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Posted On Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 5:37 PM

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

ICYMI: Wednesday, May 13

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TRENDING:

Three keys for Rangers, Capitals in winning Game 7
NHL.com has three keys for the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden.

Holtby gives Capitals confidence going into Game 7
The Washington Capitals feel confident going into Game 7 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series because of goaltender Braden Holtby.

Five reasons Lightning advanced to Eastern final
Ben Bishop's stellar play and a power play that came to life are among the reasons the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final.

Canadiens must score more to support Price
Ben Bishop's stellar play and a power play that came to life are among the reasons the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final.



NEWS:

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Tuesday, May 12.

FEATURES:

Dennis: Lightning used anger to eliminate Canadiens
Former NHL coach Chris Dennis says the Tampa Bay Lightning took their anger over losing two straight to the Montreal Canadiens and used it to finish the series in Game 6.

'Triplets' spark Lightning to Eastern Conference Final
Two-thirds of "The Triplets" line, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat, combined for three goals and two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning ousted the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Five reasons Canadiens were eliminated from playoffs
Poor special teams and an over-reliance on Carey Price were among the reasons the Montreal Canadiens season came to an end against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Smaller, faster Jagr producing for Czechs 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.

Lightning's Stamkos comes up big again in Game 6
Steven Stamkos
Center - TBL
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 10
SOG: 34 | +/-: 2
After going without a goal in his first eight games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos has scored in back-to-back games.

Lightning reach ECF, waiting for Rangers or Capitals
The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with a 4-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Green focused on Game 7, not future with Capitals
Mike Green, the longest tenured defenseman on the Capitals, wasn't in any mood to discuss his future with the organization hours before Game 7.

Capitals forward Fehr a possibility for Game 7
Washington Capitals center Eric Fehr might be able to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Rangers' Lundqvist has proven to be Game 7 king
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has built a reputation for playing his best in Game 7s throughout his career.

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Capitals, Rangers
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes dissects Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.


Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 11:22 PM

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

Ducks' Perry sits out practice for 'maintenance day'

The Anaheim Ducks are used to waiting to resume play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and on Tuesday again tried to make the most of their time between series.

"We're still in the midst of putting all of our scouting stuff together," coach Bruce Boudreau told the Ducks website Tuesday. "We'll start ramping it up. We'll be ready for [Game 1], whether it's three days of rest or six days of rest. It doesn't matter. Whatever rest we have, they've had more. Both teams are going in fairly healthy, and that's the way it should go."

The Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks will play in the Western Conference Final, with Game 1 at Honda Center undetermined. Anaheim ended its second-round series against the Calgary Flames in five games, clinching it Sunday. Chicago completed a sweep of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 6:29 PM

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

Eichel's OT goal helps U.S. clinch top spot in Group B

Jack Eichel, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, scored with 28 seconds left in overtime to help the United States rally for a 5-4 victory against Slovakia on Tuesday in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The U.S. led 3-0 27 seconds into the second period on a goal by Anders Lee (New York Islanders), but Slovakia scored four straight to take the lead. Charlie Coyle (Minnesota Wild) tied the game with 52 seconds left in the second when he scored off the rebound of a shot by Zach Redmond (Colorado Avalanche).

After a scoreless third period, time was running down in overtime when Eichel, NHL Central Scouting's No. 2-ranked North American skater for the 2015 NHL Draft, scored the winner unassisted.

Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 6:15 PM

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

Duchene, Spezza lead Canada rout of Austria

Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) and Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) each had two goals and two assists to lead Canada to a 10-1 defeat of Austria on Tuesday in a Group A preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at O2 Arena in Prague.

Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers) and Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) each had a goal and an assist for Canada. Goaltender Mike Smith (Arizona Coyotes) made 14 saves.

Canada played without captain Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), who was given a day off. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks) was captain for the game.

Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 6:10 PM

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

Moore, Rangers staying even keel entering Game 7

New York Rangers center Dominic Moore joined NHL Live to look ahead to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The winner advances to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers and Capitals will play a Game 7 for the third time in four years and fourth in the past seven. New York's five straight Game 7 wins are one shy of the NHL record set by the Detroit Red Wings (1949-1964) and Boston Bruins (1983-1994). The Rangers have also won six straight Game 7s on home ice and nine straight games at the Garden when facing elimination, and could be the first NHL team to win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-1 in consecutive years.

Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 6:04 PM

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

ICYMI: Tuesday, May 12

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TRENDING:

Lightning's Callahan out of hospital after surgery
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan was released from the hospital Tuesday but won't play in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Canadiens' confidence never waned during series
The Montreal Canadiens remained confident in their game plan at all points in their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Optimistic Capitals disregard past Game 7 failures
The Washington Capitals are optimistic heading into Game 7 against the New York Rangers and not focusing on recent Stanley Cup Playoff failures.

Kreider setting tone for Rangers entering Game 7
Chris Kreider arrived with a bang three years ago and then started looking like he might be a bust. Now his bang might be enough to help the New York Rangers bust the Washington Capitals right out of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.



NEWS:

Start set for potential Canadiens-Lightning Game 7
The National Hockey League today announced that the start time of the potential Game 7 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.

Blackhawks' Rozsival has surgery on broken ankle
Defenseman Michal Rozsival had surgery Tuesday to repair his broken left ankle, the Chicago Blackhawks announced.

Wild goalie Harding expected to retire: report
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding is expected to retire because of complications from multiple sclerosis, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Oilers agree to terms with Finnish goalie Laurikainen
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with goaltender Eetu Laurikainen on a two-year entry-level contract.

Brodeur says return to Devils 'few years' away: report
Martin Brodeur does not anticipate joining the New Jersey Devils front office anytime soon, the former goaltender told NorthJersey.com Monday.

FEATURES:

Silfverberg's emergence makes him Ducks' X-factor
Jakob Silfverberg
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 11
SOG: 23 | +/-: 5
Almost as important to the Anaheim Ducks as Jakob Silfverberg's offensive output has been his stellar defensive play, which they will need against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

Lundqvist, Rangers aim to continue Game 7 success
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has excelled in Game 7s over the course of his career heading into another one Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Duchene, Spezza lead Canada rout of Austria 
Matt Duchene and Jason Spezza each had two goals and two assists to lead Canada to a 10-1 defeat of Austria on Tuesday at the 2015 World Championship.

Melrose: Blackhawks vs. Ducks will be fun
The Blackhawks and Ducks each are incredibly skilled, incredibly deep and should put on a great show for the fans in the Western Conference Final.

Melrose: Fine line separating Rangers, Capitals
NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose expects Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals to be a carbon copy of the first six games.

Melrose: Lightning in driver's seat entering Game 6
Despite losing their past two games, the Lightning are in the driver's seat entering Game 6 against the Canadiens, writes Barry Melrose.

Eichel's OT goal helps U.S. clinch top spot in Group B
Jack Eichel scored with 28 seconds left in overtime to help the U.S. rally for a 5-4 victory against Slovakia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Kopitar resigns as coach of Slovenia national team
Matjaz Kopitar, father of Los Angeles Kings star Anze Kopitar, has resigned as coach of Slovenia's national team.

Erie's McDavid receives top OHL honor
Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid was named the OHL player of the year.



Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 3:21 PM

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

Erie's McDavid named OHL player of the year

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the winner of the 2014-15 Red Tilson Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League player of the year, as voted by the writers and broadcasters that cover the league.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the Warner Theatre Grand Lobby in Erie, Pa.

"It's really hard to put into words what this means," McDavid said. "To be a part of this group of guys and … I might be the guy standing up there but this is the definition of a team award. Makes it a lot easier when you're playing with the league leading scorer [fellow 2015 draft prospect Dylan Strome] and the league's rookie of the year [Alex DeBrincat]. … It's a very special day to be recognized as the league's MVP. It means the world to me."

Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 10:07 AM

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

Kopitar resigns as coach of Slovenia national team

Slovenia coach Matjaz Kopitar resigned Tuesday after five seasons as coach of the national team.

At the 2015 IIHF World Championship, Slovenia finished eighth in Group B with three points (1-0-0-6) and was relegated to the Division I Group A level for the 2016 tournament. Slovenia lost its first six games, all in regulation. Its only win came Monday against Denmark, a 1-0 victory in its tournament finale.

Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 6:05 PM

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

ICYMI: Monday, May 11

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TRENDING:

Ovechkin says Capitals will win series vs. Rangers
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin guaranteed his team will win its Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers.

Canadiens' Therrien sees pressure rising for Lightning
Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien believes there's more pressure on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Ducks' Boudreau in conference final for first time
After eight seasons, Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau finally has reached the conference finals.

Babcock meets with Sabres' GM, owner: report
Mike Babcock on Sunday reportedly met with the owner and general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.



NEWS:

Dubnyk, Wild will try to agree on contract to stay
Goaltender Devan Dubnyk wants to remain with the Minnesota Wild, and the feeling is mutual.

Rangers, Capitals meet in third Game 7 in four years
The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will decide their Eastern Conference Second Round series in Game 7 Wednesday night.

Ducks to face Hawks in Western Conference Final
The Anaheim Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time in eight seasons where they will face the Chicago Blackhawks.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Sunday, May 10.

FEATURES:

Blackhawks preparing for series against Ducks
The Chicago Blackhawks practiced Monday now knowing their opponent in the Western Conference Final, and talked about playing the Anaheim Ducks.

Chabot: Ducks defeated Flames sticking with plan
Former NHL coach Frederic Chabot breaks down how Anaheim eliminated the Calgary in five games.

Farrish: Rangers, Capitals need focused forecheck
Former NHL coach Dave Farrish breaks down how New York and Washington must stay disciplined and under control with their forecheck.

Capitals coach Trotz endorses Ovechkin's prediction
Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is completely on board with Alex Ovechkin's comments predicting they would win Game 7 on Wednesday against the New York Rangers.

Seven matchups to watch in Rangers-Capitals Game 7
There are seven key matchups to watch that could decide Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.

Kreider scores twice to spark Rangers to Game 6 win
Chris Kreider
Left Wing - NYR
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 5
SOG: 29 | +/-: 0
Chris Kreider has scored key goals to help the New York Rangers stave off elimination and set up a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Five reasons Flames were eliminated from playoffs
Struggles on the road and a top line that couldn't keep up were two reasons the Calgary Flames were eliminate from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Five reasons Ducks advanced to Western final
The Anaheim Ducks are back to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2007. Experience and improved special teams were among some of the reasons they advanced.

Despite loss, Flames goalie Ramo shows top form
Karri Ramo's 44 saves weren't enough to save the Calgary Flames' season, but he showed top form in Game 5 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Strong finish boosts Capitals' confidence for Game 7
The Washington Capitals will try to build on a strong third period in Game 6 when they face the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Wednesday.

Rangers' Nash relieved to get back in scoring column
Rick Nash broke a scoring drought at 54 seconds of the third period to give New York a 3-1 lead. The Rangers eventually held on to even the best-of-7 series at 3-3.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Rinne sets World Championship record in Finland win
Pekka Rinne broke the record for longest shutout streak at the World Championship in Finland's 3-2 win against Belarus on Monday.

Rangers coach Vigneault won't respond to Ovechkin
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault pleaded ignorance when he was essentially bated for bulletin board material in response to Alex Ovechkin's comments.

Lightning's Cooper not interested in playing a Game 7
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he isn't interested in talking about a potential Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Ducks forward Perry feeling OK after Game 5 injury
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry is feeling OK after sustaining an injury to his right leg during Game 5 against the Calgary Flames.

McDavid looks to rebound against Oshawa in Game 3
Erie Otters center Connor McDavid eyes bounce-back against the Oshawa Generals in Game 3 on home ice.


Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 5:59 PM

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

Rinne sets World Championship record in Finland win

Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators) broke the record for longest shutout streak at the World Championship and Finland defeated Belarus 3-2 in a shootout in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Evgeni Kovyrshin's goal 5:09 into the third period was the first allowed by Rinne in 237:05, breaking the post-war mark of 206:26 set by Slovakia's Jan Lasak in 2004.

"Rinne has been unbelievable," Finland captain Jussi Jokinen (Florida Panthers) told the IIHF website. "Playing the way he has gives our team so much confidence. We will need him for sure the rest of the way."

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