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Blackhawks face Wild for last time during regular season

In 2011, the Minnesota Wild gave the Blackhawks a gift: by beating the Dallas Stars in their final game of the season, it sent Chicago to the playoffs.

This past week, the Wild again secured the Blackhawks a playoff berth with a win. However, this time, Chicago was already sitting in a comfortable position; it was just a matter of clinching.

The two Central division rivals face off for the last time of the regular season on Thursday night at the United Center. Both teams are under .500 for their past ten games; the Wild have gone 4-4-2 and the Blackhawks have gone 4-5-1.

Chicago would like to get two points to keep their hope of home ice in the playoffs alive. ...

Catching Up With Brian Boucher

Last Thursday, I spoke on the phone with former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.

Boucher retired from hockey back in October when he was released from EV Zug, a team from the National League A in Switzerland after playing five games.

I called Boucher for a different story I was doing for the Press of Atlantic City. Along with a handful of Flyers and New Jersey Devils alumni, Boucher was playing in the Red Line Classic: Battle of the Boards at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sunday. Team Orange, the team Boucher played on, beat Team White 8-7.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Reach Agreement With ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors

The Flyers have reached an agreement with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL to be its affiliate for the 2013-14 season.

Under the agreement, the Flyers will be able to assign players to Greenville who are under contract with the Flyers or the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

Harper and Cepis share ECHL Player of the Week Honors

Two Trenton Titans forwards shared ECHL Player of the Week honors. Shane Harper (7G 6A 13P, 4GP) and Jacob Cepis (5G 9A 14P, 4GP) became the first ECHL players since the 07-08 campaign to share player of the week honors.

(Photo: Jacob Cepis skates during warmups before the home finale on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Photo by Matt Bernot)

Harper's Hat Trick Nails Wheeling

The Trenton Titans finished up the home portion of their schedule with a 7-2 dismantling of the Wheeling Nailers.

Shane Harper had his second consecutive hat trick and Jacob Cepis added six points of his own. Flyers prospect, Blake Kessel had three assists as well. Scott Wedgewood stopped 33 of 35 shots in the win.

Titans Drive Nailers out of the Playoff Hunt

The Trenton Titans put the final nail in the coffin of Wheeling’s playoff plans with a 5-2 win Friday night in Trenton. Since the Titans were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night with a loss in Elmira, they’ve embraced the role of spoiler.

Titans Loss Dims Playoff Hopes

The Titans small playoff hopes dimmed further as they fell to Elmira 6-3 Sunday afternoon.

The Titans opened the scoring early as Andrew Johnston buried the puck on a netmouth scramble in front. Off the ensuing faceoff, the Titans drew a penalty to Jordon Southorn for roughing giving them a chance to go up 2-0 early and bury the game.

Titans Spin Past Cyclones in Shootout

It took a shootout in Trenton, but the Titans defeated the visiting Cyclones 2-1 Friday night.

Bryan Haczyk opened the scoring early on a powerplay goal assisted by Blake Kessel and Andy Bohmbach.

Photo: Cal Heeter warms up prior to the game.

Titans Power Down Solar Bears

It took 19 seconds for the Titans to get on the board Sunday afternoon in Trenton against the Orlando Solar Bears when Mike Ulrich beat Zoltan Hetenyi to make it 1-0. The Titans would not take the foot off the gas and cruised to an easy 6-1 win.

(Pictured: Brooks Ostergard during warmups prior to the game. Photo by Matt Bernot)

Schultz Record Tying Night Downs Reading

On a rainy night in Trenton, the only thing raining the arena were Titans goals as Trenton shutout Reading 6-0. Stephen Schultz had a fantastic effort, tying an ECHL record with four power play goals and Scott Wedgewood posted his first professional shutout with 29 saves in the win.

Pictured: Titans players during warmups prior to Saturday's game against Reading, photo by Matt Bernot