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Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 2:25 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Stanley Cup a special guest on Cisco NHL Live

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are heating up and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Friday on NHL Network will have you covered. We'll have New York Rangers fan and Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton on our set, as well as Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard with the Stanley Cup live.

Sidney Crosby returns to the ice tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 against the New York Islanders, and we'll go live to Pittsburgh for a full report. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will join the show to give his opinion on some of the coaching moves in the playoffs, and Eddie Olczyk checks in to discuss the playoffs and his favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played on Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 2:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Blackhawks-Wild series blog

Harding to get Game 2 start for Wild

Josh Harding will start in goal for the Minnesota Wild on Friday when they face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

Harding stopped 35 of 37 shots in the Wild's 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday. He was pressed into starting duty when Niklas Backstrom sustained a lower-body injury during pregame warm-ups.

There was update on Backstrom's status. If he's unavailable for backup duty, rookie Darcy Kuemper will be the second goalie.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 2:17 PM

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

Tortorella talks Moore no-goal in Game 1 third period

WASHINGTON -- New York Rangers coach John Tortorella agreed with the decision to not award John Moore a goal late in the third period of Game 1 Thursday night against the Washington Capitals even though Tortorella thought it was a goal.

"It's the right call," he said. "I think it's a goal, but it's the right call."

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 2:06 PM

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

Nash felt good with play, now needs a win

WASHINGTON -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash felt strong and fast in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, his first game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009 and his fifth career NHL postseason game.

The problem is Nash's 16 shot attempts, including eight on goal, didn't equate to anything tangible for the Rangers, who lost to the Washington Capitals 3-1 and fell behind 1-0 in the best-of-7 series.

"I thought I had some good opportunities but they didn't go in," said Nash, who is now 0-5 in the playoffs dating to 2009, when his Columbus Blue Jackets were swept in the first round by the Detroit Red Wings. "That's the difference. In big games you've got to bear down and make sure you score on your opportunities."

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 1:59 PM

By Chris Adamski -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Penguins-Islanders series blog

Return of Crosby just another challenge for Islanders

PITTSBURGH -- You'd think the last thing the New York Islanders would want coming off a 5-0 loss to a team that has won 24 of its past 28 games is for that opponent to welcome back its leading scorer and NHL MVP candidate into the lineup.

The reaction of New York's Frans Nielsen to the Pittsburgh Penguins announcing that Sidney Crosby will play in Friday's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 2? Bring it on.

"He's one of the best players in the world," Nielsen said after Friday's morning skate. "So it's a challenge -- and that's something that everyone who's involved with sports loves. It makes you more excited. It's always fun playing against the good players."

Crosby told reporters he was cleared to play, and the Penguins' official website and Twitter account announced he was returning in Game 2 to play for the first time since sustaining a broken jaw during his first shift of a game against the Islanders on March 30.


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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 1:37 PM

By Chris Adamski -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Penguins-Islanders series blog

Islanders could switch lines in search for spark

PITTSBURGH -- With the New York Islanders having produced all of two goals over their past three games, coach Jack Capuano acknowledged there could be a shakeup in his forward lineup.

The top line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Brad Boyes combined for one goal over the final two regular-season games and Wednesday's 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. As the Islanders search for answers for Game 2 on Friday, swapping out Tavares' linemates remains firmly on the table.

"We haven't generated too much from that line," Capuano said, "so you probably could see some movement around."

As NHL coaches are wont to do during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Capuano said he would not discuss lineup changes specifically. But he did drop some hints.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 11:59 AM

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

Crosby to play for Penguins in Game 2

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby said Friday morning he will play in Game 2 of the team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series Friday night against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

"I'm cleared to play," Crosby said following the team's morning skate. "I'm excited to get back in there and play in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs."

Coach Dan Bylsma did not confirm Crosby will be in the lineup for Game 2, refusing to provide any update on injuries or lineup changes. But both the player and the team's website said he will be in the lineup.

It will be Crosby's first game since sustaining a broken jaw during a game March 30. He began skating on his own April 15 and started skating with the team April 26.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 11:40 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

LA @ STL - 3:44 of the Third Period

At 3:44 of the third period in the Kings/Blues game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off St Louis forward Patrik Berglund and into the Kings net. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal St Louis.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 10:09 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYR @ WSH - 15:57 of the Third Period

At 15:57 of the third period in the Rangers/Capitals game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that John Moore's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal NY Rangers.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 9:46 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

OTT @ MTL - 13:55 of the Third Period

At 13:55 of the third period in the Senators/Canadiens game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Guillaume Latendresse's body and into the Canadiens net. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Ottawa.

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Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3