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Andersen takes step for Ducks, but still not satisfied

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The calm demeanor of goaltender Frederik Andersen through the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was a large part of the Anaheim Ducks' success.

But the Chicago Blackhawks kept coming at Andersen during the Western Conference Final, and they finally broke him.

Andersen looked shaky at the start of Game 7 and couldn't prevent Chicago from taking a four-goal lead on its way to a 5-3 win Saturday at Honda Center. Anaheim needed Andersen to be at his sharpest; however, most of the poise in net was shown by Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, who demonstrated the experience that Andersen is building toward.

"I think I've taken a step," Andersen said. "I'm still not satisfied. I learned a lot from last year and this year. It still [stinks]."

2015 Stanley Cup Final schedule

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 11:25 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday, June 3, in Tampa Bay.

Based on their superior regular-season point total, the Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning will host Games One and Two of the best-of-seven Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.

Games Three and Four, as well as Game Six, if necessary, will be hosted by the Western Conference Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

In the U.S., NBC will broadcast Games One and Two of the Final and, if necessary, Games Five through Seven. NBCSN will telecast Games Three and Four.

In Canada, CBC and TVA Sports will televise the entire series.

Blackhawks to play Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 11:00 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

David Satriano - Staff Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to their third Stanley Cup Final in six seasons with a 5-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday.

Chicago will play the Tampa Bay Lightning, which defeated the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference Final.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). Tampa Bay has home-ice advantage because it had six more points than Chicago during the regular season (108-102).

"Another great test," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told NBC of the Lightning. "If we can remember the other games we had against them this regular season, if that's any sort of foreshadowing, it's going to be a tough one. But we'll be ready for 'em."

Oshawa, Kelowna meet in Memorial Cup final

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 6:35 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

After 10 months and more than 90 games, the Oshawa Generals and Kelowna Rockets will play the final game of the Canadian Hockey League season Sunday in the championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup in Quebec City (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

Kelowna, the champions of the Western Hockey League, advanced to the championship game by defeating the host Quebec Remparts 9-3 on Friday.

"We're going in to play a team that's great defensively, so to have that outburst is good," Kelowna captain Madison Bowey (Washington Capitals) said Friday, according to the Canadian Press. "We're not going to get the chances we had tonight against Oshawa. It's going to be a two-way, hard-nosed game and whoever works harder and wants it more will win."

Erie's McDavid named CHL Player of the Year

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 6:22 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Connor McDavid, who is projected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the Canadian Hockey League Sportsnet Player of the Year on Saturday.

It was one of three awards won by McDavid, who plays center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

He also won the Jack Link's Top Prospect of the Year award and the Subway Scholastic Player of the Year award.

The awards were handed out as part of the 2015 Memorial Cup in Quebec City, Quebec.

McDavid was third in the OHL with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals in 47 regular-season games. He had nine fewer points than League-leader and Erie teammate Dylan Strome despite playing 21 fewer games.

Predators, NHL unveil 2016 NHL All-Star Game logo

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 2:30 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK (May 30, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the Nashville Predators® today unveiled the official logo for the 2016 NHL® All-Star festivities, which will be held Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. This marks the first time the Predators, the city of Nashville and Bridgestone Arena will host the League's mid-season showcase, which includes the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL® All-Star Game.

Dennis: Lightning felt no extra Game 7 pressure

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Final, has enlisted the help of Chris Dennis to break down the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dennis will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dennis spent 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including the past two as an assistant coach under Randy Carlyle and Peter Horachek. Prior to that he was the Maple Leafs' video coach for eight seasons.

The Tampa Bay Lightning's lack of experience in high-pressure situations, like Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers, was a major topic of discussion entering Friday, especially compared to the Rangers' veteran experience.

But to Chris Dennis, the Lightning had no reason to be intimidated by the Rangers or the aura of Madison Square Garden.

Five reasons Lightning advanced to Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 12:51 PM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Corey Long - Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 Friday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to advance to Stanley Cup Final for the second time. The Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the Stanley Cup in 2004.

The conference final was a back-and-forth series, with the road team winning the final four games. The Lightning and Rangers each scored 21 goals in the series, and Game 3, which the Lightning won 6-5 in overtime, will go down as one of the wildest games of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But with the series on the line goalie Ben Bishop proved to be up for the challenge, making 22 saves to win the series with his third shutout of the playoffs.

Here are five reasons the Lightning advanced:

Five reasons Rangers were eliminated from playoffs

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 10:58 AM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The once-promising and ultimately still successful season for the New York Rangers ended Friday at Madison Square Garden because they couldn't score.

Goals were hard to come by during most of the Rangers' run in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were the three games against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final when they combined for 17 goals at Amalie Arena, but the Rangers scored 28 goals in their other 16 games, including none in Games 5 and 7 at home in the conference final against the Lightning.

The Rangers trailed their best-of-7 second-round series against the Washington Capitals 3-1 and were down 3-2 to the Lightning. New York couldn't keep climbing.

"We could probably look back at it and say we chased too many series and we just ran out of juice," Rangers center Derek Stepan said Friday after the 2-0 loss that ended their season.

Here are five reasons the Rangers were eliminated:

Blackhawks to play Toews, Kane together in Game 7

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 3:00 AM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Joel Quenneville prefers to balance his scoring lines, but the Chicago Blackhawks coach will opt for more horsepower at the top with one game left to decide the Western Conference Final.

The Blackhawks will start with right wing Patrick Kane playing next to center Jonathan Toews on the first line in Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I know Game 5, later in the game, they had some shifts together and I thought they were dangerous, and I thought they were really good last game as well," Quenneville said Friday after practice. "We'll start them together and we'll work it out and see what happens."

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