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Posted On Sunday, 05.24.2015 / 10:37 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Oshawa earns spot in Memorial Cup semifinal

Defenseman Stephen Desrocher, a prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, scored at 18:07 of overtime to give the Oshawa Generals a 5-4 victory against the host Quebec Remparts on Sunday at the 2015 Memorial Cup, played at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Oshawa's Cole Cassels (Vancouver Canucks) beat Quebec's Kurt Etchegary on a faceoff on the right side of the Quebec zone, winning the puck back to Desrocher, No. 145 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 draft. Desrocher gloved the puck, dropped it on his stick, cut around a rushing Etchegary and found space in the right circle. His high shot beat Quebec goaltender Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) under the crossbar, past his glove.

"All the boys played a great game, and I guess I was the lucky guy to get the final one," Desrocher said, according to The Canadian Press. "I knew I didn't have a shooting lane at first and I tried to get around a guy and just tried to get it on net and it went in."

Posted On Saturday, 05.23.2015 / 9:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Oshawa holds on for Memorial Cup win vs. Rimouski

Hunter Smith (Calgary Flames) scored to break a 3-3 tie at 9:24 of the third period and the Oshawa Generals beat the Rimouski Oceanic 4-3 at the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Smith dumped the puck in on Rimouski goaltender Philippe Desrosiers (Dallas Stars), and then the 6-foot-7, 208-pound forward fought through two Rimouski players to get to the puck and push it past Desrosiers.

Tobias Lindberg (Ottawa Senators), Michael Dal Colle (New York Islanders) and Stephen Desrocher also scored for Oshawa, the champions of the Ontario Hockey League. Goaltender Ken Appleby made 19 saves.

Tyler Boland, Alexis Loiseau and Jan Kostalek (Winnipeg Jets) scored for Rimouski, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion. Desrosiers made 33 saves.

Posted On Friday, 05.22.2015 / 11:22 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Quebec opens Memorial Cup by edging Kelowna

Vladimir Tkachev, a prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, had two assists to help the host Quebec Remparts to a 4-3 win against the Kelowna Rockets in the opening game of the Memorial Cup, played at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Defensemen Nikolas BrouillardMatt Murphy and Ryan Graves (New York Rangers) and forward Adam Erne(Tampa Bay Lightning) scored for the Remparts. Goaltender Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) made 25 saves.

The game was Quebec's first since a double-overtime loss at home in Game 7 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final to the Rimouski Oceanic on May 18.

"We have a good group and they bounced back well," Quebec coach Philippe Boucher said, according to Canadian Press.

Nicholas Merkley, No. 23 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 draft, had a goal and an assist for Kelowna, the Western Hockey League champions. Gage Quinney and Leon Draisaitl(Edmonton Oilers) also scored for Kelowna. Goaltender Jackson Whistle made 27 saves.

Posted On Friday, 05.22.2015 / 6:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Friday, May 22

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Posted On Friday, 05.22.2015 / 2:07 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Waterloo's Boeser named to USHL All-Rookie team

Waterloo Black Hawks forward Brock Boeser, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, was named to the United States Hockey League All-Rookie First Team on Friday.

Boeser, a 6-foot, 191-pound right wing, is No. 27 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 draft. He tied for the USHL lead with 35 goals, and was third with 68 points in 57 games. His 15 power-play goals were second in the league, and his 32 power-play points were tied for first. He had 10 multigoal games, including three hat tricks.

He's committed to attend the University of North Dakota next season.

Posted On Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 10:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Carle questionable for Game 4

The status of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle is unknown heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Amalie Arena on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"No update," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Thursday. "What's the line? Day-to-day, but then again, aren't we all?"

Carle left Game 3 at 9:55 of the first period following a collision in the neutral zone with New York Rangers center Derek Stepan. It appeared Carle was trying to go to the bench for a line change as Stepan was curling back to go into the New York zone.

Carle played three shifts totaling 1:36 in the first period. He entered the game averaging 17:34 of ice time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and has played in each of Tampa Bay's 16 games. He has two assists and is minus-6.


Posted On Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 5:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Thursday, May 21

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Babcock intends to change culture of Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs new coach Mike Babcock was introduced Thursday at a press conference and will be tasked with turning around a franchise that has missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs nine out of the past 10 seasons.

Three keys for Blackhawks, Ducks to winning Game 3
With the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks coming off a triple-overtime thriller, NHL.com has three keys for each to be successful as the series shifts to United Center for Game 3.
Posted On Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 2:47 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Eichel, Connor named USA Hockey award winners

USA Hockey on Thursday named Boston University center Jack Eichel and Youngstown Phantoms forward Kyle Connor, each projected first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, as 2014-15 award winners.

Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 draft, was named College Hockey Player of the Year. Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking, won the Dave Tyler Award as the top American-born player in junior hockey.

They will be honored at USA Hockey's President's Awards Gala on June 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 6:27 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Wednesday, May 20

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TRENDING:

Babcock hired by Maple Leafs as coach
Toronto Maple Leafs name Mike Babcock head coach, receiving a reported eight-year contract. He will be introduced at a Thursday AM press conference.

Three keys for Lightning, Rangers to winning Game 3
With the Eastern Conference tied at 1-1, NHL.com has three keys for the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning to win Game 3 on Wednesday.

Blues name Brodeur assistant general manager
Martin Brodeur will stay in the Blues front office, agreeing to a three-year deal as the team's assistant general manager.

Don Sweeney named Bruins general manager
Don Sweeney was introduced Wednesday as the eighth general manager in Boston Bruins history, replacing Peter Chiarelli.

Ducks not dwelling on marathon loss
The Anaheim Ducks lost their second game of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday. And like the first, which also was in overtime, the Ducks are looking to respond with a win in the following game.



NEWS:

Hammond, Senators agree on three-year contract
Goaltender Andrew Hammond and the Ottawa Senators agreed to terms Wednesday on a three-year contract.

Foligno named sixth captain in Blue Jackets history
Nick Foligno was named the sixth captain in the history of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

Flyers sign Russian defenseman Medvedev
Philadelphia Flyers sign 6'3", 187-pound defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev, who spent the last seven years playing in the KHL.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Tuesday, May 19.

FEATURES:

Analysis: Babcock to face uphill battle with Toronto
New Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is taking on the greatest challenge of his career in the National Hockey League.

Blashill candidate to become Red Wings coach
Jeff Blashill, coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, could be the leading candidate to replace Mike Babcock as Detroit Red Wings coach.

Red Wings GM moving forward without Babcock
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland stressed that the team is looking ahead to the future after the departure of their longtime coach.

Mike Babcock career timeline
A look at the career of Mike Babcock, who was named coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Chabot: Ducks must stick to their blueprint for Game 3
The Ducks played a strong Game 2, according to Frederic Chabot, and don't need to change their plan when they travel to United Center for Game 3 to face the Blackhawks.

Talbot: Bruins can compete for Cup under Sweeney
Max Talbot said the Bruins are ready to compete for the Stanley Cup and it's an exciting time to be a Bruin with GM Don Sweeney at the helm.

Noel: Blackhawks special teams critical in Game 2
Claude Noel provides exclusive insight on the Western Conference Final matchup and what he saw specifically in Game 2.

Crawford comes up big for Blackhawks in Game 2
Corey Crawford
Goalie - CHI
RECORD: 6-2
GAA: 2.32 | SVP: .925
Corey Crawford has been stellar since reclaiming the Chicago Blackhawks' No. 1 goalie job, never better than in a Game 2 triple-overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks.

Blackhawks show character in marathon Game 2 win
The Chicago Blackhawks have earned their share of character while making five trips to the Western Conference Final and claiming the Stanley Cup twice during the past seven seasons. They put every ounce of that hard-earned character on display Tuesday.

Shaw's head-butt goal remarkable, but disallowed
Andrew Shaw's head-butt effort might be one of the most remarkable disallowed goals in NHL history.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks forward Palmieri shows willingness to shoot
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Rangers' Brassard tried to steal Stamkos' stick
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Lightning's Boyle a new father, expected in for Game 3
Brian Boyle participated in the Lightning's optional morning skate Wednesday for the first time as a new father and is expected to play in Game 3.

Rangers' St. Louis eager to break out of slump
More than a month has passed since New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis scored a goal.

Ducks' Andersen makes 53 saves in Game 2 loss
Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen made 53 saves but took the loss in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Lightning
Kevin Weeks shares his pluses and minuses for the Rangers and Lightning entering Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.


Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 6:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Tuesday, May 19

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TRENDING:

McLellan named coach of Oilers
Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan to take over behind Edmonton's bench.

Babcock in contract talks with Sabres: report
Mike Babcock is discussing a potential contract with the Buffalo Sabres to become their coach, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Three keys for Ducks, Blackhawks to winning Game 2
As the Chicago Blackhawks look to even up the Western Conference Final, the Anaheim Ducks chase a 2-0 lead. NHL.com has three keys to success for each.

Johnson, Lightning answer challenge with Game 2 win
Tampa Bay jumped on Tyler Johnson's diminutive shoulders in Game 2 on Monday and looked like they could be good enough to win the Stanley Cup in a 6-2 victory against the New York Rangers.



NEWS:

Foligno to be named Blue Jackets captain: report
The Columbus Blue Jackets will name forward Nick Foligno their next captain, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The Blue Jackets have announced a press conference for Wednesday where he is expected to be unveiled.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Monday, May 18.

FEATURES:

Lightning stress there's no time for letdown in Game 3
The Tampa Bay Lightning solved the riddle of Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2 but know there's no time for a letdown as the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers shifts to Amalie Arena.

Farrish: Rangers weren't ready for Lightning's push
Dave Farrish believes the New York Rangers had it a bit to easy in their Game 1 win and weren't prepared for the Tampa Bay Lightning's response in Game 2.

Rangers hit the road after another home split
For the third straight series, the New York Rangers hit the road after splitting the first two games at Madison Square Garden -- this time against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

Special teams help Lightning win Game 2, tie series
The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four special-teams goals to defeat the New York Rangers 6-2 in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks know momentum is fleeting entering Game 2
The Ducks are 9-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the idea of game-to-game momentum was not a rallying cry Tuesday.

Memorial Cup offers plenty to 2015 draft prospects
Several high-profile players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft will play in the 97th Memorial Cup tournament beginning on Friday.

After penalty, Boyle gives Lightning boost
Brian Boyle helped the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the New York Rangers 6-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday.


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