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Five reasons why the Blues were eliminated

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 2:18 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The end result was not exactly indicative of how the Western Conference First Round series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks was played out, but in the end, it's another disappointing and bitter pill for the Blues to swallow with an early Stanley Cup Playoffs exit.

Though their season ended with a 5-1 loss in Game 6 on Sunday, where the Blackhawks broke the game open with four third-period goals, four of the first five games were decided in overtime and Game 3 was a down-to-the-wire 1-0 game until Chicago added an empty-netter.

The series was a brand of contrasting styles, with the defending Stanley Cup champions going more for skill against the Blues' grit and physical nature.

The Blues lost the series 4-2 in similar fashion to the way they lost in the first round in 2013 against the Los Angeles Kings. Here are five reasons the Blues are again on the outside looking in:

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Chara, Keith, Weber voted Norris Trophy finalists

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 11:00 AM / 2014 NHL Awards

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2013-14 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.


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Fan support frenzied as Blue Jackets face must-win

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 10:12 AM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- When the Columbus Blue Jackets step onto the Nationwide Arena ice Monday trying to stave off elimination in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they will be backed by a raucous crowd.

A group of Blue Jackets fans began camping outside of Nationwide Arena a full 24 hours before tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. Monday for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS2, ROOT, FS-O).

Even as it began to rain heavily in Columbus on Monday morning, the fans waiting to purchase $40 seats did not budge. Ponchos were distributed to those in line, where the "Mighty Ducks" films aired the previous night.

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Five reasons why the Blackhawks advanced

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 1:26 AM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks loosened up one of the tightest series in recent Stanley Cup Playoff history with a dominating third period Sunday.

The Blackhawks scored early, then again, and again and again to run roughshod over the St. Louis Blues in what turned out to be the final 20 minutes of a best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series that was aptly termed a battle by players and coaches on each side.

Chicago made sure the series didn't go the distance with a 5-1 win in Game 6 at United Center.

After losing the first two games at Scottrade Center in overtime, the Blackhawks won four straight to move one step closer to becoming the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings.

How did the Blackhawks get it done against St. Louis? Here are five reasons:

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Ducks' comeback sets new record

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 1:15 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks were less than three minutes away Sunday night from being forced to play a Game 7 in their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars.

Instead, they helped make history.

Nick Bonino and Devante Smith-Pelly scored 1:14 apart late in the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit before Bonino scored again 2:47 into overtime to lead the Ducks to an improbable 5-4 victory in Game 6 at American Airlines Center. Anaheim won the series 4-2 and will face either the San Jose Sharks or Los Angeles Kings in the second round.

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Pearn: Game 5 could be wakeup call Sharks needed

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 12:23 AM / 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 -- After playing well and establishing a commanding lead in this Western Conference First Round series, the San Jose Sharks have finally been presented with some adversity against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings have won two straight to make it a 3-2 series lead for the Sharks, and will play Game 6 on Monday at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN-CA, PRIME).

"It felt like it was a complete role reversal from the first three games of the series in the first period," Pearn said. "L.A. looked quicker. L.A.'s transition game seemed much better. San Jose was chasing the game right from the drop of the puck. I think the last two periods probably didn't matter because the game was decided in that first period.

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Start time set for Rangers-Flyers on Tuesday

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 11:20 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced updated start time information for the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The starting time for Game 6 of the series between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 29, in Philadelphia. The game will be seen on NBC Sports Network, TSN and RDS.

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Keith's four-point performance sparks Blackhawks

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 9:15 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has been behind the bench for most of the past six seasons of defenseman Duncan Keith's career, watching him win one Norris Trophy and contribute on two Stanley Cup championship teams.

Just when Quenneville figured he had seen Keith do it all, there was Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

"I've been around here for six years and [Duncan], that might have been the best game I've ever seen him play," Quenneville said.

Keith had his second career four-point game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping lift the Blackhawks to a 5-1 series-clinching victory in the Western Conference First Round. Chicago moves on to play the winner of the series between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.

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Blues' Miller struggles in first-round series loss

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 8:33 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Ryan Miller was acquired by the St. Louis Blues to be the missing piece of a Stanley Cup championship puzzle, the goalie capable of stealing a game or two and putting his team on his back by making the impossible save possible.

That was the plan anyway, and it seemed foolproof at the time the Blues brought Miller in on Feb. 28 in a blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

It didn't end well. Miller wasn't close to helping the Blues bring the Stanley Cup to St. Louis for the first time.

He gave up five goals on 27 shots Sunday, including four on 16 shots in the third period, when the Chicago Blackhawks turned a tight game into a 5-1 series-clinching victory against the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at United Center.

Miller finished the series with a .897 save percentage and 2.70 goals-against average. He allowed three or more goals in five games. He gave up only one goal in Game 3, but his counterpart in the other net, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, was better that night with a 34-save shutout.

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Blues ousted early again with loss to Blackhawks

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 7:57 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- With their Stanley Cup Playoff lives on the line, the St. Louis Blues were given an opportunity to force Game 7 in their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Knotted in a 1-1 tie during Game 6 on Sunday, the Blues had just peppered the Blackhawks with 17 second-period shots, and after being given two first-period power plays, St. Louis had a chance at four more of them in the second period at United Center.

Nearly the entire second period was spent in the Blackhawks zone, and the Blues had chance after chance. But when those opportunities went by the wayside, Pandora's Box was opened and the Blues were once again left on the outside looking in.


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