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Stanley Cup Playoffs

Nothing compares to playoff pressure on goalies

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 4:39 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Chris Osgood was already on the bench when he watched Marc-Andre Fleury crush his dream of winning a fourth Stanley Cup championship.

Fleury robbed Henrik Zetterberg with a pad save and slid across the crease to get his blocker on Nicklas Lidstrom's shot that appeared to be targeted for the open net. Fleury's Pittsburgh Penguins won Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, 2-1, against Osgood's Detroit Red Wings.

Fleury was a hero, forever a legend. The feeling was that nobody in Pittsburgh would ever question him again.

"That's how I think of Marc-Andre Fleury," Osgood told NHL.com.

Stanley Cup Playoffs set to open Tuesday

Sunday, 04.28.2013 / 11:33 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs will open Tuesday in Chicago with a matchup between the Presidents' Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild, who were the last team to clinch a playoff berth.

The NHL released the playoff schedule Sunday night and it includes three Game 1s on Tuesday, another three on Wednesday and two more on Thursday.

In addition to the Chicago-Minnesota series, Tuesday will also feature both Southern California teams. The Los Angeles Kings will begin defense of their 2012 Stanley Cup championship against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center and the Detroit Red Wings will open their 22nd straight postseason against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

Five Questions: Reimer, defense still issues for Leafs

Sunday, 04.28.2013 / 9:40 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Toronto Maple Leafs got to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a potent offense, some sharp goaltending and a strong penalty kill. They also had to overcome a leaky defense and the below-par performances of a couple of would-be key players.

Now the city of Toronto is about to be overrun by playoff fever for the first time since 2004. If they want it to last more than one round, here are five questions the Maple Leafs will have to answer in the affirmative starting this week:

First looks: Breaking down Round 1 matchups

Sunday, 04.28.2013 / 10:28 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

The 16 teams that will compete for the Stanley Cup have been decided. The chase for hockey's ultimate prize begins Tuesday.

All of the first-round pairings in the Western Conference are settled, but only one of the four matchups in the East is certain. The other three will be decided after the Boston Bruins host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday in a game postponed by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Here's a first look at the matchups we do know:

Eastern Conference

(6) New York Rangers vs. (3) Washington Capitals

Records: Rangers 26-18-4, Capitals 27-18-3

Season series: Rangers won 2-0-1 (1-0-1 home; 1-0-0 road)

Playoff history: Capitals lead 4-3

Last playoff meeting: 2012, Rangers won Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4-3

Top scorers: Rick Nash, Rangers (21-21-42); Alex Ovechkin, Capitals (32-24-56)

Skinny: The Washington Capitals appeared headed for a non-playoff season when they went to Winnipeg for back-to-back games on March 21-22. They won both games and never looked back, going 15-2-2 in their final 19 games to win the Southeast Division going away. Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with 32 goals, including 19 in that season-ending stretch. Braden Holtby has emerged as the No. 1 goaltender and the return of Mike Green helped give the Capitals the NHL's most dangerous power play (26.8 percent).

Lord Stanley monument to be located in Ottawa

Monday, 03.18.2013 / 4:20 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

Business executives and hockey fans came together Monday morning in Ottawa for the announcement of a monument to the Stanley Cup and the man who dedicated what has become the most storied trophy in sports.

According to multiple Canadian media reports, a monument to Lord Stanley of Preston, the governor general of Canada, will be located on city-owned land near the intersection of Sparks and Elgin streets -- not far from where the idea of what would become the Stanley Cup originated.

"We want to have the monument centrally located," hockey historian Paul Kitchen told The (Toronto) Globe and Mail. "We want it to be a destination point where both the citizens of Ottawa and the Canadian public would have easy access to it."

Commissioner Bettman news conference transcript

Wednesday, 05.30.2012 / 10:22 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: Good evening, everyone. Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils for earning the right to be here.

We entered the last day of the regular season with 27 possible first?round playoff matchups, which is a testament to the competitive balance that we see in our game. It's also a testament to the two teams that remain: the Kings and the Devils. They are the champions of their respective conferences. Well done to both organizations.

The Kings and the Devils are obviously where 28 other clubs want to be at, this ultimate series of what has been another entertaining, exciting, and suspenseful season.

I congratulate the players, starting with Dustin Brown and Zach Parise. The coaches, starting with Peter DeBoer and Darryl Sutter. Management: Dean Lombardi and Lou Lamoriello.

Disappointed Doan apologizes for postgame remarks

Thursday, 05.24.2012 / 8:32 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The initial shock is subsiding, ever so slowly. The playoff beard is gone – a family project co-engineered by his two youngest daughters the morning after the Phoenix Coyotes were eliminated from the postseason three wins shy of their first Stanley Cup Final.

Shane Doan
Right Wing - PHX
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 9
SOG: 47 | +/-: 2
But for Shane Doan, who has waited 16 years to go deep into the playoffs and experience the thrill of advancing, the disappointment of falling short so close to the ultimate goal and losing to the Los Angeles Kings in five games will take some time to wear off.

"I was watching the Rangers-Devils game [Wednesday night] and I'm thinking 'I should be playing [Thursday] to see if I can play against them," Doan said Thursday as he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers at Jobing.com Arena. "You think that after waiting so long [to win two playoff series] that a sense of accomplishment would be there. But if anything, the frustration is worse.

"Your goal is to win, to win it all. We thought we had a shot at it. But we congratulate L.A. and wish them well in the Final."

Lifelong Kings fan Ondrasik enjoying playoff run

Thursday, 05.24.2012 / 8:11 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

John Ondrasik usually doesn't need any help getting noticed. The multi-platinum singer/songwriter known by the stage name Five for Fighting is well known for his heartfelt ballads, and he's easily recognizable while walking around New York. But the L.A. Kings cap he's been wearing around town lately has been getting him a different kind of attention -- especially with the Rangers playing the New Jersey Devils for the right to meet the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final.

"There are a lot of confident Rangers fans. They talk a lot of smack," said Ondrasik, who has been spending the last few weeks in New York recording Five for Fighting's new album. "I appreciate and respect that."

Mitchell happy, healthy and excited for first Cup Final

Thursday, 05.24.2012 / 5:38 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The veteran players with extensive experience are a driving force behind the Los Angeles Kings.

LOOK (AND FEEL) LIKE A KING

Justin Williams, Rob Scuderi, Dustin Penner and Colin Fraser have won the Stanley Cup with other teams. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene have played in the Final. All were brought back to that special feeling of going to the Final when the Kings clinched a berth with their 4-3 overtime win against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

In the middle of the celebration was an emotional Willie Mitchell, a quietly integral part of the Kings who, as the team's oldest player at age 35, will play in the Final for the first time in his 12-season career.

"It's been a long time coming," Mitchell said. "It's what you work for as a player and a teammate. I was fortunate enough to be out on the ice when big [Dustin Penner] scored [in overtime]. Some guys were jumping and I was just sitting there [thinking], 'Is this happening?' I feel fortunate to get this chance and get the opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup for real."

Victorious Kings get to rest up before Cup Final

Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 6:14 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

Dustin Penner knows what it's like to ascend to the top of the mountain that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs and have a city's rapt attention: He was part of a dominant Anaheim Ducks team that captured the Cup in 2007.

But Penner never experienced what happened Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Kings arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. A mass of fans reportedly in the thousands greeted the Kings after they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-3 overtime win against the Phoenix Coyotes.

"It was like driving down a hallway filled with human flesh," Penner said in a conference call Thursday. "You couldn't see anything but people screaming and Kings jerseys. Not anything anyone will forget ever … It's a nice little feather to put in your hat, especially in a city like L.A."

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