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Groulx named Canada coach for 2015 World Juniors

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 10:43 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

NHL.com

Benoit Groulx was announced Thursday as coach of Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Groulx, who coaches the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, was an assistant to coach Brent Sutter on Canada's 2014 WJC team that finished fourth after losing to Russia in the bronze-medal game.

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Donato deciding between USHL and prep school

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Has the time come for center Ryan Donato to take his talents to the next level after dominating the prep school ranks in Massachusetts for three seasons?

That decision likely will be made at some point following the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 27-28. Donato, No. 58 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the North American skaters eligible for the 2014 draft, is projected to be selected during the first three rounds of the draft. He's the No. 2-ranked U.S. high school player, after defenseman Luc Snuggerud of Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School, who is No. 42 on the list.

Donato, the son of former NHL player Ted Donato, had 37 goals and 78 points in 30 games for Dexter School in Brookline this season; in three high school seasons he's totaled 80 goals and 174 points in 83 games.

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Rangers get some puck luck in Game 4

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 1:57 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- On a night when the New York Rangers probably had no business winning, the term "game of inches" was given new meaning at Madison Square Garden when the home team got a little puck luck.

"It was a real tough game I think for [Los Angeles]," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "It was probably their best game of the playoffs that they've played against us."

That may be, but the Rangers received some fortuitous bounces, goal-line stops and timely deflections on the way to a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, giving them some life in this series.


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Rangers live to fight another day thanks to Lundqvist

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 1:42 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- For the first time in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, the Los Angeles Kings dominated the New York Rangers, and for the first time in the series, they did not win.

Before the Final began, Game 4 might have followed the blueprint some people envisioned for how the underdog Rangers could find success against the Kings, with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist providing the difference the other skaters could not produce.

The Kings pushed and pushed Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, controlling the puck and forcing the Rangers into some desperate defending. New York did just enough, and The King put in a star performance to keep the Rangers alive with a 2-1 victory. The Kings lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. Game 5 is Friday in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"I wouldn't say that's our best game of the series, but we found a way," Rangers forward Carl Hagelin said. "Our goal was to win the game [Wednesday] night, and we did."


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Rangers survive Kings' barrage to extend Final

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 1:38 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Don't bother telling the New York Rangers that the 2014 Stanley Cup Final is finished.

Despite being outshot 41-19 in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers earned a 2-1 home win Wednesday to cut the Los Angeles Kings' lead in the best-of-7 series to 3-1. As they head back to Los Angeles for Game 5 at Staples Center on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), they now believe that they can seize control of this series.

The Rangers seemed outgunned for large stretches Wednesday, but they weren't overly concerned with how they earned their first win of the Final, just that they got it. With Game 5 on the horizon, the reminders are everywhere of what is possible if a team believes and competes hard enough.


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Lewis: Kings need more traffic in front of Lundqvist

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 1:12 AM / Player's Blog with the Kings' Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

NEW YORK -- I think the Rangers came out more desperate than us tonight.

We knew they would be, and we definitely need to raise our desperation level if we want to close this series. We were still in the game going into the third period, but just couldn't get one past [Henrik] Lundqvist.

There was a lot of positive talk on the bench. We were trying to keep everyone going, trying to keep going and keep getting pucks to the net. We wanted to do everything you can to try and get one in there.


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Kings rue missed opportunities in Game 4

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 12:39 AM / Winning Ingredients

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist put forth a world-class performance Wednesday night. But the New York Rangers' goaltender had a little help from his teammates, as well as a dash of the 'puck luck" that eluded the Eastern Conference champions in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final.

That luck was epitomized with 1:11 remaining in a third period dominated by the Los Angeles Kings when left wing Tanner Pearson redirected a shot that squeaked through Lundqvist's pads, only to die right on the goal line. In a mad scramble, Rangers center Derek Stepan managed to push the puck under his goaltender and get a whistle.

That came after Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman denied Jeff Carter what appeared to be an easy tap-in with 8:10 left in the first period. With the puck laying on the goal line, Stralman got his stick on top of Carter's and prevented the Kings center from scoring what would have been his 11th goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Kings fans have to wait at least 1 more game for Cup

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 12:38 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Tracey Kenney and Merry Cheers took a selfie standing in front of a barren plaza at L.A. Live, across from Staples Center. They were among hundreds of disappointed Kings fans pouring out of bars and restaurants at the sports and entertainment district Wednesday night.

"We just took a picture of ourselves with this emptiness in the back, showing how we feel in our heart," Cheers said. "An empty party zone reflects the emptiness in our hearts. This is a total 180 [degree turn] of how we were going to be right now. But we're rooting for it.

"We have hope knowing that they're going to bring it back home."


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Stepan makes save of the game in Rangers' win

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 12:11 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist was playing the part of miracle worker, but he needed help as the seconds ticked away in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and the New York Rangers tried to hold onto a one-goal lead at a very tense Madison Square Garden.

Enter center Derek Stepan, who made the save of the night to preserve a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings that sent the series back to Staples Center for Game 5 on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).


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Rangers win 8th straight elimination game at MSG

Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 11:45 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

NHL.com

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist kept his team from being swept out of the Stanley Cup Final by making 40 saves in a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday. He also extended his own brilliance in elimination games.

Lundqvist is 5-0 this season in win-or-go-home games. He and the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round, then won Games 5, 6 and 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round before beating the Kings.


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