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Posted On Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 2:29 PM

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

Nedeljkovic leads U.S. to 3-0 win at U-18 Worlds

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 24 shots he faced and the United States rebounded from a loss in its opener of the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship with a 3-0 win Saturday against the Czech Republic at Lappeenranta Arena in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Auston Matthews, Sonny Milano and Kyle Connor scored for the U.S., which needed points after letting a third-period lead slip away in a 4-2 loss to Switzerland in its opener.

"We started off slow in the tournament, but that would be the game to lose if you're going to lose one," U.S. captain Louis Belpedio told the IIHF website. "We played our game and it was a good team game all around. Today [Nedeljkovic] really made a name for himself."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 1:09 AM

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

After Game 1 loss, Kings stick to team-first mentality

The Los Angeles Kings have developed a reputation over the past few seasons for playing a tight-checking, physical game that limits opponents' scoring chances. It's a system that has fostered good results for Los Angeles, including the 2012 Stanley Cup championship, but it's also one that hinges on the Kings buying into a team-first mentality.

Coach Darryl Sutter adheres to that same mentality when discussing his team publicly. He stuck to it Friday, less than 24 hours after the San Jose Sharks beat Los Angeles 6-3 in the opener of their Western Conference First Round series, when he was asked which players he expected to be better in Game 2.

"I don't think you single players out in [the Stanley Cup Playoffs] or at any time," Sutter told the media, according to LA Kings Insider. "That's not my style, and that's not what good teams do. I think that everybody will be better."

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Posted On Friday, 04.18.2014 / 10:01 PM

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

Karabacek keys Czech Republic win at World U-18s

Vaclav Karabacek, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, had two goals and two assists as the Czech Republic routed Denmark 9-2 at Lappeenranta Arena in Lappeenranta, Finland, on the second day of the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Karabacek, who plays for Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is No. 41 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters for this year's draft.

Jakub Vrana, ranked No. 4 among European skaters, had two goals and an assist. David Pastrnak, No. 5 on the European list, had two assists.

Slovakia beat Germany 4-1 in the other game played Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 04.18.2014 / 6:39 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Wild tweak lines in preparation for Game 2

The Minnesota Wild practiced for more than an hour Friday at Pepsi Center, a day after losing Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round there to the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 in overtime after leading 4-2 in the third period.

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is Saturday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN, FS-N, ALT).

Center Erik Haula was moved up to the third line and Kyle Brodziak down to the fourth line at practice. Haula will begin Game 2 between Matt Cooke and Nino Niederreiter, with Brodziak between Stephane Veilleux and Cody McCormick, the newspaper said.


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Posted On Friday, 04.18.2014 / 4:56 PM

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

Lightning's Bishop faces shots, making progress

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop faced shots Friday for the first time since sustaining an elbow injury April 8, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Bishop took shots from goaltenders coach Frantz Jean before the morning skate prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, RDS, FS-F).

Goalie Anders Lindback will start again after losing Game 1 5-4.

"[Bishop is] progressing every day," Jean said. "The last three days have been extremely positive for him. The recuperation is going very well."

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Posted On Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:16 AM

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

NHL Live previews start of Bruins-Red Wings series

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, looks back at the first two nights of the Stanley Cup Playoffs while getting ready for three more games Friday.

Eddie Olczyk will join us to give his impressions on the games played so far, including three overtime battles, one of which took three extra periods to decide.

The only series not to have started yet gets underway Friday as the Boston Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings, and Amalie Benjamin from the Boston Globe will share her thoughts as the Bruins start on the road they hope leads them back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Also, Barry Melrose will be on the show to award his Mullet of the Week.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 9:05 PM

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

Red Wings don't expect Zetterberg until second round

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg skated with teammates for a half-hour Thursday but is not expected to play until the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, if the Red Wings advance.

Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series against the Boston Bruins is Friday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, FS-D, NESN).

"Time-wise we were shooting for Round 2 if everything goes well," Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "Increase intensity every day and hopefully in a couple days maybe I can do some more battling drills."

Zetterberg had back surgery on Feb. 21 after he was injured during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.


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Posted On Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 8:24 PM

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

'Good chance' Andersen starts Game 2 for Ducks

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen is in line to start Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS (JIP), FS-SW, PRIME).

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was asked Thursday if he would again turn to Andersen after the rookie made 32 saves in a 4-3 win in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut.

"There's a good chance," Boudreau said.

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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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