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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 12

Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 12:10 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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KUCHEROV POWERS LIGHTNING TO CONFERENCE FINALS

Nikita Kucherov (2-1—3) had three points to propel the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Montreal Canadiens and into the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in franchise history and the first since 2011.

* Kucherov opened the scoring, added an empty-netter and had an assist for his second three-point game and second multiple-goal game of the postseason.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kucherov became the second player in franchise history to have three points in a series-clinching victory. He joined Fredrik Modin, who posted 0-3—3 on April 16, 2004, in Game 5 of the EQF vs. the New York Islanders (3-2 OT W).

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Marchessault replaces Callahan for Lightning

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 7:43 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Marchessault is replacing Ryan Callahan in the lineup for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens (CBC, TV-A, NBCSN).

Callahan is day-to-day after having an emergency appendectomy Monday. He was released from the hospital Tuesday.

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Flames not content after rejuvenating season

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 6:41 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving cautioned his team about complacency in final exit meetings Tuesday.

The Flames lost to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round in five games, and being one of the final eight teams remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs wasn't enough.

"We talked about a quote that I think is something we need to live by: 'Champions behave like champions long before they are champions,'" Treliving said. "For us to grow, it's a mindset, it's a lifestyle. You have to live like a champion before you are a champion. The things that we've done in the past, we have to do it better. We have to get stronger, we have to get better conditioned, we have to grow from the process we went through. There's a lot to look back on, a lot to be proud of, but a lot yet to achieve."

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Silfverberg's emergence makes him Ducks' X-factor

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 5:49 PM / X-Factor

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The regular season has not been kind to Jakob Silfverberg early in his NHL career.

In 2013-14, the forward's first season with the Anaheim Ducks, he played 52 games, sitting 30 because of injury or as a healthy scratch. He scored one goal in his first 27 games this season.

But the attributes that made Silfverberg the featured player the Ducks received in the July 2013 trade with the Ottawa Senators for forward Bobby Ryan have bloomed this spring.

Silfverberg's 11 points are third on the Ducks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and his eight assists were tied for second in the NHL through Monday. Almost as important to the Ducks as Silfverberg's offensive output has been his defensive play, which makes him an X-factor against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

"I try to play the same way I've been doing all year, but obviously I've been more successful in the playoffs and I feel like I play on another level," Silfverberg, 24, said. "I try not to change anything, but I feel like the outcome has become better for me. I don't know if it's just because of the playoffs."

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Kreider setting tone for Rangers entering Game 7

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 5:34 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Chris Kreider arrived with a bang three years ago and then started looking like he might be a bust. Now his bang might be enough to help the New York Rangers bust the Washington Capitals right out of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Kreider heads into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) fresh off a two-goal performance in New York's 4-3 win in Game 6 on Sunday. He is the Rangers' hottest forward with four goals in the best-of-7 series, all in New York's three wins.

Kreider leads the Rangers with 16 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since making his NHL debut in Game 3 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

"He always seems to play his best in the big games," Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. "He's just moving his feet. He's so fast, so big, so he's a hard guy to defend when he's hitting guys and getting in front of the net. He's definitely a force to be reckoned with out there."

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Optimistic Capitals disregard past Game 7 failures

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 3:56 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- For the third time since drafting captain Alex Ovechkin in 2004, the Washington Capitals are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Final.

And for the third time in four years and the fourth time since 2009, the Capitals will play the New York Rangers in a Game 7. The Rangers have defeated the Capitals in the past two Game 7s they have played, in the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals and in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Capitals and Rangers is at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"People go all through their life looking for great moments where you can define yourself or your team or what you did that year," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "This is another moment. We had that moment, a Game 7 in the first series, and here's another moment. These are things you go through."

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Start set for potential Canadiens-Lightning Game 7

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 3:47 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced that the start time of the potential Game 7 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, if necessary, has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 14, in Montreal.

In Canada, the game would be televised on CBC and TVA Sports. In the U.S., the game would be televised on NBCSN.

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Lundqvist, Rangers aim to continue Game 7 success

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 2:46 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers returned to practice Tuesday with a focused approach to their preparation for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist might as well have been the poster boy, judging by his comments after practice.

"I see myself in the situation and I remind myself what I need to do, that's my game," Lundqvist said. "There is no secrets. I have been doing the same stuff for years. It's about consistency, how I approach it, and focus. It helps me be in the right place mentally."

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Blackhawks' Rozsival has surgery on fractured ankle

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival had surgery Tuesday to repair his fractured left ankle.

"The procedure went very well and we anticipate him returning to full hockey activities in approximately 12 to 16 weeks," Blackhawks head team physician Michael Terry said in a statement.

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Rangers-Capitals Game 7 by the numbers

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 7:21 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals need a seventh game.

This Eastern Conference Second Round series is the fifth time the Rangers and Capitals have played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the past seven seasons; four of them have required a Game 7.

The numbers suggest this deciding game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) will be another close one. They also tell the story of how close these playoff series have been.

Here are some numbers that particularly stand out:

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Quote of the Day

That's the biggest goal I've ever scored. It's a great feeling any time you do that, especially at home. We're one game away from a Stanley Cup berth. It was a huge goal and it felt unbelievable.

— Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey on scoring the overtime winner Monday to give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead against the Blackhawks