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Posted On Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 6:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Jagr wins MVP, named to all-star team at Worlds

Jaromir Jagr (Florida Panthers) was voted most valuable player of the 2015 IIHF World Championship, the last tournament the 43-year-old forward says he’ll play in for the Czech Republic.

Jagr had six goals and three assists in 10 games for the host Czechs, who lost 3-0 to the United States on Sunday in the bronze-medal game.

In addition to choosing Jagr as MVP, the media voted Jagr, U.S. goalie Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets), Canada defenseman Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Sweden defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes), Canada forward Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) and Canada forward Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) to the Worlds all-star team.

Posted On Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 1:46 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Hellebuyck leads U.S. to Worlds bronze with shutout

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) made 39 saves to lead the United States to a 3-0 win against the Czech Republic in the bronze-medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Championship on Sunday in a game played at O2 Arena in Prague.

Nick Bonino (Vancouver Canucks) and Charlie Coyle (Minnesota Wild) each had a goal and an assist for the U.S. Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles Kings) also scored.

Czech Republic goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (Winnipeg Jets) made 13 saves.

Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 4:41 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Russia beats U.S., will face Canada for gold at Worlds

Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) had a goal and an assist in a four-goal third period that carried defending champion Russia past the United States 4-0 on Saturday in the second semifinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Russia will play Canada in the gold-medal game Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN). Canada remained unbeaten in the tournament by defeating the Czech Republic 2-0 in the first semifinal at O2 Arena. The Czech Republic and the U.S. will play for the bronze medal at 10:15 a.m. ET on Sunday.

"It's always great in a final when Russia and Canada play," Russian captain Ilya Kovalchuk told the IIHF website. "It will be very interesting. I think it will be a very exciting game. I'm excited."

Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 12:39 PM

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

Lightning's Brian Boyle to miss Game 1 with injury

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) because of an unspecified injury.

Boyle is day-to-day, according to the Lightning.

Boyle, who played five seasons for the Rangers before signing with the Lightning last summer, played all 82 regular-season games and had 15 goals and nine assists. He has one goal and one assist in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 10:06 PM

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

McDavid's season ends with loss in OHL Final

Connor McDavid, the top-ranked North American skater for next month's NHL Draft, saw his junior hockey season end Friday when the Erie Otters were eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League Final by the Oshawa Generals.

McDavid, the OHL playoff scoring leader, was held off the scoresheet in a 6-2 loss to the Generals in Game 5 at Oshawa. He finished the playoffs with 49 points in 20 games, two short of the League record set by Justin Papineau of the Belleville Bulls 16 years ago. McDavid won the 99 Trophy as playoff MVP.

Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 9:26 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Plekanec joins Czech Republic for semifinal

Center Tomas Plekanec joined the Czech Republic for its semifinal game against Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, the Montreal Canadiens said Friday.

The winner of the Czech Republic-Canada game Saturday will play the winner of the other semifinal between Russia and the United States in the gold-medal game Sunday.

Plekanec had one goal and four points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Canadiens, who were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. He had 24 goals and 60 points in 82 games in the regular season.

Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 6:18 PM

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

ICYMI: Friday, May 15

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



TRENDING:

Closer Look: Ducks must use size at Blackhawks net
Whether the Anaheim Ducks' top line can assert itself in front of the Chicago Blackhawks net will go a long way to determining the winner of the Western Conference Final.

Rangers' St. Louis all business with Lightning on tap
New York Rangers wing Martin St. Louis, once the face of the Tampa Bay Lightning, now faces them with a berth in the Stanley Cup Final at stake.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Bishop
NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalies in the Eastern Conference Final, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Babcock to make decision within week: report

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose contract expires at the end of June, said Friday in an interview with Darren Dreger of TSN that he expects make a decision about his next job within the next week.

Therrien, coaching staff will return for Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien and the rest of his staff will return for the 2015-16 season, general manager Marc Bergevin said Friday.



NEWS:

Blue Jackets will name captain next week: report
The Columbus Blue Jackets have decided on a captain and will name him before next season, president of hockey operations John Davidson said late last month.

Avalanche sign Martinsen to one-year contract
The Norwegian forward represented his country at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

FEATURES:

Blackhawks' Crawford bounces back from benching
Corey Crawford's start to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs was so turbulent that it probably would've crushed the confidence of many goalies. Lucky for the Chicago Blackhawks, Crawford is resilient.

Rangers' Fast making smart plays to be X-factor
New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast has been making smart plays on the ice and is an x-factor in the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Strangis: For Hawks' Richards, past defines present
Ralph Strangis: Chicago Blackhawks forward Brad Richards' present is defined by his past.

Former Rangers on Lightning look forward to series
Brian Boyle
Center - TBL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 2
SOG: 24 | +/-: -2
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle, right wing Ryan Callahan and defenseman Anton Stralman each played an important role with their former team, the New York Rangers, who they will play in the Eastern Conference Final.

Ovechkin to help Russia challenge U.S. in semifinals
Alex Ovechkin has joined Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship and got in some skating Friday ahead of their semifinal Saturday against the United States.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Top scorer Corey Perry returns to practice for Ducks
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry, the leading scorer through two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, returned to practice Friday.

Lightning's Bishop making name known in playoffs
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has made a name for himself in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1.81 goals-against average through 13 games.

Lightning power play on roll entering East Final
The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers with plenty of confidence on the power play.

Lightning's Callahan practices, could play in Game 1
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan would like nothing more than to return to the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Rangers' Dan Boyle practices, 'all good' for Game 1
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle practiced Friday and is "all good" for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, coach Alain Vigneault said.

First round of 2015 NHL Draft coming into form
With the start of the conference finals, the full order of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft is coming into form.

Friday Four: Canadiens have work to do
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes looks at four teams that made the second round of the playoffs, two of which advanced and two that didn't.

U.S., Canada look to advance to championship game
The United States and Canada on Saturday will look to advance to the championship game at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.


Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 5:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Top scorer Corey Perry returns to practice for Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry participated in practice Friday and said he will be ready to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"It was good," Perry said. "It was exciting. I was excited. Everything went well. It was great to get on the ice again."

Perry sustained an apparent leg injury when he collided with Matt Stajan of the Calgary Flames in the second period of Game 5 of their second-round series Sunday. Perry hobbled off the ice and went to the trainer's room but returned and scored the series-winning goal in overtime.

Perry did not skate the four days previous to Friday and said he benefitted from the rest.

"The next couple of days, it did what it did," Perry said. "But everything was good. Everything was fine and we're moving on and I'll be ready.

"Every day it's getting better. That's all I really have."

Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 6:32 PM

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

ICYMI: Thursday, May 14

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



TRENDING:

Preview: Rangers face Lightning in return trip to ECF
The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will play in the Eastern Conference Final. NHL.com previews the series.

Lightning's Callahan possible for Game 1 vs. Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan participated in an optional practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision for Game 1 against the New York Rangers.

Lundqvist, Perry among Conn Smythe candidates
New York Rangers goalie Henirk Lundqvist and Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry are among the candidates to win the Conn Smythe Trophy race.

Lighter Jagr helps Czechs reach semifinals at Worlds
Jaromir Jagr shed more than 20 pounds to gain some speed for the stretch run of the NHL season with the Florida Panthers, and it's helped him at the IIHF World Championship.



NEWS:

Senators owner Melnyk in need of liver transplant
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in need of a liver transplant, team president Cyril Leeder said Thursday.

Howe to be honored with new Detroit River bridge
A new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Canucks sign defenseman Jordan Subban
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed defenseman Jordan Subban.

Ducks sign Kase to entry-level contract
The Ducks have signed left wing Ondrej Kase to a three-year entry-level contract beginning in the 2015-16 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Wednesday, May 13.

Conference Finals schedule
NHL dates, times, national broadcast information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals.

FEATURES:

Sharp, scoring again, integral to Blackhawks' success
Patrick Sharp
Left Wing - CHI
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 9
SOG: 33 | +/-: 3
Patrick Sharp is scoring goals on a regular basis in the Stanley Cup Playoffs again, and that's good news for the Chicago Blackhawks heading into the Western Conference Final.

Crosby hoping to help Canada end drought at Worlds
Sidney Crosby is playing in only his second World Championship and hoping to lead Canada to its first gold medal since 2007 in Moscow.

Farrish: Lundqvist, Rangers unbreakable, resilient
Dave Farrish found three things about the Rangers that impress him the most: Henrik Lundqvist, their overall team speed and their remarkable resiliency.

Lightning's Callahan has motivation to be X-factor
The return of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan from an emergency appendectomy to face his former team, the New York Rangers, is a key Eastern Conference Final storyline.

Hayes gives Rangers lift into conference final
The New York Rangers needed a spark in Game 7 against the Washington Capitals and got it via a power-play goal from rookie forward Kevin Hayes to even the score.

Five reasons Capitals were eliminated from playoffs
Not enough production from their star players and an impotent power play were among the reasons for the Washington Capitals elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Five reasons Rangers advanced to Eastern Final
Strong play by goalie Henrik Lundqvist and forward Chris Kreider are among the reasons the New York Rangers are back in the Eastern Conference Final.

Svechnikov joined Cape Breton to get closer to NHL
Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Evgeni Svechnikov joined Cape Breton of the QMJHL so he could be closer to his goal of reaching the NHL.

Resilient Rangers adept at overcoming adversity
The New York Rangers are back in the Eastern Conference Final for a second straight season because for a second straight season they found a way to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the second round.

Rangers see a lot of themselves in speedy Lightning
Familiarity won't be an issue for the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, even though they haven't played the Tampa Bay Lightning since Dec. 1.

Ovechkin, Capitals edged by Rangers again
Alex Ovechkin scored a goal, but the Washington Capitals lost another Game 7 to the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Lundqvist comes up big again in Game 7 for Rangers
Henrik Lundqvist
Goalie - NYR
RECORD: 8-4
GAA: 1.60 | SVP: .944
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist believes having a strong will to win usually leads to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks forward Perry misses another practice
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry missed a second straight practice Thursday, but coach Bruce Boudreau still expects him to play in Game 1.

Seguin's hat trick leads Canada past Belarus
Tyler Seguin had a hat trick to lead Canada to a 9-0 win against Belarus on Thursday in a quarterfinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Blackhawks evaluating defense pairs for Game 1
The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to lean heavily on their top four defensemen in the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

U.S. rides big second period to Worlds semifinals
The United States rallied to a 3-1 victory against Switzerland on Thursday in a quarterfinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Ovechkin to join Russia at World Championship
Washington Capitals forward Alex Oveckhin will play for Russia in its semifinal Saturday against the United States at the World Championship

Top prospect Noah Hanifin recaps season
Boston College prospect Noah Hanifin recaps his collegiate season in exclusive draft blog for NHL.com

Capitals believe Holtby 'deserved a better fate'
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby allowed 13 goals in the series, including two or fewer in five of seven games against the New York Rangers.

McDonagh 'outstanding' for Rangers in Game 7
New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh turned in another stellar effort in a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 7 vs. the Washington Capitals.

Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:22 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Seguin's hat trick leads Canada past Belarus

Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) had a hat trick, and Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) and Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche) each scored two goals, to lead Canada to a 9-0 win against Belarus on Thursday in a quarterfinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Canada will play the Czech Republic, a 5-3 winner against Finland, in one semifinal game Saturday.

Burns also had two assists, Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Ennis (Buffalo Sabres) scored for Canada. Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) and Jake Muzzin (Los Angeles Kings) each had two assists. Goaltender Mike Smith (Arizona Coyotes) made 24 saves.

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