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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 12:48 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

Maple Leafs' Gardiner ready to make playoff debut

BOSTON -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle promised some changes to his lineup for Game 2 against the Boston Bruins in an effort to even this best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Saturday at TD Garden.

The most significant move might come on defense because Michael Kostka is out indefinitely after sustaining a broken finger in the second period of Game 1 on Wednesday. Carlyle told the media after his team's optional practice Saturday morning he is keeping all lineup changes internal and wouldn't reveal anything.

But there's a strong possibility 22-year-old Jake Gardiner could become the 11th player on the Maple Leafs roster to make his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The more experienced Ryan O'Byrne could be called into duty.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 12:44 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

Hamilton likely to replace suspended Ference

BOSTON -- Despite the Boston Bruins' best efforts to keep everything secret, they can't hide the fact Andrew Ference will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at TD Garden.

Ference was suspended by the NHL for one game Thursday for a hit during the Bruins' 4-1 win in Game 1 (7 pm. ET, CBC, RDS, CNBC, NESN).

Regardless who goes into Ference's lineup spot -- and all indications are it'll be rookie Dougie Hamilton -- the other five defensemen will have to adjust, and some might see their minutes increased.

Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, Boston's shutdown pair in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will probably be separated. It appears Seidenberg will shift back to his strong side, the left, and play with right-shooting Johnny Boychuk. Adam McQuaid will stay on the right side and be paired with Chara.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 12:09 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Capitals-Rangers series blog

Dorsett, Boyle part of Rangers' Game 2 lineup

WASHINGTON -- The New York Rangers got two of their four injured players back in the lineup for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday at Verizon Center.

Forwards Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett were inserted into the lineup for Chris Kreider and Kris Newbury. However, defenseman Marc Staal (eye) and forward Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) remain out of the lineup.

The Rangers trail the best-of-7 series, 1-0.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 9:52 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MIN @ CHI - 4:52 of the First Period

At 4:52 of the first period in the Wild/Blackhawks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Patrick Kane used his skate to kick the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal Chicago.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 8:13 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Ducks-Red Wings series blog

Ducks say comeback didn't change momentum

DETROIT -- Were this still the regular season, it is possible the Anaheim Ducks would go into their next game riding a wave of momentum from a crazy comeback Thursday night in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Alas, this is a Western Conference Quarterfinals series in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the old addage that there is no momentum during a best-of-7 series probably applies.

“No, I don’t think there’s any momentum,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “It is still in their favor. They won the game. That’s the bottom line. In the playoffs, you don’t get points for ties or points for overtime. I think that we can take some positives out of it. We showed a lot of character to come back and know that we need to play that type of game from the start.”

Anaheim prevailed in a Game 1 that proved to be a little more tight-checking than Game 2 Thursday. That was in part because the Red Wings struck quickly in each of the three periods and built a 4-1 lead, which forced the Ducks into a wide-open style and the teams traded chances at both ends.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said upon further review, he’s worried more about the mental mistakes than physical ones heading into Game 3 here on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS2, NBCSN, KDOC, FS-D).

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 7:53 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Ducks-Red Wings series blog

Ducks stick with Hiller in goal for Game 3

DETROIT -- Bruce Boudreau will stick with his No. 1 goaltender for Game 3 of the Anaheim Ducks' Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Boudreau was asked Friday about Jonas Hiller's performance in the Ducks' 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at Honda Center, and he didn't bother with any gamesmanship.

"He's playing tomorrow," Boudreau said. "I thought there was some great saves and some saves he should have had, but I don't think on a couple of them the work in front of him was very good either.

"If you start pulling guys after they make one mistake, then they'll be afraid to play the game. They've got to be able to play without fear of things happening to them."

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 7:20 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor / - Penguins-Islanders series blog

Penguins without Neal, Orpik in Game 2

PITTSBURGH -- Forward James Neal and defenseman Brooks Orpik are not in the lineup for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center.

Neal was injured early in the second period of Game 1 on Wednesday. He appeared to injure his ankle after a heavy hit by defenseman Travis Hamonic along the side wall during a Pittsburgh power play. Orpik hasn't played since suffering a lower-body injury April 23. He skated with the team during each of its past two practice sessions.
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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 7:20 PM

By Staff -  / - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Pacioretty, Gionta out of Game 2 for Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens, already missing center Lars Eller, are without top forwards Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta due to upper-body injuries Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS).

Pacioretty, who led the team in scoring in the regular season with 39 points, was a plus-1 with four shots on goal in 19:59 of ice time in the Canadiens' 4-2 loss in Game 1 Thursday.

Gionta, the Canadiens' captain, was a minus-2 with two shots on goal in 16:09 of ice time in Game 1.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 6:59 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Barry Melrose

CISCO NHL Live talks NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 6:23 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - Blues-Kings series blog

Kings regroup looking for more goals

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The sun came up for the Los Angeles Kings when they returned home Friday. In fact, it was 93 degrees in L.A. and the Kings tried to put a sunny outlook on their 2-0 deficit against the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

The Kings last faced a 2-0 series hole in the 2002 conference quarterfinals. They last time they erased such a deficit and won was in the 2001 conference quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings.

This is drastically different from the Stanley Cup run last season in which Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead in all four postseason series.

“We’re not going to do what we did last year,” forward Dustin Penner said. “We've got to find different ways to win games now.

“We expect to win them all. We know based on reality, that’s probably not going to happen. But you just take each task on as it comes at you. Now we’re down, 2-0, we've got to worry about having a good start. They’re going to come in here -- opportunity lies in front of them -- they want to get that third one just like we did last year. We've got to combat what they’re going to bring to the table.”

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