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Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 9:39 AM

By Staff -  / - 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.

Posted On Monday, 05.04.2015 / 4:56 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Canada holds off Czech Republic for third straight win

Edmonton Oilers teammates Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle each had a goal and an assist, and Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 22 saves Monday to lead Canada to a 6-3 win against host Czech Republic in the preliminary round of the 2015 IIHF World Championship at O2 Arena in Prague.

Tyler Toffoli (Los Angeles Kings) also had a goal and an assist, and Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) had the other goals as Canada (3-0-0-0) remained unbeaten in Group A with nine points.

Couturier scored the go-ahead goal with 2:20 left in the second period, tipping in a Toffoli shot to give Canada a 3-2 lead.\

Posted On Monday, 05.04.2015 / 2:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

United States defeats Russia, stays perfect at Worlds

The United States received goals from four different players and goaltender Jack Campbell (Dallas Stars) made 15 saves in a 4-2 victory Monday against Russia in preliminary-round action of the 2015 IIHF World Championship at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Forwards Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles Kings), Mark Arcobello (Arizona Coyotes) and Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) and defenseman Tory Krug (Boston Bruins) scored for the United States (3-0-0-0), which is off to its best start at the tournament since 1997. The United States, which has outscored its opponents 11-4 in three games, leads Group B with nine points. Russia, which lost for the first time in three games, is in second place with six points.

Arcobello's goal 11:52 into the third period gave the United States a 3-1 lead. After Jimmy Vesey (Nashville Predators) stole the puck in the neutral zone, Arcobello got it, moved into the left circle and took a wrist shot that beat Russia goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) inside the near post.

Posted On Monday, 05.04.2015 / 11:24 AM

By Staff -  / - Canadiens-Lightning series blog

Desharnais doesn't travel with Canadiens to Tampa

Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais, who has the flu, did not travel with the team to Tampa on Monday in preparation for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Desharnais was a late scratch in a Game 2 loss on Sunday because of the illness and was replaced in the lineup by Brian Flynn.

Posted On Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 7:00 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Hall's hat trick leads Canada to rout of Germany

Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) had a hat trick, 14 Canadian players had at least one point and Group A leader Canada defeated Germany 10-0 on Sunday at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Forward Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) had a goal and three assists for Canada. Martin Jones (Los Angeles Kings) made 17 saves for the shutout.

Captain Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) gave Canada a 1-0 lead 8:25 into the first period, triggering a four-goal outburst in a span of 11:47. Crosby's goal was followed by Hall's first and two goals from Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars).

Posted On Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 10:11 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

McDavid continues record-setting playoffs pace

There has been no stopping Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid, the expected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, during the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

Not only has McDavid scored at least one point in all 15 games, he leads all playoff performers in the Canadian Hockey League with 19 goals and 42 points. He has tied the franchise record set in 2002 by Cory Pecker for points in a postseason and is nine shy of the OHL record 51 points set by Justin Papineau(1999) with the Belleville Bulls and Jason Dawe (1993) with the Peterborough Petes.

Posted On Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:48 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Hellebuyck, Nelson lead United States past Norway

Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) made 22 saves and Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) had the game-winning goal in the second period as the United States won for the second time in as many days at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, defeating Norway 2-1 at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles Kings) had the other U.S. goal, answering the opening goal of the game by Norway's Morten Ask.

"They jumped on us early," U.S. forward Jack Eichel, expected to be one of the top-two picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, told the IIHF website. "We knew it would be a tight checking game. It was a little more physical and chippy. They had some guys with some big open ice hits. It was a defensive battle."

Posted On Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 10:48 AM

By Staff -  / - Rangers-Capitals series blog

Rangers recall forward Ryan Bourque from AHL

The New York Rangers recalled forward Ryan Bourque from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

Bourque, 24, made his NHL debut April 9 against the Ottawa Senators. He had 12 goals and 32 points in 73 regular-season games for Hartford and one assist in five Calder Cup Playoff games as the Wolf Pack won their first-round series.

Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 9:00 PM

By Staff -  / - Ducks-Flames series blog

Ducks forward Perry on scoring binge, leads playoffs

It's taken Corey Perry only five games to lead the Stanley Cup Playoffs in scoring. He could have done it in two.

The Anaheim Ducks forward had his second four-point game of the postseason in a 6-1, Game 1 win Thursday against the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference Second Round.

Perry had seven points in the four-game first-round sweep of the Winnipeg Jets, including two goals and two assists in that Game 1.

"You can see it on Corey Perry's face, how much he wants to score and how much he wants to be the guy that does the damage," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau told the Ducks website Friday. "That's probably why he gets into a lot of trouble with other players more than other guys. He can be an antagonizer and an instigator as well as a great player."

Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 6:14 PM

By Staff -  / - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Friday, May 1

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, 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 content.


Wild believe they can break through at United Center
The Minnesota Wild must win at United Center to finally get past the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their first chance comes Friday.

Lightning still feel 'sting' of 2014 playoff loss
Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning still have lingering memories of last year's playoff loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Red Wings coach Babcock not rushing into decision
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Friday he'll talk about his future with the team in the next 10 days.

Mrazek, Howard to battle for No. 1 job
Petr Mrazek will be in competition with Jimmy Howard for the Detroit Red Wings' No. 1 goalie job next season, general manager Ken Holland said Friday.

Ovechkin dominant for Capitals in Game 1
There are times more often than not when Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is performing like a player possessed.


Flames to start Ramo in goal for Game 2 at Ducks
Karri Ramo will start in goal for the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

Flyers sign defenseman Marti to entry-level contract
Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Christian Marti to an entry-level contract.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from Red Wings-Lightning game played on Thursday, April 30.


Farrish: Rangers will get more aggressive in Game 2
For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Rangers want to clean up mistakes in Game 2
The devastation the New York Rangers felt after losing on a last-second goal in regulation Thursday night gave way to a work day Friday that was about learning from their mistakes and trying as best they can to move on from a brutal loss.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Bishop vs. Price
Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalie matchup for Game 1 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Second Round between Ben Bishop and Carey Price.

Chabot: Ducks stuck with script in Game 1 vs. Flames
For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Seguin back in Prague hoping to lead Canada to gold
Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin is playing in the 2015 IIHF World Championship for Canada and back in the arena where he scored his first NHL goal for the Boston Bruins.

Leipsic's arrival in Toronto 'catalyst' for AHL success
Left wing Brendan Leipsic has adjusted following a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and is helping the Marlies try to advance in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

No Bull Moments: Red Wings' Glendening, Mrazek
Vote for the AMP No Bull Moment of the playoffs, a best of the best battle of No. 1 plays every week.

Local boy Darling took long road to Blackhawks
The story of Scott Darling started about 25 miles from United Center, but his journey from childhood Chicago Blackhawks fan to a place in their Stanley Cup Playoff lore is as remarkable and improbable as any player's path to the NHL.

Flames' Hiller off to shaky start against former team
Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller's shaky performance in Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks raises the question of whether coach Bob Hartley will turn to Karri Ramo.

Ward, Capitals rewarded with buzzer-beating goal
Joel Ward
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 5
SOG: 21 | +/-: 0
Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward knew just enough Russian to score the winning goal with 1.3 seconds remaining in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Rangers seek better shots, more traffic against Holtby
The New York Rangers will strive to get better looks and more traffic against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Saturday.

Lightning's Bishop gets his chance at Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will likely go back to being "the other guy" in the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens, with the opposing goaltender Hart and Vezina Trophy finalist Carey Price.


Trotz has Capitals playing on an even keel
The Washington Capitals have proven to be a pretty resilient bunch during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Blackhawks preach patience against suffocating Wild
The Chicago Blackhawks know they have to stay patient against the Minnesota Wild, but actually doing it might be tougher than it sounds.

Rangers defenseman Boyle OK after hit in Game 1
Dan Boyle
Defense - NYR
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 2
SOG: 11 | +/-: -2
Dan Boyle practiced Friday after leaving the ice following Game 1 against the Washington Capitals with what appeared to be an injury.

Canadiens cook up new power-play units for Game 1
The Montreal Canadiens have changed their power-play units for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning

Hendricks scores twice, United States handles Finland
Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks scored two goals and the United States defeated Finland 5-1 in its opening game at the 2015 World Championship.

Spezza keys Canada to opening win against Latvia
Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza scored two goals and had an assist as Canada defeated Latvia 6-1 in its first game at the 2015 World Championship.

Friday Four: Wild must believe to defeat Blackhawks
The Minnesota Wild have the tools to upset the Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes says they have to believe they can win.

Flames forwards Hudler, Ferland each day-to-day
Calgary Flames forwards Jiri Hudler and Micheal Ferland are day-to-day after each sustained an undisclosed injury in Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks.

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