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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 5:54 PM

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

ICYMI: Wednesday, April 22

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TRENDING:

Senators' Anderson to start in goal in Game 4
The Ottawa Senators will have Craig Anderson back in goal to start Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Settled at home, Capitals' Holtby thriving in net 
For Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, life is good at home and at work.

Jets confident they still can win series vs. Ducks
The Winnipeg Jets trail the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 in their Western Conference First Round series but the Jets remain confident they can win the series.



NEWS:

Start time set for Game 5 between Rangers, Penguins
The National Hockey League today announced the start time and national television information for Game 5 of 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sabres sign BU forward Rodrigues to contract
The Buffalo Sabres have signed free-agent forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract. He was one of top prospect Jack Eichel's linemates at Boston University and received consideration for the Hobey Baker Award.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from games played on Tuesday, April 21.

FEATURES:

Stamkos focused on producing, rallying Lightning
With the Tampa Bay Lightning down 2-1 to the Detroit Red Wings in the Eastern Conference First Round, all eyes are on Steven Stamkos, who has been limited to two assists.

Noel: Lightning must have depth on their forecheck
Former NHL coach Claude Noel liked what he saw from the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 and says the Tampa Bay Lightning need more offensive zone time.

Islanders reviewing options if Visnovsky can't play
The New York Islanders are reviewing their options on defense if veteran Lubomir Visnovsky can't play in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals.

Blackhawks center Vermette comes up big in Game 4
Antoine Vermette struggled after joining the Chicago Blackhawks via trade, but contributed a goal in their key Game 4 win vs. the Nashville Predators.

Inside the numbers on longest game of 2015 playoffs
NHL.com examines the numbers from Game 4 between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, the longest game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Disappointed Predators turn focus to Game 5
The Nashville Predators are on the brink of elimination after losing 3-2 in triple overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Backstrom, Ovechkin step up for Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom
Center - WSH
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 6
SOG: 12 | +/-: 0
Nicklas Backstrom said the Capitals' top players, himself included, needed to produce offensively for the Capitals to come back vs. Islanders.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Red Wings get boost from Sheahan, Glendening
Young centers Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening each scored a goal for the Detroit Red Wings in their Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Capitals' Burakovsky pleased with his playoff debut
Washington Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky had one shot on goal and one hit in 11:06 in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on Tuesday.

Flames understand fourth win will be toughest
The fourth win is the toughest to get and the Flames know it entering Game 5 of their first-round series against the Canucks ahead 3-1.

Canucks' Burrows ruled out for remainder of series
Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been ruled out for the remainder of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames.

Rosen's mailbag - April 22, 2015
NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen answers fan questions in his weekly mailbag.

Ducks better equipped to handle crazy atmosphere
The Anaheim Ducks know how crazy the atmosphere is at MTS Centre. They'll be prepared for it when they look to sweep the Jets in four games.

Jets 2014 first-round pick Ehlers recalled from junior
The Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday recalled Nikolaj Ehlers, the ninth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft

Blues reunite familiar lines in attempt to even series
The St. Louis Blues are going back to lines that were highly successful before injuries derailed their success earlier in the regular season.

Jets confident they still can win series vs. Ducks
The Winnipeg Jets trail the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 in their Western Conference First Round series but the Jets remain confident they can win the series

McDavid to face Oilers pick Nurse in OHL playoffs
Erie's Connor McDavid set to face possible future NHL teammate and Sault Ste. Marie's Darnell Nurse in OHL playoffs

Canadiens want better start in Game 4 vs. Senators
The Montreal Canadiens believe a better start will lead to a winning result in Game 4 Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators

Wild look to maintain edge, take 3-1 lead on Blues
The Minnesota Wild must prove they don't need adversity to succeed and keep their edge with a 2-1 series lead on the St. Louis Blues

Senators must play 'three first periods' vs. Canadiens
The Ottawa Senators have started well and struggled in the second period, so playing "three first periods" is key for them in Game 4 on Wednesday

Rangers excited about chance to take 3-1 series lead
The Rangers will try to do something that they haven't been all that good at in recent years, take a 3-1 lead in a Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Islanders forward Grabovski says he's ready to return
New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski deemed himself ready when the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals resumes.

Penguins after better, faster start in Game 4
Trailing the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series 2-1 to the Rangers, the Penguins want to get off to a faster start in Game 4.

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Penguins, Rangers
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes offers his pluses and minuses for the Game 4 first-round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.

Islanders likely to make lineup changes for Game 5
New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano said to expect lineup changes for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 5:32 PM

By Katie Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Capitals' Burakovsky pleased with his playoff debut

ARLINGTON, Va. -- On the first shift of Washington Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky's Stanley Cup Playoff debut, he nearly scored the first goal of the game.

After sitting the first three games of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Islanders, Burakovsky filled in for the injured Eric Fehr in Game 4, which the Capitals won 2-1 in overtime at Nassau Coliseum.

Fehr, who left Game 3 with an upper-body injury, is expected to miss at least one more game.

"I just try and prove every day in practice and in games that I don't belong in the press box," Burakovsky said. "[The] last couple games I've been up there watching the games, and it's fun to be back playing. I still think I had a pretty good game."


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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 5:21 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canucks-Flames series blog

Flames understand fourth win will be toughest

CALGARY -- It's a cliché the Calgary Flames haven't been in a situation to dust off in quite some time, but one they will repeat constantly heading into Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks.

The fourth win is the toughest to get.

Ahead 3-1 as the series returns to Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports), the Flames understand the challenge that lies ahead.

The last one, they say, is the hardest.

"So I've heard," said rookie forward Josh Jooris, participating in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs. "The fourth one is definitely hardest. Their backs are against the wall now. It's a good position to be in but I think we've got to take care of our business, play a solid road game, play the same way we've been playing, and hopefully get the job done."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 5:06 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canucks-Flames series blog

Canucks' Burrows ruled out for remainder of series

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been ruled out for the remainder of the Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames, coach Willie Desjardins said Wednesday.

Burrows, who appeared to be injured in the morning skate prior to Game 4 at Scotiabank Saddledome, was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. He remained in Calgary on Wednesday.

"It's nothing to worry about, it's just kind of a comfort thing," Desjardins said. "He won't be back for this series, but it's not anything serious or anything like that."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:49 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - April 22, 2015

Here is the April 22 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically throughout the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

What are your feelings about the Columbus Blue Jackets next season? Should we be thinking playoffs next season? -- @KevinZukerman

Absolutely you should be thinking playoffs next season if you're a Blue Jackets fan. The only reason they didn't make it this season was because of all of the injuries. They even could have withstood those injuries to the skaters had goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stayed healthy.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:31 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks better equipped to handle crazy atmosphere

WINNIPEG -- The Anaheim Ducks arrived here knowing the atmosphere for Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Winnipeg Jets would be crazy.

They just didn't know how crazy. Now they do.

Heading into Game 4 on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W), that knowledge of how difficult the 15,016 fans at MTS Centre will try to make it on them could be seen as an advantage the Ducks did not have prior to Game 3.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:30 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets 2014 first-round pick Ehlers recalled from junior

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets want to give top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers an up-close look at Stanley Cup Playoff hockey in Winnipeg.

The Jets recalled Ehlers from Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Wednesday before Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at MTS Centre (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W). Anaheim leads the best-of-7 series 3-0.

The 19-year-old left wing from Denmark, the ninth pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, finished his junior season Tuesday. He had 37 goals and 64 assists in 51 regular-season games with Halifax this season. His 101 points ranked third in QMJHL scoring, and he reached 100 or more points for the second consecutive season.

Ehlers added 10 goals and 21 assists in 14 playoff games, and his 31 playoff points lead the QMJHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:28 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Blues-Wild series blog

Blues reunite familiar lines in attempt to even series

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The St. Louis Blues are going back to lines that were highly successful before injuries derailed their success earlier in the regular season.

When the Blues face the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, FS-MW, FS-N), they will go with units quite familiar with one other.

Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie made up the Blues' top line for much of the season, the "STL Line" with Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko will rejoin forces and Paul Stastny will center Patrik Berglund and Dmitrij Jaskin.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:08 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets confident they still can win series vs. Ducks

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers had a simple question after the morning skate before Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at MTS Centre (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, TVA Sports, SN, FS-W).

"Why not us?" Myers said of the Jets, who trail the best-of-7 series 3-0 and face elimination. "Why can't we do it?"

The Jets are winless in six games against the Ducks in the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In each of their three losses in the series Winnipeg has surrendered third-period leads; Anaheim has outscored Winnipeg 6-0 in the third period in the series.

"[The Ducks are] good at what they do," Jets center Bryan Little said. "They're a good team at keeping the pressure up the whole game and never giving up. They finished where they [did] in the standings for a reason.

"I think it's a mixture of playing a good hockey team and maybe us getting a little tight at the end of games. When it happens a couple times in a row it adds even more pressure to it when you're fighting for a lead at the end of the game."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 2:55 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

McDavid to face Oilers pick Nurse in OHL playoffs

There's a good chance Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse will be playing against a future NHL teammate in Erie Otters center Connor McDavid when the teams meet for Game 1 of the Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Final at Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.

Nurse, selected in the first round (No. 7) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, played with McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, in a gold medal-winning performance for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Oilers hold the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and general manager Craig MacTavish has said there was zero chance he'd even consider trading it. On Tuesday, Hockey Hall of Fame member Wayne Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal that McDavid is the best player about to enter the NHL in the past 30 years.

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Quote of the Day

I don’t know if it was more relief for me that [Stamkos] scored or the power play scored. It was a whole compilation of Alka Seltzer.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal