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Posted On Wednesday, 05.28.2014 / 2:04 PM

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

Bourque celebration: from Montreal to Lac La Biche

Bell Centre in Montreal and Lac La Biche, Alberta are about 2,200 miles apart, but there was a pretty solid celebration in both places Tuesday when Montreal Canadiens forward Rene Bourque completed his hat trick against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Bourque's third goal came at 6:33 of the third period to give the Canadiens a 6-4 lead en route to their 7-4 victory.

While Bourque and his teammates celebrated his third goal, the 21,273 at Bell Centre engaged in the hockey tradition of littering the ice with hats.

However, a few fans took the tradition one step further.

Bourque grew up in Lac La Biche, located about three hours northeast of Edmonton, and his parents still live in the town. Fans were so excited by Bourque's three-goal night that they tossed hats on his parents' front lawn.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 7:08 PM

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

Matteau reflects on historic goal on NHL Live

Twenty years ago, Stephane Matteau forever etched himself into New York Rangers lore with his game-winning goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils. Matteau joined NHL Live to discuss that historic night at Madison Square Garden and his wrap-around goal that defeated the Devils in double overtime.

Whenever Matteau hears Howie Rose's famous radio call of "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!," the first things that goes through his mind are emotion and joy.

"Even though it's been 20 years I've heard that call a thousand times, so it feels good and as an ex-Ranger I'm very proud of it," Matteau said. "A lot of players play their entire careers without a moment like that. I'm very grateful that the Rangers had traded for me and I'm very grateful that I had a chance to chip in some of the big goals for the New York Rangers in 1994. It's one moment, maybe, but it was a great moment that I've cherished for the last 20 years."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 7:04 PM

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

New Canucks GM Benning looks to the future

New Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the Canucks' outlook heading into the offseason.

Speaking from the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto, Benning is focused on interviewing prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft and searching for a new coach.

"We've talked about it," Benning said. "This week we're going to be here at the Combine all week interviewing about 20 kids every day through Friday, and we go back to Vancouver on Saturday. And then we'll probably over the course of the next few days finalize our list of candidates to interview and probably start the interview process when we get back starting next week."

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Posted On Monday, 05.26.2014 / 6:58 PM

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

Wild's Parise gives back through charitable endeavors

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise joined NHL Live to discuss his contributions to Defending The Blue Line, an Minnesota-based organization that ensures children of military members are affording every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. Defending The Blue Line provides free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

"It's a really cool thing," Parise said. "This winter a few of us went out and skated with them outdoors up in Blaine, Minnesota. It's a really neat organization and, I guess, a really small thing that we can do just to show our appreciation for what they've been doing for us."

For more information on Defending The Blue Line and to get involved, visit DefendingTheBlueLine.org.

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Posted On Monday, 05.26.2014 / 6:34 PM

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

Islanders prospect Reinhart talks Memorial Cup win

New York Islanders defensive prospect Griffin Reinhart joined NHL Live to discuss the Edmonton Oil Kings winning the 2014 Memorial Cup with a 6-3 victory against the Guelph Storm on Sunday.

Reinhart, the Oil Kings' captain who was selected No. 4 by the Islanders in the 2012 NHL Draft, had three assists and was a plus-1 in five tournament games.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Reinhart said. "It's not too often that you get to compete for a championship like that, let alone get a second opportunity. We learned a lot from the first year I was there and applied that to this year."

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Posted On Monday, 05.26.2014 / 2:15 PM

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

Canadiens goaltender Price skates without equipment

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price skated without equipment Monday at their practice facility in Brossard, Quebec.

Price was declared out for the Eastern Conference Final after he was injured in Game 1, and coach Michel Therrien reiterated Monday that is still the case.

"A great sign," Therrien said of Price skating. "It's part of the rehab."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 11:33 AM

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

Rangers' Stepan ruled out of Game 4 vs. Canadiens

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan will not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Stepan was released from the hospital Saturday night and visited teammates Sunday morning before returning home. Coach Alain Vigneault said there is no timetable for his return.

Stepan had surgery Friday to repair a broken jaw sustained in Game 3 when Canadiens forward Brandon Prust hit him 2:45 into the first period. He has never missed a game in his four-year NHL career, a span of 348 regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 12:45 PM

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

Virtanen out 4-6 months after shoulder surgery

Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen, No. 6 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft, will need 4-6 months to recover from recent shoulder surgery, the team announced Thursday.

Virtanen will attend the NHL Scouting Combine, held in Toronto May 25-31, but will not take part in any of the physical testing.

The 6-foot, 208-pound right wing was sixth in the Western Hockey League with 45 goals in 71 regular-season games. He was third on the Hitmen with 71 points, and had one goal and three assists in six WHL playoff games.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 10:42 AM

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

NHL Live talks playoffs with Olczyk, McGuire

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, welcomes in NBCSN analyst Eddie Olczyk for the first half hour and will also talk to Craig Custance, senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The New York Rangers look to take a 3-0 lead on the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final with Game 3 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire joins us from the Arena Cam to preview the matchup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 7:56 PM

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

Greene in, Schultz out for Kings in Game 2

CHICAGO -- Defenseman Matt Greene will replace Jeff Schultz in the Los Angeles Kings lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Greene skated with defenseman Alec Martinez on the Kings’ third pairing during warm-ups at United Center. Veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell will move up to the second pairing with Slava Voynov for Game 2 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

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