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Inability to hold leads costs Avalanche

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:55 AM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- In the end, the Minnesota Wild did to the Colorado Avalanche what had been done to them earlier in their Western Conference First Round series.

The difference Wednesday at Pepsi Center was that the Wild's 5-4 overtime win came in Game 7 to send the Avalanche home for the summer.

The Avalanche took 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 leads and couldn't hold any of them. Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon tied the game with 2:27 to play in the third period and Nino Niederreiter beat goalie Semyon Varlamov on a 2-on-1 rush at 5:02 of overtime.

The Avalanche pulled out overtime wins in similar fashion in Games 1 and 5, the latter to grab a 3-2 series lead.

"It's heartbreaking, but I guess you have to take a learning experience out of it," said Avalanche center Matt Duchene, who had two assists in his second game back after missing the final eight regular-season games and first five Stanley Cup Playoff games with a knee injury. "It should never have gone into overtime. I think we all feel that way. It's a terrible feeling right now."


Sharks devastated after blowing 3-0 series lead

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:44 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks' history has been marked by huge disappointments, bitter losses and failed quests to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

The Sharks added another chapter, maybe the worst in franchise history, to that ongoing saga Wednesday night at SAP Center, completing one of the biggest collapses in NHL history.

San Jose suffered a 5-1 to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series and became the fourth team in League history to take a 3-0 lead and fail to advance.

"Every year you lose is pretty low, but this one is a type of series that will rip your heart out," Sharks forward Logan Couture said. "It hurts. It's going to be a long summer thinking about this one and what we let slip away. Personally, myself, I didn't play the way I wanted to. I'm one of the guys that's counted on big-time to be successful, and I didn't get the job done when we needed to."

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said the series loss clearly marked the low point in his six seasons with San Jose, and he took responsibility for the collapse.


Five reasons why the Rangers advanced

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:32 AM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 2-1 win in Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. The Metropolitan Division rivals were evenly matched in their first-round series, as evidenced by the fact that neither team was able to string together consecutive wins.

The Rangers won the odd-numbered games; the Flyers took the even-numbered ones. Momentum was never a factor from game to game: The Rangers' series-clinching win came 24 hours after a 5-2 loss in Philadelphia. But in the rematch at Madison Square Garden, they scored twice during a dominant second period and tightened up defensively in the third to win their fourth consecutive Game 7.

Here are five reasons why New York advanced:


Wild look for revenge against Blackhawks

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 1:53 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

John Kreiser - Columnist

One year ago, the Chicago Blackhawks rolled over the Minnesota Wild in five games on the way to their second Stanley Cup in four seasons. The Wild will get a chance to avenge that loss when they face the Blackhawks in a Western Conference Second Round series.

The Blackhawks made short work of the Wild last spring, losing Game 3 and outscoring Minnesota 8-1 in Games 4 and 5 to close out their conference quarterfinal series. But the Wild exacted a bit of revenge this season, winning three of five games and earning seven of a possible 10 points. They were 2-1-0 in St. Paul and 1-0-1 in Chicago, losing 3-2 in a shootout on April 3 in the last of the five-game season series.

But those Blackhawks were coming into the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners in a lockout-shortened 48-game season. The 2013-14 version had its ups and downs before finishing third in the Central Division and spotted the St. Louis Blues a two-game lead in their first-round series.


Ducks, Kings to face off for first time in playoffs

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 1:28 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

The Anaheim Ducks entered the NHL in 1993. Twenty-one years later, they will face the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time.

Los Angeles became the fourth team in League history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit when they earned a 5-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series Wednesday.

It sets up the first-ever playoff series between the Kings and Ducks, who are separated by roughly 30 miles on the I-5 Freeway.

Game 1 is scheduled to take place Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim (8 p.m. ET).

"This highly anticipated Kings-Ducks playoff series will capture the excitement and the imagination of the most casual hockey and sports fan in Southern California in addition to our loyal, die-hard Kings fans," Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille said. "We believe this series can help continue to spur even more interest in our great sport in our great city."


2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 schedule

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 1:20 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Below are dates, times, national broadcast information and results for the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Information on the U.S. broadcast for games later in the round will be released as it is determined.

All times listed are ET and subject to change.


Mason nearly gets Flyers into second round

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 12:06 AM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason did all he could to bail out his team one last time in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

His 31 saves weren't enough. The Rangers advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory in the series finale.

The Rangers again got the best of the Flyers at 5-on-5, and New York’s offense onslaught in the second period that produced two goals on 18 shots proved just enough. If Mason's sterling performance in this series proved anything, it was that Flyers players, coaches and fans can say in  earnest that the future is bright between the pipes in Philadelphia.

In the City of Brotherly Love, where goaltending is traditionally taken to task each offseason, that's a major accomplishment.


Carcillo contributes again for Rangers in Game 7

Wednesday, 04.30.2014 / 11:35 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault didn't make many changes to his lineup as the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers progressed. But the changes he did make reaped instant rewards.

The latest example was Vigneault's decision to dress Daniel Carcillo for Game 7 after the forward was a healthy scratch the previous two. Carcillo rewarded his coach by scoring in the second period and sparking the Rangers' 2-1 series-clinching win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

"I just felt that in a Game 7 like this I'd rather go with experience. He had been in those situations before," Vigneault said. "He came up and did a good job and scored that first big goal for us."


Rested Penguins ready for Rangers in second round

Wednesday, 04.30.2014 / 11:28 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

John Kreiser - Columnist

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won all four Stanley Cup Playoff series they've played against the New York Rangers. They'll try to make it 5-for-5 when the teams meet in the Eastern Conference Second Round, beginning with Games 1 and 2 at Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins have had a few days to rest after finishing off the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday to win their first-round series in six games, though they blew multiple-goal leads in each loss and nearly saw a 4-0 lead completely vanish in Game 6. The Rangers played Games 6 and 7 of their first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers on back-to-back nights; they advanced by outlasting the Flyers 2-1 at home Wednesday, one night after a 5-2 road loss.


Goaltender matchup: Inside Price vs. Rask

Wednesday, 04.30.2014 / 7:10 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the competition intense and so even, the men protecting each goal often are the difference in a series. decided to break down perhaps the most interesting goaltending matchup in the Eastern Conference Second Round: Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins.

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 each goalie in this matchup this season and came to some interesting conclusions about their strengths and weaknesses.

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