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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 6:04 PM

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

ICYMI: Tuesday, May 12

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TRENDING:

Lightning's Callahan out of hospital after surgery
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan was released from the hospital Tuesday but won't play in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Canadiens' confidence never waned during series
The Montreal Canadiens remained confident in their game plan at all points in their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Optimistic Capitals disregard past Game 7 failures
The Washington Capitals are optimistic heading into Game 7 against the New York Rangers and not focusing on recent Stanley Cup Playoff failures.

Kreider setting tone for Rangers entering Game 7
Chris Kreider arrived with a bang three years ago and then started looking like he might be a bust. Now his bang might be enough to help the New York Rangers bust the Washington Capitals right out of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.



NEWS:

Start set for potential Canadiens-Lightning Game 7
The National Hockey League today announced that the start time of the potential Game 7 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.

Blackhawks' Rozsival has surgery on broken ankle
Defenseman Michal Rozsival had surgery Tuesday to repair his broken left ankle, the Chicago Blackhawks announced.

Wild goalie Harding expected to retire: report
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding is expected to retire because of complications from multiple sclerosis, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Oilers agree to terms with Finnish goalie Laurikainen
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with goaltender Eetu Laurikainen on a two-year entry-level contract.

Brodeur says return to Devils 'few years' away: report
Martin Brodeur does not anticipate joining the New Jersey Devils front office anytime soon, the former goaltender told NorthJersey.com Monday.

FEATURES:

Silfverberg's emergence makes him Ducks' X-factor
Jakob Silfverberg
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 11
SOG: 23 | +/-: 5
Almost as important to the Anaheim Ducks as Jakob Silfverberg's offensive output has been his stellar defensive play, which they will need against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

Lundqvist, Rangers aim to continue Game 7 success
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has excelled in Game 7s over the course of his career heading into another one Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Duchene, Spezza lead Canada rout of Austria 
Matt Duchene and Jason Spezza each had two goals and two assists to lead Canada to a 10-1 defeat of Austria on Tuesday at the 2015 World Championship.

Melrose: Blackhawks vs. Ducks will be fun
The Blackhawks and Ducks each are incredibly skilled, incredibly deep and should put on a great show for the fans in the Western Conference Final.

Melrose: Fine line separating Rangers, Capitals
NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose expects Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals to be a carbon copy of the first six games.

Melrose: Lightning in driver's seat entering Game 6
Despite losing their past two games, the Lightning are in the driver's seat entering Game 6 against the Canadiens, writes Barry Melrose.

Eichel's OT goal helps U.S. clinch top spot in Group B
Jack Eichel scored with 28 seconds left in overtime to help the U.S. rally for a 5-4 victory against Slovakia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Kopitar resigns as coach of Slovenia national team
Matjaz Kopitar, father of Los Angeles Kings star Anze Kopitar, has resigned as coach of Slovenia's national team.

Erie's McDavid receives top OHL honor
Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid was named the OHL player of the year.



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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 3:52 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Blackhawks vs. Ducks will be fun

The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks have been two of the giants in the Western Conference for some time now, but somehow they have never met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That will change in the 2015 Western Conference Final and for anyone who follows hockey this has to be a series you've been waiting for. These are two teams we knew were bona fide championship contenders all season, are incredibly skilled, incredibly deep and should put on a great show for the fans.

They also might be a bit rusty by the time they take the ice. Each team wrapped up its second-round series quickly and will be waiting for several days before getting the conference final underway. Despite that rust, though, those quick early series will be a boon for each team. Chicago has some players playing a ton of minutes who will need the rest and the Ducks will be able to heal up as some players, like Corey Perry, might be sore and bruised. Rest is almost never bad in the playoffs.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 3:21 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Erie's McDavid named OHL player of the year

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the winner of the 2014-15 Red Tilson Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League player of the year, as voted by the writers and broadcasters that cover the league.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the Warner Theatre Grand Lobby in Erie, Pa.

"It's really hard to put into words what this means," McDavid said. "To be a part of this group of guys and … I might be the guy standing up there but this is the definition of a team award. Makes it a lot easier when you're playing with the league leading scorer [fellow 2015 draft prospect Dylan Strome] and the league's rookie of the year [Alex DeBrincat]. … It's a very special day to be recognized as the league's MVP. It means the world to me."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 1:52 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Fine line separating Rangers, Capitals

In a result that should really surprise no one, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will be playing a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in four seasons on Wednesday. This has been a tight, tremendously entertaining series -- each game has been decided by one goal -- and if you've seen all the games, they're exactly alike. It's battles in front of the net, goaltending, who can get their power play going that night and who can make fewer mistakes. These games haven't been track meets and the play has been so close and physically tight that avoiding mistakes has been imperative.

If you look at Game 6, Washington gave up two goals in the opening two minutes of a period and one goal in the last minute. That's a cardinal sin. You just can't do that. Troy Brouwer took a bad penalty. You can't do that in a series like this. The Capitals lost a draw cleanly in the last 10 seconds of a period. You can't do that either. You've got to tie that up. On Sunday, Washington was guilty of some glaring mistakes. When the Capitals have won in this series, the Rangers have been the team making mistakes.

Those little things on the margins are where Game 7 will be decided. It will be battles along the walls, battles in front of the net and low scoring. I expect to see a carbon copy of the first six games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 1:48 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Lightning series blog

Canadiens' confidence never waned during series

TAMPA -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was asked prior to Game 3 here, having lost the first two games of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning, whether having two days off helped him make the necessary adjustments to turn the series around.

"Honestly, we don’t have that many adjustments to make," Therrien said.

When the Canadiens went on to lose Game 3 later that night 2-1 on a last-second goal by Tyler Johnson to go down 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, the quote resonated back in Montreal as a kiss of death.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 1:03 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Lightning in driver's seat entering Game 6

I know I say this all the time, but I really believe it. It's really hard to defeat an NHL team four times in a row. I know the Chicago Blackhawks just did that to the Minnesota Wild, but there's a reason it doesn't happen more frequently. These teams are all pretty good.

That, to me, explains why the Tampa Bay Lightning couldn't sweep the Montreal Canadiens and why I have a hard time seeing the Canadiens ultimately rallying to win this series. When you take a look at Games 4 and 5 of this series, you have to wonder, "Can you beat Carey Price four times in a row?" I find it hard to believe you can. Yes, I know the Lightning swept the season series, but aside from their first game back in October all of those games were close and one went to overtime.

The past two games, I think, have been a case of Montreal being due. The Canadiens put some things together and their best players started playing some better games. Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban and Price all started getting their acts together and the Lightning were off their game a bit, in particular Ben Bishop, who was chased in Game 4. Since the start of that game Bishop has been outplayed twice by Price and that could be what ultimately decides this series. If Bishop is as good as Price, there is a good chance the series ends Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 12:53 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Callahan out of hospital after surgery

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan was released from the hospital Tuesday but will not play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Callahan had an emergency appendectomy Monday and is out indefinitely. He did not practice Monday, was admitted to Tampa General Hospital that night and was diagnosed with acute appendicitis.

"I found out when it happened [Monday], a little after dinner I think," Cooper said Tuesday. "He had discomfort. We had to check him in and just like that we had to get him under the knife. He's good; we got to it before anything really bad could have happened."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 10:07 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Kopitar resigns as coach of Slovenia national team

Slovenia coach Matjaz Kopitar resigned Tuesday after five seasons as coach of the national team.

At the 2015 IIHF World Championship, Slovenia finished eighth in Group B with three points (1-0-0-6) and was relegated to the Division I Group A level for the 2016 tournament. Slovenia lost its first six games, all in regulation. Its only win came Monday against Denmark, a 1-0 victory in its tournament finale.

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Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 6:05 PM

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

ICYMI: Monday, May 11

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TRENDING:

Ovechkin says Capitals will win series vs. Rangers
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin guaranteed his team will win its Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers.

Canadiens' Therrien sees pressure rising for Lightning
Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien believes there's more pressure on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Ducks' Boudreau in conference final for first time
After eight seasons, Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau finally has reached the conference finals.

Babcock meets with Sabres' GM, owner: report
Mike Babcock on Sunday reportedly met with the owner and general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.



NEWS:

Dubnyk, Wild will try to agree on contract to stay
Goaltender Devan Dubnyk wants to remain with the Minnesota Wild, and the feeling is mutual.

Rangers, Capitals meet in third Game 7 in four years
The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will decide their Eastern Conference Second Round series in Game 7 Wednesday night.

Ducks to face Hawks in Western Conference Final
The Anaheim Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time in eight seasons where they will face the Chicago Blackhawks.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Sunday, May 10.

FEATURES:

Blackhawks preparing for series against Ducks
The Chicago Blackhawks practiced Monday now knowing their opponent in the Western Conference Final, and talked about playing the Anaheim Ducks.

Chabot: Ducks defeated Flames sticking with plan
Former NHL coach Frederic Chabot breaks down how Anaheim eliminated the Calgary in five games.

Farrish: Rangers, Capitals need focused forecheck
Former NHL coach Dave Farrish breaks down how New York and Washington must stay disciplined and under control with their forecheck.

Capitals coach Trotz endorses Ovechkin's prediction
Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is completely on board with Alex Ovechkin's comments predicting they would win Game 7 on Wednesday against the New York Rangers.

Seven matchups to watch in Rangers-Capitals Game 7
There are seven key matchups to watch that could decide Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.

Kreider scores twice to spark Rangers to Game 6 win
Chris Kreider
Left Wing - NYR
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 5
SOG: 29 | +/-: 0
Chris Kreider has scored key goals to help the New York Rangers stave off elimination and set up a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Five reasons Flames were eliminated from playoffs
Struggles on the road and a top line that couldn't keep up were two reasons the Calgary Flames were eliminate from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Five reasons Ducks advanced to Western final
The Anaheim Ducks are back to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2007. Experience and improved special teams were among some of the reasons they advanced.

Despite loss, Flames goalie Ramo shows top form
Karri Ramo's 44 saves weren't enough to save the Calgary Flames' season, but he showed top form in Game 5 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Strong finish boosts Capitals' confidence for Game 7
The Washington Capitals will try to build on a strong third period in Game 6 when they face the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Wednesday.

Rangers' Nash relieved to get back in scoring column
Rick Nash broke a scoring drought at 54 seconds of the third period to give New York a 3-1 lead. The Rangers eventually held on to even the best-of-7 series at 3-3.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Rinne sets World Championship record in Finland win
Pekka Rinne broke the record for longest shutout streak at the World Championship in Finland's 3-2 win against Belarus on Monday.

Rangers coach Vigneault won't respond to Ovechkin
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault pleaded ignorance when he was essentially bated for bulletin board material in response to Alex Ovechkin's comments.

Lightning's Cooper not interested in playing a Game 7
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he isn't interested in talking about a potential Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Ducks forward Perry feeling OK after Game 5 injury
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry is feeling OK after sustaining an injury to his right leg during Game 5 against the Calgary Flames.

McDavid looks to rebound against Oshawa in Game 3
Erie Otters center Connor McDavid eyes bounce-back against the Oshawa Generals in Game 3 on home ice.


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Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 5:59 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Rinne sets World Championship record in Finland win

Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators) broke the record for longest shutout streak at the World Championship and Finland defeated Belarus 3-2 in a shootout in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Evgeni Kovyrshin's goal 5:09 into the third period was the first allowed by Rinne in 237:05, breaking the post-war mark of 206:26 set by Slovakia's Jan Lasak in 2004.

"Rinne has been unbelievable," Finland captain Jussi Jokinen (Florida Panthers) told the IIHF website. "Playing the way he has gives our team so much confidence. We will need him for sure the rest of the way."

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