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Five reasons why the Red Wings were eliminated

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 2:08 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

The Detroit Red Wings knew things were going to have to break absolutely perfectly for them to upset the top-seeded Boston Bruins, winner of the Presidents' Trophy, in their Eastern Conference First Round series.

Needless to say, Detroit did not get the breaks it needed. After a 1-0 victory at TD Garden in the opener, the Red Wings lost four in a row and were eliminated in five games.

It was a disappointing end for a team that weathered injuries and controversy throughout the season before authoring a terrific finishing kick that left them as the tournament's dark horse in the eyes of many.

It didn't work out that way, however. Here are five reasons for Detroit's inability to pull off the upset:

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Vlasic leaves Sharks' game with injury

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 2:00 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks were forced to play most of Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday without star defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and he could miss Game 6, coach Todd McLellan said after his team's 3-0 loss.

Vlasic left the game with 5:51 remaining in the first period after being checked into the boards by Kings center Jarret Stoll, who received a minor penalty for roughing. Vlasic did not return to the game.

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Start times for Stanley Cup Playoff games on April 28

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 1:55 AM / 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. Broadcast information for the below games will be forthcoming.

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Five reasons why the Bruins advanced

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 1:00 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

The Boston Bruins are the top-seeded team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They were expected to beat the Detroit Red Wings, a team that found its way into the postseason during the last week of the regular season.

But as history has proven repeatedly, the expected is not always what happens in the NHL's second season.

Yet the Bruins were able to accomplish exactly what most anticipated would happen in the Eastern Conference First Round, winning the best-of-7 series in five games. After losing 1-0 in Game 1 on a late goal by Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, the Bruins showed their skill and depth while rolling off four straight victories.

The Bruins advance to face the Montreal Canadiens, their most bitter rival, in the second round of the playoffs. But before we look ahead to what will be an emotional and intriguing Eastern Conference Second Round series, let's look back at five reasons the Bruins were able to so effectively tame the Red Wings.


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Bruins, Canadiens to meet in 34th playoff series

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 10:35 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The NHL's biggest postseason rivalry is ready for its next installment.

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will meet for the 34th time in Stanley Cup Playoff history when they get together in an Eastern Conference Second Round series. The Canadiens have been off since completing a first-round sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday; the Bruins held up their end by completing a five-game blitz of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

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Lucic helps power Bruins into second round

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 8:13 PM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has always been one of those players who can seemingly will his team to victory when he is at the absolute peak of his game.

Lucic's combination of skill and physicality has made him the perfect Bruins-type player. He did a little bit of everything in leading Boston to a five-game series victory against the Detroit Red Wings in their Eastern Conference First Round series, which ended with Boston's 4-2 win Saturday at TD Garden.


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Ramsay: Blues power play must get puck down low

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 7:01 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the series.

Ramsay played in more than 1,000 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres before going on to coach the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. In the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the Flyers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Final. Ramsay was most recently an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues are struggling to score on the power play against the Chicago Blackhawks because they're relying too much on the outside shot instead of funneling pucks low and toward the net, longtime NHL coach Craig Ramsay told NHL.com.

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Five things Blues must do to force Game 7

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 5:02 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- The similarities might haunt a more pessimistic St. Louis Blues fan. They might even force an optimistic fan to rethink his positivity.

Last year, matched up in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis took a 2-0 series lead with Alexander Steen scoring the winner in Game 1 and Barret Jackman playing the hero in Game 2.

The same thing happened this year in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Analysis: Fleury's positional play not a worry

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

For beleaguered Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the word "meltdown" has become virtually synonymous with the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The phrase was already making the rounds to describe Fleury's postseason play before the top-seeded Penguins blew a 3-0 lead in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. By the time that game ended, with Fleury mishandling a puck behind his own net to gift Columbus the tying goal in the final minute of the third period and whiffing on Nick Foligno's long, dipping shot 2:49 into overtime, the discussions about Fleury's ghosts of playoffs past only intensified.

Fleury has posted a sub-.900 save percentage in four straight postseasons since hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2009 and his last two playoff runs ended with spectacular flameouts, including serving as the backup to Tomas Vokoun last spring after Fleury struggled mightily in the first round against the New York Islanders.

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Maroon finds an NHL home in Anaheim

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 10:51 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM – Perhaps the funniest moment from the television program "NHL Revealed," which documented the lead-up to the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium, was Drew Doughty's assessment of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.

During a game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, Maroon induced a tripping penalty on Doughty, the two-time Olympic gold medalist defenseman, which prompted the noted trash-talker.

"Buddy, you [stink] at hockey!" Doughty yelled at Maroon. "And you've been in the minors for how long? How long? And you're still on the fourth line? You're still on the fourth line."

Maroon grinned. At least Doughty knew his resume: five full seasons in the American Hockey League, including separate stints with organizations that changed cities. He's played in Texarkana, St. Louis, London, Philadelphia, Adirondack, Syracuse and Norfolk. It takes more than chirping to get Maroon rattled.

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