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Posted On Monday, 06.02.2014 / 6:13 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Rob Blake impressed with Kings' resilience

Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake joined NHL Live to discuss the Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Kings and the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.

The Kings advanced by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a classic best-of-7 series. With their 5-4 overtime victory in Game 7, the Kings became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s en route to reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

Posted On Monday, 06.02.2014 / 3:58 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

First-round order for 2014 NHL Draft almost set

With the conference finals finished, the draft order for the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft has been established for the 28 teams watching with the rest of hockey fans around the world.

The first 13 slots were set by the NHL Draft Lottery, which was held April 15 and won by the Florida Panthers.

In addition, the New Jersey Devils were awarded pick No. 30 as relief from an earlier penalty for circumventing the salary cap when the team signed Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010.

Among teams that made the Stanley Cup Playoffs, non-division winners eliminated in the first two rounds were placed in inverse order of regular-season points, followed by division winners in inverse order of regular-season points.

Posted On Thursday, 05.29.2014 / 10:34 AM

By Staff -  / - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Montreal anthem singer would miss potential Game 7

If the Montreal Canadiens succeed in forcing a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference Final series against the New York Rangers, they will be playing it without their lucky charm in the building.

If the Canadiens win Game 6 against the Rangers on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) then Ginette Reno will sing the Canadian national anthem prior to Game 7 on Saturday via video link from a downtown Montreal concert hall and not Bell Centre, according to a report in the Montreal Gazette.

It would be the first time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs that the Canadiens play a home game without Reno singing "O Canada" live in the building.

Posted On Wednesday, 05.28.2014 / 2:04 PM

By Staff -  / - 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.

Posted On Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 7:08 PM

By Staff -  / - 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."

Posted On Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 7:04 PM

By Staff -  / - 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."

Posted On Monday, 05.26.2014 / 6:58 PM

By Staff -  / - 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

Posted On Monday, 05.26.2014 / 6:34 PM

By Staff -  / - 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."

Posted On Monday, 05.26.2014 / 2:15 PM

By Staff -  / - 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."

Posted On Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 11:33 AM

By Staff -  / - 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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