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Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 12:52 PM

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

Hendricks scores twice, United States handles Finland

Forward Matt Hendricks (Edmonton Oilers) scored two goals and the United States defeated Finland 5-1 in its opening game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Winnipeg Jets goalie prospect Connor Hellebuyck had 29 saves for the United States

"Connor made a lot of key saves for us to keep the game where it was and later we capitalized on our chances," Hendricks told the IIHF website.

"It was a really fun game and I thought the whole team played well," Hellebuyck said. "[Finland] had a lot of good power plays. They really move the puck well so I had to be ready for that. They're a good team."

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Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 12:36 PM

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

Spezza keys Canada to opening win against Latvia

Forward Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) scored two goals and had an assist as Canada defeated Latvia 6-1 in its opening game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at O2 Arena in Prague.

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) scored to give Canada a 1-0 lead at 9:57 of the first period; Spezza assisted on the play.

Spezza scored his first of the game at 13:04 of the first period. Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) gave Canada a 3-0 lead at 14:11 of the first period.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 10:26 PM

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

Ducks goalie Gibson misses Game 1 with flu

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson did not dress for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday at Honda Center because of the flu.

Jason LaBarbera again dressed as the backup for starter Frederik Andersen, who played all four first-round games. LaBarbera had not practiced with the Ducks during the week.

Gibson participated in practices during the week, including the morning skate Thursday.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 9:47 PM

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

U.S. names Oilers' Matt Hendricks captain for Worlds

Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks was named Thursday as captain of the United States for the IIHF World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

USA Hockey said Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk and Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will serve as alternate captains.

Hendricks, 33, had eight goals, 16 points and 76 penalty minutes in 71 games for the Oilers.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 6:00 PM

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

ICYMI: Thursday, April 30

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TRENDING:

Goaltender matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Holtby
Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalie matchup for Game 1 of the 2015 Western Conference Second Round between Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby.

Dubnyk's arrival changed Wild's outlook, season
Devan Dubnyk's arrival with the Minnesota Wild changed their outlook and sparked a run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

First round of playoffs revealed these 16 things 
The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs enter the second round Thursday, but before the eight teams begin their battle for the final four spots, let's take a look back at a first round that featured two series that went the distance and one that ended in four games.



NEWS:

Blackhawks, Gustafsson agree to terms
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Erik Gustafsson on a two-year contract.

Canucks sign forward Labate to contract
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forward Joseph LaBate.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge update
Hockey fans submitted more than 800,000 brackets in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung, up 71% from last year.

Stanley Cup to guest star on CBS drama 'Elementary'
The Stanley Cup will serve as a special guest star on the CBS show "Elementary" on Thursday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from Red Wings-Lightning game played on Wednesday, April 29.

FEATURES:

Canadiens X-factor Markov important to power play
Andrei Markov's contributions are important for the Montreal Canadiens to get their power play up and running against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Crosby seeks Triple Gold as Canada captain at Worlds
Sidney Crosby is captain as Canada tries to win its first IIHF World Championship since 2007.

Blackhawks' Keith excels even as ice time climbs
Duncan Keith
Defense - CHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 7
SOG: 19 | +/-: 3
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith keeps his level of play high no matter how high his ice time goes.

Hart finalist Tavares still reeling from Islanders loss
The pain of losing Game 7 against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round on Monday will haunt New York Islanders captain John Tavares throughout the offseason, but he will at least be rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas in June.

Lightning X-factor Boyle key on faceoffs, penalty kill
Brian Boyle's value to the Tampa Bay Lightning has been emphasized in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as he win faceoffs, kills penalties and provides the odd goal.

Five reasons Red Wings were eliminated from playoffs
An inability to slow Tyler Johnson and missed opportunities to close the series are two reasons the Detroit Red Wings lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Coburn's knuckler lifts Lightning into second round
It was defenseman Braydon Coburn stepping up in Game 7 to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Five reasons Lightning advanced to second round
Resiliency and strong performances by goalie Ben Bishop and "The Triplets" line helped the Tampa Bay Lightning advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Noel: Experience paid off for Lightning in Game 7
Claude Noel says the experience the Tampa Bay Lightning have gained in the Stanley Cup Playoffs helped them get past the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7.

Boudreau, Ducks hope to learn from playoff failures
The Anaheim Ducks and Bruce Boudreau hope lessons learned from prior postseason failures translates into their second-round matchup against the Calgary Flames.

Swift Current prospect DeBrusk creating own niche
Jake DeBrusk doesn't spend as much time in the penalty box as his father, Louie DeBrusk, but he's been the go-to player for the Swift Current Broncos.

Red Wings disappointed after early playoff exit
For the third time in four years, the Detroit Red Wings are going home after a first-round loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They lost 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 on Wednesday.

Lightning take on Canadiens, with Bishop this time
The Tampa Bay Lightning would like nothing more than to carry their regular-season domination of the Montreal Canadiens through the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Canucks' aim: Get better while getting younger
The Vancouver Canucks' management team is committed to making the team younger during its second offseason in charge, but only if it makes the club better as well.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Flames forward Shore expected to play Game 1
Flames forward Drew Shore will likely play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday at Honda Center, coach Bob Hartley said.

Ducks get center Thompson back for series opener
Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames on Thursday at Honda Center.

Blackhawks brace for challenge from Dubnyk-led Wild
Devan Dubnyk
Goalie - MIN
RECORD: 4-2
GAA: 2.32 | SVP: .913
The Chicago Blackhawks are bracing for their toughest challenge yet from the Minnesota Wild, who now have Vezina Trophy finalist Devan Dubnyk in goal.

Lightning put little stock in regular-season sweep
The Tampa Bay Lightning will not hang their hat on a 5-0-0 regular-season record against the Montreal Canadiens as they start their playoff series.

Blackhawks forward Versteeg questionable for Game 1
Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg missed practice Thursday and is questionable for Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild.

Capitals want to continue physical game vs. Rangers
The Washington Capitals would like nothing more than to continue their hit parade against the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Thursday.

Capitals focused on containing Rangers' speed
There's no secret what the Washington Capitals need to do from the outset in Game 1 against the New York Rangers.

Penguins' Crosby named captain for Canada at Worlds
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named captain for Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Forsberg, Ekholm, Hertl to compete at Worlds
Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm of the Nashville Predators will play for Sweden. Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will skate for the Czech Republic.

Rangers' Klein returning to lineup for Game 1
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will return to the lineup for Game 1 against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Rosen's mailbag - April 30, 2015
NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen answers fans questions in his weekly mailbag.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 1:55 PM

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

Penguins' Crosby named captain for Canada at Worlds

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named captain for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza were named alternate captains.

Crosby also was captain for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 1:34 PM

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

Forsberg, Ekholm, Hertl to compete at Worlds

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm will play for Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, the IIHF announced Thursday via Twitter.

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will also compete for the host Czech Republic in the tournament, to be held May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague.

Forsberg scored 26 goals and 63 points in 82 games of his rookie season, and added a hat trick in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators lost the best-of-7 series in six games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.29.2015 / 5:25 PM

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

ICYMI: Wednesday, April 29

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TRENDING:

Zidlicky out for Red Wings in Game 7 vs. Lightning
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Marek Zidlicky will not play Wednesday in Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Red Wings' Kronwall confident he'll play next round
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, suspended for Game 7, is confident he'll have another chance to play in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Senators' Murray plans on returning to GM job
Bryan Murray, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer, said he will continue as general manager of the Ottawa Senators.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Hiller vs. Andersen
Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalie matchup between the Calgary Flames' Jonas Hiller and Anaheim Ducks' Frederik Andersen for the 2015 Western Conference Second Round series.



NEWS:

Canadiens' Beaulieu out at least next four games
Nathan Beaulieu of the Montreal Canadiens will miss the first four games of the second round because of an upper-body injury

Islanders' Hamonic, de Haan disclose injuries
After weeks of speculation, Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic disclosed his injury at clean-out day. Calvin de Haan revealed what ailed him as well.

FEATURES:

Flames preparing for size mismatch against Ducks
The Calgary Flames are preparing for the Anaheim Ducks, who have a big size advantage. But Flames coach Bob Hartley has a simple solution for his defense to survive this: Skate around them.

Blackhawks know penalty kill must be better vs. Wild
The Chicago Blackhawks know they must be better on the penalty kill in their Western Conference Second Round series against the Minnesota Wild.

Assertiveness makes Johansson Capitals' X-factor
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson was advised to shoot the puck more. It resulted in career highs in goals and points.

Matchups make Vanek Wild's X-factor vs. Blackhawks 
Thomas Vanek
Left Wing - MIN
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 2
SOG: 10 | +/-: -2
Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek could be the X-factor in their Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blues players, management bracing for change
It's a question the St. Louis Blues were hoping to avoid after past Stanley Cup Playoff failures but one that became unavoidable following another defeat in the Western Conference First Round. What's next?

Leddy, Boychuk, Halak find stability with Islanders
Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk and Jaroslav Halak are all integral pieces of the New York Islanders' future and discussed what's to come for the team.

Islanders' Lee looking ahead, not back at ending
New York Islanders forward Anders Lee is looking ahead to next season, not how this one ended

BLOG COVERAGE:

Rangers practice containing Ovechkin on power play
Alex Ovechkin
Left Wing - WSH
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 5
SOG: 28 | +/-: -3
The New York Rangers practiced their penalty killing, and look to limit Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin's chances in their series.

Capitals better prepared, equipped to face Rangers
For some players, it's fun to play an opponent they know so well. At this point, seeing the Rangers in the playoffs is routine for the Capitals.

Capitals forward Fehr to miss Game 1 vs. Rangers
Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr will miss Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round because of an upper-body injury

Rangers' Yandle practices, expects to play Game 1
New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out Monday and Tuesday.

Lightning's Boyle, Stralman bring Game 7 experience
The Tampa Bay Lightning's Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman hope to extend their Game 7 winning streaks Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Red Wings, Lightning
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes offers his pluses and minuses for Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.28.2015 / 7:06 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Lightning-Red Wings series blog

Kindl, Marchenko can replace Kronwall for Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl, who has been a healthy scratch in each of the six games in the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, likely will make his 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 7 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, SUN).

Kindl, who had 13 points in 35 games during the regular season, would be inserted in place of Niklas Kronwall, who was suspended for one game on Tuesday for a hit on Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Kindl has one goal and five points in 18 NHL playoff games with the Red Wings.

Rookie defensemen Alexei Marchenko is the other option for Detroit. He was scratched in Game 6 but played in Games 1 and 2.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.28.2015 / 5:58 PM

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

ICYMI: Tuesday, April 28

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TRENDING:

Second Round schedule scenarios
NHL dates, times, national broadcast information for the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Pending Wednesday's Game 7 between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, two schedule scenarios exist.

Red Wings' Kronwall faces Player Safety hearing
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will have a telephone hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a charge against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov.

Rangers set to renew playoff rivalry with Capitals
The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals face off in a playoff series for the fifth time since 2009.

Islanders lament failure to extend Coliseum's life
After getting eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders a disappointed they didn't provide Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with a proper sendoff before play begins at Barclays Center in Brooklyn this fall.



NEWS:

Bolts, Wings cap first round with Game 7 showdown
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings complete an exciting first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Game 7 showdown Wednesday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from games played on Monday, April 27.

FEATURES:

Rangers brace for new-look, more physical Capitals
The rivalry between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals likely will take on a different look in their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Moved to top line, St. Louis is Rangers' X-factor 
Martin St. Louis
Right Wing - NYR
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 1
SOG: 10 | +/-: 1
It's not often a team can promote a former Hart Trophy winner and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner from its third line to its first line, but that's what the New York Rangers will do with Martin St. Louis in the wake of Mats Zuccarello's injury.

Late surge has Senators feeling good about future
The numbness the Ottawa Senators felt after the abrupt end of their remarkable season Sunday had given way to optimism Tuesday.

Predators optimistic about foundation, future
The Nashville Predators feel this season was the first step in what could be the start of something special.

Hitchcock to reflect before deciding future with Blues
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was non-committal about his future with the organization Tuesday, two days after another early ouster from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wild ready for different style of play from Blackhawks
The Minnesota Wild are preparing for a much different challenge against the Chicago Blackhawks than they faced in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Flames goalie Hiller intrigued to face Ducks
After spending seven seasons trying to help the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup, the opportunity to eliminate the Ducks from the Western Conference Second Round is an intriguing prospect for Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller.

Blackhawks' Crawford puts difficult first round in past
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is ready to move forward after spending much of the first round watching Scott Darling.

Rutherford sees Penguins headed in right direction
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford doesn't expect sweeping organizational changes this offseason, but is looking for a top-six wing.

Five reasons Capitals advanced to second round
Here are five reasons why the Washington Capitals advanced to Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Flames doing their homework to prepare for Ducks
Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley and his staff got back to work quickly after their first-round series win, turning their attention to the Anaheim Ducks.

Noel: Speed, skill of Lightning showed in Game 6
Claude Noel thought the speed and intensity of the Tampa Bay Lightning was evident from the opening faceoff in Game 6 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Five reasons Islanders were eliminated from playoffs
The New York Islanders struggled to score against the Washington Capitals, but that's just one reason they were eliminated from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ward scores another clutch goal for Capitals
Joel Ward
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 20 | +/-: -1
Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward has a way of stepping up in big spots. He continued that trend by scoring the Capitals' first goal in a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday.

Capitals end Game 7 slump with win vs. Islanders 
The Washington Capitals have struggled in Game 7 of Stanley Cup Playoff series in the past, but defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 7 at Verizon Center on Monday to advance to the second round.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks' Thompson game-time call for series opener
Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will likely be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames.

Lightning view strong start as crucial to Game 7
The Tampa Bay Lightning have put the first six games against the Detroit Red Wings in the rear view, concentrating solely on Game 7 Wednesday.

Rangers' Yandle expected to return to practice
New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday but is expected to return Wednesday.

Penguins' Malkin, Blues' Tarasenko to play for Russia
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko will play for Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, the IIHF announced Tuesday via its website.

Youngstown's Connor recaps season in USHL
Youngstown Phantoms left wing Kyle Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, recaps his season in USHL and looks ahead to NHL Combine.

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