Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 11:31 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Rimouski wins, earns spot in Memorial Cup tiebreaker

Philippe Desrosiers (Dallas Stars) made 27 saves and the Rimouski Oceanic closed round-robin play with a 4-0 victory against the host Quebec Remparts at the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Michael Joly, a prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, had one goal and three assists for Rimouski. Alexis Loiseau had a goal and an assist, and Justin Samson and Christopher Clapperton (Florida Panthers) also scored.

Quebec goalie Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) was pulled after allowing four goals on 25 shots. Callum Booth, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2015 draft, stopped all 17 shots he faced.

The teams will play again Thursday in the tiebreaker game. It will mark the ninth time the teams have played this month; Rimouski beat Quebec in seven games to win the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title, and won all three games at Pepsi Colisee. Including playoffs, Rimouski has beaten Quebec six straight times at Pepsi Colisee.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 11:18 PM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning will use days off to 'get our guys healthy'

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been dealing with an illness and hope an extra day off before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers will give them time to recover.

"It's tough. We've had a few guys under the weather, not that that's any excuse," forward Alex Killorn said in a conference call Wednesday. "I think most of the guys have been ready for games and stuff like that. But these few days we have here, I know [Wednesday] is a day off; it's going to be to be huge, not only for injuries, but for guys that have been feeling kind of sick. So we're going to use these days to get our guys back healthy."

Game 7 is at Madison Square Garden on Friday (8 p.m.; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3 after the Lightning failed to end it at home, losing 7-3 on Tuesday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 6:43 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Islanders prospect Dal Colle talks Memorial Cup

New York Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle joined NHL Live to discuss competing in the 2015 Memorial Cup and his Oshawa Generals place in the championship game Sunday.

The Generals, champions of the Ontario Hockey League, earned a spot in the finals with a 2-1 win Tuesday against the Michael Dal Colle. They were the only team to finish round-robin play 3-0-0, and will play for their fifth Memorial Cup title and first since 1990.

"I think we had a very good playoff run," Dal Colle said. "We played teams like North Bay and Erie, and getting through that and winning the OHL was a big accomplishment. We turned our minds to the Memorial Cup right away and I think that helped us in the round robin."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 5:10 PM - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Wednesday, May 27

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Brassard answers coach's challenge in win
New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard scored a hat trick and had two assists for a five-point night in New York's 7-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday after his coach challenged him to step up.

Three keys for Ducks, Blackhawks to winning Game 6 identifies the keys to victory for the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks entering Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at United Center.
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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 4:20 PM

By NHL Green -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

NHL Receives EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the National Hockey League as the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge Sports & Entertainment Venues corporate award winner.

In a letter from Cheryl Coleman, Director of EPA’s Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, the League was commended for its leadership in wasted food prevention and diversion.

“The NHL is serving as a true leader in sustainable food management,” said Coleman. “The League’s actions have created a foundation of innovation and achievement that will guide other organizations as they pursue environmental goals around sustainable food management.” 

The NHL supports the mission to “Feed People -- Not Landfills.” Since 2010, NHL Clubs have participated in the NHL Food Recovery Initiative, which diverts approximately 100 tons of waste (equivalent to 160,000 meals) from going to landfills annually, by collecting prepared but untouched food after the game for donation to local shelters.

The League-wide initiative, launched in partnership with “Rock and Wrap It Up!” and arena concessionaires, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps to combat hunger in North America. The League has been recognized multiple times by the U.S. EPA for its efforts, and Beyond Sport presented the NHL with its 2011 Sport for Environment award in recognition of its commitment to food recovery.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 2:39 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial / - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks hope to put last year's lesson to use

CHICAGO -- The similarities to last season's playoff run are too strong to ignore, so the Anaheim Ducks have embraced the heartbreak as a teaching tool.

The Ducks lead the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in their best-of-7 Western Conference Final heading into Game 6 on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Last spring the Ducks had a 3-2 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Second Round but lost 2-1 on the road in Game 6 and then lost 6-2 at home in Game 7.

Los Angeles went on to win the Stanley Cup while Anaheim had a longer-than-expected summer of what-ifs.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 2:19 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Rundblad likely in for Timonen for Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks appear to have another lineup change coming to their fifth and sixth defensemen for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), with David Rundblad replacing Kimmo Timonen.

"It could happen," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Chicago's morning skate.

If so, Rundblad and Kyle Cumiskey will be the fifth and sixth defensemen playing against the Anaheim Ducks. It would be the third time the Blackhawks have reconfigured their bottom pairing against Anaheim; the Ducks hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 1:36 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Connor named USHL Player of the Year

Youngstown Phantoms forward Kyle Connor, a projected first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the United States Hockey League Player of the Year and Forward of the Year on Wednesday.

Connor, who led the USHL with 80 points in 56 regular-season games, broke his single-season Youngstown record for points, which he had set last season with 74. His 34 goals and 46 assists ranked second in the league, and he led the USHL with nine game-winning goals and 32 power-play points. Connor also had three goals and four points in four playoff games.

"Being named both player and forward of the year is a great honor," Connor told the Phantoms website. "It all goes back to my teammates and coaches this year always challenging and pushing me to be better. After the season we had two years ago we wanted to come back strong and they pushed me every day on the ice and in the weight room."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Ducks, Blackhawks

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks has been amazing so far with tons of skill, tons of speed, and a lot of strength.

It's funny, as I watch the Ducks play, and I know their fans won't like this, but in many ways they remind me of the Los Angeles Kings. They also have shades of the Boston Bruins from a few years ago, but they are playing like the Kings.

This is big-man hockey the Ducks are playing. It's a big reason why they're up 3-2 in the best-of-7 series.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 11:48 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Oshawa tops Kelowna, moves to Memorial Cup final

Cole Cassels (Vancouver Canucks) and Tobias Lindberg (Ottawa Senators) each scored to help the Oshawa Generals earn a spot in the 2015 Memorial Cup championship game with a 2-1 win against the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Oshawa goaltender Ken Appleby made 20 saves.

"That's a good hockey team we just beat," Cassels told the Memorial Cup website. "We can thank [Appleby] for saving us in the final minutes there on a 5-on-3, as well as the guys on the ice. That's a character win."

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Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday