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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Van Riemsdyk knows rally from 3-0 deficit is possible

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 5:18 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk knows taking small steps can lead to big results.

That's the message he's conveying to the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild, who are each facing 3-0 deficits in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canadiens will attempt to avoid elimination at the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), followed by the Wild attempting to extend their Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

It was in 2010 during van Riemsdyk's first postseason appearance when his Philadelphia Flyers trailed the Boston Bruins 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Though the outside world declared the Flyers finished before the Bruins won the requisite four games, van Riemsdyk and his teammates had other ideas.

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Start times set for Second Round Eastern Conference games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 3:15 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced updated start times and national television information for 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Eastern Conference games scheduled for Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10.

· The start time for Game 5 (if necessary) of the series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Montreal on Saturday. The game will be seen on CBC, TVA Sports and NBCSN.

· The start time for Game 6 (if necessary) of the series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Washington on Sunday. The game will be seen on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, May 6

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 12:27 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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JOHNSON, LIGHTNING STUN CANADIENS TO TAKE 3-0 SERIES LEAD

The Canadiens evened the game midway through the third period, but Tyler Johnson scored the tie-breaking goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Lightning to a 3-0 series lead.

The Montreal Canadiens evened the game midway through the third period, but Tyler Johnson scored the tie-breaking goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-0 series lead.

* Johnson's goal was the second game-winning goal in the final two seconds of regulation in the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also: Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward in Game 1 at the New York Rangers: 19:58). Per Elias, there were only two such goals scored in NHL postseason history prior to this year: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Bob Pulford on April 11, 1964, vs. the Detroit Red Wings (19:58) and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen on April 21, 2009, vs. the New Jersey Devils (19:59).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 5

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 2:31 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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GAUDREAU, BACKLUND PROVIDE SPARK AS FLAMES RALLY FOR GAME 3 VICTORY

Johnny Gaudreau scored the tying goal with 19.5 seconds left in regulation and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:24 of overtime to rally the Calgary Flames past the Anaheim Ducks, cutting their series deficit to 2-1.
* Via Elias, Gaudreau's goal at 19:40 of the third period was the latest tying goal in Flames playoff history, topping the previous mark set by Robert Reichel at 19:13 of the third period on May 9, 1995 vs. the San Jose Sharks (5-4 OT L).

* Elias also says Backlund (9 GP) is the fourth player in Flames history to score his first career playoff goal in overtime, following Eddy Beers (April 6, 1983 vs. the Vancouver Canucks), Marcus Nilson (April 22, 2004 at the Detroit Red Wings) and Steve Montador (May 9, 2004 at San Jose).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, May 4

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 12:34 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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MONDAY'S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

WASHINGTON 1, NY Rangers 0 – WSH leads series 2-1

HOLTBY, BEAGLE LEAD WASHINGTON TO 2-1 SERIES LEAD

Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced and Jay Beagle scored the only goal of the game at 7:31 of the second period to lift the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 series lead against the New York Rangers.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 2

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 10:00 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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RANGERS HOLD ON FOR GAME 2 VICTORY, TIE SERIES AT 1-1

Derick Brassard scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 6:07 of the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to help the New York Rangers defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 2 and even their Eastern Conference Second Round series at one game apiece.

* The Rangers scored more than two goals in a victory for the first time this postseason. New York earned four 2-1 victories against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, becoming the third NHL team to win a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series with each of its wins coming by the same score.

* Each of New York's seven games this postseason has been decided by one goal. In fact, 14 of its past 16 playoff games have been one-goal decisions, including nine consecutive games dating to Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final vs. LAK.

* Lundqvist made 26 of his 30 saves after the first period to improve to 5-2 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .938 save percentage this postseason (7 GP). He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 consecutive playoff victories at Madison Square Garden dating to last year in Game 1 of New York's opening-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, May 1

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 1:45 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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KUCHEROV, BISHOP LEAD LIGHTNING OVER CANADIENS IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME

Nikita Kucherov scored at 2:06 of the second overtime and Ben Bishop stopped 43 shots to power the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 1-0 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens.

* Tampa Bay's victory over Montreal in Game 1 continued a trend from the regular season. The Lightning swept five games from the Canadiens in 2014-15, marking the first time in franchise history that Tampa Bay swept its season series with Montreal. The Lightning also became the first team to sweep a season series of at least five games against the Canadiens since the Buffalo Sabres went 8-0-0 in 1983-84.

* Kucherov scored his first career playoff overtime goal, which also stood as his first career game-winner in the postseason. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 21 years, 318 days old, Kucherov became the youngest player in franchise history to score an overtime goal in the postseason. The previous youngest Lightning player to score an overtime goal in the playoffs was Vincent Lecavalier, who scored in overtime at 22 years, 359 days old on April 15, 2003, when he scored at the Washington Capitals to win Game 3 of the EQF (4-3 W).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Thursday, April 30

Friday, 05.01.2015 / 1:52 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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WARD NETS BUZZER BEATER AS CAPITALS STUN RANGERS IN GAME 1

The New York Rangers tied the game with 4:39 left in the third period, but Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Washington Capitals take a 1-0 lead in their second-round series.

* Elias says only two other game-winning goals have been scored in the final two seconds of regulation in a playoff game, by Jussi Jokinen of the Carolina Hurricanes on April 21, 2009 vs. the New Jersey Devils (19:59 of third period) and Bob Pulford of the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 11, 1964 vs. the Detroit Red Wings (19:58 of third period).

* Ward, an undrafted free agent who signed with the Minnesota Wild in 2006 and played three seasons with the Nashville Predators from 2008-11 before joining the Capitals, scored his third career playoff game-winning goal. The others came in Game 5 of the 2011 WSF at the Vancouver Canucks while with Nashville, and in overtime of Game 7 in the 2012 EQF at the Boston Bruins, moving Washington into the conference semifinals.

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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge update

71 percent year-over-year increase; 17 fans tied atop leaderboard; zero 'perfect' brackets

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 3:00 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NEW YORK – Hockey fans submitted more than 800,000 brackets in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung, up 71% from last year. With the entire playoff field separated by just 16 points -- the narrowest gap in a half-century -- fans were tasked with predicting the winner of each series through the Stanley Cup Final, and the number of games for each First Round series.

During the First Round, 16 teams vying for the Stanley Cup netted 16.8 million possible outcomes in the Bracket Challenge, and zero 'perfect' brackets – correctly choosing every series winner, and the number of games in each of those series – remain in the challenge. After a dramatic First Round that included two Game 7s, several momentum-swinging overtimes and third-period comebacks, 17 fans are tied for first place atop the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung leaderboard, having correctly predicted all eight series winners and the correct number of games in seven of the eight series.

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Stanley Cup to guest star on CBS drama 'Elementary'

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 11:46 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Stanley Cup will serve as a special guest star on the CBS show "Elementary" on Thursday (10 p.m. ET).

In the episode Sherlock Holmes, played by Jonny Lee Miller, explains how he discovered the Cup during an investigation and conducts a series of tests to determine if it's actually hockey's most iconic trophy or a duplicate.

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Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday