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Flames believe they can 'Shock the hockey world'

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 4:28 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley hopes they have a little bit of surprise left.

Trailing the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round, Hartley is resolute heading into Game 5 at Honda Center on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

"There's a full belief and my message is, 'Shock the hockey world,'" Hartley said. "That's what we're trying to do every day and it's nothing new to us. It's just rewind and press play. Playoffs, anything can happen, and especially in our situation. We want to keep going. This has been a great season for us. I know how resilient our players have been. It's not that we're down 1-3 or that we didn't win in Anaheim.

"We need to win one game. Let's win one game, let's bring it back to the 'C of Red,' and after this, let's see what happens. We need to win [Sunday] night, plain and simple."

Farrish: Adjustments, luck key for Rangers in Game 5

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 2:28 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

Proper adjustments and some good luck go a long way in determining how a team survives in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dave Farrish said the New York Rangers did what they needed to do and got a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 Friday to stay alive in their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals.

Chabot: Ducks' experience too much for Flames

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 2:10 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Calgary Flames handed the Anaheim Ducks their first loss of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win in Game 3 of their Second Round Western Conference series on Tuesday.

Following the loss, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau asked his team to be more aggressive against the young Flames in Game 4. Frederic Chabot said the Ducks were in a 4-2 win, with an inexperienced Flames team showing some of its weaknesses.

"Boudreau asked them to be more physical, and more engaged physically, which they were maybe just for 20-30 minutes [in Game 3], but they were engaged for all of Game 4," Chabot said. "They were more intense, more physical, and more in the fight."

Some of that physicality may have gotten to Calgary, a team that made a few costly mistakes that led to Anaheim goals.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, May 8

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 2:23 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Ryan McDonagh scored at 9:37 of overtime after Chris Kreider scored the tying goal with 1:41 remaining in regulation to allow the New York Rangers to force Game 6 in their Eastern Conference Second Round series with the Washington Capitals.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers scored a tying goal in the final two minutes of regulation in a playoff game before winning in overtime for the first time since May 7, 2012, in Game 5 of the ESF vs. Washington (3-2 OT W) when Brad Richards tied the game with eight seconds left in regulation and defenseman Marc Staal scored at 1:35 of overtime.

* The Rangers have won each of their last nine playoff games when facing elimination at home dating to May 1, 2008, in Game 4 of the ESF vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0 W). Elias notes that New York's nine-game home winning streak when facing elimination is an NHL record.

Kreider's goal helps Rangers extend their season

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 12:40 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Chris Kreider provided the spark the New York Rangers needed to extend their season.

With the Rangers 1:41 away from being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kreider's game-tying goal gave them renewed life against the Washington Capitals on Friday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden.

Goals have been hard to come by against Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby in this series, but Kreider's shot from outside the top of the left circle went past him while Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was making his way to the bench for an extra attacker. It pulled the Rangers into a 1-1 tie, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored 9:37 into overtime on New York's 43rd shot for a 2-1 victory.

The Rangers trail the best-of-7 series 3-2, with Game 6 at Verizon Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Capitals won't blame waved-off goal for Game 5 loss

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 11:57 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

David Satriano - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Washington Capitals were 1:41 away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Final on Friday but lost to the New York Rangers 2-1 in overtime in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.

A goal that didn't count earlier in the game could have shifted the momentum in favor of Washington, perhaps even helping eliminate New York.

Tied 0-0 with 2:09 left in the second period, the Capitals got a puck behind Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, but it was immediately waved off by referee Kevin Pollock, who was positioned to the side of the net. Defenseman Matt Niskanen's shot from the right point went in, but it was ruled that forward Joel Ward interfered with Lundqvist.

Ward and Derek Stepan were battling in front of the net.

"I thought [Ward] got pushed and he wasn't even in the crease," Niskanen said. "Lundqvist is coming out and trying to make the save, and Ward, as long as he is not in the crease, he can be there. If it was on [the Rangers'] side and they called it a goal, they are probably just irate. We think it should be a goal. [Ward] is allowed to be there."

Starting times set for Sunday playoff games

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 10:25 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

The National Hockey League today announced updated start times and national television information for 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round games scheduled for Sunday, May 10.

· The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames has been set for 10 p.m. ET in Anaheim. The game will be seen on NBCSN, Sportsnet, and TVA Sports.

· The starting time for Game 6 of the series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Washington. The game will be seen on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.

Thornton believes Lightning have Cup-caliber depth

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 4:42 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- When forward Shawn Thornton and the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, they did so rolling four lines.

Thornton was a fixture on the Bruins' fourth line, nicknamed the "Merlot Line" for the jersey color its players wore during practice. Thornton, with Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, helped the Bruins' top forwards play fewer minutes, and contributed offensively during Boston's Cup run.

Forward depth is key to any deep playoff run, and it's something Thornton, who played for the Florida Panthers this season and has been working as an analyst for NBC Sports Group during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, said he sees in the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Throughout the last five, six, seven years, teams that have had depth that can play their third and fourth line an extra couple of minutes and take the pressure off the top two lines, and can contribute, those are the teams that have had a lot of success," Thornton said. "Tampa Bay is just another team that's showing that."

Blackhawks' Rozsival fractured ankle, season over

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 4:08 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after sustaining a fractured left ankle in Game 4 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Minnesota Wild.

"He will require surgery to repair it. He is not expected to return to full hockey activity until next season," the Blackhawks said in a statement Friday.

In the second period, Rozsival fell awkwardly in the neutral zone while skating backward to defend Wild forward Thomas Vanek after Nino Niederreiter lifted the puck from the Minnesota end into the Chicago zone. Play continued for 14 seconds with Rozsival unable to get up, and Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made a right-pad save to deny Vanek on a breakaway.

Rozsival could not put weight on his left leg and needed help getting off the ice and to the locker room with 6:37 remaining.

"You hate to see your teammates in pain like that," Chicago left wing Patrick Sharp said.

Capitals' patience with goalies paying off in Hershey

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 1:06 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to

Though his performance contradicts it, Pheonix Copley wasn't supposed to play for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League this season.

Originally penciled in for the ECHL, Copley's fortunes started to change when the Bears' No. 2 goaltender, Eddie Pasquale, needed additional hip surgery that sidelined him for the season. Having signed an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals in March 2014, Copley was first in line to complete the tandem with starter Philipp Grubauer.

"Grubauer's been our MVP. It's his show, so to speak," Hershey Bears coach Troy Mann said. "But it's very refreshing as a coach to know that we have a guy like Copley, that if he needs to go in for whatever reason, he's certainly capable of winning hockey games for us."

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