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Experienced Flyers confident playing from behind

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 3:30 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- In October, with the Philadelphia Flyers sitting at the bottom of the NHL standings, captain Claude Giroux proclaimed his team would make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He made another prediction after his team lost to the New York Rangers in Game 3 to fall behind 2-1 in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series, and reiterated it after an optional practice Wednesday.

"I personally think we did a lot of good things [in Game 3], and if we play the same way we're going to win here Friday," Giroux said. "If we play our game, if we play the right way, we're going to win. We just have to make sure we play like that."

The Flyers will host the Rangers in Game 4 of the series Friday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, RDS, TSN, MSG, CSN-PH).


Five reasons why the Lightning were eliminated

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 2:16 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame so much this season to author a special story of perseverance and promise.

Goaltender Ben Bishop resurrected his career, turning in a regular season worthy of Vezina Trophy consideration. Leading scorer Steven Stamkos went down for a majority of the season after sustaining a broken leg in November. Yet the Lightning refused to fold and finished second in the Atlantic Division, holding off a challenge from the Montreal Canadiens at the end of the regular season.

However, the Lightning could not find the same level of perseverance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They did not overcome the hardships placed in their path during an Eastern Conference First Round series against the Canadiens and were eliminated in a stunning four-game sweep, the first in the history of the franchise.

Here are the five biggest reasons Tampa Bay's season came to an earlier-than-expected end:


Start times set for Round 1 games on Saturday

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 1:43 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs


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 5 of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets has been set for 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 26, in Pittsburgh. The game will be seen on NBC Sports Network and CBC.

The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, April 26 in Colorado. The game will be seen on NBC Sports Network and TSN.

The starting time for a potential Game 5 of the series between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks has been set for 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 26 in San Jose. The game will be seen on CNBC and CBC.


Johnson, MacKinnon, Palat voted Calder finalists

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 11:00 AM / 2014 NHL Awards


NEW YORK -- Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today. The Lightning is the first club to boast multiple Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Calder 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.


Sharks-Kings series casts spotlight on California kids

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 10:13 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- When Matt Nieto watched games during the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, there was a good chance one of his old pals was on the television screen.

Three of Nieto's former teammates with the L.A. Hockey Club, a traveling youth team in Southern California, made their NHL postseason debuts in 2013. Emerson Etem of the Anaheim Ducks, Beau Bennett of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild were all on that big stage a year ago, while Nieto had just completed his junior season at Boston University and signed his first professional contract.

Just as Nieto had to wait an extra year to be drafted because of his November birthday, he had to wait a year to join in on the Stanley Cup Playoffs fun. And just as Etem became a surprise star for the Ducks in 2013, Nieto's postseason career is off to a great start with a goal and four points in three games for the San Jose Sharks, who lead the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in a Western Conference First Round series.


Kings, down 3-0, vow they won't go quietly

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 2:45 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- There wasn't a sense of shock in a nearly empty Los Angeles Kings dressing room. Perhaps that's because they long ago realized what they're up against with the San Jose Sharks in this Western Conference First Round series.

The Kings played by far their best game of the series Tuesday yet face a 3-0 series deficit for the first time since the 2000 conference quarterfinals after Patrick Marleau's soft backhand glanced off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov at 6:20 of overtime for a 4-3 San Jose win at Staples Center.

Game 4 is Thursday in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN, CSN-CA, FS-W).


Canadiens' Pacioretty writes own story with winner

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 1:09 AM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty would have remembered his first career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs no matter how it was scored.

The way he did it will make that memory much nicer.

Pacioretty scored a power-play goal with 42.6 seconds to play to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 win Tuesday. It gave the Canadiens a sweep of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After failing to score in the first three games of the series following a career-best 39-goal regular season, it was not a bad way for Pacioretty to get on the board.

"I didn't see the penalty, but as soon as I heard it, I knew this was my chance and I had to step up," Pacioretty said. "I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened."


Rangers' shot-blockers foil Flyers in Game 3

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 1:03 AM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Before the Philadelphia Flyers' skilled shooters can even think about beating New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, they'll have to figure out a way to outsmart the first line of defense and get pucks on the net.

The Rangers put on a shot-blocking clinic Tuesday night in a 4-1 victory in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers grabbed a 2-1 lead in this best-of-7 series, which resumes Friday at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN, CNBC, MSG, CSN-PH).

The Rangers, who totaled 29 blocked shots in Games 1 and 2 at Madison Square Garden, were credited with 28 blocks on Tuesday. Lundqvist made 31 saves to earn his 32nd career playoff victory in 70 games.


Stamkos optimistic about Lightning's future

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 12:49 AM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- A difficult season for Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos came to a disappointing end Tuesday night.

Stamkos could only watch in frustration as Max Pacioretty's power-play goal with 42.6 seconds left in regulation gave the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory, completing a four-game sweep of the Lightning and sending the Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The loss capped a trying season for Stamkos, who missed 45 games with a broken leg and saw longtime linemate Martin St. Louis dealt to the New York Rangers at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5, one day before his return. Stamkos inherited the captain's "C" when St. Louis was traded and helped fuel a late-season run that saw the rookie-filled Lightning finish with 101 points to earn second place in the Atlantic Division.

But the loss of star goaltender Ben Bishop to a dislocated elbow in the final week of the season, combined with the Lightning's inexperience, caught up to the Lightning in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Canadiens.


Red Wings lament bad first period in Game 3 loss

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 12:45 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard had no idea what was coming as he sat in the home dressing room prior to the start of Game 3 on Tuesday.

"I thought we were ready to go in here," Howard said. "You could sense that everyone was focused, and it just didn't happen for us."

The Red Wings were run out of their own building in the first period before losing 3-0 to the Boston Bruins to fall into a 2-1 hole in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series. Game 4 is back at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FS-D).

"We didn't play very well at all," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We were just running around."

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It was the look in his eyes. Hockey is the most important thing in his life. He wants to be a hockey player, and nothing's going to stop him from being a hockey player.

— Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on forward Alex Galchenyuk's potential