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Lightning hope to have Palat to challenge Canadiens

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 3:52 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to have rookie forward Ondrej Palat back in the lineup when they play the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN).

The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 with the scene shifting to Montreal.

Palat skated for about 45 minutes with the scratched Lightning players and forward Cedric Paquette and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis.

“I felt good today, I had a good practice,” Palat said. “It’s going to be a game-time decision tomorrow.”


Rangers show physical side in Game 1 win vs. Flyers

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 2:05 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- On paper, the Eastern Conference First Round series between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers looked like a classic matchup. Until the opening faceoff Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the series appeared to hinge on how New York's speed would fare against Philadelphia's aggressive forecheck.

The Rangers showed plenty of speed and skill while outshooting the Flyers 36-15 in a 4-1 victory in Game 1. But they also showed they are more than just a finesse team.

Philadelphia came out with its signature physicality, but as the game wore on, it was New York that became the aggressor. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Rangers had made a major statement by showing their grit along with a willingness to go blow for blow against one of the NHL's toughest teams.


Bruins' Lucic fined $5,000 for spearing

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 1:40 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORKBoston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser during Game 1 of the teams' First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Boston on Friday, April 18, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:55 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Red Wings grab series lead on Datsyuk's 'dagger'

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 12:24 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

BOSTON -- Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal Friday in a memorable Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden.

After playing 56-plus minutes of taut, low-risk hockey, the game was turned on its heels by a moment of sheer brilliance from Datsyuk, the skilled Detroit center who has become famous for such plays. So much so, in fact, he has earned the nickname "Magic Man."

Datsyuk added to his legend with a dazzling display of skill that enabled Detroit to steal a 1-0 victory in the opening game of the Eastern Conference First Round series and, in the process, grab home-ice advantage from the Bruins, who are the top seed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by virtue of winning the Presidents' Trophy.


Howard helps Red Wings steal home-ice edge

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:49 PM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

BOSTON -- It was mayhem at TD Garden late in the third period Friday night during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.

During the last ice-maintenance timeout in regulation, the sellout crowd was on its feet, waving yellow rally towels furiously, exhorting their Bruins to find a way to solve a stifling Detroit defense in a game without a goal. All of this was happening as "Shipping Up To Boston," the sing-along hit by the Dropkick Murphys, the house band for any major sporting moment in this city, blared at nearly unbearable levels on the PA system.

The only problem was the Red Wings tend to be unflappable, especially when goaltender Jimmy Howard is playing at the top of his game, as he was on this night. Instead of being uncomfortable with the atmosphere, Howard was reveling in it.

It was a lot of fun because the Red Wings took a 1-0 victory in Game 1, a victory that pretty much drops a hand grenade into this best-of-7 series between the winner of the Presidents' Trophy and the Red Wings the second wild-card finisher in the East.


Lightning face tough task after two home losses

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:33 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- After two losses at home and with their next two games to be played in front of one of the NHL's most raucous crowds, the Tampa Bay Lightning have their work cut out for them.

"We've got nothing to lose right now, We're down 2-0 and we're going into a hostile environment," captain Steven Stamkos said Friday night after a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series. "We have to play better."

The Lightning are looking for answers as they head to Bell Centre in Montreal for Game 3 on Sunday night (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN). Finding them doesn't figure to be easy.


Sharks get boost from return of Hertl and Torres

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 6:53 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks had been waiting all season to have rookie forward Tomas Hertl and veteran Raffi Torres in the lineup together for a game. That finally happened Thursday, and the timing couldn't have been better for the Sharks.

After battling back from severe right knee injuries, Hertl and Torres played huge roles in the Sharks' 6-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.

Hertl had a goal and an assist in his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, flashing the offensive skill that made him a strong contender for the Calder Trophy early in the season before being injured. He skated on the third line with center James Sheppard and Tommy Wingels.

Torres scored a goal and had a team-high seven hits, setting the tone for San Jose in a physical game with his wrecking ball style. He skated on the fourth line with center Andrew Desjardins and Mike Brown.

"I think he brings a different element, which is obviously positive," Desjardins said of Torres. "Finishing his checks. It's a presence that I think is important, especially against a team like L.A. It was definitely good to have him out there.

"It's great to see [Hertl] back. He's pretty much at full bore already, just jumping in. It's great to see as well. I think it also adds another completely new dynamic with his offensive ability."


MacKinnon takes first Stanley Cup Playoffs in stride

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 6:00 PM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Patrick Roy has been watching the Nathan MacKinnon show for three years, two in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and as Colorado Avalanche coach since training camp, and it never gets old.

"I've been impressed with him from the first time I saw him play a game," Roy said Friday. "From there to now, his game goes up. He's been so receptive to teaching, he's been working hard and he's always level. I know who's going to show up tomorrow, he's going to be the same guy."

MacKinnon had three assists Thursday in his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, when the Avalanche opened the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round with a 5-4 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild. Game 2 is Saturday at Pepsi Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN, FS-N, ALT).


Blackhawks coach Quenneville fined $25,000

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 5:50 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff First Round series against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Apr. 17.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.


Ramsay: Fine line for Blues defending stretch passes

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 5:44 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.

ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane's breakaway goal late in the first period Thursday fell 105 seconds short of being the winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.

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