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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 30

Sunday, 05.31.2015 / 2:43 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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OFFENSE POWERS BLACKHAWKS INTO STANLEY CUP FINAL

The Chicago Blackhawks built a 4-0 lead in the second period – triggered by two goals from captain Jonathan Toews in the opening frame – and stifled a rally by the Anaheim Ducks to claim a Game 7 victory and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Blackhawks advanced to the Final for the 13th time in franchise history and for the third time in the past six seasons (also 2010 and 2013). Via Elias, Chicago is the third team in the last 24 years to reach the Stanley Cup Final at least three times in a six-year span. The others: the Detroit Red Wings (1995-97-98 and 1997-98-2002) and the New Jersey Devils (2000-01-03).

* The Blackhawks improved to 7-6 in 13 all-time Game 7s, including 2-3 on the road. Their only other Game 7 win on the road was in the 1965 Semifinals, when they beat the Red Wings 4-2 before losing to the Montreal Canadiens in seven games in the Stanley Cup Final (4-0 L at Montreal in Game 7).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, May 29

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 1:19 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs
BISHOP, LIGHTNING PUNCH TICKET TO STANLEY CUP FINAL

Ben Bishop made 22 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2-0 win Friday at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers, clinching their second all-time appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Lightning, who have won six of their past seven visits to the Garden (regular season and playoffs) dating to Jan. 14, 2014 (2-1 W), reached the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in their history. Tampa Bay’s previous appearance was in 2004, when they defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to capture their first Stanley Cup.

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Reebok named presenting sponsor and exclusive outfitter of 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Authentic training attire provided to 120 top prospects for fitness tests

Friday, 05.29.2015 / 2:41 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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TORONTO – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that Reebok, the Authentic Outfitter of the NHL®, will serve as the presenting sponsor and authentic outfitter of the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine™ taking place at the First Niagara Center and HARBORCENTER in Buffalo from May 31- June 6. In addition to outfitting all draft-eligible players in the weeklong NHL Scouting Combine, Reebok also will serve as the presenting sponsor of NHL Network™ and NHL.com's coverage of the event.

The NHL Scouting Combine, held annually in the weeks leading up to the NHL Draft, features the top 120 draft-eligible players from North America and Europe. All participating prospects will be outfitted exclusively in Reebok's authentic training attire which is custom identified by number and position for all fitness and medical tests completed throughout the week. NHL Scouting Combine event staff also will be outfitted in Reebok apparel, headwear and other products.

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2015 Cup Final TV spot ponders 'What's in a name?'

Friday, 05.29.2015 / 9:58 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®) will unveil its 2015 Stanley Cup® Final national TV spot today exclusively on the NHL Facebook page. The spot will make its national television debut during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup® Final on Wednesday, June 3.

This year's spot, "Name," celebrates some of the greatest players in NHL history including: Jean Beliveau, Ray Bourque, Martin Brodeur, Bobby Clarke, Sidney Crosby, Ken Dryden, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Brett Hull, Patrick Kane, Mario Lemieux, Nicklas Lidstrom, Ted Lindsay, Stan Mikita, Lanny McDonald, Mark Messier, Mike Modano, Bobby Nystrom, Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, Teemu Selanne, Scott Stevens, Jonathan Toews, Bryan Trottier, Steve Yzerman and others.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, May 27

Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 1:38 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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BLACKHAWKS KEEP DUCKS AT BAY, FORCE GAME 7 ON SATURDAY

Duncan Keith (0-3—3) sparked the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 lead in a span of 3:45 during the second period, and Andrew Shaw scored two insurance goals after the Anaheim Ducks had pulled within one to help Chicago stave off elimination and force Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.

* The Blackhawks moved within one victory of their 13th all-time appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and third in the past six seasons (2010, 2013).

* The Blackhawks are 13-1 in their past 14 Game 6s dating to the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. That includes a 4-1 record in such games when facing elimination.

* The Blackhawks, who lost Game 5 after forcing overtime with two goals in the final two minutes of regulation, have not lost consecutive games this postseason, responding with a win in all five such instances (including three times in this series).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, May 25

Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 2:31 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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BELESKEY SCORES EARLY INTO OVERTIME TO GIVE DUCKS 3-2 SERIES LEAD

The Anaheim Ducks surrendered two goals in the final 1:50 of regulation, but Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Ducks to a 3-2 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

* The Ducks are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in their history (also 2003 and 2007). In Anaheim’s most recent appearance, the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games to win their first Stanley Cup.

* Beleskey’s goal was his first career NHL playoff overtime goal and his Ducks-leading third game-winning goal in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has scored in back-to-back games and has seven goals and an assist in 14 games this postseason, including a Ducks’ single-postseason record five-game goal streak from April 30-May 10 (5-0—5).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, May 24

Monday, 05.25.2015 / 12:14 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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BISHOP, LIGHTNING TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD AGAINST RANGERS

Ben Bishop made 26 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning scored twice in the second period to take a 3-2 series lead against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final.

* The Lightning are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in their history. Tampa Bay’s previous appearance was in 2004, when they defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to win their first Stanley Cup.

* It was Bishop’s second shutout of the postseason. Overall, Bishop improved to 11-7 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bishop was the first goaltender to shut out NYR in the conference final or Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden since the Los Angeles KingsJonathan Quick made 32 saves June 9, 2014, in a 3-0 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at NYR. Elias adds that prior to Quick, the last goaltender to do so was the Boston BruinsGerry Cheevers, who made 33 saves May 11, 1972, in a 3-0 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at NYR.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 23

Sunday, 05.24.2015 / 2:16 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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VERMETTE SCORES IN SECOND OVERTIME TO EVEN SERIES AT 2-2

After the teams scored three goals each in the third period, Antoine Vermette scored at 5:37 of double-overtime to even Chicago's Western Conference Final series with Anaheim at two games apiece.

* The Blackhawks improved to 4-0 in overtime games during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, all of which have required at least two overtime periods. In addition to Game 4, the others included April 15 at Nashville (4-3 2OT W in Game 1 of first round), April 21 vs. Nashville (3-2 3OT W in Game 4 of first round) and May 19 at Anaheim (3-2 3OT W in Game 2 of WCF).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks became the first team in NHL history to win four games in a single postseason that required at least two overtime periods.

* Vermette recorded his second career game-winning goal in the playoffs (also April 25, 2006 at Tampa Bay w/ Ottawa) and first in overtime. He has 11-10—21 in 69 postseason games, including 2-1—3 this year (11 GP).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, May 22

Saturday, 05.23.2015 / 12:55 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NASH, RANGERS EVEN SERIES AT 2-2

Rick Nash (2-1—3) had his first career three-point performance in the postseason to help the New York Rangers even their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 2-2.

* Nash opened the scoring with an even-strength goal and added another goal on the power play for his first two goals of the Eastern Conference Final. It was also Nash’s first career multiple-goal game in the playoffs.

* Nash led the Rangers in the 2014-15 regular season with a career-high 42 goals in 79 GP. He also led the club with 69 points (42-27—69).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Thursday, May 21

Friday, 05.22.2015 / 12:27 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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DUCKS PULL AHEAD IN WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots, including all 21 he faced after the opening period, and Simon Despres scored the go-ahead goal at 19:05 of the second period to power the Anaheim Ducks past the Chicago Blackhawks and to a 2-1 series lead.

* The Ducks improved to 10-2 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 4-1 mark on the road. Elias says Anaheim also won 10 of its first 12 playoff games when it advanced to its first Stanley Cup Final in 2003. The Los Angeles Kings were the last team to accomplish the feat, opening with an 11-1 run en route to their first Stanley Cup in 2012.

* The Ducks handed the Blackhawks their first home loss of the playoffs (5-1), just two nights after Chicago did the same to them. Anaheim also improved to 5-1-0 in its last six visits to United Center dating to Feb. 12, 2013, including 2-0-0 in 2014-15 (regular season and playoffs).

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