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Five Questions: Lundqvist on success under pressure

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist:

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Sure, he'd rather be up in a Stanley Cup Playoff series, playing with a lead, with confidence and with the knowledge that win or lose, there will be a tomorrow. But if that were the case, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist wouldn't be referred to as the NHL's best goalie when facing elimination.


Canadiens' Subban ready for another Game 7

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 1:00 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- P.K. Subban remembers it well.

His 22nd birthday still a few weeks away, Subban's play in the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins was his coming out party in the NHL and capped off a tremendous rookie season and even better playoffs that ended in overtime of Game 7.

It was when the Montreal Canadiens defenseman first established himself as Public Enemy No. 1 in Boston, when he showed the NHL the tremendous skills he had in his wide and varied tool box, and when he first displayed how confident he was to use them.

Now, three years later, a matured and seasoned Subban will go back to Boston for Game 7 of this Eastern Conference Second Round series on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) after Montreal evened this best-of-7 series at three games apiece with a 4-0 victory at Bell Centre on Monday night.

Game 7 will take place a day after Subban's 25th birthday, when he will attempt to finish what he started in 2011.


Bruins quickly shifting focus to Game 7

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 12:22 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci and left wing Milan Lucic have converted on dozens of odd-man rushes over the past four seasons.

One minute into Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens, those two forwards had a chance to put the home team back on their heels at Bell Centre on Monday night.

Krejci, the Bruins' leading scorer in the regular season with 69 points, led a 2-on-1 into the Montreal zone and slid the puck over to Lucic, a 24-goal scorer this season, with Canadiens goaltender Carey Price a little slow tracking the pass. Of course, it didn't matter where Price was because Lucic fanned on the shot.


Rangers' Lundqvist fined for unsportsmanlike conduct

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 8:15 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during Game 6 of the Second Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in New York on Sunday, May 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. No penalty was assessed to Lundqvist.

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


Seven questions for Rangers-Penguins Game 7

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 7:40 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins have played four series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs prior to their 2014 Eastern Conference Second Round matchup.

But when they play Game 7 on Tuesday, it will be the first time the teams will take a series the distance (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

It's the first time since 1939 the Rangers have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 like they have in this series. However, it's the second time since 2011 the Penguins have gone from up 3-1 in a series to facing a seventh game.

In each of those series, the Rangers and Penguins came out on the losing end.

What can they do to change their fates in their head-to-head Game 7 in 2014? Here are seven questions that could provide an answer:


Ramsay: Wild must stop Blackhawks' stretch passes

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 6:33 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks, 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.

The Minnesota Wild are perfect at Xcel Energy Center in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with five wins in five games.

If they want to stay that way and extend their season by at least one more game, longtime NHL coach and player Craig Ramsay said the Wild need to make two relatively minor adjustments against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of their Western Conference Second Round series Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS2).

"They have to make it difficult on the goalie by getting someone in front of him," Ramsay told, "and they have to be aware of those stretch passes."


Five things Wild must do to force Game 7

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 6:02 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are not ready to start their summer vacation. Yet, the Wild know if they don't find a way to win their next two games, the ugly specter of almost four months without meaningful hockey will become a reality.

The task starts Tuesday with Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center in this entertaining Western Conference Second Round series (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS2). Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can book passage to a second straight Western Conference Final with a victory Tuesday, or Thursday in Game 7 if it becomes necessary.

It is a tough position to be in, but one which the Wild are intimately familiar. In the first round, against the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota dropped the first two games on the road, won the following two home games and then was relegated to the brink of elimination after losing Game 5 on the road. It has been the same path to a do-or-die Game 6 against the Blackhawks.

Can the Wild fashion a Game 6 victory at Xcel Energy Center against the defending Stanley Cup champions to force a winner-take-all Game 7 like they did against the Avalanche?

That question will be answered Tuesday night, but Minnesota's best chance for a positive outcome -- and another Stanley Cup Playoffs game on Thursday -- will only happen if they accomplish these five things:


Penguins, Rangers vie for East Final berth in Game 7

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 4:29 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers will decide their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Tuesday night in Game 7 at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center (7 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Final and face the winner of the Second Round series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

These teams have never met in a series-deciding showdown but are no strangers to Game 7s in recent years.

The Rangers will be contesting a Game 7 for the fifth time in their past seven playoff series since 2012. Having eliminated the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games in the First Round, New York will attempt to post Game 7 wins in consecutive series for the second time in that span; they defeated the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.


Game 7 has been winning proposition for Rangers

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 2:50 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- If Game 7 is becoming old hat to the New York Rangers, winning them isn't.

The Rangers will be looking for their fifth straight Game 7 victory since 2012 when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). It's their sixth Game 7 in their past nine Stanley Cup Playoff series dating back to 2009.

New York previously beat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 on April 30 to advance to play the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round series.

"We have a lot of guys in the room that enjoy the challenge and just the excitement of it," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. "I feel like everyone doesn't really feel the pressure of Game 7 because either you play your best or you're going home. You kind of just get to leave it all out there and see what happens. We've had some big moments and big plays at key times in other Game 7s, and that's what it takes."


Starting times set for remaining Round 2 games

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:10 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and television information for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round.

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