Wild’s Parise day to day, Game 1 status unknown

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is listed as day to day with an undisclosed injury that forced him to sit out the regular-season finale.

As coaches are wont to do this time of year, John Torchetti wouldn't comment on whether the winger would be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs later this week.

Minnesota is set to play the Dallas Stars in the opening round, and will need all hands on deck in order to keep up with that high-flying offense.

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Eichel needs ‘a little break,’ to skip World Championship

It's been a long year for Jack Eichel.

Over the past 12 months, he's gone from the NCAA Frozen Four Final to the 2015 IIHF World Championship to the NHL Entry Draft, then through the rigors of his first NHL training camp and his first 81 regular-season pro games.

So as the Buffalo Sabres forward wrapped up his rookie season with exit meetings Sunday, he said he won't be representing the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

"I think it’s time for me to take a little break and unwind a little bit here, kind of take a deep breath for the first time in a while," Eichel told reporters.

"It’s important mentally, physically, emotionally to take some time, be with your family, collect yourself, put the hockey bag away, stay out of the gym. Just relax a little bit, rejuvenate your mind, rejuvenate your body and prepare for your offseason training the right way where you can get the maximum results to help you come back next season feeling better than ever and hopefully take that next step."

Eichel will, however, resume play prior to next season's training camp as a feature member of Team North America at the World Cup.

The 19-year-old recorded 24 goals and 32 assists with 238 shots as a rookie.

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5 best flows of the NHL season

With the playoffs now just days away, players and extreme fans will now embark on the greatest of sports traditions, the playoff beard.

However, before we get to bask in some beautiful Viking-style beards and whatever Sidney Crosby grows, lets take some time to recognize some of the most beautiful flows that came from the heads of NHL greats.

Here are this season's five best flows:

Jaromir Jagr

This season Jaromir Jagr really turned back the clock.

While the Florida Panthers star - at 44 years old - lead his team with 66 points and finished second with 27 goals, he has also brought back his signature mullet which he made so famous in the early 90s.

Pure beauty.

Matt Martin

Matt Martin's hair is a hit, fitting for the man who leads the NHL in that very category.

The New York Islanders bruiser has locks that go on for days, but his rough play has not made his flow any less memorizing. Especially while Martin has participated in 11 fights this season, second amongst all skaters.

Henrik Lundqvist

Look at Henrik Lundqvist, and now look in the mirror... sorry. The main man on Broadway is one good looking specimen and his most deadly attribute - next to stopping pucks - is his hair.

Lundqvist fittingly has a flow fit for a king. The New York Rangers goaltender is never out of any game and that is because his flow always comes to play.

Braden Holtby

It must be a goalie thing.

While the Washington Capitals goaltender matched Martin Brodeur's single-season record with 48 wins, there is something Braden Holtby does have the Brodeur never did, a luscious flow.

Holtby's hair is one of the newest and easily one of the game's best. The secret obviously being the strange amount of water he seems to always be dowsing it with.

Brent Burns

What do you get when you cross "beauty" with "terror"? Bear, and that is exactly what Brent Burns immortalizes with his impeccable beard-flow combo.

While his beard garners most of the conversation - and anything else it comes into contact with - his flowing hear atop his head is almost just as impressive. It's quite easy to see why he has been recreated in chia pet form.

Honorable Mentions

Sonny Milano

William Nylander

Both Nylander and Milano stepped into the NHL this season and have looked good doing it. Both still have much to learn about the league and what it takes to stick with their respective clubs.

But lets be honest many veterans could learn a thing or two from these rookie dews.

*Note Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang were not considered due to some unfortunate hair cuts.

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Laich confident of Maple Leafs’ return, tries not to think about Capitals

Brooks Laich believe he'll be back with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season.

The veteran forward, who's contract has one year remaining, met with management Sunday and is pretty sure his services will be retained after receiving positive feedback about his time in Toronto.

Whether he'll be able to stomach watching the Washington Capitals fight for the Stanley Cup remains to be determined, however.

Laich was sent to Toronto by Washington prior to the trade deadline. He recorded one goals and six assists while averaging a shade under 14 minutes in 21 games with the Maple Leafs.

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Report: Canadiens’ Pateryn avoids hearing for hit on Lightning’s Johnson

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Greg Pateryn won't face a hearing from the NHL following an injurious hit levied against the Tampa Bay Lightning's Tyler Johnson on Saturday:

Pateryn received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit, while Johnson was helped off the ice and was unable to return with what was called an upper-body injury.

No update is expected on Johnson's condition until Monday.

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Senators name Pierre Dorion GM, Bryan Murray takes advisory role

The Ottawa Senators have wasted no time in shaking up the front office.

General manager Bryan Murray has announced he's stepping down as general manager, handing the reins to Pierre Dorion, who had been serving as assistant GM since 2014.

The news came less than than 24 hours after the Senators won their season finale and knocked Boston out of playoff contention.

Murray, who's engaged in an ongoing battle with Stage 4 colon cancer, has been contemplating such a move for over a year. He's served as Ottawa's GM since 2007, taking on the role shortly after coaching the team to a Stanley Cup Final appearance that spring.

Dorion becomes the eighth general manager after two years as an assistant and serving as the team's director of player personnel prior to that.

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Super Structure: Ovechkin begins big night with blocker-side one-timer

Alex Ovechkin did it again.

Entering Saturday's game in St. Louis - Game 82 on the regular-season schedule - the Washington Capitals superstar winger sat on 47 goals, thereby needing a hat trick to record the seventh 50-goal season of his career.

In the end, Ovechkin did indeed score three goals on the night to hit the milestone, a feat spurred on by a first-period goal scored from an all-too-familiar spot: The blocker side faceoff circle.

Here's how it happened.

With teammate Nicklas Backstrom (19) and Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) chasing the puck in the right corner, Ovechkin skated unchecked around the far post, ready to take possession should it bounce his way.

Having made his way to the near post, and with his eyes ever on the puck, Ovechkin watched as T.J. Oshie (77) knocked the puck loose before being tied by up Carl Gunnarsson (4) along the boards.

As Backstrom gathered the puck and passed it back to defenseman John Carlson (74), Ovechkin - now shadowed by Blues forward Troy Brouwer - circled backwards around the front of the net and closer to his office.

Carlson received the pass and got himself in position to either pass or shoot, drawing the full attention of no fewer than four Blues skaters, as well as goaltender Brian Elliott, who squared up to make a save attempt.

Meanwhile, Ovechkin, again unchecked, positioned himself for a scoring chance.

Carlson has played with Ovechkin long enough to know what to do next, and therefore made the wise choice to dish the puck to the expectant winger.

To no one's surprise, Ovechkin was able to take advantage of the open space to Elliott's right, and promptly deposited the puck into the back of the net for his first of the night and 48th of the season.

At this point in his career, it's astonishing Ovechkin can continue to fire at will from this spot, but here he was able to do it against a team that sits third overall in the NHL standings and tied for fourth in goals against.

It's but one reason why only Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy have recorded more 50-goal seasons than Ovechkin, who, at age 30, has a ways to go before he's done terrorizing the opposition.

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Carey Price thanks fans for support in injury-plagued season

Carey Price appreciates the love shown to him through a difficult season.

The reigning NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner, who was limited to 12 games in 2015-16 due to a knee injury, took a moment Sunday to thank Montreal Canadiens' fans who supported him over the past several months:

Price doesn't require surgery, and is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, preceded by a possible appearance at the 2016 World Cup in September.

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VIDEO: DiCaprio plays ‘catch me if you can’ with camera at Islanders game

In perhaps his greatest acting performance yet, Leonardo DiCaprio pretended not to be at a New York Islanders game.

The Oscar-winning actor was spotted sitting next to good friend and "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly at Barclays' Center on Saturday, but tried to keep a low profile by hiding underneath his hat.

The Islanders have certainly experienced some growing pains over the years, but the faithful revenant among the fan base - Connolly chief among them - is set to enjoy another playoff appearance. Hopefully it won't be a titanic failure, giving DiCaprio another chance to play "catch me if you can" with the cameraman in later rounds.

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