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The Devils couldn’t hold a third period lead and fell to the Penguins in overtime, 4-3, on a world-class goal from Sidney Crosby. Thankfully, the Panthers didn’t make up any ground, as they managed only an overtime loss as well on Thursday. [The Record] [NJ.com]
Will Butcher is just dishing ‘em out this season:
Will Butcher is the fourth rookie defenseman in @NJDevils / Rockies / Scouts franchise history to reach the 40-point mark in a season and first since Scott Niedermayer in 1992-93 (11-29—40). #NHLStats #PITvsNJD pic.twitter.com/6twcZ85LnM— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 30, 2018
Will Butcher hit the 40-point mark tonight, which triggers one of his Schedule A bonuses for a payout of $212,500.#NJDevils— Devils Insiders (@DevilsInsiders) March 30, 2018
In his “31 Things” column, Elliotte Friedman presents an interesting MLB-style roster concept the NHL could consider: Teams would keep an in-game roster of 18 skaters and two goalies, but coaches could insert their healthy scratch players into the game. Like in baseball, once a player was swapped out, he couldn’t return. What do you think? [Sportsnet]
In other Blackhawks news: The team’s emergency goaltender, a 36-year-old accountant, was called into action to close out his team’s game on Thursday. Scott Foster slammed the door shut and now has a story for life. [TSN]
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