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Posted On Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 3:26 PM

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

Tortorella says Hagelin 'stinks' on power play

BOSTON -- The New York Rangers power play is a daily story for its continuous struggles, and Saturday the focus turned to Carl Hagelin, the speedy, skilled left wing who doesn't even play on the power play.

Now we know why, courtesy of coach John Tortorella.

"Because he stinks on the power play," Tortorella said during an entertaining press conference following practice Saturday at TD Garden. "He stinks. I don't know why. I wish I could put him on the power play, but every time I put him on, he stinks."

Posted On Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 2:47 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Bruins-Rangers series blog

Redden won't rush return just to face Rangers

BOSTON -- At 35 years old, Wade Redden knows his body.

He also knows if he's not careful and gets back into the Boston Bruins lineup too soon, he could leave his team shorthanded at the most important time of the year.

"You've got to be honest with yourself, and it comes down to that," Redden said Saturday after practicing with the Bruins at TD Garden. "Everyone wants to be out there, but it's got to be the right way and you could go out there and you're not able to do what you need to do, you're only hurting the team. So you've got to be able to get it done. Obviously guys play through a lot of stuff. There's a line there."

Bruins coach Claude Julien said Redden, who sat out the past two games with an undisclosed injury, will be a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN, RDS). Redden missed Games 5 and 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before sitting out Game 1 against the Rangers on Thursday.

Redden said he was limited during practice Saturday and wasn't able to do everything in the drills.

Posted On Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 12:59 PM

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

Miller replaces Bertuzzi in Red Wings' lineup

CHICAGO -- Drew Miller will return to the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at United Center (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS).

Miller has not played since April 20 against the Vancouver Canucks because of a broken finger. He had four goals and eight points in 44 games for the Red Wings this season.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock has tinkered with his fourth line on several occasions in this postseason. Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton each has sat once, but the third spot has been a bit of a rotation. Todd Bertuzzi, who has no points in the postseason, will sit for the third time.

Here are the projected lineups for the Blackhawks and Red Wings:

Posted On Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 11:11 AM

By Staff -  / - Blackhawks-Red Wings series blog

Handzus in, Stalberg out for Blackhawks

Michal Handzus will be in the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), and forward Viktor Stalberg will be a healthy scratch.

Handzus missed practice Friday, the third straight on-ice session, but will be back in his familiar second-line center spot, between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.

Stalberg had one assist in five games in the first round against the Minnesota Wild, but was scratched from the lineup in Game 1 against the Red Wings.

Posted On Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 1:50 AM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Bruins-Rangers series blog

Redden back at practice, Ference out for Game 2

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins’ three injured veteran defensemen are at different stages of recovery from their undisclosed injuries on their way to returning to the lineup.

Wade Redden, who hasn’t played since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, practiced with the team Saturday, although he said he wasn’t able to do everything in drills. He said he doesn’t feel well enough to play in a game yet, but coach Claude Julien is hoping that might change by Sunday.

The Bruins play host to the New York Rangers on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, RDS, TSN) in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden.

Posted On Friday, 05.17.2013 / 7:38 PM

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

Letang, Adams in lineup for Game 2

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins created a bit of intrigue Friday morning at the morning skate when neither top defenseman Kris Letang nor checking forward Craig Adams took the ice for the 35-minute session. But both were on the ice for the pre-game warmups and dressed for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Ottawa Senators.

Posted On Friday, 05.17.2013 / 7:10 PM

By Staff -  / - Kings-Sharks series blog

Havlat trying to return to Sharks for Game 3

San Jose Sharks forward Martin Havlat said Friday it's possible he could return to the lineup for Game 3 against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

"Getting better. We'll see how it goes tomorrow morning," Havlat said, according to CSN Bay Area. "We'll see. Like I said, we’ll see how it feels tomorrow. It's getting closer and closer."

The Sharks trail the best-of-7 Western Conference Semifinal 2-0 after squandering a 3-2 lead in the final two minutes of Game 2 at Staples Center, losing 4-3 on two Kings power-play goals 22 seconds apart.

"That's Marty, mother nature and the trainer's decision," coach Todd McLellan said of Havlat's possible return for the game at HP Pavilion. "I can't speed any of those up as a coach. I hope that one day soon that he comes knocking on my door and tells me that he's ready to go, because we could sure use him."

Posted On Friday, 05.17.2013 / 6:23 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blackhawks-Red Wings series blog

Red Wings need more kick from Mule

CHICAGO -- If the Detroit Red Wings are going to make their Western Conference Semifinals series close, they know they need an ornery "Mule" on the ice against the favored Chicago Blackhawks.

The hard part for Detroit coach Mike Babcock is pushing the right buttons on Johan Franzen, a Swedish power forward nicknamed "Mule" who can score goals by the bunches in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Red Wings need captain Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk to shine, but Franzen has a knack for scoring in the postseason that many players don't possess.

Tapping into that knack consistently, however, can be an issue at times.

Franzen didn't record a point, finished minus-2 and got one shot on goal in the series opener Wednesday at United Center, a 4-1 Chicago victory.

The second game is Saturday (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC) in the same building, and the Red Wings hope to see a snorting, sneering Mule on the ice.

"He [can] be pretty mean, but I think he's playing the best hockey when he's a little grumpy," Zetterberg said. "I think maybe it's up to us to get him a little bit grumpy before the games."

Posted On Friday, 05.17.2013 / 6:12 PM

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

Kings looking to improve on road

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It was easy for the Los Angeles Kings to joke and shrug off a dangerous-looking facial injury to Anze Kopitar a day later.

Kopitar said he needed about 20 stitches to close a cut near his mouth after he was hit by the puck on a shot by teammate Dustin Brown in the third period of Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal series Thursday night.

"There goes the modeling career," coach Darryl Sutter joked. "Best looking Slovenian athlete."

Informed of Sutter's comment, Kopitar said, "I think that ship has sailed long time ago."

Kopitar returned to the "Rocky" theme song at Staples Center, and the Kings delivered one of the franchise's greatest comeback wins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they erased a 3-2 deficit in the final two minutes for a 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks.

Modeling jokes aside, the Kings must put on a serious face as the best-of-7 series moves to HP Pavilion for Games 3 and 4. L.A. leads, 2-0, but it is somewhat misleading given it was largely outplayed in both games.

Posted On Friday, 05.17.2013 / 3:56 PM

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

Rangers say they won't let OT woes affect confidence

BOSTON -- If Game 2 at TD Garden also goes to overtime, the New York Rangers insist they will be mentally strong enough to handle it.

"We've got a good, confident group here," Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said. "What we have to do is just be ready for next game and win."

The problem is the Rangers have rarely shown the physical capacity to win an overtime game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs dating to before John Tortorella arrived as coach in 2009.

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