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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 3:00 AM

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

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Lightning

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

What more can we say about Tyler Johnson that hasn't been said? Probably not a lot. A lot has been said, and it's all good, and it's all deserved.

He's a star for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Simple as that. Enough said. He's a star. He proved it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final with his hat trick in a 6-2 win against the New York Rangers that evened the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Johnson scored shorthanded on a great play. He scored on a 4-on-3 power play. He scored on even strength. He did it all. He does it all.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 1:19 AM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CHI @ ANA - 8:47 of Double Overtime

At 8:47 of double overtime in the Chicago Blackhawks/Anaheim Ducks game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Andrew Shaw deliberately headbutted the puck into the Anaheim net. According to Rule 78.5 (i) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed when the puck has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick." No goal Chicago.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 9:42 PM

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CHI @ ANA - 9:14 of the First Period

At 9:14 of the first period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Anaheim Ducks game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off of Andrew Cogliano's skate and entered the Chicago net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Anaheim.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 8:30 PM

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

St. Louis focused on Rangers, not return to Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis is trying to treat Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) with the same single-minded focus as the rest of his teammates.

Even if it's harder for him to do that considering the ties he has to this area and the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis was all business after arriving here with the Rangers on Tuesday.

"Coming back here [in the] regular season, it was definitely a tough thing, I think, just being here for so long, but I think we're well past that now," St. Louis said. "Tampa's always going to be a special place for me and my family, but I'm coming here as a New York Ranger and trying to get through this conference final and get to the Stanley Cup Final."


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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 7:31 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks' Cumiskey likely to play in Game 2

ANAHEIM -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kyle Cumiskey will likely replace David Rundblad for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Cumiskey has not played for the Blackhawks since Feb. 27, but Rundblad struggled in a 4-1 loss in Game 1 on Sunday. Cumiskey was playing for Rockford of the American Hockey League before he was called up for depth at the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Very likely," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said in his pre-game availability when asked about Cumiskey playing.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 6:11 PM

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

ICYMI: Tuesday, May 19

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:

McLellan named coach of Oilers
Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan to take over behind Edmonton's bench.

Babcock in contract talks with Sabres: report
Mike Babcock is discussing a potential contract with the Buffalo Sabres to become their coach, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Three keys for Ducks, Blackhawks to winning Game 2
As the Chicago Blackhawks look to even up the Western Conference Final, the Anaheim Ducks chase a 2-0 lead. NHL.com has three keys to success for each.

Johnson, Lightning answer challenge with Game 2 win
Tampa Bay jumped on Tyler Johnson's diminutive shoulders in Game 2 on Monday and looked like they could be good enough to win the Stanley Cup in a 6-2 victory against the New York Rangers.



NEWS:

Foligno to be named Blue Jackets captain: report
The Columbus Blue Jackets will name forward Nick Foligno their next captain, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The Blue Jackets have announced a press conference for Wednesday where he is expected to be unveiled.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Monday, May 18.

FEATURES:

Lightning stress there's no time for letdown in Game 3
The Tampa Bay Lightning solved the riddle of Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2 but know there's no time for a letdown as the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers shifts to Amalie Arena.

Farrish: Rangers weren't ready for Lightning's push
Dave Farrish believes the New York Rangers had it a bit to easy in their Game 1 win and weren't prepared for the Tampa Bay Lightning's response in Game 2.

Rangers hit the road after another home split
For the third straight series, the New York Rangers hit the road after splitting the first two games at Madison Square Garden -- this time against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

Special teams help Lightning win Game 2, tie series
The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four special-teams goals to defeat the New York Rangers 6-2 in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks know momentum is fleeting entering Game 2
The Ducks are 9-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the idea of game-to-game momentum was not a rallying cry Tuesday.

Memorial Cup offers plenty to 2015 draft prospects
Several high-profile players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft will play in the 97th Memorial Cup tournament beginning on Friday.

After penalty, Boyle gives Lightning boost
Brian Boyle helped the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the New York Rangers 6-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday.


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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 2:28 PM

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

Ducks know momentum is fleeting entering Game 2

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference Final and are 9-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the idea of game-to-game momentum was not a rallying cry Tuesday.

"You start over every game in the playoffs," Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. "You can't think about what happened last game for very long. You have to refocus."

Anaheim defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 1 with depth scorers and goaltender Frederik Andersen leading the way. Game 2 is Tuesday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Center Ryan Kesler did not skate during practice Monday but was on the ice Tuesday. Everyone skated for the Ducks except Beauchemin and captain Ryan Getzlaf. The Blackhawks did not hold a morning skate.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 12:43 PM

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

Top 2015 prospects set for big roles at Memorial Cup

A number of top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft will have roles on their teams at the 2015 Memorial Cup tournament, which will be held May 21-31 at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec. The tournament will determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League.

The four-team tournament includes the host team, the Quebec Remparts, along with the Rimouski Oceanic, champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League; the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets; and the Ontario Hockey League champion Oshawa Generals.

The top-ranked forward is Kelowna right wing Nicholas Merkley (5-foot-10, 191 pounds), No. 23 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top draft-eligible North American skaters. Merkley had 20 goals and 90 points in 72 regular-season games for the Rockets, and five goals and 27 points in 19 WHL playoff games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 12:54 AM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

After penalty, Boyle gives Lightning boost

NEW YORK -- It wasn't the start Brian Boyle wanted in his return to the lineup for the Tampa Bay Lightning, taking a penalty on his first shift, but he had a positive impact in their 6-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Boyle, who played in all 82 regular-season games and 13 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before missing Game 1 on Saturday with an undisclosed injury, played 10:39 and won four of five faceoffs.

The former Rangers forward was a plus-1 with one shot and three hits and was a grinder and physical presence for the Lightning.

"Big boost for us," coach Jon Cooper said. "[Boyle] hasn't played, he hasn't skated much, so it took him a little bit to get his legs going. … I felt awful for him his first shift, he gets on there for five seconds and takes a penalty, but he makes us a little bit taller."

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Posted On Monday, 05.18.2015 / 9:50 PM

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TBL @ NYR - Linesman injury

Linesman Brad Kovachik suffered a sprained knee in the Tampa Bay Lightning/New York Rangers game and will be out indefinitely. Greg Devorski entered the game as his replacement.

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Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4