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Maroon getting job done playing on Ducks top line

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:56 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Patrick Maroon almost chuckled when one of the first questions in his media scrum Saturday was about playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

It's become a talking point because Maroon has been the mainstay beside the two at left wing for the Anaheim Ducks throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That's notable given how often Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau changes his lines.

What would Maroon have thought at the beginning of the season if someone told him he'd be playing on the top line in May?

"I don't think it's about me playing on the top line," Maroon said. "I think it's Bruce just giving me the opportunity, and I've just got to keep playing the way I'm playing because one bad game can lead me out of the lineup. So for me, I've got to stay focused and keep playing that rugged hockey, grind it down low kind of hockey, get in front of the net, frustrate their defense. Hopefully good things will continue to happen with our line."

Blackhawks' Teravainen making impact in playoffs

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:16 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- In case it wasn't clear that forward Teuvo Teravainen is the youngest member of the Chicago Blackhawks, his deflated response Friday about his inability to grow a playoff beard was a reminder.

"I'm trying," Teravainen said with a sheepish attempt at a smile. "Maybe next year."

Teravainen doesn't turn 21 until September, but his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal was a big one. The Minnesota Wild had scored three straight in Game 1 of this Western Conference Second Round series and were carrying the play before Teravainen's shot from the left wall beat Devan Dubnyk at 19:01 of the second period.

The goal gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead and held up as the winner. Teravainen is the youngest player to score a game-winning goal in the playoffs for Chicago since Jeremy Roenick in 1990.

"It's a great feeling of course," Teravainen said. "I just think I had to shoot more. I got the puck there and I just tried to shoot. Sometimes good things happen."

Johnstown, Pa., wins title of 'Kraft Hockeyville USA'

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 12:50 PM / 2015 Kraft Hockeyville

NHL Public Relations

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – In partnership with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA contest captured the nation and ultimately named Johnstown, Pa., as the first-ever "Kraft Hockeyville USA." Johnstown's Cambria County War Memorial Arena will receive $150,000 in arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL Pre-Season Game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning televised live on NBCSN on September 29, 2015.

Johnstown has always celebrated its passion for hockey, even serving as inspiration for the popular hockey movie "Slap Shot" Rich in hockey heritage, Cambria County War Memorial Arena will use the winning funds to upgrade its ice-making equipment and scoreboard, providing a better game experience for community members.

Teravainen rescues Blackhawks with first playoff goal

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 10:32 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

A three-goal lead had slipped away and the Chicago Blackhawks looked to be reeling.

Teuvo Teravainen picked that moment to make his first big impact in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Teravainen, the 18th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and playing in only his third postseason game, stunned goaltender Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild when he fired a puck from along the left-wing boards that found its way into the net with 58.2 seconds left in the second period.

The first goal of Teravainen's playoff career proved decisive as the Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-3 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Friday, their seventh straight playoff win against Minnesota over the past three years.

"I thought the way the game developed during the second period, they took over the game in the second totally," Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "They had pretty much everything, and it felt like the game was also slipping away there for a while, but then [Teravainen] scored the huge goal at the end of the period, and we got the momentum back and took care of business in the third."

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Ramo vs. Hiller

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 10:22 AM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. already broke down the Western Conference Second Round matchup between Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks and former Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller of the Calgary Flames, but Calgary switched to Karri Ramo during a Game 1 loss and is sticking with him for Game 2. It’s a significant switch in goaltending styles, so added this pre-scout of the more dynamic Ramo.

Much like many goaltending coaches will do before a playoff series, correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted every goal scored against Ramo this season with the help of a program from Double Blue Sport Analytics. The graphics showing where goals went in and shots were taken from on the ice are nice, but the real value is tracking and analyzing the types of plays that led to them, and whether they reveal strengths, weaknesses and tendencies that can be targeted.

Karri Ramo, Calgary Flames


Ramo is almost the anti-Hiller in terms of how he plays the position and presents a totally different challenge for the Ducks, who may have to adjust their attacking tactics. Where Hiller calmly relied more on patience and deeper positioning to keep his body in front of the play, Ramo plays a lot more aggressively, often on top of his crease, and relies on athleticism to make up for the extra space he has to recover. Where Hiller makes more blocking saves, even on the glove side, Ramo, like most Finnish goalies, catches a lot more pucks with an active glove. Where Hiller keeps rebounds close and in front of him, they come off Ramo more actively and often at more acute angles. None of it will matter if the Flames don't tighten up in front of their net after allowing the Ducks to have their way in Game 1, but if they do, Anaheim will need to adjust how it tries to score.

Blackhawks, Wild stayed with starters in goal

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 2:28 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It wasn’t the kind of game the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild usually play, and it could have finished with backup goalies in each net the way goals were being scored in the first two periods.

Instead, Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford (30 saves) and Wild counterpart Devan Dubnyk (31 saves) played the whole way in Chicago’s 4-3 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series at United Center on Friday.

Dubnyk allowed three goals on eight shots in the first period, Crawford allowed three on 12 shots in the second, and the game was decided on one that eluded Dubnyk at 19:01 of the second.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, May 1

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 1:45 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations


Nikita Kucherov scored at 2:06 of the second overtime and Ben Bishop stopped 43 shots to power the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 1-0 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens.

* Tampa Bay's victory over Montreal in Game 1 continued a trend from the regular season. The Lightning swept five games from the Canadiens in 2014-15, marking the first time in franchise history that Tampa Bay swept its season series with Montreal. The Lightning also became the first team to sweep a season series of at least five games against the Canadiens since the Buffalo Sabres went 8-0-0 in 1983-84.

* Kucherov scored his first career playoff overtime goal, which also stood as his first career game-winner in the postseason. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 21 years, 318 days old, Kucherov became the youngest player in franchise history to score an overtime goal in the postseason. The previous youngest Lightning player to score an overtime goal in the playoffs was Vincent Lecavalier, who scored in overtime at 22 years, 359 days old on April 15, 2003, when he scored at the Washington Capitals to win Game 3 of the EQF (4-3 W).

Lightning shrug off disallowed goal, win Game 1

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 1:14 AM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- When Nikita Kucherov had an apparent goal waved off during the first overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper was understandably upset.

Luckily for him, the Lightning recovered much quicker than they did a year ago.

"We didn't care. Honestly," Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman said. "The next shift we just went about our business, played as we should. It didn't affect us in a negative way, which is good."

Kucherov scored the winning goal at 2:06 of the second overtime, giving the Lightning a 2-1 victory and a 1-0 lead in this year's best-of-7 series.

Canadiens say loss 'one of best games we've played'

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 12:41 AM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens are down 1-0 in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban said he likes what he saw.

The Canadiens lost Game 1, 2-1 in double overtime at Bell Centre on Friday. They outshot the Lightning 44-35, created ample opportunities to win in the first overtime with 13 shots, but couldn't beat Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop.

"This is probably one of the best games we played all year," Subban said. "I thought we did a good job moving the puck out of our zone, defending. I thought we limited their opportunities to carry the puck through the neutral zone with speed. We did a lot of good things today, except win the game.

"That's the difference in the [Stanley Cup Playoffs]. For us right now, if we play that way for the rest of the playoffs, for the rest of the series, I think we're going to be in a good spot."

Flames coach benched Gaudreau to protect him

Friday, 05.01.2015 / 7:06 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau was polite about being benched in the third period of a 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday, but his coach spoke for him.

Bob Hartley said after the game that he rested Gaudreau because he thought Anaheim was "taking liberties" with the rookie forward.

Hartley said Friday that Gaudreau didn’t like being a spectator.

"I believe he wasn’t OK with this when I told him early in the third period that he wasn’t playing anymore and I told him why he wasn’t playing," Hartley said. "Johnny wants to be on the ice. As much as he’s not a big-size player, but my job as head coach of the Calgary Flames is to do what’s best for the organization in those times, and what was best last night was to keep him on the bench."

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