Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 6:56 PM - NHL Live blog

Bergeron talks Selke nomination, Bruins season

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron joined NHL Live to discuss his nomination for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game, and his take on the Bruins' performance in the regular season.

Bergeron is a Selke finalist for the fourth straight season. He won the award in 2012 and 2014, and was the runner-up to Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews in 2013.

Toews and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the other finalists.

"It's definitely something very special," Bergeron said. "It's an honor to be nominated. I've been lucky to be part of a great organization and teammates have been helping me a lot to get that recognition.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 6:21 PM

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Ducks' Fowler expecting physical series against Jets

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler joined NHL Live to look ahead to the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets.

Game 1 is Thursday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA, SN, PRIME). "The last few days we've really been working hard," Fowler said. "We've had some good practices and it's allowed us time work on some things that we'd like to clear up heading into the playoffs. Now we feel like we're all prepared and we just have to go out there and execute."

The Ducks (51-24-7) earned 109 points to clinch the best record in the Western Conference and capture the Pacific Division title for the third straight year, and are eager to improve their recent postseason track record. Anaheim lost in seven games to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round in 2013. Last season, the Ducks advanced to the second round, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in seven.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 6:27 PM - NHL Live blog

Stars' Benn reflects on scoring title, missing playoffs

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn joined NHL Live to look back at the season and discuss winning the Art Ross Trophy as the League's leading scorer.

Benn will have hip surgery after playing through pain in each hip throughout the season.

"I was able to play in every game this year and it wasn't as bad as it sounded, I don't think," Benn said. "It wasn't affecting me out there. I was able to play and get through it."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 6:08 PM - NHL Live blog

Hammond, Senators surging toward playoff berth

Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond joined NHL Live to discuss the Senators' thrilling run to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ottawa (41-26-13) is 21-4-4 since Feb. 10, when it was 14 points out of a playoff position, and "The Hamburglar" has been a big reason behind the surge. The Senators are one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold the first wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

"Whether it had very much to do with me or not, I think the team just started playing a certain way that makes us successful," Hammond said. "The wins and the streak we've been able to go on has been incredible. We've just kind of taken on this attitude that we're not done until we're officially done. I think that started way back when, when we were 10-12 points out, and we just continued with that.

"We're obviously on the outside looking in a little bit but I think the attitude of everyone in the room is if we're not going to make it we're going to at least go down swinging."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 6:51 PM - NHL Live blog

Top prospect McDavid looks ahead to OHL playoffs

Viewed by many scouts as the best draft-age prospect since Sidney Crosby in 2005, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Ontario Hockey League playoffs and his performance during the regular season.

The Otters finished 50-14-2-2 and will play the Sarnia Sting in the first round. They advanced to the Western Conference Finals last season before losing to the Guelph Storm.

"It was a good experience last year," McDavid said. "It obviously [stinks] coming up a little bit short but it's a learning experience and we can use it toward these playoffs. Everyone is looking forward to it and we're looking to get this thing going."

McDavid, 18, finished third in the OHL with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals in 47 games despite missing six weeks because of a broken hand and competing in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. The 6-foot, 175-pound center had 11 points in seven WJC games to help Canada win the gold medal and earn a place on the tournament all-star team.

"I think I had a good year," McDavid said. "It kind of goes up and down when you get on a start that I did. I know I was playing great hockey and feeling pretty good. Then breaking your hand right before the World Junior … it was a pretty upsetting time but you get through that and I was able to salvage the year and have a pretty decent year."

McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 6:06 PM - NHL Live blog

Flames GM Treliving looking forward to stretch run

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving joined NHL Live to look ahead to what he expects to be a furious finish to the regular season.

The Flames (40-27-6, 86 points) are third in the Pacific Division ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and 7-3-2 since captain Mark Giordano was injured. Despite being outscored 64-45 in the first period and 132-109 through two periods, Calgary's plus-35 goal differential (90-55) in the third leads the NHL.

"We're excited to be in the situation that we're in," Treliving said. "Any time you're going down the stretch and you've got a chance that's all you can ask for. We've given ourselves a chance. It's going to be an exciting push here down the stretch. Ultimately the goal is to get in, as we all know. Having to go through this experience is a great learning experience for our group and we're going to take it, as the old cliché says, one day and one game at a time and see where we end up."

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 6:31 PM

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Cooper: Lightning's win against Bruins 'a relief'

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper joined NHL Live to look back at a big win Sunday against the Boston Bruins and ahead to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Lightning, 7-1-1 in their past nine games, trail the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens by two points but hold an eight-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings for second place and home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Tampa Bay's win Sunday was its first against Boston since March 13, 2012, a stretch of 10 games.

"It was a little bit of a relief," Cooper said. "I think I'm coming up on my two-year anniversary with the team and that was the one team, for me anyway being behind the bench, I've yet to steal a win until [Sunday] night, so it was pretty special."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 5:56 PM - NHL Live blog

Lindholm, Ducks pass latest test against Kings

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm joined NHL Live to discuss their 3-2 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday and success in the third period this season.

Lindholm had an assist in the victory. His 34 points are second among Ducks defensemen.

"It was a very good test for us," Lindholm said. "We played a Kings team that was desperate because they're in a desperate situation. It was a real playoff atmosphere.

"Every time we play the Kings anytime during the season I feel like it's a playoff spirit. The crowd really gets into it and it's really fun to be out there. Every game is always tight, like the one-goal game [Wednesday], and it's real fun games to play.”

Anaheim, whose 97 points lead the Presidents' Trophy race, is 28-1-7 in one-goal games and leads the League with 12 wins when trailing after two periods (12-20-0).

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 6:17 PM - NHL Live blog

Coyle, Wild continue ascension in Central Division

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle joined NHL Live to discuss how the Wild have turned their season around since sitting in last place in the Central Division in January.

Coyle had the second two-goal game of his career in the Wild's 3-2 overtime win Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. It was Minnesota's third win in four games and a franchise-record eighth straight win on the road. The Wild are 19-10-5 on home ice and 20-14-2 away from Xcel Energy Center, where they play the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

"It's always a disadvantage being an away team and we have to step things up," Coyle said. "I don't know if it's the mindset that we have going [on the road] but it's definitely been working for us. We have to bring that same mindset home and do the same thing there."

The Wild are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games and a League-best 18-4-1 since the All-Star break. They lead the Winnipeg Jets by three points for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and trail the Predators by nine points in the Central.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 6:23 PM - NHL Live blog

Kings' Williams on playoff push, Game 7 success

Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams joined NHL Live to discuss the defending Stanley Cup champions' push to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Kings entered Tuesday leading the Winnipeg Jets by one point for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"I think as a team we've experienced a lot together going through Cup runs, obviously," Williams said. "Getting to the playoffs is really the toughest. Half the teams get in and everyone is improving every year. We're battle tested and I look around the room and I'm confident that when push comes to shove we're able to do it."

Known as "Mr. Game 7," Williams has seven goals and 14 points in seven series-deciding games played. His teams are 7-0 in those games.

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