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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:43 PM

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

Ducks forward Perry misses another practice

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry missed a second straight practice Thursday, but coach Bruce Boudreau again said he expects the right wing will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"Like I'd said [Tuesday], we had six days off; there's no sense rushing him," Boudreau said. "I'm pretty sure he'll be on the ice [Friday]."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:22 PM

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

Seguin's hat trick leads Canada past Belarus

Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) had a hat trick, and Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) and Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche) each scored two goals, to lead Canada to a 9-0 win against Belarus on Thursday in a quarterfinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Canada will play the Czech Republic, a 5-3 winner against Finland, in one semifinal game Saturday.

Burns also had two assists, Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Ennis (Buffalo Sabres) scored for Canada. Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) and Jake Muzzin (Los Angeles Kings) each had two assists. Goaltender Mike Smith (Arizona Coyotes) made 24 saves.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:00 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks evaluating defense pairs for Game 1

CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to lean heavily on their top four defensemen in the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks, and their practice Thursday supported that belief.

Duncan Keith was paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson instead of 23-year-old David Rundblad, and Brent Seabrook shifted with Johnny Oduya rather than 40-year-old Kimmo Timonen.

Rundblad, Timonen and Kyle Cumiskey alternated shifts together as a makeshift third pairing.

"Let's see," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Let's [take] a look at different options as we go into [the series]. The pair that probably didn't see much of one another was David and Kimmo, so we'll see if we can utilize that as we go along in a game, but it's something we wanted to see."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 4:36 PM

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

U.S. rides big second period to Worlds semifinals

Ben Smith (San Jose Sharks) and Charlie Coyle (Minnesota Wild) scored 57 seconds apart midway through the second period to help the United States rally to a 3-1 victory against Switzerland on Thursday in a quarterfinal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs) also had a goal and Anders Lee (New York Islanders) had two assists for the U.S. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) made 21 saves.

The United States will play the winner of the quarterfinal game later Thursday between Sweden and Russia in the semifinals Saturday.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 4:33 PM

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

Ovechkin to join Russia at World Championship

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will join Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, in time for its semifinal game against the United States on Saturday.

The Capitals said Ovechkin was flying to Prague on Thursday, one day after Washington was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Capitals lost 2-1 in overtime to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Ovechkin scored the game's first goal.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 11:39 AM

By Noah Hanifin -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Noah Hanifin blog

Boston College prospect Noah Hanifin recaps season

Noah Hanifin, No. 3 on NHL Central's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, completed his freshman season at Boston College in Hockey East in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound left-shot defenseman had five goals and 23 points 37 games. He also represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program in 2013-14. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. This latest entry came after his college hockey season.

Hi everyone!

I would say as a whole, I could not have been more grateful for my experience this first year at Boston College. Aside from obviously learning from some of the top minds in our game, what I appreciated most was learning a schedule of balance. The time dedicated to practice and training is a lot, but the demands our academics places on us can be difficult if you don't have your own system of balance in place.

Working with head coach (Jerry) York, coach (Greg) Brown and coach (Mike) Ayers has been extremely valuable. Coach Brown has a heavy hand in our defensive scheme, so I spent a lot of time working with him. Anytime you're able to learn from someone with the experiences he's had is so valuable.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:44 AM

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

Capitals believe Holtby 'deserved a better fate'

NEW YORK -- Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made 37 saves but was unable to stop Derek Stepan's shot 11:24 into overtime, ending a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Holtby allowed 13 goals in the series, including two or fewer in five of seven games.

"It was a great series," Holtby said. "One that could have easily went our way, but it didn't. We feel that we played good enough to win the series but we didn't. It's tough to swallow, but this group is special. It's a very special group and it's unfortunate."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:20 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Capitals series blog

McDonagh 'outstanding' for Rangers in Game 7

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault needed one word to describe captain Ryan McDonagh in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

"Outstanding," was his concise appraisal.

McDonagh, who had been playing big minutes alongside defense partner Dan Girardi throughout the series, turned in another stellar effort in leading his team to a 2-1 overtime victory.


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Posted On Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 10:16 PM

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

'No doubt' Perry will play for Ducks in Game 1: report

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry, the leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will be in the lineup Sunday for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau told the Orange County Register on Wednesday.

Perry overcame a hit to his right knee in the second period of Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames on Sunday and returned to score the series-winning goal in overtime. Perry didn't practice Tuesday.

"With the time we have off, there's no rush to get Corey Perry back on the ice," Boudreau told the newspaper. "He's going to get a couple practices before the game and he's going to play [in Game 1]. There's no doubt in our minds about that."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 7:14 PM

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

Jagr expected to play for Czechs in quarters: report

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr is expected to play for the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the 2015 IIHF World Championship on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Jagr played 1:55 against Switzerland on Tuesday before leaving with a suspected injury.

The Czech Republic will play Finland in the quarterfinals.

"There is a little question mark whether he will play, but it is more likely [he will]," Petr Kolar said, according to the report. "It is a key game for him, bigger than [Tuesday] and that is why we chose this way."

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