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Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Colorado Avalanche signed free agent winger Jarome Iginla to a three-year, $16 million contract Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Iginla played last season with the Boston Bruins scoring 30 goals and dishing out 31 assists in 78 games, helping the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
Iginla had interest in re-signing with Boston, but the Bruins have a shortage of salary-cap space.
“In the NHL it’s hard to pick which team is going to win, but you want to be on a contender, and I think at this stage in my career that is very important,” Iginla said to Sportsnet. “I know Boston, they have a great shot, a great team and they work very hard and they’re committed. Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to this year in Boston, but they’ll be right back there and have a great shot again and I realize that. But it wasn’t really a full option and Colorado, to me, is a young, dynamic team and they’re just getting better.”
Last season the Avalanche won the Central Division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs in seven games to the Minnesota Wild.
Iginla has played 17 NHL seasons split between Calgary, Pittsburgh, and Boston. He is a six-time All Star, who has scored 560 goals, tying him with Guy Lafleur for 24th on the NHL’s all-time top scorers list.
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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) – The Montreal Canadiens are heading to the Eastern Conference finals.
Dale Weise, Max Pacioretty, and Daniel Briere all scored goals as the Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Bruins came into the playoffs as the defending Eastern Conference champions and the NHL’s top team in the regular season. They took a 3-2 series lead after Game 5, but were unable to close out their heated rivals.
“You have an opportunity to get one step closer to the Stanley Cup,” said Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban. “We deserve it. We played hard. Nothing has come easy for us all year.”
Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who will face the New York Rangers in the conference finals. Game 1 will be played on Saturday in Montreal.
“Carey Price was outstanding. Gave them a chance to win every night,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the goalie who backstopped Canada to Olympic gold in February. “You play the way he did, it gives his team a lot of confidence and one of the keys to their success.”
It’s just the second time since 1993 that the Canadiens have reached the third round of the playoffs.
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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat 96 – Brooklyn Nets 94 (Heat win series, 4-1)
San Antonio Spurs 104 – Portland Trail Blazers 82 (Spurs win series 4-1)
NHL Playoffs: Montreal Canadiens 3 – Boston Bruins 1 (Canadiens win series, 4-3)
Los Angeles Kings 2 – Anaheim Ducks 1 (Series Tied 3-3)
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (21-18) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (17-21)
Detroit Tigers 7 (24-12) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (20-18)
Kansas City Royals 3 (20-19) – Colorado Rockies 2 (23-19)
Washington Nationals 5 (21-19) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (16-27)
Chicago White Sox 4 (20-22) – Oakland Athletics 2 (25-16)
San Francisco Giants 10 (26-15) – Atlanta Braves 4 (22-17)
Tampa Bay Rays 2 (18-23) – Seattle Mariners 0 (20-20)
New York Yankees 4 (20-19) – New York Mets 0 (19-20)
Houston Astros 5 (14-27) – Texas Rangers 4 (20-21)
Boston Red Sox 9 (20-19) – Minnesota Twins 4 (18-20)
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (17-22) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (23-15)
Cleveland Indians 15 (19-21) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (20-21)
Miami Marlins 13 (21-20) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (22-20)
Chicago Cubs (13-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-20) Postponed due to inclement weather
San Diego Padres (19-21) at Cincinnati Reds (17-20) Postponed due to inclement weather
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Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens blew out the Boston Bruins 4-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference seminfinal Monday, to force a decisive Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night.
Carey Price made 26 saves and Max Pacioretty scored only his second goal of the playoffs in the win.
“I was just waiting for my time to pitch in offensively,” Pacioretty said. “Obviously you wanted it to happen more often in the playoffs, but it’s two do-or-die games where I’ve scored a goal so I feel confident that I’m helping the team.
“You want to feel you’re helping the team win and I think I did that tonight,” he continued.
Although Boston didn’t score it had its fair share of chances to do so.
“We had more lines going than we’ve had this whole series,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “We spent a lot of time in the offensive zone, but if you hit posts and miss open nets. …You’ve got to bury those chances. Tonight they came back to haunt us.”
That means for the ninth time in their playoff histories, the Bruins and Canadiens will play in a do-or-die Game 7.
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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Bruins broke an 0-for-39 postseason power-play goal streak against the Montreal Canadiens en route to winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal Saturday night, 4-2.
The Bruins now lead the serie…
Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins 4 – Montreal Canadiesn 2 (Bruins lead series, 3-2)
NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 2-1)
Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) — Matt Fraser, who was making his NHL Playoff debut after the Boston Bruins called him up from their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence Wednesday, scored the game-winner 1:19 into overtime t…
Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Miami Heat 94 – Brooklyn Nets 82 (Heat lead series, 2-0)
San Antonio Spurs 114 – Portland Trail Blazers 97 (Spurs lead series, 2-0)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs &nd…
Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals: Miami Heat 107 – Brooklyn Nets 86 (Miami leads, 1-0)
San Antonio Spurs 116 – Portland Trail Blazers 92 (San Antonio leads, 1-0)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conferen…
Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has officially been ruled out for the season due to a right ankle injury.”McQuaid underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Thursday, May 1 on his right ankle,” …
Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) – NBA Playoffs – First Round: Indiana Pacers 92 – Atlanta Hawks 80 (Pacers win series, 4-3)
Oklahoma City Thunder 120 – Memphis Grizzlies 109 (Thunder win series, 4-3)
Los Angeles Clippers 126 – Golden State …
Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Despite trailing 3-1 early into the third period, the Boston Bruins were able to rally back and defeat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 to even their series 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.
6:30 in the third period, …
Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Bruins dominance in the regular season has carried into the playoffs as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 to win their opening round series 4-1.
With Game 5 and the series in the books, t…
Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA First Round: Indiana Pacers 101 – Atlanta Hawks 85 (Series tied at 1-1)
Toronto Raptors 100 – Brooklyn Nets 95 (Series tied at 1-1)
Washington Wizards 101 – Chicago Bulls 99 OT (Wizards lead series, 2-0…
Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Reilly Smith and Justin Florek both scored their first career playoff goals to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Sunday, tying the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.
Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: First Round - Montreal Canadiens 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Montreal leads series, 2-0)
Detroit Red Wings 1 – Boston Bruins 0 (Detroit leads series, 1-0)
Anaheim Ducks 3 – Dallas Stars 2 (Anahe…
Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Bruins clinched the President’s Trophy, which is given to the team with the most points in the NHL’s regular season, by beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Saturday.
David Krejci scored twice and…
Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist and Loui Ericksson added four assists to lead the Boston Bruins past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 Saturday, clinching the B’s the top-seed in the Eastern Conference….
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Final Four: (7) Connecticut 63 (31-8) – (1) Florida 53 (36-3)
(8) Kentucky 74 (29-10) – (2) Wisconsin 73 (30-8)
MLB: New York Mets 6 (2-3) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (1…
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Elite 8 – South Region: (1) Florida 62 (36-2) – (11) Dayton 52 (26-11)
West Region: (2) Wisconsin 64 (30-7) – (1) Arizona 63 (33-5) OT
NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (51-17-6, 108pts) – Washingt…