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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 6:24 PM

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

Rangers sure Game 5 'is going to work out fine'

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault talked about the hockey gods after a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. He talked about how he's a believer in them, and how they were there for the Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Now, on Friday the 13th, with the Rangers again trying to extend the Stanley Cup Final in Game 5 at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), what does the coach think the hockey gods might have in store?

"I'm sure it's a good day," he said before laughing during his press conference more than two hours before game time. "Everything is going to work out fine."

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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 6:09 PM

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

Kings focused on good start with Cup in the building

LOS ANGELES -- Two years ago veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell stood in front of his locker before Game 4 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final with a glowing expression. It was difficult for him not to get emotional at the prospect of winning the Cup for the first time.

It might have also been difficult for the rest of the Los Angeles Kings, who lost in their first attempt to close the series against the New Jersey Devils at home. They are more guarded this time around, and it was evident at the morning skate before Game 5 Friday against the New York Rangers at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

The Kings lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. This is their first chance to close it out at home.

"As a team, I don't think we talk about [2012], but at the same time I think we all know that we failed to close it out two times," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "That's always going to be in the back of our minds. But what we can do is we can learn from that experience. We know what we did wrong and we know why we let them back in the series.

"That's why [Friday] we figure we have to close it out, because the more games we give them the more life they get. Especially here at Staples, our home arena. It's a very important game for us."

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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 3:19 PM

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

Rangers must borrow more from Kings' playbook

The New York Rangers trail the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final with a chance to extend the best-of-7 series Friday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). They barely held on to win 2-1 in Game 4 on Wednesday, but there were some positive things for them to take away that could help them keep their run going.

Put bluntly, they need to do against the Kings what L.A. has done against everyone all season long.

The Kings are a power/skill team; they're almost like a hybrid NHL/NFL team because they can just dominate you physically with all four lines and their three defense pairs. But they're a faster team than people recognize. Marian Gaborik is a speed merchant and Drew Doughty can fly. They're also willing to go to the net and defend the front of their own net. They do those things consistently.

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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 3:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Canes hope for repeat of good fortune at No. 7 in draft

The last time the Carolina Hurricanes had the seventh pick in the draft was 2010, and it worked out OK for them when they selected forward Jeff Skinner.

"If we come up with another guy like that, we'll be OK," Hurricanes director of amateur scouting Tony MacDonald told the team's website.

The quest to find a player in the 2014 NHL Draft who can make the same kind of impact as Skinner won't be as easy. MacDonald said his assessment of this year's draft crop has made the job for him and his scouts that much tougher.

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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 11:11 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Canucks like local prospects Reinhart, Virtanen

Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden feels the organization might target a skilled forward with its first pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, currently No. 6.

In an interview with the Global News last month, Linden acknowledged how thrilled the organization is to be selecting No. 6. It is the highest draft slot for the Canucks since choosing Daniel and Henrik Sedin with the Nos. 2 and 3 picks in 1999.

"The fact the top of the draft is thin on defensemen … it would appear there are good, big power forwards available," Linden said.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 6:27 PM

NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Morin talks Calder Cup, hopeful for shot in Dallas

Texas Stars forward Travis Morin joined NHL Live to discuss his performance in the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals.

Morin's goal 7:20 into overtime gave the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate a 2-1 win against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 3 on Wednesday and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

In addition to winning a Calder Cup, Morin, 30, has his sights on getting another shot in the NHL. He leads Texas in playoff scoring (7-12-19) after earning a team-high 88 points (32 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 2:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Blues happy to hold nine picks in NHL Draft

After having four picks last year, St. Louis Blues scouts are excited to go into the 2014 NHL Draft with nine selections.

"It's a good thing for our staff, because you travel all year and you get to this point and you want to pick," Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong told the team website. "The more picks you have, the more excited you get. Our staff is well-prepared. They've traveled the world and they're excited about, as we say in the business, taking a swing."

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Posted On Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 1:13 AM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

St. Louis scores 11th playoff game-winner

NEW YORK -- Martin St. Louis may be closing in on his 39th birthday, but the New York Rangers' right wing continues to produce.

His goal at 6:27 of the second period proved to be the game-winner Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. It was the 11th game-winning goal of St. Louis' postseason career.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 8:55 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

LAK @ NYR - 11:50 of the Frist Period

At 11:50 of the first period in the Los Angeles Kings/New York Rangers game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Alec Martinez's shot did not cross the goal line. No goal Los Angeles.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 2:18 PM

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

Vigneault conjures humor in Rangers' dire situation

NEW YORK -- With his team trailing the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final and on the brink of elimination, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault found some time for levity following what may be his team's final practice of the season.

Entering Game 4 of the Cup Final on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), Vigneault closed his media availability by referencing, of all things, a humorous commercial for Netflix.

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