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Blues' Miller struggles in first-round series loss

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 8:33 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Ryan Miller was acquired by the St. Louis Blues to be the missing piece of a Stanley Cup championship puzzle, the goalie capable of stealing a game or two and putting his team on his back by making the impossible save possible.

That was the plan anyway, and it seemed foolproof at the time the Blues brought Miller in on Feb. 28 in a blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

It didn't end well. Miller wasn't close to helping the Blues bring the Stanley Cup to St. Louis for the first time.

He gave up five goals on 27 shots Sunday, including four on 16 shots in the third period, when the Chicago Blackhawks turned a tight game into a 5-1 series-clinching victory against the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at United Center.

Miller finished the series with a .897 save percentage and 2.70 goals-against average. He allowed three or more goals in five games. He gave up only one goal in Game 3, but his counterpart in the other net, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, was better that night with a 34-save shutout.


Blues ousted early again with loss to Blackhawks

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 7:57 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- With their Stanley Cup Playoff lives on the line, the St. Louis Blues were given an opportunity to force Game 7 in their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Knotted in a 1-1 tie during Game 6 on Sunday, the Blues had just peppered the Blackhawks with 17 second-period shots, and after being given two first-period power plays, St. Louis had a chance at four more of them in the second period at United Center.

Nearly the entire second period was spent in the Blackhawks zone, and the Blues had chance after chance. But when those opportunities went by the wayside, Pandora's Box was opened and the Blues were once again left on the outside looking in.


After long wait, Canadiens can now prepare for Bruins

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 6:45 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

James Murphy - Correspondent

BROSSARD, QC -- The Montreal Canadiens arrived at practice Sunday finally possessing the knowledge of which team to prepare for in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The fact that it was the Boston Bruins, the Canadiens' arch rival, made the four-day wait for the news a little more bearable. Montreal, idle since finishing off a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning last Tuesday, can put matchup-specific elements in their preparation.

Boston advanced Saturday afternoon with a five-game ouster of the Detroit Red Wings.


Sharks face big decision in goal for Game 6

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 5:43 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- After he waited until the morning of Game 1 of his team's Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings to publicly name Antti Niemi his starting goaltender, San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan said it was an easy decision and one he had actually made days before.

McLellan has another goaltender decision to make before Game 6 Monday night at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN-CA, PRIME) after pulling Niemi in Games 4 and 5. This time, it might not be so easy.

Niemi gave up eight goals on 45 shots in Games 4 and 5, and the Sharks lost back-to-back games and saw their lead in this best-of-7 series shrink to 3-2.


Possible absence of Vlasic looms over the Sharks

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 5:27 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Marc-Edouard Vlasic has carried the label of "one of the most underrated players in the NHL" for years, but that description has changed as more people recognized his abilities.

Now it's "he's one of the elite players in the NHL," and that's part of why his potential absence for Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series could be a big problem Monday night for the San Jose Sharks against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN-CA, PRIME).

Vlasic did not practice with the team Sunday after not playing in the final 45 minutes of Game 5 on Saturday night. He didn't skate Monday morning and there reportedly was not a locker stall set up for him at Staples Center.


Mistakes on defense cost Flyers in Game 5

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 5:04 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Flyers didn't give the New York Rangers much in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Madison Square Garden. They limited New York to 22 shots on goal, but a few defensive miscues made the difference in a 4-2 loss.

Down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, the Flyers are one loss away from elimination. Game 6 will be played Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN, MSG, CSN-PHI).

"I didn't think we gave up a whole lot. We gave up 22 shots," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "I thought [Martin] St. Louis and [Mats] Zuccarello, they're shifty guys and quick guys. We've got to do a better job of defending them."

That team quickness made New York especially dangerous in Game 5. And when the otherwise tight Philadelphia defense made a mistake, the Rangers made it pay.


Duchene a distinct possibility for Avs in Game 6

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 4:49 PM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Needing one win to clinch their Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild, the Colorado Avalanche could be getting regular-season leading scorer Matt Duchene back for Game 6 on Monday at the Xcel Energy Center (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, RDS, TSN, FS-N, ALT).

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said Sunday a decision will be made after the morning skate Monday.

Duchene, who had a career-high 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists) in 71 games, hasn't played since March 29 when he sustained an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn against the San Jose Sharks.


Rangers' Miller impressive in postseason debut

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 4:45 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- The 2013-14 season was full of ups and downs for New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller.

Consider Sunday one of his biggest ups.

Miller was added to the lineup for Game 5 of the Rangers' Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, his first Stanley Cup Playoff game, and he responded with an assist, a plus-2 rating and one shot on goal in 10:22 of ice time.

The Rangers won 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 6 will be Tuesday in Philadelphia. Game 7, if necessary, will be Wednesday in New York.


Sharks can't recover after slow start vs. Kings

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 2:36 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks are known for their fast starts at SAP Center, where they've made a habit of overwhelming opponents in the first period.

But when the puck dropped Saturday night for Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings, it was as if the Sharks were skating in quicksand and the Kings on lightning-fast ice.

The Kings bolted to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar. They added a power-play goal 22 seconds into the second period when Jeff Carter scored and cruised to a 3-0 victory, cutting the Sharks lead to 3-2 in the best-of-7 series with Game 6 set for Monday night at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN-CA, PRIME).


Five reasons why the Red Wings were eliminated

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 2:08 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

The Detroit Red Wings knew things were going to have to break absolutely perfectly for them to upset the top-seeded Boston Bruins, winner of the Presidents' Trophy, in their Eastern Conference First Round series.

Needless to say, Detroit did not get the breaks it needed. After a 1-0 victory at TD Garden in the opener, the Red Wings lost four in a row and were eliminated in five games.

It was a disappointing end for a team that weathered injuries and controversy throughout the season before authoring a terrific finishing kick that left them as the tournament's dark horse in the eyes of many.

It didn't work out that way, however. Here are five reasons for Detroit's inability to pull off the upset:

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