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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 1:39 PM

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

Rangers' Brassard tried to steal Stamkos' stick

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos thought having an elbow pad thrown at him earlier in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was one of the oddest things to happen to him in a hockey game until New York Rangers center Derick Brassard upped the ante Monday.

By his own admission, Brassard tried to take Stamkos' stick to the Rangers' dressing room following the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Brassard said he saw Stamkos' stick lying on the ice in front of the Rangers' bench after the buzzer signaling the end of the period. He also thought he saw Stamkos heading for the door leading to the Lightning's dressing room, so he figured why not take the stick.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 1:11 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Boyle a new father, expected in for Game 3

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle has been somewhat of a mysterious figure through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers.

Boyle missed Game 1 with an undisclosed injury and played 10:57 over 14 shifts in Game 2, a couple minutes below his average in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He participated in the Lightning's optional morning skate Wednesday for the first time as a new father. Boyle's wife, Lauren, gave birth to Declan Gabriel Boyle on Tuesday.

"It was an interesting day," Boyle said. "The team was awesome getting me back so I could get to the hospital early [Tuesday] morning. Everything is good and it's a great blessing."

Declan Boyle weighed in at nine pounds and five ounces. Boyle said that mother and son are doing well.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 1:09 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' St. Louis eager to break out of slump

TAMPA -- More than a month has passed since New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis scored a goal.

It's a trend that likely needs to change if the Rangers are going to return to the Stanley Cup Final, and a scoring boost they could use in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against St. Louis' former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

St. Louis scored 21 goals in 74 regular-season games, but he's come up empty through 14 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He hasn't scored since April 6 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Rangers managed to get through the first two rounds against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals without a goal from St. Louis. He has six assists this postseason, two of which came in a 6-2 loss in Game 2 against Tampa Bay on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

"I look at last game, the last two games, the first couple of shifts I get a chance in front of the goalie," St. Louis said Wednesday morning. "I don't know. When you don't have that swagger, sometimes you rush things and those are great chances. On the power play, a couple of tips … [if] we end up scoring on them … sometimes when things go your way, those find the back of the net."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 4:02 AM

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

Ducks' Andersen makes 53 saves in Game 2 loss

ANAHEIM -- Frederik Andersen emerged in the hallway outside the Anaheim Ducks locker room nearly an hour after Game 2 of the Western Conference Final had ended.

The second-year goalie understandably spent more time than usual hydrating and getting treatment but exhibited his usual calm after making a career-high 53 saves in a 3-2 triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center.

Andersen couldn't remember playing a longer game. Ever.

"I'm not sure," Andersen said. "I think this is by far. I don't think I've ever gone to a second OT, actually."


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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Lightning

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

What more can we say about Tyler Johnson that hasn't been said? Probably not a lot. A lot has been said, and it's all good, and it's all deserved.

He's a star for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Simple as that. Enough said. He's a star. He proved it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final with his hat trick in a 6-2 win against the New York Rangers that evened the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Johnson scored shorthanded on a great play. He scored on a 4-on-3 power play. He scored on even strength. He did it all. He does it all.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 1:19 AM

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CHI @ ANA - 8:47 of Double Overtime

At 8:47 of double overtime in the Chicago Blackhawks/Anaheim Ducks game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Andrew Shaw deliberately headbutted the puck into the Anaheim net. According to Rule 78.5 (i) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed when the puck has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick." No goal Chicago.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 9:42 PM

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CHI @ ANA - 9:14 of the First Period

At 9:14 of the first period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Anaheim Ducks game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off of Andrew Cogliano's skate and entered the Chicago net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Anaheim.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 8:30 PM

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

St. Louis focused on Rangers, not return to Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis is trying to treat Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) with the same single-minded focus as the rest of his teammates.

Even if it's harder for him to do that considering the ties he has to this area and the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis was all business after arriving here with the Rangers on Tuesday.

"Coming back here [in the] regular season, it was definitely a tough thing, I think, just being here for so long, but I think we're well past that now," St. Louis said. "Tampa's always going to be a special place for me and my family, but I'm coming here as a New York Ranger and trying to get through this conference final and get to the Stanley Cup Final."


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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 7:31 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks' Cumiskey likely to play in Game 2

ANAHEIM -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kyle Cumiskey will likely replace David Rundblad for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Cumiskey has not played for the Blackhawks since Feb. 27, but Rundblad struggled in a 4-1 loss in Game 1 on Sunday. Cumiskey was playing for Rockford of the American Hockey League before he was called up for depth at the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Very likely," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said in his pre-game availability when asked about Cumiskey playing.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 6:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Tuesday, May 19

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



TRENDING:

McLellan named coach of Oilers
Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan to take over behind Edmonton's bench.

Babcock in contract talks with Sabres: report
Mike Babcock is discussing a potential contract with the Buffalo Sabres to become their coach, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Three keys for Ducks, Blackhawks to winning Game 2
As the Chicago Blackhawks look to even up the Western Conference Final, the Anaheim Ducks chase a 2-0 lead. NHL.com has three keys to success for each.

Johnson, Lightning answer challenge with Game 2 win
Tampa Bay jumped on Tyler Johnson's diminutive shoulders in Game 2 on Monday and looked like they could be good enough to win the Stanley Cup in a 6-2 victory against the New York Rangers.



NEWS:

Foligno to be named Blue Jackets captain: report
The Columbus Blue Jackets will name forward Nick Foligno their next captain, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The Blue Jackets have announced a press conference for Wednesday where he is expected to be unveiled.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Monday, May 18.

FEATURES:

Lightning stress there's no time for letdown in Game 3
The Tampa Bay Lightning solved the riddle of Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2 but know there's no time for a letdown as the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers shifts to Amalie Arena.

Farrish: Rangers weren't ready for Lightning's push
Dave Farrish believes the New York Rangers had it a bit to easy in their Game 1 win and weren't prepared for the Tampa Bay Lightning's response in Game 2.

Rangers hit the road after another home split
For the third straight series, the New York Rangers hit the road after splitting the first two games at Madison Square Garden -- this time against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

Special teams help Lightning win Game 2, tie series
The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four special-teams goals to defeat the New York Rangers 6-2 in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks know momentum is fleeting entering Game 2
The Ducks are 9-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the idea of game-to-game momentum was not a rallying cry Tuesday.

Memorial Cup offers plenty to 2015 draft prospects
Several high-profile players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft will play in the 97th Memorial Cup tournament beginning on Friday.

After penalty, Boyle gives Lightning boost
Brian Boyle helped the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the New York Rangers 6-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday.


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Quote of the Day

I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final