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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 5:54 PM

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WSH @ NYI - 14:27 of the Third Period

At 14:27 of the third period in the Washington Capitals/New York Islanders game, video review supported the referee's decision on the ice that Jay Beagle's shot hit the crossbar and did not cross the Islanders goal line. No goal Washington.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 5:14 PM

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

Blues' Lehtera skates, aiming to play in Game 6

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are hopeful center Jori Lehtera will be available to play in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

Lehtera, who was hit with puck by teammate Jay Bouwmeester during a Game 4 victory, did not play in Game 5, which the Blues lost 4-1.

St. Louis trails the best-of-7 series 3-2 with Game 6 at Scottrade Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).

The Blues held a light optional skate Saturday. Lehtera, who centered a line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko in Game 4, participated on his own beforehand.

"He skated full today," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Lehtera, who has two assists in four games. "He skated before everybody else. … We'll see [about Game 6]. He had a good day today."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 4:33 PM

By Chris Stevenson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Senators have renewed confidence before Game 6

OTTAWA -- Bolstered by two straight wins, the Ottawa Senators are brimming with confidence heading into Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Senators will be looking to tie the best-of-7 series, which they trail 3-2, at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports).

"Personally, I think the series is ours to lose right now. We're feeling really good," Senators defenseman Eric Gryba said Saturday. "I know they're feeling the pressure right now. We've played some good hockey and the series could be different right now. It could be 3-2 us right now. Us winning these two games and coming home now, I'm sure they're feeling it a little bit."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 4:30 PM

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

Canadiens say Senators' Anderson not in their heads

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson has made 120 saves on the 123 shots the Montreal Canadiens have taken at him in the past three games of their Eastern Conference First Round series, winning twice.

But for those concerned that Anderson might be getting in the Canadiens' heads, forward Dale Weise has a message for you: Don't bother.

"We're not a team that scores very much anyways, so goalies can't really get in our heads," Weise said Saturday. "We don't score that much as it is, so goalies don't really rattle us. Every goalie's had our number all year."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 4:09 PM

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

Canucks desperate to force Game 7 in Vancouver

CALGARY -- The Vancouver Canucks survived elimination once. They hope to prolong their season again with a win in Game 6 in their Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

With the momentum of winning Game 5 on home ice, the Canucks will enter Scotiabank Saddledome in search of their first road win of this best-of-7-series.

“I don't think we gave them our best here in [Games] 3 and 4,” Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. “For whatever reason, maybe sitting back at times, not attacking, a little bit hesitant, not 100 percent sure of our reads, not trusting them and staying hard on the forecheck and keeping pucks in. Just go out with more of an attack mentality I think.”

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 3:40 PM

By Chris Stevenson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Senators sacrifice getting them back in series

OTTAWA -- In the eyes of Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron, the smile on the face of forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau says a lot about why the Senators are back in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens.

After falling behind 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, the Senators have won two in a row and with a win in Game 6 at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports) can force a seventh game at Montreal on Tuesday.

A big reason the Senators are back in this series has been their willingness to block shots and take hits to make plays.

After blocking another big shot by Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban in the third period of the Senators' 5-1 win in Game 5 on Friday, Pageau limped to the bench and had that smile on his face.

Cameron said the willingness to make that kind of sacrifice has boosted Ottawa. The Senators have blocked 20 of Subban's shots.

Pageau has blocked 14 shots in the series to tie for the Senators lead.

"Some guys do it and do it well and other guys not so much, but that's just the nature of it," Cameron said. "It lifts a team for sure. It lifts the bench. He comes off and he's smiling. He's in pain and he's smiling. That's a huge contradiction, but it's winning hockey, we call it."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 2:56 PM

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

Flames loose with second shot to close out Canucks

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley wants his team to step back and enjoy the situation in advance of Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

With a chance to earn a bid into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 years and eliminate the Canucks in the process, Hartley stressed the significance of his players relishing the moment.

"That has been our mindset since day one of training camp; that's our culture," he said. "We're asking a lot from all of us in this organization, but at the same time it's a game. It's a game and we earned the right to play this game tonight so let's enjoy it.

"I know lots of my friends that would pay big money to be behind the bench instead of me and I know lots of players that would pay big money to be in my players' skates tonight. It's us and while we're there we have a job to do, but at the same time let's enjoy it."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 2:52 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Blues-Wild series blog

Wild want to oust Blues at home, avoid Game 7

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will look to capitalize on their latest momentum and close out the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).

The Wild lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and have a chance to wrap things up prior to Game 7 for the first time in their history following a 4-1 victory in Game 5 at Scottrade Center on Friday.

It's the second time Minnesota has led in the series following a 3-0 win in Game 3 on Monday. The Blues answered with a 6-1 victory here in Game 4 on Wednesday.

"I think it's a good chance for us with that fresh in our minds. I think maybe it'll be good us to see what happened the last time we got a lead and maybe were a little bit comfortable," Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. "But that's just a lesson that's fresh in our minds and we can use and feed off of to make sure we're ready for the game tomorrow."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 2:28 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks put emphasis on improving penalty kill

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks were hoping to recharge their penalty kill in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it hasn't happened in the first five games of a Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators.

The Blackhawks, who lead 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, have allowed five power-play goals by the Predators in 19 times shorthanded. That's a 73.7-percent success rate, which ranks 12th among the 16 playoff teams and is roughly 16 percent lower than their success rate most of the season.

Heading into Game 6 at United Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2), the Blackhawks know they can't keep allowing power-play goals at that rate and expect to make a deep postseason run.

"That's an area we have to get better," center Marcus Kruger said after the morning skate. "It's up to a guy like me [who needs] to be better in those areas and clean that up, because it's not good enough right now."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 2:05 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Donovan in, other changes possible for Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Defensenman Matt Donovan will make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut for the New York Islanders against the

Washington Capitals in Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday (3 p.m.; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).

Donovan played in 12 games during the regular season and had three assists. He has been a healthy scratch for each playoff game. With injuries to Lubomir Visnovsky, Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic, Donovan will be in the lineup.

"Donovan is going to play," coach Jack Capuano said. "He's been with us all year. He has worked hard so he is going to go for sure and most likely you are going to see [Scott] Mayfield or [Ryan] Pulock on the other side. Two different type players, so we will make that decision."

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Quote of the Day

I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday