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Posted On Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 4:51 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

World U-18 roundup: Canada tops Sweden in opener

Jake Virtanen, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored two goals as Canada opened the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship with a 3-1 win against Sweden on Thursday at Imatra Arena in Imatra, Finland.

Mathew Barzal also had a goal for Canada and goaltender Mason McDonald made 24 saves.

Gustav Forsling scored for Sweden.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 10:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live has inside scoops on plethora of Game 1s

The Stanley Cup Playoffs enter their second night, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have inside looks at all four series to begin Thursday with reporters at each location.

The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers face off in the postseason for the first time since the 1997 Eastern Conference Final, and Dave Maloney joins us from the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden to discuss this tradition-rich rivalry.

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks face off in the Western Conference in a battle off teams with 100-plus points, and we'll talk to Darren Pang live from Scottrade Center to get the scoop.

The Colorado Avalanche passed both the Blues and Blackhawks late in the season to win the Central Division and will open the playoffs against the Minnesota Wild. Trip Tracey joins us from Pepsi Center to set the scene on Game 1.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 10:58 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have an inside look at the three Game 1s to be played Wednesday as well as an overview of all the first-round series.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets face off at Consol Energy Center, and NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire will join us from Arena Cam to preview this Metropolitan Division matchup.

In addition, TSN and CBC analyst Glen Healy will be on hand at Tampa Bay Times Forum to provide the inside scoop on the 2-3 matchup in the Atlantic Division between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 4:47 PM

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

Rangers' Brassard leaves practice with injury

New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard left practice early Tuesday limping and holding his lower back, apparently sustaining the injury while the Rangers did special teams work in preparation for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Coach Alain Vigneault did not offer any specifics, but believes Brassard will play Thursday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; TSN, CNBC).

"I would say yes," Vigneault told reporters.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 1:13 PM

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

Red Wings' Zetterberg aiming to play in second round

Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said Tuesday he's shooting for a comeback in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs if his team can pull off an upset of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Zetterberg, who had back surgery and has not played since Feb. 8, seemed to leave open the possibility of returning later in the series, saying the extra two days before Game 1 on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, FS-D, NESN) could make a difference. He hopes to joins the Red Wings at practice Wednesday.

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Posted On Monday, 04.14.2014 / 3:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Sharks-Kings series blog

Sharks staying quiet on Game 1 goalie

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan has decided on his starting goalie for Game 1 of the Sharks' Western Conference First Round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings but wouldn't reveal it publicly Monday, and said he may not announce it until just before the series begins Thursday in San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

McLellan said he has not informed either of his goalies, Antti Niemi and Alex Stalock, of his decision.

"I'm ready to name him," McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News. "I'm just not going to name him."

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Posted On Monday, 04.14.2014 / 3:14 PM

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

Flyers' Mason questionable for practice Tuesday

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined to comment Monday when asked by the Philadelphia Inquirer if it could be ruled out that goaltender Steve Mason sustained a concussion when he was injured Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Steve Mason
Goalie - PHI
RECORD: 33-18-7
GAA: 2.50 | SVP: 0.917
Holmgren said the Flyers will determine Tuesday if Mason can return to practice that day. The Flyers open the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN) at Madison Square Garden.

Mason sustained an upper-body injury Saturday in a collision with Pittsburgh forward Jayson Megna with 3:33 left in the second period. Mason, who made 21 saves on 22 shots to that point, remained in net for the rest of the period but was replaced by Ray Emery to start the third. Mason was scratched from the lineup Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper-body injury.

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Posted On Monday, 04.14.2014 / 3:13 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Penguins-Blue Jackets series blog

Murray skips Blue Jackets practice, will play Game 1

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray was held out of practice Monday for a maintenance day but coach Todd Richards said Murray, recovered from a knee injury, will play in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Initially expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after having arthroscopic knee surgery in March, Murray returned April 4 and played in five games. He sat out the season finale Saturday against the Florida Panthers as a precaution. The No. 2 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft was hurt during Columbus' 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 3 and had surgery four days later.

Murray, 20, had four goals, 17 assists and a plus-4 rating in 66 regular-season games. He has one goal and a plus-2 rating in five games since returning.

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Posted On Monday, 04.14.2014 / 12:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live has Rangers' McDonagh, Cup keeper Bolt

The regular season has ended and the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have Mike Bolt, the keeper of the Cup, on set to talk about some of his favorite moments with Lord Stanley's cherished trophy.

The New York Rangers open up the playoffs Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers, and we'll have Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on set to talk about his recovery from injury and hopes for the postseason.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will get started Wednesday night with Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and League scoring leader Sidney Crosby will talk about making another run at a title in the Steel City.

Also, E.J. and Craig Button will face off as they discuss the first-round series matchups.

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Posted On Friday, 04.11.2014 / 10:50 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live has coverage of Hobey Baker presentation

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, is set for the announcement of the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey's best player. The presentation will be at 6 p.m. and college hockey insider Julie Robenhymer joins the show to talk about the winner and college free agents who could be signed prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Brendan Shanahan is leaving the NHL to become the president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs and we'll talk to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly about Shanahan's time with the League.

Seven games dot the NHL schedule for Friday night, including the Washington Capitals hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. Analyst Eddie Olczyk joins us from the Arena Cam at Verizon Center to talk about what's going to happen in Washington in the wake of the Capitals missing the playoffs, as well as what's ahead for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.

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