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Fleischmann in Ducks lineup for Game 5

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks left wing Tomas Fleischmann is in the lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Fleischmann took pregame line rushes with center Rickard Rakell and right wing Jiri Sekac but started the game with center Ryan Kesler and right wing Jakob Silfverberg. Right wing Emerson Etem was scratched.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau left open the possibility of using one of his spare forwards after the Ducks and Blackhawks played their second multi-overtime game of the series in Game 4, a 5-4 Chicago win. Fleischmann has played in 33 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Farrish: Rangers need better shot selection in Game 6

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For additional insight into the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning during the Eastern Conference Final series, 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.

In order to get enough pucks through to challenge Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, Dave Farrish thinks the New York Rangers need to think and shoot the way they did in a Game 5 win against the Washington Capitals in the second round.

The Lightning blocked 24 shots in a 2-0 win in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday and lead the best-of-7 series 3-2. Game 6 is at Amalie Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Three keys for Ducks, Blackhawks to winning Game 5

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ANAHEIM – The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks have played a lot of mentally taxing and physically demanding hockey already in the Western Conference Final.

Two of the first four games took more than one overtime to settle. To make matters more difficult, each of those marathon games came the night before a travel day.

The Blackhawks won Game 2 3-2 in the third overtime to even the series at 1-1 the night before the series moved to Chicago. Each team flew to the Windy City less than 12 hours after Marcus Kruger scored the overtime winner the night before.

Saturday, in Game 4, Antoine Vermette was in the right place at the right time to give the Blackhawks a 5-4 win at United Center at 5:37 of the second overtime, evening the series at 2-2.

But neither team believes fatigue will be an issue in what is now a race for two more wins in the best-of-7 series, beginning Monday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Dennis: Commitment to defense sparked Lightning

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Final, has enlisted the help of Chris Dennis to break down the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dennis will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dennis spent 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including the past two as an assistant coach under Randy Carlyle and Peter Horachek. Prior to that he was the Maple Leafs' video coach for eight seasons.

After allowing five goals in consecutive games of the Eastern Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning were committed to being better defensively in Game 5 against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

And in their 2-0 shutout, the Lightning accomplished that goal, according to Chris Dennis. The Lightning allowed 26 shots on goal and blocked 24 shots.

"You could tell they really committed defensively [Sunday] night," Dennis said. "And you could see from the first period the shots were 6-4 [for Tampa Bay] and as the game went on it got a little better for Tampa but they obviously were very committed defensively last night. ... You can look at their blocked shots last night, I think they had double what the Rangers did [24-11]. You can just see that real commitment to team defense. When you commit like that, you've got some game breakers that can score offensively, they don't need a lot of time and space. And you've got your goalie playing well. That's usually a recipe for success."

Stamkos' power-play goal leads Lightning in Game 5

Monday, 05.25.2015 / 10:48 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments Staff

Steven Stamkos is rolling, which is a big reason why the Tampa Bay Lightning are a win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2004.

In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Sunday, Stamkos' power-play goal provided the final margin of victory in a 2-0 Lightning win that gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. He finished a tic-tac-toe passing sequence with Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov when he redirected Palat's pass to beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 18:22 of the second period.

Stamkos, who scored 43 goals in the regular season, had a goal and an assist on Sunday, and is tied for second on the Lightning with 17 playoff points. After going the first eight games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs without a goal, the Lightning captain has scored in four straight games, and has seven goals and 14 points in his past 10. The four-game goal streak is tied for the Lightning playoff record set by Martin St. Louis in 2003 and Vincent Lecavalier in 2007.

Analysis: Ducks can counter Blackhawks' pedigree

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- If recent history is any indication, the 2015 Western Conference Final, though tied 2-2, is over.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been even after four games in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series seven times since Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith starting enjoying postseason success, and seven times they have won the series, never needing a Game 7.

Yes, the core group of Blackhawks is 14-0 after a series gets to 2-2, winning Game 5 and Game 6 each time.

The Anaheim Ducks have spent the 2015 playoffs trying to prove their recent history does not define them, and they have plenty of reasons to believe the Blackhawks will not be able to win the next two games, let alone two of the next three to advance the Stanley Cup Final.

For starters, this Ducks team is really good and has two of the last three games at home, starting with Game 5 on Monday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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