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Posted On Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 9:10 PM

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

Stars glad to be back home for Game 3

The Dallas Stars flew home from California on Saturday, and the return came not a moment too soon.

The Stars will practice Sunday, preparing to play a home game Monday for the first time since April 11. It will be Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN, KDOC, TXA 21).

Dallas, which trails the best-of-7 series 2-0, was 23-11-7 at American Airlines Center this season, 8-1-1 in its final 10.

"We've played real good hockey, especially the last 15, 20 games here," coach Lindy Ruff told the Dallas Morning News on Saturday. "In front of our crowd, I think that added energy will help our team."

Posted On Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 6:54 PM

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

Injured Beleskey to accompany Ducks to Dallas

The Anaheim Ducks held an optional skate Saturday, with an estimated 12 players participating.

Injured forward Matt Beleskey (lower body) did not skate, according to the Ducks' official Twitter, but coach Bruce Boudreau said he will travel with the team for Games 3 and 4 against the Dallas Stars.

Game 3 is Monday at American Airlines Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN, KDOC, TXA 21).

Posted On Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 6:43 PM

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

Red Wings expect Bruins to be even better in Game 2

The four Detroit Red Wings who made their Stanley Cup Playoff debut Friday in a 1-0, Game 1 win against the Boston Bruins took some time to reflect Saturday.

"It was a really tough game for the first playoff game," forward Tomas Tatar told the Red Wings website. "I could picture this game coming a little bit later [in the series] than it actually was because it was really tight. It feels to me like the tightest game. I'm glad that I have it behind me and we can refocus on the next game and we don't have to be so shaky and play with a little more confidence."

Pavel Datsyuk scored with 3:01 remaining to give Detroit a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series, with Game 2 on Sunday at TD Garden (3 p.m. ET; NBC, RDS, TSN).


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."

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."

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.

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.


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."

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.

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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