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Blackhawks' Seabrook to have phone hearing Sunday

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 11:10 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will have a phone hearing Sunday for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes in Game 2 of their Western Conference First Round series on Saturday.

Seabrook received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09 of the third period for his hit on Backes, who was helped off the ice and was unable to return to the game. The Blues scored the tying goal with Seabrook in the penalty box and won the game 4-3 in overtime.


Blackhawks face major challenge after two OT losses

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 10:06 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks have the type of composure and swagger befitting a team that has won the Stanley Cup twice since 2010. Now they need to show their thick skin and resiliency as well.

The Blackhawks were hoping to win at least one of the first two games at Scottrade Center in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues. Instead, they fly home down 0-2 following back-to-back 4-3 overtime losses.

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored a power-play goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation Saturday to tie the game and defenseman Barret Jackman won it for St. Louis with a seeing-eye slap shot through Chicago goalie Corey Crawford's legs 5:50 into overtime.

Not only is this Chicago's second straight overtime loss to start the series, the Blackhawks are in the 0-2 hole because they couldn't hold one-goal leads late in the third period of both games.


Blues use smarts rather than emotion to win Game 2

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 9:25 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- They saw their captain down, victimized by a hard, high and illegal hit into the end boards. This was not good, not ever.

The St. Louis Blues' players don't want to trade the skill, size, strength and heart of David Backes for anyone, but they had no choice with 4:51 remaining in regulation of Game 2 on Saturday. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook delivered the hit that forced both players to leave the game, one by way of injury and the other by way of a major penalty and a game misconduct.

The Blues, now pulsating with emotion, raw and potentially overwhelming, then saw 5:00 go onto the scoreboard clock above center ice, signaling a long power play and a chance at redemption.

Would the Blues forget about trying to score the game-tying goal and go chasing after revenge? Or would they calm down, use the time smartly, work the puck around and make the Blackhawks pay for Seabrook's untimely charge?

The Blues chose door No. 2. They chose wisely.


Blues captain Backes leaves Game 2 after hit

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 7:28 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock did not have a full update on the status of captain David Backes following the 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Scottrade Center.

"How do you think he is?" Hitchcock said of Backes. "Not great. We'll let the League deal with it."

Backes was hit high by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook with 4:51 remaining in regulation. Seabrook appeared to make contact with Backes' head.


Pavelski continues to play big role in Sharks' success

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 7:06 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings were the best possession team in the NHL this season. Teams generally create more shot attempts per minute after offensive-zone faceoffs, especially faceoff wins, than at any point during a game, and the Kings are among the League's best at winning draws.

Ceding a faceoff in the defensive zone against the Kings is akin to yielding set pieces to the best soccer teams in the world. The San Jose Sharks are well aware of Los Angeles' prowess, but they have something few teams possess to combat this situation.


McCarthy: First goal, beating trap keys for Lightning

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 5:29 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, NHL.com has enlisted the help of longtime NHL assistant/associate coach Kevin McCarthy to break down the action. McCarthy will be checking in throughout the series.

McCarthy played in more than 500 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins, then spent a decade as an assistant and associate coach with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was a member of the staff that led the franchise to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006. He joined the Flyers as an assistant during the 2009-10 season and stayed in Philadelphia until October 2013.

If there is one person who can relate with Lightning coach Jon Cooper right now, it would be Kevin McCarthy.

Canadiens know perils of coming home with 2-0 lead

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 5:21 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Three years ago, the sixth-seeded Montreal Canadiens came home with a 2-0 series lead against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Bell Centre was rocking when the Canadiens and Bruins took to the ice for Game 3.

But instead of riding the momentum of winning the first two games of the series on the road, the Canadiens lost Game 3, 4-2, then lost Game 4, 5-4 in overtime. Boston won two of the final three games to advance, and Montreal was left wondering what happened to the "commanding" 2-0 series lead they had.


Pearn: Kings need fewer turnovers, more zone time

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 5:06 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Perry Pearn to break down the action. Pearn will be checking in throughout the series.

Pearn has spent the past 18 seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and a second tenure with the Jets in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

SAN JOSE -- The towels move in unison. The giant Shark head descends from the ceiling. Smoke fills the area where it is going to end up on the ice.

SAP Center is one of the loudest buildings in the NHL, and fans of the San Jose Sharks get worked into a frenzy even before the opening faceoff. The Sharks went on the attack early against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of this Western Conference First Round series, and they fed off the energy created by both their play and the fans in a raucous atmosphere.


Lightning hope to have Palat to challenge Canadiens

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 3:52 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to have rookie forward Ondrej Palat back in the lineup when they play the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN).

The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 with the scene shifting to Montreal.

Palat skated for about 45 minutes with the scratched Lightning players and forward Cedric Paquette and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis.

“I felt good today, I had a good practice,” Palat said. “It’s going to be a game-time decision tomorrow.”


Rangers show physical side in Game 1 win vs. Flyers

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 2:05 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- On paper, the Eastern Conference First Round series between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers looked like a classic matchup. Until the opening faceoff Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the series appeared to hinge on how New York's speed would fare against Philadelphia's aggressive forecheck.

The Rangers showed plenty of speed and skill while outshooting the Flyers 36-15 in a 4-1 victory in Game 1. But they also showed they are more than just a finesse team.

Philadelphia came out with its signature physicality, but as the game wore on, it was New York that became the aggressor. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Rangers had made a major statement by showing their grit along with a willingness to go blow for blow against one of the NHL's toughest teams.

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after their 4-3 OT win vs. Pittsburgh in Game 2, the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory