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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 6:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Friday, May 15

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TRENDING:

Closer Look: Ducks must use size at Blackhawks net
Whether the Anaheim Ducks' top line can assert itself in front of the Chicago Blackhawks net will go a long way to determining the winner of the Western Conference Final.

Rangers' St. Louis all business with Lightning on tap
New York Rangers wing Martin St. Louis, once the face of the Tampa Bay Lightning, now faces them with a berth in the Stanley Cup Final at stake.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Bishop
NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalies in the Eastern Conference Final, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Babcock to make decision within week: report

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose contract expires at the end of June, said Friday in an interview with Darren Dreger of TSN that he expects make a decision about his next job within the next week.

Therrien, coaching staff will return for Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien and the rest of his staff will return for the 2015-16 season, general manager Marc Bergevin said Friday.



NEWS:

Blue Jackets will name captain next week: report
The Columbus Blue Jackets have decided on a captain and will name him before next season, president of hockey operations John Davidson said late last month.

Avalanche sign Martinsen to one-year contract
The Norwegian forward represented his country at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

FEATURES:

Blackhawks' Crawford bounces back from benching
Corey Crawford's start to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs was so turbulent that it probably would've crushed the confidence of many goalies. Lucky for the Chicago Blackhawks, Crawford is resilient.

Rangers' Fast making smart plays to be X-factor
New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast has been making smart plays on the ice and is an x-factor in the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Strangis: For Hawks' Richards, past defines present
Ralph Strangis: Chicago Blackhawks forward Brad Richards' present is defined by his past.

Former Rangers on Lightning look forward to series
Brian Boyle
Center - TBL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 2
SOG: 24 | +/-: -2
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle, right wing Ryan Callahan and defenseman Anton Stralman each played an important role with their former team, the New York Rangers, who they will play in the Eastern Conference Final.

Ovechkin to help Russia challenge U.S. in semifinals
Alex Ovechkin has joined Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship and got in some skating Friday ahead of their semifinal Saturday against the United States.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Top scorer Corey Perry returns to practice for Ducks
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry, the leading scorer through two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, returned to practice Friday.

Lightning's Bishop making name known in playoffs
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has made a name for himself in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1.81 goals-against average through 13 games.

Lightning power play on roll entering East Final
The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers with plenty of confidence on the power play.

Lightning's Callahan practices, could play in Game 1
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan would like nothing more than to return to the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Rangers' Dan Boyle practices, 'all good' for Game 1
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle practiced Friday and is "all good" for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, coach Alain Vigneault said.

First round of 2015 NHL Draft coming into form
With the start of the conference finals, the full order of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft is coming into form.

Friday Four: Canadiens have work to do
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes looks at four teams that made the second round of the playoffs, two of which advanced and two that didn't.

U.S., Canada look to advance to championship game
The United States and Canada on Saturday will look to advance to the championship game at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.


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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 5:20 PM

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

Top scorer Corey Perry returns to practice for Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry participated in practice Friday and said he will be ready to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"It was good," Perry said. "It was exciting. I was excited. Everything went well. It was great to get on the ice again."

Perry sustained an apparent leg injury when he collided with Matt Stajan of the Calgary Flames in the second period of Game 5 of their second-round series Sunday. Perry hobbled off the ice and went to the trainer's room but returned and scored the series-winning goal in overtime.

Perry did not skate the four days previous to Friday and said he benefitted from the rest.

"The next couple of days, it did what it did," Perry said. "But everything was good. Everything was fine and we're moving on and I'll be ready.

"Every day it's getting better. That's all I really have."

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 4:48 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Bishop making name known in playoffs

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will look to continue his solid play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when his team visits the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday at Madison Square Garden (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

In helping lead the Lightning to the conference final for the first time since 2011, Bishop was able to outlast Detroit Red Wings rookie sensation Petr Mrazek in seven games and Montreal Canadiens star Carey Price, a Vezina Trophy nominee, in six games.

Now he comes face-to-face against Henrik Lundqvist, nicknamed "The King." But his mindset doesn't change knowing how well Lundqvist has played this postseason.

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 4:25 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning power play on roll entering East Final

NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers with plenty of confidence on the power play.

The Rangers enter with one of the top penalty-killing units through two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Something will have to give in Game 1 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 3:25 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Callahan practices, could play in Game 1

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan would like nothing more than to return to the lineup to face his former team, the New York Rangers, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Callahan, who missed Game 6 of the second-round series against the Montreal Canadiens after having an emergency appendectomy Monday, was on the ice during practice at the Garden on Friday. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper called Callahan day-to-day.

"It's going to be a pain-tolerance thing," Cooper said. "We're not going to put him in a situation where he can do further damage. It's definitely sore, but he's getting better every day, so ultimately it'll come down to Ryan Callahan and how much pain he's in."

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 1:56 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' Dan Boyle practices, 'all good' for Game 1

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle practiced Friday, less than 48 hours after he was injured in the third period of Game 7 against the Washington Capitals, and is expected to play Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"All good," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said when asked about Boyle's status.

Boyle left Game 7 with 9:26 remaining in the third period after he was hit hard in the head area by Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik. Boyle tried to get up twice but couldn't. He was able to skate off the ice but did not return to the game.

Boyle was skating with usual defense partner Marc Staal in practice Friday. Boyle did not speak to the media.

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 1:45 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

First round of 2015 NHL Draft coming into form

The start of the conference finals not only means four teams remain in the race for the Stanley Cup. It also affects the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

After the NHL Draft Lottery set the order for the first 14 picks, the end of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs established how the next 12 picks will go.

The order is determined in two parts. First are non-division winners eliminated in the first two rounds placed in inverse order of regular-season standings. Then come division winners who lost in the first two rounds in inverse order of regular-season point totals.

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 3:00 AM

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

Friday Four: Canadiens have work to do

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Two that are out, two that are moving on, good, bad, honesty, depth and history -- it's all in this week's blog.

Here we go…


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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 3:00 AM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

U.S., Canada look to advance to championship game

The United States and Canada will have to defeat preliminary-round opponents again in the semifinals on Saturday to advance to the championship game at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

The U.S. defeated Russia 4-2 during round-robin play on the way to a first-place finish in Group B. But the Russian team they play in the first semifinal will be bolstered by the addition of NHL goal-scoring leader Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. He flew to Prague after the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Ovechkin, who scored 53 goals during the regular season, had the Capitals' goal in a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Ovechkin is making his 11th appearance at the World Championship; he has helped Russia to the gold medal three times, including last year.

The U.S. has won seven of its eight games in the tournament, including a 3-1 quarterfinal victory against Switzerland on Thursday.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 6:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Thursday, May 14

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TRENDING:

Preview: Rangers face Lightning in return trip to ECF
The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will play in the Eastern Conference Final. NHL.com previews the series.

Lightning's Callahan possible for Game 1 vs. Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan participated in an optional practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision for Game 1 against the New York Rangers.

Lundqvist, Perry among Conn Smythe candidates
New York Rangers goalie Henirk Lundqvist and Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry are among the candidates to win the Conn Smythe Trophy race.

Lighter Jagr helps Czechs reach semifinals at Worlds
Jaromir Jagr shed more than 20 pounds to gain some speed for the stretch run of the NHL season with the Florida Panthers, and it's helped him at the IIHF World Championship.



NEWS:

Senators owner Melnyk in need of liver transplant
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in need of a liver transplant, team president Cyril Leeder said Thursday.

Howe to be honored with new Detroit River bridge
A new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Canucks sign defenseman Jordan Subban
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed defenseman Jordan Subban.

Ducks sign Kase to entry-level contract
The Ducks have signed left wing Ondrej Kase to a three-year entry-level contract beginning in the 2015-16 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Wednesday, May 13.

Conference Finals schedule
NHL dates, times, national broadcast information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals.

FEATURES:

Sharp, scoring again, integral to Blackhawks' success
Patrick Sharp
Left Wing - CHI
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 9
SOG: 33 | +/-: 3
Patrick Sharp is scoring goals on a regular basis in the Stanley Cup Playoffs again, and that's good news for the Chicago Blackhawks heading into the Western Conference Final.

Crosby hoping to help Canada end drought at Worlds
Sidney Crosby is playing in only his second World Championship and hoping to lead Canada to its first gold medal since 2007 in Moscow.

Farrish: Lundqvist, Rangers unbreakable, resilient
Dave Farrish found three things about the Rangers that impress him the most: Henrik Lundqvist, their overall team speed and their remarkable resiliency.

Lightning's Callahan has motivation to be X-factor
The return of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan from an emergency appendectomy to face his former team, the New York Rangers, is a key Eastern Conference Final storyline.

Hayes gives Rangers lift into conference final
The New York Rangers needed a spark in Game 7 against the Washington Capitals and got it via a power-play goal from rookie forward Kevin Hayes to even the score.

Five reasons Capitals were eliminated from playoffs
Not enough production from their star players and an impotent power play were among the reasons for the Washington Capitals elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Five reasons Rangers advanced to Eastern Final
Strong play by goalie Henrik Lundqvist and forward Chris Kreider are among the reasons the New York Rangers are back in the Eastern Conference Final.

Svechnikov joined Cape Breton to get closer to NHL
Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Evgeni Svechnikov joined Cape Breton of the QMJHL so he could be closer to his goal of reaching the NHL.

Resilient Rangers adept at overcoming adversity
The New York Rangers are back in the Eastern Conference Final for a second straight season because for a second straight season they found a way to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the second round.

Rangers see a lot of themselves in speedy Lightning
Familiarity won't be an issue for the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, even though they haven't played the Tampa Bay Lightning since Dec. 1.

Ovechkin, Capitals edged by Rangers again
Alex Ovechkin scored a goal, but the Washington Capitals lost another Game 7 to the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Lundqvist comes up big again in Game 7 for Rangers
Henrik Lundqvist
Goalie - NYR
RECORD: 8-4
GAA: 1.60 | SVP: .944
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist believes having a strong will to win usually leads to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks forward Perry misses another practice
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry missed a second straight practice Thursday, but coach Bruce Boudreau still expects him to play in Game 1.

Seguin's hat trick leads Canada past Belarus
Tyler Seguin had a hat trick to lead Canada to a 9-0 win against Belarus on Thursday in a quarterfinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Blackhawks evaluating defense pairs for Game 1
The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to lean heavily on their top four defensemen in the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

U.S. rides big second period to Worlds semifinals
The United States rallied to a 3-1 victory against Switzerland on Thursday in a quarterfinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Ovechkin to join Russia at World Championship
Washington Capitals forward Alex Oveckhin will play for Russia in its semifinal Saturday against the United States at the World Championship

Top prospect Noah Hanifin recaps season
Boston College prospect Noah Hanifin recaps his collegiate season in exclusive draft blog for NHL.com

Capitals believe Holtby 'deserved a better fate'
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby allowed 13 goals in the series, including two or fewer in five of seven games against the New York Rangers.

McDonagh 'outstanding' for Rangers in Game 7
New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh turned in another stellar effort in a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 7 vs. the Washington Capitals.

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