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Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 1:34 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

MacLeod powers U.S. into semifinals at U-18 Worlds

Defenseman Johnathan MacLeod scored two power-play goals and Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists as the United States Under-18 National Team scored a 6-2 victory against Slovakia in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 IIHF World U-18 Championship at Lappeenranta Arena in Finland.

Eichel and MacLeod, No. 44 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored goals in the opening 3:28 of the first period. The U.S. scored three times in the first and held Slovakia without a shot (20-0) to build a 3-0 advantage.

Eichel, who was named the player of the game and is on a four-game point streak (four goals, four assists), is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida.

"It's definitely a high right now," Eichel told the IIHF website. "Our coaches do a great job preparing us for the games and I think that we've trained so hard for two years and we know what we have to do."

Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 9:40 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks to Blue Jackets' Dubinsky

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, whose game-tying goal helped his team to an overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner also joins the show to give his insight into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the future of the Islanders.

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings resume their Eastern Conference First Round series on Thursday and Craig Custance, senior NHL writer from ESPN the Magazine, joins us via Arena Cam at Joe Louis Arena to talk about the matchup.

Jamie McLennan will also discuss the importance of special teams during the playoffs.

Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 7:40 PM

By Staff -  / - Ducks-Stars series blog

Ducks captain Getzlaf out for Game 4 vs. Stars

The Anaheim Ducks will be without center Ryan Getzlaf for Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

Rickard Rakell will take Getzlaf's place in the Ducks lineup.

Getzlaf, who had two goals and two assists in the first three games of the series, is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 6:25 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Lightning's Johnson on Calder nomination, season

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson was a guest on NHL Live to discuss his nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the League's top rookie, and to reflect on the 2013-14 season.

Johnson, Lightning forward Ondrej Palat and Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon are the three finalists for the Calder Trophy. Johnson and Palat are the first teammates to receive nominations since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.

The winner will be announced on June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 11:24 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Calder Trophy finalist Johnson of Tampa on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, breaks down three Game 4s to be played Wednesday in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire will join us on Arena Cam at Nationwide Arena to talk about the Columbus Blue Jackets attempting to even up their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Chicago Blackhawks are also trying to draw even with the St. Louis Blues after dropping the first two games on the road. We'll go out on Arena Cam to United Center and welcome in analyst Darren Pang.

Also, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Tyler Johnson will call into the show to talk about his Calder Trophy nomination and give a recap of the Lightning's season.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 6:47 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Avalanche's O'Reilly on playoffs, Lady Byng Trophy

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the Stanley Cup Playoffs and his nomination for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The Avalanche lead their Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild 2-1 with Game 4 on Thursday (CNBC, TSN2, RDS2, ALT, FS-N, FS-WI) at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota won Game 3 1-0 on Mikael Granlund's overtime goal.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 4:14 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Eichel's late goal propels U.S. to win at U-18 Worlds

Jack Eichel, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, scored with 1:04 left in the third period as the United States beat Finland 4-3 on Tuesday in preliminary-round play at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship at Lappeenranta Arena in Lappeenranta, Finland.

The game was tied late when Sonny Milano, a forward ranked No. 16 among North American skaters for the 2014 draft, sent a pass to Eichel that he played from between his skates onto his stick. He fired a quick shot that beat Finland goalie Kaapo Kahkonen.

"We had a scouting report on [Kahkonen] before the game and we wanted to get a lot of shots on him and make him work," Eichel told the IIHF website. "End of the shift I'm kind of low and Milano makes a good pass to me. Didn't really have a lot of options, but I was in a spot where we said was a good place to shoot."

Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 10:40 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks Bruins-Red Wings with 'Doc' Emrick

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up another night of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey by going out to Joe Louis Arena to talk to broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick, who will join us from the Arena Cam to discuss the Detroit Red Wings resuming their series against the Boston Bruins.

Jamie McLennan will join us from the Toronto studio to talk about the 3-0 stranglehold the Montreal Canadiens have on the Tampa Bay Lightning with Game 4 set for Tuesday at Bell Centre.

We'll also have reports from out of Montreal, Detroit, Philadelphia and Los Angeles going inside all four series that features games on Tuesday.

Posted On Monday, 04.21.2014 / 9:31 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Czechs top host Finns at U-18 Worlds

Jakub Vrana, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, had one goal in regulation and scored the deciding goal in the shootout as Czech Republic beat Finland 4-3 on Monday in preliminary-round play at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Vrana, who plays for Linkoping in the Swedish Hockey League, is No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters for the 2014 draft.

Vaclav Karabacek, who plays for Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and is No. 41 on Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, also had a goal in the game, which was played at Lappeenranta Arena in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Antti Kalapudas had a goal and an assist for Finland. He plays for Karpat's team in Finland's junior league, and Central Scouting ranked him No. 32 among European skaters.

The Czechs took a 3-2 lead on Karabacek's goal with 3:21 left in the third, but Kalapudas set up Sami Niku for the tying goal with 1:12 remaining.

After overtime couldn't settle things, Vrana scored on the Czechs' first turn in the shootout, and David Pastrnak, No. 5 on Central Scouting's list of the top European skaters, scored to close the game.

Czech goaltender Vitek Vanecek, ranked No. 8 among European goalies, made 29 saves in regulation and stopped Kalapudas and top-rated European skater Kasperi Kapanen in the shootout.

The loss was host Finland's first, but the point they gained left them in first place in Group B, one point ahead of Switzerland and the United States. The Czechs are fourth with five points.

"We talked to each other about it before the game, that we needed to go aggressively to the net and do a lot of forechecking," Vrana told the IIHF website. "I think we did a good job in the end, though we stopped playing as hard in the third and we gave up a few unlucky goals."

The Czechs finish preliminary-round play Tuesday against Switzerland. Finland plays the U.S. on Tuesday.

In other action Monday:

Posted On Monday, 04.21.2014 / 4:26 PM

By Staff -  / - Bruins-Red Wings series blog

Red Wings want to play faster, get Nyquist going

The Red Wings are emphasizing speed heading into Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series Tuesday against the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FS-D) at Joe Louis Arena.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 after the teams split the first two games at TD Garden. The Red Wings played a faster brand of hockey in defeating the Bruins 1-0, but Boston emerged as the more physical team in a 4-1 win in Game 2.

"A team always pushes back after a loss, they up the ante," Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith told after an optional practice Monday. "That's something we're going to have to do. We have to play our style, that's what helped us against them this year."

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