Watch: Leafs defeat Bruins after late controversial goal upheld

Saturday's matchup between the rival Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs wasn't without controversy.

With 1:23 remaining in the final frame, Maple Leafs blue-liner Ron Hainsey beat Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask with a point shot only moments after he was bumped in the crease.

The play was reviewed for goalie interference but the on-ice call ultimately stood. Rask disagreed with that decision postgame.

"I'm pretty sure I would've stopped that puck if I was there," Rask told TSN's Frank Seravalli. "I just couldn't get there on time. I was interfered with."

Crucial to the win was that it gave the Maple Leafs 83 points on the season, moving them one ahead of the Bruins for second in the Atlantic.

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Carter returns to Kings’ lineup after 55-game absence

The Los Angeles Kings will welcome back their leading scorer from last season Saturday night, as Jeff Carter returns from a 55-game absence, the team announced.

Carter has been out since Oct. 18 when his ankle was cut by a skate in a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

The addition should come as a huge boost for the Kings. Last season, the 33-year-old led the team with 32 goals and 66 points in 82 games and was awarded the Bill Libby Memorial Award as the Kings' Most Valuable Player.

Prior to the injury, Carter had put up three assists in six contests.

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Watch: Stamkos drops gloves with Alzner after hit on Kucherov

Steven Stamkos isn't known as a fighter, but that didn't stop him from coming to the defense of teammate Nikita Kucherov on Saturday.

After Montreal Canadiens blue-liner Karl Alzner lined up Kucherov with a near knee-on-knee hit, Stamkos responded, dropping the gloves with the veteran rearguard.

The two traded a few jabs in the otherwise underwhelming scuffle. When the dust settled, Alzner was handed a five-minute major, while Stamkos walked away with a major penalty, a 10-minute misconduct, and an instigator call.

It marked the third fight of Stamkos' career, with his most recent bout coming against Brad Marchand in 2015.

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Report: Bruins have interest in Rick Nash

The Boston Bruins reportedly have interest in New York Rangers forward Rick Nash and are engaged in ongoing discussions about acquiring him, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Dreger points out that the Bruins' current cap situation complicates a potential deal. The team has just over $2 million in cap space, while Nash carries a hit of $7.8 million.

Nash is in his sixth season with the Rangers and is just two goals shy of his 12th 20-goal campaign.

The Bruins look to be going all-in heading into the playoffs. The club currently sits second in the Eastern Conference, just three points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot.

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Devils co-owner Harris says Hynes’ contract was extended earlier in season

The New Jersey Devils extended the contract of head coach John Hynes earlier in the season, co-owner Josh Harris said, according to northjersey.com's Andrew Gross.

Hynes was reportedly in the final year of a three-year contract, which he signed when he joined the team back in 2015, according to NJ.com's Chris Ryan.

In three years as the head coach of the Devils, Hynes has put up a record of 97-98-30 in 225 games. The team currently sits in the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, looking to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

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Watch: Devils raise Patrik Elias’ No. 26 to rafters

The New Jersey Devils paid the ultimate tribute to their all-time leading scorer Saturday night.

Patrik Elias watched as his No. 26 ascended to the rafters at the Prudential Center following a lengthy pregame ceremony.

Elias helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. He's the franchise leader in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, power-play goals, hat tricks, and shots on goal.

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Sabres’ Kane a healthy scratch vs. Capitals as trade deadline nears

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane will not be in the lineup Saturday when his team faces the Washington Capitals.

It's a precautionary move with the veteran winger likely on the move ahead of Monday's trade deadline.

Kane has tallied 20 goals and 20 assists through 61 games this year. He can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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Report: Gionta drawing interest from a couple of Eastern teams

Brian Gionta is drawing interest from a couple of teams in the Eastern Conference, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.

The Boston Bruins are believed to be one of the teams in the mix for the 39-year-old, LeBrun adds.

Gionta is fresh off representing USA as team captain at PyeongChang 2018, recording no points in five games as his squad failed to qualify for the medal round. However, while overseas, his agent was in talks with NHL teams about landing his client a job.

The veteran winger last played in the NHL in 2016-17, recording 15 goals and 20 assists in 82 contests with the Buffalo Sabres. He has over 1,000 games under his belt, and an additional 112 coming in the playoffs.

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Oilers trade Brandon Davidson to Islanders for draft pick

The Edmonton Oilers traded defenseman Brandon Davidson to the New York Islanders for a third-round draft pick in 2019, the teams announced Saturday.

The left-handed blue-liner has bounced between Edmonton and Montreal over the past year, first via trade and then on waivers.

Davidson is set to become a restricted free agent at season's end after his current deal - which carries a cap hit of $1.425 million - expires.

With the trade, the Islanders continued their quest to secure a playoff spot and shore up a position of weakness.

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