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Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 7:41 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Marleau hopes to remain with Sharks

LAS VEGAS -- San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is prepared for general manager Doug Wilson to attempt to make changes to the club's roster, leadership hierarchy and dressing-room culture this offseason.

He isn't prepared to be a victim of those changes.

"I want to play in San Jose," Marleau said Monday at Media Day for the NHL Awards, where he is up for the Lady Byng Trophy. "I want to win there."

Marleau said he and San Jose captain Joe Thornton, the Sharks' longest tenured players, have already discussed next season and getting back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs to make amends for the team's collapse against the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose blew a 3-0 lead and lost to the Kings in seven games in the Western Conference First Round.

"We're looking forward to next year," Marleau said of him and Thornton. "It's going to [stink] having to go through all the 82 games to get back in the playoffs to get to that point to actually do something about it."


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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 6:24 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers sure Game 5 'is going to work out fine'

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault talked about the hockey gods after a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. He talked about how he's a believer in them, and how they were there for the Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Now, on Friday the 13th, with the Rangers again trying to extend the Stanley Cup Final in Game 5 at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), what does the coach think the hockey gods might have in store?

"I'm sure it's a good day," he said before laughing during his press conference more than two hours before game time. "Everything is going to work out fine."


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Posted On Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 1:14 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers look for some puck luck in must-win Game 4

NEW YORK -- Each player who spoke in the New York Rangers dressing room after Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday was asked about the Los Angeles Kings' first goal, the one that came off Jeff Carter's stick with 0.8 seconds remaining before the first intermission.

Each answer was different.

Marc Staal described it as "obviously one that hurts." Henrik Lundqvist referred to it as a "tough play." Rick Nash called it "a huge momentum swing for them."

But Dan Girardi described the goal that went in off his skate as one that defines "exactly how the series is going for us right now, a couple bad bounces."

"At some point it's going to go our way," he added.


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Posted On Saturday, 06.07.2014 / 7:17 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers defenseman John Moore in for Game 2

LOS ANGELES -- After being suspended for the past two games, New York Rangers defenseman John Moore was back in the lineup Saturday for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (NBC, CBC, RDS).

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Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 7:43 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers' Lundqvist excited by magnitude of Final

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been at the center of some big events during his career; he's made three trips to the Winter Olympics and three to All-Star Weekend.

But he's found out in the past week the Stanley Cup Final is in its own class.

"I think it's a mix of a little bit of everything being here," Lundqvist said Friday. "I told someone it feels like you're at All-Star Weekend because there's so much media that normally you don't see. There are a lot of people that come up and ask you different types of questions right now.

"But then at the same time you're really focused on what you need to do. So it's a mix of being in the Olympics, being at All-Star Weekend. But it's fun. It's a lot to take in, but it's also exciting to just see a different side. It's still the same game, but it's a lot going on."


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Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 7:42 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Moore expected to return for Rangers in Game 2

LOS ANGELES -- It didn't require much detective work Friday to figure out that defenseman John Moore will be back in the New York Rangers' lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at Staples Center (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Moore missed New York's past two games, including a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1 of this best-of-7 series, while sitting out a suspension issued by the NHL. He was back skating on the Rangers' third defense pair with Kevin Klein in practice Friday.

Neither coach Alain Vigneault nor Moore officially said the 23-year-old would play Saturday, but all indications are he will replace Raphael Diaz.


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Posted On Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 6:14 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Vigneault hints Moore will return to Rangers lineup

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault hinted that defenseman John Moore, who has served his two-game suspension, could be back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Moore was suspended for an illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. He had played in 17 of New York's 19 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to that point.

Vigneault liked having Moore in the lineup playing with Kevin Klein because it gave the Rangers three lefty-righty defense pairs.

"Johnny's played some good hockey for us," Vigneault said. "He skates with the puck well. He's a left-handed D. I think it's easy to go D-to-D when you have right- and left-handers. Johnny has been one of our consistent six defensemen that we've rolled all year."


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 8:52 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Gretzky drops puck for Cup Final opening faceoff

LOS ANGELES -- Wayne Gretzky has roots all over the Stanley Cup Final, so it was only fitting that "The Great One" stood at center ice to get the festivities started Wednesday with Game 1 at Staples Center.

Gretzky was honored by the NHL and two of his former teams, the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers, as the person selected to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff between New York alternate captain Brad Richards and L.A. captain Dustin Brown.


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 6:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Leneveu to dress as Lundqvist's backup in Game 1

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and will not dress as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

David Leneveu will serve as Lundqvist's backup, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. Vigneault did not provide a further update on Talbot's status other than to say he's day-to-day.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 8:33 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings' Quick says he's OK after scare at practice

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's preparations for the Stanley Cup Final were cut short Tuesday when he had to leave practice early after being struck by a shot in the area near his collarbone.

But Quick put to rest any questions about his availability for Game 1 against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS) by quickly answering the first two questions in his media day press conference.


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