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Noel: Red Wings' resilience has been impressive

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 11:05 AM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Claude Noel to break down the action. Noel will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Noel was coach for the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-14 and interim coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He also coached many years in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Noel, a former forward, had 138 points in 353 regular-season games in the AHL and played seven games in the NHL with Washington Capitals in 1979-80.

The Detroit Red Wings showed great resilience and veteran moxie in beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning and taking a 3-2 lead in their best-of-7 series on Saturday.

Detroit can advance to the second round with a win in Game 6 at Joe Louis Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports, FS-F, FS-D).

Claude Noel was extremely impressed with how focused, structured and determined the Red Wings were after what he called a demoralizing defeat in Game 4 on Thursday.

Five reasons Predators were eliminated from playoffs

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 10:58 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

The Nashville Predators lost a tough, fast-paced Western Conference First Round series to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games after spending the majority of the season near the top of the NHL standings. Nashville lost six games in a row heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and was matched up against a team that has twice won the Stanley Cup in the past five seasons.

The Predators were a young team with eight players making their debut in the playoffs. Their youth showed they have a promising future, but they were unable to solve the Blackhawks.

Nashville was very competitive in the series and outscored Chicago 21-19, but Chicago's depth proved to be too much for Nashville to overcome.

Here are five reasons the Predators were eliminated:

Five reasons Flames advanced to second round

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 10:37 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

The Calgary Flames were supposed to settle with just making it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the second season after a significant roster overhaul, they should have been content with just arriving.

But playing with house money proved valuable, as Calgary, making its first playoff appearance since 2009, beat the Vancouver Canucks in six games in the Western Conference First Round. It's the first playoff series win since 2004 and the second time going beyond the first round since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989.

Here are five reasons the Flames advanced to the second round:

Failure to hold leads doomed Predators in series

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:36 AM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Nashville Predators lost three games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference First Round after holding a lead.

The latest, 4-3 in Game 6 on Saturday -- after leading 3-1 -- ended Nashville's season.

Earlier in the best-of-7 series, the Blackhawks came back to win two games that went to double overtime or beyond. 

"Throughout the series, I felt like in some of the games the puck had eyes," Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "You look at at least three games, the winners, a couple of [overtime] games and then tonight, just generated from the point and just find a way through the maze.

"Obviously that feels disappointing when you feel like maybe you get a break one of these games. It hit something and doesn't go in. Obviously those ones, I mean it's frustrating. I'll have way too much time on my hands to think about these things."

Flames pull Hiller in Game 6 against Canucks

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:01 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

NHL.com

The Calgary Flames changed goaltenders in the first period of Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series Saturday, replacing Jonas Hiller with backup Karri Ramo after the Vancouver Canucks scored on two of their first three shots.

Brandon McMillan gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead when he beat Hiller 2:36 into the game. Jannik Hansen weaved into the Calgary zone and took a shot from the slot that beat Hiller at 7:32.

Coach Bob Hartley replaced Hiller with Ramo at that point. Ramo allowed two goals on 19 shots, and the Flames rallied for a 7-4 win that ended the series.

Flames, Ducks will meet in second round

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 11:55 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

John Kreiser - NHL.com Managing Editor

The Calgary Flames will face the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round after eliminating the Vancouver Canucks with a rousing 7-4, Game 6 win on Saturday.

The Flames' reward for advancing past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 years could be as many as four games in an arena that's been a house of horrors for them.

The Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks, who are coming off a first-round sweep of the Winnipeg Jets, will have home-ice advantage in the second-round series.

Calgary has lost 20 regular-season games in a row at Honda Center (0-15-5), including two this season. The Flames' last regular-season win there came on Jan. 19, 2004, and Calgary is 8-24-6-7 in Anaheim since the Ducks entered the NHL in 1993.

Start times, TV info set for Monday playoff games

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 11:47 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and national television information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round games scheduled for Monday, April 27.

· The starting time for Game 6 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Detroit. In the U.S., the game will be televised on CNBC. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and TVA Sports.

· The starting time for Game 7 of the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET in Washington, DC. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Crawford back in goal for Blackhawks; Darling pulled

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 11:40 PM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

NHL.com

The Chicago Blackhawks changed goaltenders in the first period of Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, with Corey Crawford relieving Scott Darling after he allowed three goals in the first 11:16.

Crawford made 13 saves, giving the Blackhawks a chance to rally for a 4-3 win that ended the series.

Islanders' persistence created Game 6-winning goal

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 8:51 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Coaches always tell their team to play to the whistle, and there was a prime example why in the New York Islanders' 3-1, Game 6 win against the Washington Capitals at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

John Tavares found Nikolay Kulemin for the game-winning goal in the third period with several Capitals perhaps backing off thinking there would be a whistle.

The result tied the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First round series 3-3, causing the need for Game 7 at Verizon Center on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

With less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period, Capitals forward Joel Ward and Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk were tied up near the benches, and Alex Ovechkin and Brock Nelson also were jousting. But there wasn't a whistle, and Tavares skated into the Capitals zone and took a shot on goal that was saved by Braden Holtby.

Ovechkin checked Tavares behind the net, with Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner nearby, and the puck went to Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy along the boards. He passed to Nikolay Kulemin wide open in the slot, where he scored the goal that made it 2-1 with 9:27 remaining.

"It was a war zone in front of the bench there, and I just realized I had a lot of room and there was a lot more ice because of what was going on," Tavares said. "I tried to get to the net, I got hit there, the puck kind of popped out. Two guys were on me, so I think [Leddy] had time and fed Kulemin, and Kulemin made a nice move."

Capitals facing poor Game 7 history at home

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 8:06 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Washington Capitals couldn't end their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Islanders, losing 3-1 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday. The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3, and Washington will host Game 7 on Monday at Verizon Center, but that might not be a good thing.

Washington is 3-9 in Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 2-7 at home. Since 2008, they are 1-4 on home ice.

"Winning is hard," Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin said. "It's not going to be easy. It's going to be a seventh game Monday and it's going to be fun. I think our fans are going to give us very good confidence."

Braden Holtby, who made 35 saves Saturday, was in goal for Game 7 when the Capitals lost to the New York Rangers 5-0 at home in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the last time they played a Game 7.

"We have a different team now," Holtby said.

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