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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 5:48 PM

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

Lightning miss center Brian Boyle in Game 1

NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning felt the sting of not having center Brian Boyle in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Boyle is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. The Lightning lost 2-1 and trail the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"He's a big part of our team," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He kills penalties for us. He's a big body. He can wear on teams. Of course we missed him."


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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 5:35 PM

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

Callahan returns five days after appendectomy

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan scored four goals in three games against the New York Rangers during the regular season, but made less of an impact in a 2-1 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Then again, being on the ice five days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy was an achievement in itself.

Callahan, who missed the series-clinching win in Game 6 of the second round against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday after having the operation the night before, played 14:46 in Game 1. He was credited with one shot attempt, two hits and one blocked shot.

"It was good," Callahan said when asked about his performance. "I felt good."


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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 4:41 PM

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

Russia beats U.S., will face Canada for gold at Worlds

Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) had a goal and an assist in a four-goal third period that carried defending champion Russia past the United States 4-0 on Saturday in the second semifinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Russia will play Canada in the gold-medal game Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN). Canada remained unbeaten in the tournament by defeating the Czech Republic 2-0 in the first semifinal at O2 Arena. The Czech Republic and the U.S. will play for the bronze medal at 10:15 a.m. ET on Sunday.

"It's always great in a final when Russia and Canada play," Russian captain Ilya Kovalchuk told the IIHF website. "It will be very interesting. I think it will be a very exciting game. I'm excited."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 4:08 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks' Perry ready for Game 1; Rakell misses practice

ANAHEIM - Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry sounded ready to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) while center Rickard Rakell missed practice with illness Saturday.

Perry’s status has been of primary interest after he sustained a scary looking right leg injury in Game 5 of the second round in a collision with Matt Stajan of the Calgary Flames. Perry skated for the second straight day and reported progress.

"I feel great," Perry said. "I feel fine on the ice, and everything went well the last couple of days, so I’ve got no issues."

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Rakell was “feeling under the weather” and held him out.

"What we’ve done all year [is] if you’re not feeling well, we don’t want you out with the rest of the guys, so we told him to go home," Boudreau said. "He’s young enough and strong enough that [if] he’s feeling well today he’ll be in the lineup [Sunday]."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 12:39 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Brian Boyle to miss Game 1 with injury

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) because of an unspecified injury.

Boyle is day-to-day, according to the Lightning.

Boyle, who played five seasons for the Rangers before signing with the Lightning last summer, played all 82 regular-season games and had 15 goals and nine assists. He has one goal and one assist in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 11:55 AM

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

Lightning's Callahan to play in Game 1

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan, who had an emergency appendectomy on Monday, will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Callahan, who missed a series-clinching Game 6 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in the second round Tuesday, practiced on Friday. He said he felt good and would see how he felt on Saturday before deciding if he would play or not.

"He will be in warm-ups," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We will make a decision then. Pretty tough kid though so I'm pretty sure he will play."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 11:28 AM

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

Rangers forward Glass in lineup for series opener

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass will play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) after missing practice Friday.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Glass will play during his pregame press conference.

The Rangers never gave a specific reason why Glass missed practice Friday other than to say he was having a maintenance day. Vigneault said Friday he expected Glass would be able to play if nothing changed.

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 10:06 PM

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

McDavid's season ends with loss in OHL Final

Connor McDavid, the top-ranked North American skater for next month's NHL Draft, saw his junior hockey season end Friday when the Erie Otters were eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League Final by the Oshawa Generals.

McDavid, the OHL playoff scoring leader, was held off the scoresheet in a 6-2 loss to the Generals in Game 5 at Oshawa. He finished the playoffs with 49 points in 20 games, two short of the League record set by Justin Papineau of the Belleville Bulls 16 years ago. McDavid won the 99 Trophy as playoff MVP.

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 9:26 PM

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

Plekanec joins Czech Republic for semifinal

Center Tomas Plekanec joined the Czech Republic for its semifinal game against Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, the Montreal Canadiens said Friday.

The winner of the Czech Republic-Canada game Saturday will play the winner of the other semifinal between Russia and the United States in the gold-medal game Sunday.

Plekanec had one goal and four points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Canadiens, who were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. He had 24 goals and 60 points in 82 games in the regular season.

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 6:36 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Boudreau may change Ducks' fourth line for Game 1

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he is considering changes to the fourth line for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Ducks Left wing Jiri Sekac skated with center Rickard Rakell and right wing Emerson Etem in practice Friday; left wing Tomas Fleischmann was with center Chris Wagner and right wing Tim Jackman.

"I’m just trying to get some combinations together," Boudreau said. "Even the [Wagner line], that looks like a good line to me too. So I could think either one could be used in different situations or parts thereof, of the six guys."

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Quote of the Day

I always feel the pressure to produce offensively. It's disappointing and frustrating when you can't help out your team the way you're supposed to.

— Rangers forward Rick Nash on scoring twice in a 5-1 Game 4 victory against the Lightning on Friday