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Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 2:27 AM

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

Ovechkin says Capitals will win series vs. Rangers

WASHINGTON -- Despite losing back-to-back potential series-clinching games, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin expressed his optimism in a matter-of-fact way following a 4-3 loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

"We're going to come back and win this series," Ovechkin said.

He stressed that belief later in his postgame comments to the media when talking about Game 7 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The winner will play either the Montreal Canadiens or the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 8:13 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

NYR @ WSH - 19:59 of the First Period

At 19:59 of the first period in the New York Rangers/Washington Capitals game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Chris Kreider's shot crossed the Washington goal line with 0.3 seconds remaining in the period. Good goal New York.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 5:27 PM

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

Couturier leads Canada to win against Switzerland

Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers) had two assists and was one of seven players to score a goal for Canada in a 7-2 win against Switzerland on Sunday in a Group A preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at O2 Arena in Prague.

Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars) and Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers) each had a goal and an assist. Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) each scored a goal.

"We've got a team that can roll four lines pretty easily," Seguin told the IIHF website. "It's very evident on our roster. It's easy to put a bunch of stars together, but you've got to come together as a team, and we've done a good job of that thus far."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 5:10 PM

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

Nelson, Eichel lead U.S. to win against Slovenia

Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) had two goals and an assist to help the United States to a 3-1 win against Slovenia on Sunday in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Jack Eichel, NHL Central Scouting's No. 2-rated North American skater in its final rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, also had a goal. Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles Kings) had three assists, and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) made 21 saves.

"Our line [Nelson, Lewis and Eichel] has been working well for quite a few games now," Nelson told the IIHF website. "I don't know what the secret is. It would be nice if we did. But I think we've played well from the get-go to create chances and capitalize on them. When you get a few early goals you build that chemistry."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 4:28 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

NHL fan energy playbook powered by Constellation

Constellation, the NHL's official preferred energy provider, is helping the League improve its energy performance and reduce its environmental impacts. Through this Energy Playbook, Constellation is offering simple tips to help NHL Fans join the League 's sustainability efforts.

In the preparation of the 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the NHL discovered that the generation and use of energy to power NHL arenas and offices result in approximately 80% of the NHL 's carbon footprint*. Today, Constellation is conducting energy efficiency analyses and recommending energy management strategies for arenas. Together we are actively promoting energy performance improvements that result in fewer emissions and lower operating costs.

Three fundamental strategies – reducing demand, increasing efficiency and using more benign forms of energy – can also help you, the NHL fan, save money, reduce energy and protect the environment. Below are five easy ways to get started:

1. Green your tech: Big screen, high-definition TVs make watching hockey from home more exciting than ever -- but not everyone is aware of the energy cost associated with their TV and cable box. ENERGY STAR products are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. Hockey fans interested in saving money on their energy bills, while protecting the environment should always look for the ENERGY STAR when upgrading their technology.

2. Watch with friends: Get your friends together for games. Research shows watching in groups and turning off unnecessary lights in the house can lower energy use in your region. In 2011, a local utility challenged fans to reduce energy during Canucks games. The highest reduction in the Playoffs came during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final (6% decrease). Playoff history showed that overall electricity demand in B.C. dropped while the games were being televised, showing that even small behavioral changes – whether intentional or accidental -- add up to make a difference. So get together and save energy while you catch all the on-ice action.

3. Light the lamp: In recent years NHL arenas have made the shift away from old, inefficient lighting, which has produced significant returns on investment and lessened environmental impact. Many have implemented occupancy and daylight sensor controls, as well as timer and scheduling programs in their lighting- control systems. A select few have even installed new LED game-lighting systems that illuminate the ice surface and significantly cut energy use. NHL Fans can take the same approach at home: Replace your most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with CFLs or LED that have earned the ENERGY STAR. CFLs, for instance, are 80% more efficient than conventional bulbs, last up to 10 years and replacing just six bulbs can save you an average of $36 per year in electricity costs.

4. Set your best line-up: NHL arenas work tirelessly to improve the quality of the ice surface while efficiently managing energy use. Great attention is paid to creating optimal air conditions, particularly temperature and humidity. In a typical home, heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use, making it the largest energy expense, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Use your thermostat to schedule heating and cooling, to reduce energy while you sleep or are out of the house. Smart thermostats automatically program based on your habits, and can be controlled from your phone. Setting the correct conditions in your home can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%.

5. Switch to green energy: The NHL currently ranks No. 17 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Top 100 list of the largest users of green power, making it the first professional sports league ever to achieve the distinction. In partnership with Constellation, the NHL switched to green power for all arenas and offices (approximately 271 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power). NHL fans can make the switch too. Support renewable energy and help reduce air pollution. Click here to find out how.

To learn more about how to make your home energy efficient, check out Constellation's virtual house and the Natural Resources Defense Council's green tips for sports fans.

*see nhl.com/green/report to find out more

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 4:13 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames sure they can end losing streak in Anaheim

ANAHEIM -- The Calgary Flames haven't won a game at Honda Center in more than nine years. Each of the 21 regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff games here against the Anaheim Ducks since April 25, 2006 have gone the wrong way for the Flames.

The task for the Flames on Sunday in Game 5 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Ducks (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) is pretty simple. Either the Flames beat the Ducks and snap their losing streak in Orange County, or their 2014-15 season is over; the Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

"Elvis is dead, the Beatles have split and life goes on," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said Sunday. "If we didn't believe we could win we would have stayed home. That's one thing. I won't coach a game in this League that I don't believe our team or our organization can't win. I will stay home.

"We can't win three games tonight. We just used a simple word in our team meeting. It is just win. We can only go back to Calgary and force a Game 6 by winning tonight, so that's all that is on our plate." Game 6, if needed, would be Tuesday in Calgary.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 3:54 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Ducks aim to finish Flames, erase postseason failures

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks have won seven games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, equaling their win total from the 2014 playoffs.

Anaheim will have its first chance to secure win No. 8 and advance to the Western Conference Final when it faces the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of this Western Conference Second Round series Sunday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the Ducks have a chance to make amends for failing to defeat the Los Angeles Kings after taking a 3-2 series lead in 2014.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 2:50 PM

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

Lightning hope to roll Game 5 positives into Game 6

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to build off of a better effort in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round when they try to close out the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

The Lightning were able to put more pressure on Canadiens goalie Carey Price on Saturday and Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

However, the Canadiens got a good bounce when Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored the game-winning goal at 15:53 of the third period off a shot that hit the crossbar and went past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop and into the net. Tampa Bay lost 2-1 but leads the best-of-7 series 3-2.

"I still like our position," Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said Sunday. "I'd rather be up 3-2 than down. And we're coming home now. It's going to be a tough game but they have all been tough games."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 1:18 PM

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

Rangers' St. Louis after a little bit of luck in Game 6

WASHINGTON -- Despite not scoring yet in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis insists that he's playing with confidence, playing well and generating enough chances to be satisfied with his performance.

"The only help I need is a bounce or two," St. Louis said Sunday.

He's banking on some assistance in that area Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I know she'll be with me today, give me a bounce," St. Louis said of his mother, France, who died from a heart attack on May 8, 2014, at the age of 63.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 1:15 PM

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

Top 2016 prospect Tkachuk signs with London

Matthew Tkachuk, a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, has signed to play with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2015-16 season.

Tkachuk, a 6-foot, 188-pound left wing, was second on the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team this season with 38 goals and 96 points in 65 games. At the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship he had 12 points in seven games to help the United States win the gold medal. Tkachuk tied for third at the tournament in points and his 10 assists tied 2015 draft prospect Jeremy Bracco for the tournament lead.

"I was leaning to this place a little bit more," Tkachuk said Friday, according to the London Free Press. "I made my decision when I started talking to my mom and dad after the U-18 world championship. I really just got to know the pros and cons of all the decisions. This place stood out to me after I talked to Dale [Hunter, London coach] and his track record. I'm really excited about being with this organization."

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Quote of the Day

I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final