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Beagle finally rewarded in Capitals' Game 3 win

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 12:50 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle prides himself on more than scoring goals, but hitting the post was getting old.

Until he finally scored.

"I've always said, when you're getting chances you're doing the right things," Beagle said. "When you're not getting the chances, you have to tweak something, and finally I got a nice bounce to go in. It obviously felt nice."

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, May 4

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

NHL Public Relations

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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Canadiens aim to avoid 'stupid' penalties in Game 3

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 9:35 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

The Montreal Canadiens have some extra time to come up with a winning game plan against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Coach Michel Therrien has until Wednesday to figure out how to end the Canadiens' seven-game losing streak against the Lightning. Montreal hasn't defeated Tampa Bay since it completed a four-game sweep in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs; the Lightning won all five games in the regular season and the first two of this series.

"We understand we're in a tough position right now," Therrien said on a conference call from Tampa on Monday. "This is not the perfect scenario and this is certainly not something that we anticipate, but we showed a lot of character through the course of the season. We've got a lot of adversity, and the one thing that I respect about my team is that they always respond the right way, and we've got to take one game at a time and our main focus is going to be on Wednesday night."

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Chabot: Flames' goalie change forced teams to adjust

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 8:36 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

With the Calgary Flames looking to swing momentum in their favor, coach Bob Hartley elected to start goalie Karri Ramo in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

With Ramo, who plays a much more aggressive style than Game 1 starter Jonas Hiller, the Ducks had to make an adjustment. But so did the Flames, according to Frederic Chabot.

"It's not really easy to do, when you have two goalies of very different styles it's tougher to make an adjustment and it showed early in the game" Chabot said. "With Ramo Calgary has to protect his back side. He's pretty good on the shooter, but he will challenge open chances more than the average guy, so they have to make sure they try to eliminate weak-side chances."

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New GM Shero recognizes Devils need more offense

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 7:30 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

New general manager Ray Shero has every intention of making the New Jersey Devils the perennial Stanley Cup contenders they were for so long under Lou Lamoriello.

He plans to get there by adding more firepower.

"[Creating more offense] is going to be a goal," Shero said Monday after he was named to his new position. "We would like to augment our defense with a little more offense."

Shero, who was GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins for eight seasons before he was fired last May, realizes there's work to be done in New Jersey. The Devils have failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three seasons.

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Messier Leadership finalists: Getzlaf, Ladd, Toews

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 7:00 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

NEW YORK -- Forwards Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks, Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, which is awarded "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season," the National Hockey League announced today.

Mark Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel as well as NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates for the award. However, the selection of the three finalists and ultimate winner is Messier's alone. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Flames forward Bennett not playing like rookie

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 6:45 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames aren't hesitating to play rookie Sam Bennett in Game 3 of the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round series at home against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports), his 10th game of the season, despite his contract status.

"Contacts don't matter to us," Flames coach Bob Hartley said Monday. "We're a pro organization, a very classy organization, and never have I had a conversation with [general manager] Brad Treliving or [president of hockey operations] Brian Burke about the contract of Sam Bennett. They always allow me to play the players that we feel will help us win.

"Sam Bennett will be in the lineup [Tuesday]."

The NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement allows for nine games from the start of the regular season during which a player on his entry-level contract can be evaluated. A 10th game burns the first season of the three-year entry-level contract.

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Lamoriello timeline highlighted by three Cup wins

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 6:37 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The banners that hang from the ceiling of Prudential Center are there in part because of how Lou Lamoriello ran the New Jersey Devils for 28 years as general manager.

Lamoriello, the longest-serving GM in the NHL, relinquished that position Monday and hired Ray Shero to replace him. Lamoriello, 72, will remain as president of the Devils.

Under Lamoriello's leadership the Devils went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 21 times, won nine division titles, went to the Stanley Cup Final five times and won the Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

Here are some highlights from Lamoriello's tenure as GM of the Devils:

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Lightning brush off idea they have Canadiens number

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 5:10 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning may be in control of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens, but don't tell them that.

Despite winning their past seven games against Montreal and earning a decisive 6-2 win in Game 2 on Sunday, members of the Lightning are quick to say the best-of-7 series isn't over.

And as the series shifts to Amalie Arena for Game 3 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET: USA, CBC, TVA Sports), forward Brian Boyle isn't willing to say that the Lightning have the Canadiens number.

"I wouldn't say that, I think we set out to win Game 1 we did that," Boyle said Monday. "Then we had an opportunity to leave Montreal up 2-0 and we had a couple of power-play opportunities that we took advantage of. As the series goes on we've got to expect they are going to up the ante a little bit and we have to match that."

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Analysis: Elite talent, skill keep Blackhawks rolling

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 4:44 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Someday the top players on the Chicago Blackhawks will reach an inevitable point on the aging curve.

They will slow down and not be as productive. Time will win, even if Marian Hossa is trying to refute that suggestion. It is also possible the core of the Blackhawks will be broken up, or at least altered, because of the salary cap.

For now, the Blackhawks remain the most talented team in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild played pretty well in Game 1 of this Western Conference Second Round series and less so in Game 2, but the talent and skill of the Blackhawks was obvious.

"They have that killer instinct," Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said. "Their top players know how to score. I made a mistake on that first [goal Sunday] and it's in the back of the net."

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Quote of the Day

It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday