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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, May 25

Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 2:31 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Anaheim Ducks surrendered two goals in the final 1:50 of regulation, but Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Ducks to a 3-2 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

* The Ducks are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in their history (also 2003 and 2007). In Anaheim’s most recent appearance, the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games to win their first Stanley Cup.

* Beleskey’s goal was his first career NHL playoff overtime goal and his Ducks-leading third game-winning goal in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has scored in back-to-back games and has seven goals and an assist in 14 games this postseason, including a Ducks’ single-postseason record five-game goal streak from April 30-May 10 (5-0—5).

Ducks' Andersen escapes rough outing with win

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ANAHEIM -- Frederik Andersen couldn't escape the spotlight Monday.

With overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference Final about to begin, Andersen, the Anaheim Ducks goalie, lumbered down the hallway from the dressing room and stepped onto the ice, where the Honda Center spotlight picked him up and followed him as he slowly skated approximately 115 feet to his net.

The bright light was overkill.

All eyes at Honda Center were already on Andersen, tracking him as he retook his place in the crease. They wondered where he was mentally after allowing two goals in a 72-second span in the final 1:50 of the third period to let the Blackhawks stage one of the most dramatic and improbable comebacks in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They feared he would allow another soft goal and put the Ducks to within one game of elimination.

Ducks pleased with response after blowing lead

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Andrew Cogliano has been through the Anaheim Ducks' disappointing losses in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past few seasons, so it wasn't surprising that the veteran left wing accurately described what a 5-4 overtime win at Honda Center on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final meant in the bigger picture.

"We know what their team's about, and I think we're slowly proving what our team's about as well," Cogliano said. "You're not going to go any farther without responding, and guys making plays at the right time. I think tonight was a perfect example of guys getting the job done."

The Ducks took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 6 is at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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.

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