Weekly NHL Recap: April 7th – April 13th

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April 14, 2013 1:02 PM by Smash

Volchenkov ElbowOn Wednesday, New Jersey Devils Anton Volchenkov dropped a high, dirty elbow on the Bruins Brad Marchand. Marchand suffered a concussion from the blow, and has yet to return to the lineup. Volchenkov received a four-game suspension for the hit.

Jimmy Howard has agreed to a six-year, $31.8 million contract extension with the Red Wings (well just about, it’s right there and apparently they just need to iron out “the little stuff). Howard mentioned he had no intentions of testing the free agent market and he “wanted to be in Detroit ” Overall, a solid signing by the Wings. In his career with Detroit, Howard has gone 126-66-25, with a .917 SV% and allowing 2.44 goals/game. Although a down year for Detroit, singing Howard will be good for the club moving forward.

Now, on to the playoff picture again. Again, the 6,7, & 8 spots in the Eastern Conference are all up for grabs (well the 5 too). The Rangers took down the Islanders in an overtime win yesterday, pulling within 1 point with a game in hand on the Isles. Winnipeg is still right in the hunt, currently in 9th. It will be interesting to see the final 6-7 games be played out. Keep an eye on the Islanders, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Senators, and Jets.

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Three Stars of the Week:

3. Alex Ovechkin – 4 GP, 4G, 1A, 5PTS

2. Pascal Dupuis – 3 GP, 2G, 5A, 7PTS

1. Phil Kessel – 3 GP, 5G, 2A, 7PTS

Highlights of the Week:

Artem Anisimov feeds Gaborik leading to a pretty finish:

Gaborik-Goal-Against-the-SharksAlex Ovechkin dangles and snipes from just inside the blue line:

Ovechkin-Goal-against-the-HabsBen Bishop stops one, then makes another incredible diving save:


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