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Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 5:05 PM

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

ICYMI: Thursday, June 4

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



TRENDING:

Goalie Matchup: Inside Game 1 for Bishop, Crawford
Analysis by Kevin Woodley indicates each goalie benefitted from tight defensive structure during the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Big stage doesn't rattle Blackhawks rookie Teravainen
Chicago Blackhawks' forward Teuvo Teravainen showed composure beyond years in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final.



Lightning coach Cooper finds 2nd-year success again
Jon Cooper has a movie-inspired rule that involves winning in his second year as coach, and he's poised to continue it with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee statement
Co-chairs of the NHL / NHLPA Competition Committee issued the following statement on new rules recommendations after the Competition Committee met today in New York.

NEWS:

Senators coach Cameron agrees to two-year contract
The Ottawa Senators and coach Dave Cameron have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract.

Capitals forward Eric Fehr has elbow surgery
Forward Eric Fehr had successful elbow surgery Wednesday, the Washington Capitals said.

Maple Leafs sign Johnson, Brennan to contracts
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Andreas Johnson to a three-year entry level contract. The Leafs have also re-signed defenceman T.J. Brennan to a one-year contract.

U.S. names Ron Wilson coach for 2016 World Juniors
Ron Wilson was named the coach of the 2016 United States National Junior Team on Thursday.

TSN's McKenzie, Kings' Nickson honored by Hall
TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie was named the 2015 winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Los Angeles Kings radio voice Nick Nickson the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to broadcasting, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced in a release on Thursday.

FEATURES:

Lightning strategy may force split of Toews-Kane line

The Tampa Bay Lightning's defensive strategy in Game 1 may lead the Chicago Blackhawks to split up top forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Lightning must find more offense in Game 2
The Tampa Bay Lightning tried to win a 1-0 game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. It didn't work.

Garrison: Playoff beard constant topic of conversation
In his latest blog for NHL.com, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jason Garrison discusses his beard that has been a storyline during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.



Lightning's Boyle laments missed chance in Game 1
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle is angered over a missed opportunity in a Game 1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Oilers' latest No. 1 pick viewed as rebuild accelerator
Edmonton Oilers head amateur scout Stu MacGregor knows it's a unique opportunity to pick No. 1 in a draft headlined by Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.


BLOG COVERAGE:

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk could play in Game 2
Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday.

Capitals' Mahoney talks impact of McDavid-Eichel
Washington Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney discusses the impact to be made by Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

Sabres happy to be hosting NHL Scouting Combine
Buffalo Sabres president Ted Black said the organization is very happy to be hosting the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine.

Erie's Strome ready to help younger brother in OHL
Erie Otters forward Dylan Strome is ready to help younger brother Matthew adjust to the OHL the say way older brother Ryan helped him.

Saint John's Chabot not thrown by offbeat question
Saint John defenseman Thomas Chabot has had an interesting, and surprising, stay at the NHL Scouting Combine.

For more 2015 NHL Combine coverage, follow NHL.com's blog.

Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 4:28 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Saint John's Chabot not thrown by offbeat question

BUFFALO -- Thomas Chabot said the NHL Scouting Combine this week has been an interesting, and at times surprising, experience.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defenseman from Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, No. 16 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, said by the end of the week he'll have interviewed with 26 teams.

"It's been pretty good so far," Chabot said Thursday. "Nice to see that some teams want to talk to you and you can prove and show what type of guy you are off the ice. Just to answer the questions is pretty nice."

Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 4:27 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Sabres happy to be hosting NHL Scouting Combine

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres president Ted Black has enjoyed the role the Sabres are playing as host of the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine this week.

It's the first time the Combine has been held outside Toronto. Events this week are taking place at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter.

"I think it's, selfishly, good for our franchise and for our city," Black said Thursday. "We're a member club, we're one of 30, so we appreciate the responsibility that carries to do what's best for the League, which is really our first priority."

Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 4:23 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk could play in Game 2

TAMPA Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could play in Game 2 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; CBC, NBC, TVA Sports), coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday.

If so, van Riemsdyk will play his first NHL game since Nov. 16 when he fractured his left patella blocking a shot in a 6-2 win against the Dallas Stars. He will also make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on the biggest stage.

What gives Quenneville the confidence to put him right into the spotlight as the team’s fifth or sixth defenseman?

"Probably the way he shocked us, surprised us, when he first came in at [training] camp this year, [and] how well he played for us when he started the season," Quenneville said. "You can look at him a lot of nights, [and] he's out there against top players. He was out there late in periods. He was killing plays, making plays, reliable. He played, surprisingly, to a different level than we anticipated he could get to."

Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:48 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Erie's Strome ready to help younger brother in OHL

BUFFALO -- Erie Otters forward Dylan Strome had some help in his adjustment to the Ontario Hockey League from his older brother Ryan Strome, who spent four seasons in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and Niagara IceDogs.

Now Strome can do the same for the third brother in the family, Matthew, who was drafted by the Hamilton Bulldogs with the eighth pick of the 2015 OHL draft.

"We're talking," Dylan said. "It's really early, he just got drafted. Throughout the summer we'll talk."

It's likely they'll be similar conversations to the ones he and Ryan have had during the past few seasons as Dylan developed into a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft and Ryan into a top-six forward with the New York Islanders.

Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 7:42 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Capitals assistant GM on impact of McDavid, Eichel

BUFFALO -- Washington Capitals assistant general manager Ross Mahoney was asked if the top of the 2015 NHL Draft could one day rival that of 2004 when Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin went first and second, respectively, to the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mahoney was running the Capitals' draft when Ovechkin was taken No. 1 in 2004. 

Many believe Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel could turn out to be the best 1-2 tandem since Ovechkin and Malkin. Others are willing to wait before offering a verdict.

"I guess time will tell four to five years from now," Mahoney said. "They are both so talented and can take over a game. They always seemed to step it up when their teams needed them to do so by scoring or creating; they are difference-makers.

"Usually you get one of them in a draft, but to have two of them in the same draft is definitely unusual."

Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:22 AM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Lightning's Killorn scores fantastic goal in loss

TAMPA -- Lost in the late comeback by the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday was Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn's fantastic goal, a likely candidate for best of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Killorn was stationed to the left of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford as Valtteri Filppula won a race to a dump-in and fed the puck to the point, where defenseman Anton Stralman was waiting.

Stralman launched a bit of a knuckler that was going wide; that is, until Killorn violently jabbed his stick down and got the shaft on the wobbling puck to send it past a caught-off-guard Crawford at 4:31 into the game for a 1-0 Tampa Bay lead.

"I mean, you don't expect to score on those shots, but I was just trying to sort of hit it toward the net," Killorn said. "Not something you practice, but lucky it went in."

Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:20 AM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks' Versteeg replaces injured Bickell

TAMPA -- The past few days have been a blur for Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg, who replaced Bryan Bickell for Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, two days after he became a father for the first time.

Versteeg didn't have a point in 9:32 of ice time. He skated primarily at left wing on the second in Bickell's spot.

Chicago scored twice in the third period for a 2-1 win. Game 2 will be played Saturday at Amalie Arena (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).


Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 8:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Illinois, Florida reps. wager goods on Cup Final

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, co-chair of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, joined with three fellow members of Congress from Illinois on Wednesday to wager home-state goods in a Stanley Cup bet against three congressmen from Florida. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helped finalize the bet with a "puck drop" in the morning, hours before the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks faced off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final an Amalie Arena.

Also taking part in in the wager are Illinois Reps. Randy Hultgren, Danny Davis and Rodney Davis, as well as Florida Reps. Dennis A. Ross, David Jolly and Gus Bilirakis.


Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 8:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks' Bickell out, Versteeg in for Game 1

TAMPA -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell will not play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen said on NHL Network that Bickell was out for precautionary reasons and that forward Kris Versteeg would replace him in the lineup.


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