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Posted On Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 10:16 PM

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

'No doubt' Perry will play for Ducks in Game 1: report

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry, the leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will be in the lineup Sunday for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau told the Orange County Register on Wednesday.

Perry overcame a hit to his right knee in the second period of Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames on Sunday and returned to score the series-winning goal in overtime. Perry didn't practice Tuesday.

"With the time we have off, there's no rush to get Corey Perry back on the ice," Boudreau told the newspaper. "He's going to get a couple practices before the game and he's going to play [in Game 1]. There's no doubt in our minds about that."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 7:14 PM

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

Jagr expected to play for Czechs in quarters: report

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr is expected to play for the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the 2015 IIHF World Championship on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Jagr played 1:55 against Switzerland on Tuesday before leaving with a suspected injury.

The Czech Republic will play Finland in the quarterfinals.

"There is a little question mark whether he will play, but it is more likely [he will]," Petr Kolar said, according to the report. "It is a key game for him, bigger than [Tuesday] and that is why we chose this way."

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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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."

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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.

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