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Posted On Friday, 05.08.2015 / 5:53 PM

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

ICYMI: Friday, May 8

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TRENDING:

Red Wings will allow Babcock to talk to other teams
The Detroit Red Wings have granted coach Mike Babcock permission to talk to other NHL teams.

Blackhawks' Rozsival fractured ankle, season over
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after sustaining a fractured left ankle against the Minnesota Wild.

Rangers looking to stave off elimination in Game 5
The New York Rangers have yet to experience a galvanizing moment against the Washington Capitals in their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Flames' Bouma, Ferland possibilities for Game 4
Calgary Flames forwards Lance Bouma and Micheal Ferland will be game-time decisions for Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.



NEWS:

Oilers' Hall, Eberle praise McLellan as coach: report
Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan has interviewed for the coaching job with the Edmonton Oilers, according to the Edmonton Sun.

Sharks agree to lengthy lease extension at SAP Center
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose Sharks announced that an agreement has been reached between the Sharks and the City of San Jose for a lease extension to allow the Sharks to remain at SAP Center potentially through 2040.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Thursday, May 7.

FEATURES:

Thornton believes Lightning have Cup-caliber depth
Shawn Thornton, working as an NBCSN guest analyst for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, likes the looks of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.

Capitals' patience with goalies paying off in Hershey
Philipp Grubauer and Pheonix Copley have formed a top tandem this season for the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate.

Five reasons Blackhawks advanced to Western final
Patrick Kane
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 13
SOG: 29 | +/-: 8
Among the five reasons the Chicago Blackhawks swept the Minnesota Wild were the rebound of Corey Crawford and all four lines contributing, led by Patrick Kane.

Kane's goal helped Blackhawks finish sweep of Wild
Patrick Kane has scored in five straight games for the Chicago Blackhawks, including a third-period goal to give them breathing room in Game 4 against the Minnesota Wild.

Noel: Blackhawks made big plays, steadfast in system
Claude Noel felt the Chicago Blackhawks were steadfast in their system even after the loss of defenseman Michal Rozsival to injury, allowing them to sweep the Minnesota Wild.

Five reasons Wild were eliminated from playoffs
Among the five reasons the Minnesota Wild were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs: they didn't get enough from their core, including Devan Dubnyk.

Wild's top players come up short vs. Blackhawks
For the third year in a row, the Minnesota Wild will spend their summer trying to figure out how they can narrow the gap with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blackhawks complete sweep but lose Rozsival
It was a big night for the Chicago Blackhawks, who completed a sweep of the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday. But the victory came with a big price.

Blackhawks in WCF, waiting for Ducks or Flames
The Chicago Blackhawks are back in the Western Conference Final after sweeping the Minnesota Wild in the second round.

Lightning miss chance to sweep Canadiens at home
The Tampa Bay Lightning had the best home record in the NHL during the regular season, but they were reminded again Thursday that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are different

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks add Fleischmann to lineup for center depth
Tomas Fleischmann
Left Wing - ANA
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 1
SOG: 3 | +/-: 1
Anaheim Ducks forward Tomas Fleischmann will be in the lineup for Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Calgary Flames.

Lightning put loss behind them, regroup for Game 5
The Tampa Bay Lightning are taking solace in the fact they hold a 3-1 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens despite a 6-2 loss in Game 4.

Pavelec, Czech Republic blank Austria at Worlds
Goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 12 saves to lead the Czech Republic to a 4-0 win against Austria on Tuesday at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Canadiens invigorated by blowout win in Game 4
The Montreal Canadiens don't look like a team one loss away from elimination after a stirring 6-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4.

Capitals hoping for a faster start on the road
The Capitals have not been to the Eastern Conference Final in 17 years, but could get there with a win against the Rangers in on Friday.

Weekes: Teams must stick to their identities
This week's Friday Four blog from NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes is all about team identities and sticking to them in the playoffs, no matter what.

Posted On Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 6:20 PM

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

Belarus upsets United States at World Championship

Belarus scored three goals in the second period and defeated the United States 5-2 on Thursday in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Artur Gavrus, Artem Volkov and Alexander Kitarov scored in a span of 4:55 midway through the second period. Alexei Kalyuzhny scored two goals in the third period, and goaltender Kevin Lalande made 28 saves.

"They came after us early but Lalande made some timely saves," Belarus coach Dave Lewis told the IIHF website. "We did not settle into the game until the second period."

Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) and Torey Krug (Boston Bruins) scored for the United States, and Jack Eichel, NHL Central Scouting's No. 2-ranked North American skater for the 2015 NHL Draft, had two assists. Goaltender Jack Campbell (Dallas Stars) made 18 saves.

Posted On Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 5:58 PM

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

ICYMI: Thursday, May 7

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TRENDING:

Canadiens must rebound after tough loss or be swept
Following a stunning loss in Game 3, the Canadiens are facing the prospect of being swept as they prepare Game 4 at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Blackhawks experienced at closing out playoff series
The Chicago Blackhawks are 13-4 with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in playoff games after they have accumulated three wins a best-of-7 series.

Capitals closing in on first conference final in 17 years
The Washington Capitals can advance to their first conference final in 17 years with a win against the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday.

Ducks refreshed for Game 4 after time away at resort
The Anaheim Ducks are rested and refreshed for Game 4 against the Calgary Flames after two days at a Rocky Mountain resort.



NEWS:

Start times determined for Saturday and Sunday
Start times set for 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs Second Round Eastern Conference games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, if necessary.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Wednesday, May 6.

FEATURES:

Van Riemsdyk knows rally from 3-0 deficit is possible
Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk has valuable advice for the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild, down 3-0 in their Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Rangers' McDonagh hopes for lift from home crowd
Ryan McDonagh
Defense - NYR
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 16 | +/-: 2
New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh hopes his team gets a boost from the home crowd for Game 5 against the Washington Capitals.

Farrish: Rangers must put aside pressure, play loose
Dave Farrish thinks the New York Rangers need to forget about the pressure on them and play loose in order to extend their series with the Washington Capitals.

Dennis: Canadiens' best hope is creating more traffic
Chris Dennis says creating more traffic in front of Ben Bishop may be the Montreal Canadiens best hope of defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Pilon has seen junior career take off with Wheat Kings
Defenseman Ryan Pilon has seen his game take off since arriving with the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings via trade.

Capitals' Burakovsky the hero against childhood idol
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky spent a large portion of his childhood idolizing New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Capitals one win away after Holtby save on Hagelin
New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin prepared to take a penalty shot against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby in the third period of Game 4 at Verizon Center on Wednesday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Belarus upsets United States at World Championship
Belarus scored three goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 defeat of the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship on Thursday.

Capitals limiting Rangers offense with blocked shots
The New York Rangers are discovering the Washington Capitals to be a much more well-balanced and determined group in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Blackhawks' Versteeg healthy, waiting for his chance
Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg has returned from a lower-body injury, but must wait for an opportunity to crack the lineup.

Wild hope lineup changes create space for Vanek
One hope the Minnesota Wild have with making some lineup changes for Game 4 is more space is created for forward Thomas Vanek.

Lightning need to avoid sitting back again in Game 4
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn't want his team sitting back again if its gets the lead in Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens.


Posted On Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 7:40 PM

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

Ducks use day off to get away, relax in mountains

A day after the Anaheim Ducks' first loss of these Stanley Cup Playoffs, they traveled Wednesday to Banff, Alberta, where they will relax before practicing with two days until Game 4 against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

"I think today's the day where you can relax and not think about hockey," captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "Some guys are going on the ice just to get their legs going, but it's about getting away and turning off your brain for a day and then tomorrow getting back to work."

Posted On Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 7:29 PM

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

Ennis scores late, Canada rallies for win vs. Sweden

Canada overcame a three-goal deficit and defeated Sweden 6-4 on Wednesday in a Group A preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Forward Tyler Ennis (Buffalo Sabres) scored a power-play goal with 6:29 remaining to give undefeated Canada its first lead, 5-4. Forward Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) scored an empty-net goal with 1:50 left.

"We had a big wakeup call in the first," Seguin said, according to the IIHF website. "We went to the dressing room and talked before the second [period]. A lot of guys were saying we can do better. We can score goals. We can be better at defending. We put it all together and came away with three points."

Posted On Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 6:04 PM

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

ICYMI: Wednesday, May 6

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:

Capitals finding ways to shut down Rangers' Nash
The Washington Capitals have been effective in their goal to shut down New York Rangers forward Rick Nash heading into Game 4 of their series.

Lightning's Bishop continuing to elevate his game
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has continued to elevate his game during the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens.

Closer Look: Hawks' Toews blanketing Wild's Parise
Take a closer look at how Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews has used his defensive skills to blanket Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise during the first three games of their Western Conference Second Round series.

Oilers interview McLellan for coaching job: report
Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan has interviewed for the coaching job with the Edmonton Oilers, according to the Edmonton Sun.



NEWS:

Predators sign goalie Mazanec
Nashville Predators signed goalie Marek Mazanec to one-year contract Wednesday.

Stars' Benn sidelined through summer: report
Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is recovering from a second hip surgery in a week, according to a Dallas Morning News report.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Tuesday, May 5.

FEATURES:

Blackhawks' Kane back playing at pre-injury level
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane picked up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where he left off before a broken collarbone ended his regular season.

Chabot: 'Real Flames' showed up in comeback win
Former coach Frederic Chabot shares his insight on the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames.

Wild, down 3-0, focused on one game at a time
The Minnesota Wild faced an uphill battle in the regular season to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Will will try to draw on those experience as it attempts to erase a 3-0 series deficit.

Getzlaf has found groove for Ducks on and off the ice
Ryan Getzlaf
Center - ANA
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 12
SOG: 19 | +/-: 7
Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has found a balance between his play on the ice and his leadership off of it, a major factor in the Ducks' playoff run.

Gaudreau's goal sets Flames up for victory in Game 3
Johnny Gaudreau lit the fuse for the Calgary Flames to trim the Anaheim Ducks lead in the best-of-7 series to 2-1 with his goal late in Game 3 to force overtime.

Noel: Textbook win for Blackhawks to take 3-0 lead
Claude Noel felt the Chicago Blackhawks exhibited a textbook game plan in their 1-0 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

Crawford rebounds vs. Wild after first-round benching
Corey Crawford is excelling for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wild after getting benched in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Frustration mounts for Wild, down 3-0 to Blackhawks
The Minnesota Wild trail the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 in their Western Conference Second Round series after Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 30 saves in a 1-0 victory Tuesday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ennis scores late, Canada rallies for win vs. Sweden
Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis scored in the third period of a 6-4 comeback victory for Canada against Sweden at the World Championship.

Blackhawks mostly using five defensemen
The Blackhawks have played their best defense of the playoffs in the past two games, but coach Joel Quenneville has shortened his bench in each game.

Flames keeping emotions in check after Game 3 win
The Calgary Flames have preached the value of being even keel throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Erie's McDavid sets sights on OHL championship
Uber prospect Connor McDavid focused on taking home OHL title with Erie Otters.

Canadiens' Desharnais feels better, could play Game 3
Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais said he'll be back in the lineup Wednesday for Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rangers seek breakthrough against Holtby, Capitals
The New York Rangers are desperate for goals and a win against the Washington Capitals in Game 4 to even their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Lightning, Canadiens
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes dissects Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.


Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 6:37 PM

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

Slovakia, France win at World Championship

Forward Marian Gaborik scored twice in the third period to lead unbeaten Slovakia to a 3-1 win against Slovenia on Tuesday in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Slovenia led 1-0 after the first period on forward Jan Urbas' power-play goal. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros (Buffalo Sabres) tied the game at 7:57 of the third period with a power-play goal, and Gaborik (Los Angeles Kings) put Slovakia ahead when he scored with 5:44 remaining in regulation.

Gaborik scored an empty-net goal with one second remaining.

"We're playing with fire in these games, but we know we'll have to play better because there's another great opponent waiting for us tomorrow," Meszaros said, according to the IIHF website. "But our guys deserve kudos for the way we kept doing the right thing."

Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 5:55 PM

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

ICYMI: Tuesday, May 5

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:

Rangers' inability to score has them chasing Capitals
The New York Rangers have left themselves with little margin for error in their series against the Washington Capitals because of an inability to score goals.

Ducks look to apply killer instinct, take 3-0 series lead
The Anaheim Ducks, up 2-0 in the series, know the importance of winning Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round series vs. the Calgary Flames.

Wild's Stewart out for Game 3 against Blackhawks
Minnesota Wild forward Chris Stewart will not play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Lightning feel need to remain more desperate team
The Tampa Bay Lightning feel they need to be the more desperate team in their series against the Montreal Canadiens, despite leading the series 2-0.



NEWS:

Islanders remove Nassau Coliseum ice for last time
The New York Islanders removed the ice from the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday for the final time.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Monday, May 4.

FEATURES:

Farrish: Rangers must win battle of wills with Capitals
Dave Farrish says the New York Rangers must win the battle of wills to overcome their 2-1 series deficit to the Washington Capitals.

Beagle finally rewarded in Capitals' Game 3 win
Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle scored his first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a 1-0 win in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center on Monday.

Canadiens aim to avoid 'stupid' penalties in Game 3
The Montreal Canadiens allowed four goals on eight shorthanded situations in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Slovakia, France win at World Championship
Slovakia, France, Belarus and Switzerland each won Tuesday at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Capitals' Wilson learning to pick spots with physicality
For Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson, each game is a learning experience, and the New York Rangers present a different type of challenge.

Rangers' Yandle focused on getting back to his game
Keith Yandle
Defense - NYR
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 2
SOG: 10 | +/-: 0
After an admittedly poor performance in Game 3, New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle is focused on playing his game Wednesday.

Blackhawks aim to end Game 3 woes against Wild
The Chicago Blackhawks will face their toughest opponent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during the Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane era Tuesday: Game 3.

Flames get experienced Diaz back for Game 3
Calgary Flames defenseman Raphael Diaz is expected to return to the lineup for Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Melrose: Flames struggling with Ducks' size
The Calgary Flames are a great story and have been all season, but are struggling to deal with the size on the Anaheim Ducks.

Desharnais to join Canadiens, possible for Game 3
Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais will join the team in Tampa today and could play in Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Capitals defenseman Schmidt returned to AHL
The Washington Capitals on Tuesday sent defenseman Nate Schmidt to Hershey of the American Hockey League.

Erie's McDavid again gets OHL honor
Exceptional 2015 NHL Draft prospect Connor McDavid has been named the OHL player of the week.


Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 9:40 AM

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

Capitals defenseman Schmidt returned to AHL

The Washington Capitals on Tuesday sent defenseman Nate Schmidt to Hershey of the American Hockey League.

Schmidt, 23, had been recalled Sunday as a precaution in case veteran Tim Gleason wouldn't be able to play Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers. Gleason played 12:32 in the Capitals' 1-0 victory; Schmidt was a healthy scratch.

Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 9:39 AM

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

Erie's McDavid named OHL player of the week

Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid has been named the Pioneer Energy Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week after leading the league with 10 points in three games. It's the second straight week and third time in four weeks that he's won the award

McDavid leads all playoff performers in the Canadian Hockey League with 19 goals and 42 points, and has a point in all 15 playoff games. He had eight goals and 11 assists in a six-game victory against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL Western Conference Final. It marked the second time in the Otters' 19-year history that they won the Wayne Gretzky Trophy to advance to the league finals and first time since 2002.

McDavid has tied the franchise record set in 2002 by Cory Pecker for points in a postseason and is nine shy of the OHL record of 51 points set by Justin Papineau in 1999 with the Belleville Bulls and Jason Dawe in 1993 with the Peterborough Petes.

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