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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Flyers expect more out of Bryzgalov in year two

Thursday, 05.10.2012 / 5:32 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Watching Ilya Bryzgalov in his first season with the Philadelphia Flyers, teammate Scott Hartnell was reminded of his first season with the team.

Like Bryzgalov, Hartnell arrived from a non-traditional hockey market and signed a lucrative, long-term contract.

Ilya Bryzgalov
Goalie - PHI
RECORD: 5-6-1
GAA: 3.46 | SVP: 0.887
"Took me 20 games to get my first goal coming here," Hartnell told reporters Thursday. "You got the big contract … I was definitely feeling pressure for sure when I got here."

The second season, he said, was far easier for having gone through the first-year difficulties. On the ice, he responded with the best season of his career to that point.

He's not alone in believing Bryzgalov could travel that same path next season.

"Once you get to know the guys and you feel more comfortable in your house, in your life, all that kind of stuff, definitely you get more confidence as the year goes on," Hartnell said. "Next year he'll come back from Russia in the summer and his house is all set up -- he'll be ready to play."

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NHL announces dates, starts times, national TV coverage for Games 1-2 of Conference Final series

Western Conference starts Sunday; East gets under way Monday

Thursday, 05.10.2012 / 2:54 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the dates, start times and national television coverage for Games 1 and 2 of the Conference Final round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Western Conference Final opens Sunday, May 13 in Glendale, Arizona, where the Phoenix Coyotes will host the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena (8 p.m., ET, NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS). Game 2 of the series will be played in Glendale on Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 9 p.m., ET.

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Spezza optimistic about Senators' future

Saturday, 04.28.2012 / 3:10 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA – Jason Spezza addressed the media for the final time this season and said that while things didn't go the way the Ottawa Senators had hoped in the playoffs, the future still looks bright.

"We're disappointed," Spezza said about 36 hours after his team's season ended with a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. "We felt like we had a really good chance to beat the Rangers and we feel that they're a team that's going to have a lot success going forward in the playoffs, and that could've been us. So it's a little bit tough to look back at this point, but we definitely made a lot of strides as a team and did a lot of good things."

The Senators' No. 1 center credits coach Paul MacLean for providing the team with a true identity.

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Alfredsson: 'I don't know' about another season

Saturday, 04.28.2012 / 1:26 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA, Ont. – A rough-voiced Daniel Alfredsson took his place at the forefront of a media scrum for the final time this season, and still provided no indication as to whether he would return to the Ottawa Senators for a 17th year.

The 39-year-old admitted that he's been missing some time with his four young sons, which has been bothering him, but his boys want to see him continue his career.

"It feels at times when you play a lot, you're tired and you have a lot of practices … when you're home I don't have the energy I would like to play with the kids," Alfredsson said. "I miss a lot of their activities – that's going to play part of it. I'm sure the kids would like to see me play another year, there's no question."

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B's seek answers after earlier-than-expected exit

Friday, 04.27.2012 / 4:44 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Two days removed from having their attempt to defend their Stanley Cup championship halted in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by the Washington Capitals, the Boston Bruins still were trying to diagnose what happened.

The Bruins made just a few roster alterations after winning it all in 2011 and then took several precautions to guard against the wear and tear from the short offseason and the rigors of playing nearly 200 games in 20 months.

Ultimately, though, they weren't able to sustain a level of energy or production high enough to get beyond the first round of playoffs, let alone become the first team since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings to repeat as Cup champions.

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First round defined by OT, individual performances

Friday, 04.27.2012 / 9:29 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The first week of the postseason should have been indication enough that the opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs was going to be something special. In the end, it took 48 games, a record 16 overtimes, and countless unforgettable moments to make this a first round that fans won't soon forget.

1. More overtime: Could there have been a more appropriate ending for the first round than the double-OT finale between the Devils and Panthers on Thursday? Of the three Game 7s in the first round, two required overtime, and three of the eight first-round series ended with an overtime goal.

In fact, if this postseason is remembered for anything, it might be extra time. The 16 overtime finishes in the first round established a new record for a single playoff round, previously set in 2001. Fortunately, all this overtime didn't keep everyone up too late. Only three of the 16 overtime games required more than one extra period.

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Rangers get Capitals in next round

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 9:47 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's getting to the point where it wouldn't be the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals didn't meet at some point.

With their 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, the Rangers will face the Capitals in the postseason for the third time in four years.

The Capitals won the previous two meetings, both of which occurred in the first round. The Caps rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in 2009 to win in seven games, then vanquished the Rangers in five games last year.

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Vancouver not rushing to answer goalie questions

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 3:05 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Roberto Luongo
Goalie - VAN
RECORD: 0-2-0
GAA: 3.59 | SVP: 0.891

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis said Thursday he wasn't ready to make any decisions regarding his goaltending.

Speaking on radio station 1040 AM in Vancouver, Gillis said he had met with goaltender Roberto Luongo, but would not specifically address what was said in the meeting, only saying that they would meet again to discuss their approach to the offseason.

"We just decided that we'd take a couple days here and take a deep breath -- everything has happened so quickly -- and collect our thoughts," Gillis said. "Get together at the beginning of next week or talk on the telephone next week and see where he was at and how he felt about the team and how he felt about himself and go from there."

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Second-round options coming into focus for Flyers

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 9:23 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere was asked after finishing their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins last week if he had any rooting interest in which team he would play next.

"We can't control that," he said. "And I'm not going to root for anyone. It is what it is. Yes, I'm going to watch, but we'll take whatever is going to be present. It's always the way we've approached it."

Originally, the Flyers could have faced any of the six remaining teams. That window was narrowed a bit Wednesday when the Washington Capitals eliminated the Boston Bruins in Game 7.

Not only did Washington's win take the Bruins out of consideration, it also means the Flyers can avoid playing the top-seeded New York Rangers in the conference semifinals.

That would have been the least-desirable matchup for Philadelphia, which lost all six games in the 2011-12 season to the Rangers, and are winless in eight straight against them.

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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semis schedule

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 1:22 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

The first round of NHL postseason action is over, and the last eight teams standing get right back at it again with the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals, beginning on Friday, April 27.

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Quote of the Day

I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2