dallas Stars 2-1. The loss prevented the Stars from moving into eighth overall in the Western Conference.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks’ sluggish performance resulted in a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames.
BOSTON HERALD: The Penguins-Bruins game scheduled for April 19 will be played today at 12.30 pm ET. Postponed games will see the Bruins play six times over the final nine days of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two of the postponements were due to the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt for the bombers, the other due to a blizzard. Playing that many games could have a toll upon the Bruins entering the playoffs.
DETROIT NEWS: A look at several reasons why the Detroit Red Wings postseason streak is in jeopardy.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets lost gritty forward Matt Calvert to a broken right index finger, which could take between two-four weeks for recovery.
PHILLY.COM: Several Flyers could represent their respective countries in the upcoming World Hockey Championships.