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Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 3:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Devils' Schneider praises former coach Vigneault

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault continues to receive praise from former players on his success during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who played as part of Vigneault's goaltending tandem with the Vancouver Canucks for several seasons, told The Star-Ledger he thinks Vigneault is "a great coach."

"We went to a Cup Final and we won two Presidents' Trophies and a bunch of division titles with him, so he was clearly a great coach," Schneider told the newspaper. "I'm not surprised at all that they're there. It was unfortunate the way it ended in Vancouver for him. I don't think it was a knock on him as a coach. I just think it was a change with the ownership."


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Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 2:42 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings defenseman Regehr likely to play in Game 2

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr likely will return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday at Staples Center (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"He'll probably play [Saturday]," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Regehr at the end of his press conference Friday.

The Kings lead the best-of-7 series 1-0 after a 3-2 overtime win Wednesday.

Regehr has been out since May 3 with a knee injury that occurred in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks when right wing Teemu Selanne hit Regehr against the end boards.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 7:11 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Line-shuffling helped Kings rally for Game 1 victory

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter is not shy about taking away ice time from any of his players when they aren't playing at the standard he demands, but the way he jumbled his forward lines in Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final was a bit of an anomaly in this postseason.

Part of it was the timing. Sutter started his line-shuffling before the first period was over, right after the New York Rangers took a two-goal lead.

Part of it was the fact it was a full four-line shake-up. When Sutter changed things earlier this postseason, it often was one or two tweaks. This was all four centers moving to a different line.

The first shift after Carl Hagelin's shorthanded goal at 15:03 of the first period was still part of a power play. Los Angeles' first group at even strength was Jarret Stoll, usually the No. 3 center, with Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli, who typically play with Jeff Carter.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 6:14 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Vigneault hints Moore will return to Rangers lineup

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault hinted that defenseman John Moore, who has served his two-game suspension, could be back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Moore was suspended for an illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. He had played in 17 of New York's 19 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to that point.

Vigneault liked having Moore in the lineup playing with Kevin Klein because it gave the Rangers three lefty-righty defense pairs.

"Johnny's played some good hockey for us," Vigneault said. "He skates with the puck well. He's a left-handed D. I think it's easy to go D-to-D when you have right- and left-handers. Johnny has been one of our consistent six defensemen that we've rolled all year."


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Posted On Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:49 AM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings' comeback in Game 1 sets playoff record

The Los Angeles Kings made history Wednesday when they rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

Not only did the Kings grab the lead in the series, they became the 14th team this spring to rally from a multiple-goal deficit to win, the most in one playoff year. The Kings have accounted for the three most recent comebacks; they overcame a pair of two-goal deficits in the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, including a 2-0 hole in their 5-4 overtime victory in Game 7.

Overall, this was the Kings' fourth multiple-goal comeback victory this spring, the most by any team since the Philadelphia Flyers had five in 1987.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 10:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Celebrities, players, NYC react to start of Cup Final

New York's state of mind revolved around its hockey team Wednesday night.

Thousands gathered in New York City's Bryant Park for a viewing party to watch the New York Rangers play the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center, roughly 3,000 miles to the west.

The Rangers were back on the ice after having nearly a week off; they eliminated the Montreal Canadiens last Thursday in a 1-0 victory in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden. Los Angeles went the distance in each of its series, becoming the first team in history to win three Game 7s in the same postseason. The Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime Sunday night.

Celebrities and NHL players took to Twitter before and during the game to share their excitement in what is primed to be a pulsating best-of-7 series.

"After all the Game 7 dramas in the @NHL playoffs, a Game 1 is almost relaxing," Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak tweeted.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 9:57 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Doughty breaks Kings playoff mark for defensemen

Drew Doughty set the Los Angeles Kings' record for most points by a defenseman in one playoff year when he scored a second-period goal against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at Staples Center.

It was Doughty's 17th point in 22 games this spring. He broke his own record of 16 points, set during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012.


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 8:52 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Gretzky drops puck for Cup Final opening faceoff

LOS ANGELES -- Wayne Gretzky has roots all over the Stanley Cup Final, so it was only fitting that "The Great One" stood at center ice to get the festivities started Wednesday with Game 1 at Staples Center.

Gretzky was honored by the NHL and two of his former teams, the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers, as the person selected to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff between New York alternate captain Brad Richards and L.A. captain Dustin Brown.


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 6:21 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings defenseman Regehr unlikely to play in Game 1

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr said he is available, but it doesn't appear that he will skate against the New York Rangers on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Regehr said he has been cleared in his recovery from a knee injury that has kept him out since May 3, when he was injured in the first period of Game 1 of the second round against the Anaheim Ducks.

However, coach Darryl Sutter said of Regehr, "He's getting closer. [But] I probably wouldn't play him [in Game 1]."


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 6:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Leneveu to dress as Lundqvist's backup in Game 1

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and will not dress as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

David Leneveu will serve as Lundqvist's backup, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. Vigneault did not provide a further update on Talbot's status other than to say he's day-to-day.

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