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Senators forward Stone has microfracture in wrist

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 4:14 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone sustained a microfracture and ligament damage to his right wrist in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and his availability for the remainder of the series is unknown, Senators general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday.

"He came back [Wednesday] night as a courageous guy after being hurt," Murray said. "I listened to some people talk that he sold it pretty good, but he was hurt."

Murray could not say with any clarity what the chances are of Stone returning in the series and couldn't confirm that he would miss Game 2 of the series at Bell Centre on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Flames never let adversity slow their path to playoffs

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 2:01 PM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

It took seven months and 83 games, but the Calgary Flames have gone from expected to compete for Connor McDavid to stealing home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Expected to be among the candidates for the first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Flames instead earned a berth in the playoffs for the first time in six years. And in winning 2-1 against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday, have stolen home-ice advantage in the Western Conference First Round series.

Game 2 is in Vancouver on Friday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

#MyPlayoffsMoment presented by GoPro to share fan-perspective video stories throughout the playoffs

NHL invites fans to share Stanley Cup playoffs videos using #MyPlayoffsMoment

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 12:30 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – On its social and digital platforms, the National Hockey League is inviting fans from around the world to submit their unique videos to the NHL Social™ team using the official hashtag #MyPlayoffsMoment as they watch -- and capture -- the most riveting moments of the 2015 Stanley Cup® Playoffs and 2015 Stanley Cup® Final. Fans also will have the chance to watch their favorite moments included in a match-up preview video broadcast nationally.

The #MyPlayoffsMoment presented by GoPro campaign encourages fans worldwide to share their fandom and how they are experiencing each game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: live at a sold out arena with thousands of fans; at home in front of their televisions and second screens; or at the bar with friends and rivals. Fans are encouraged to capture every moment using video captured with their GoPro, mobile, or tablet devices, and to submit this content through social media using the official hashtag #MyPlayoffsMoment.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, April 15

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 9:10 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations


Scott Darling made 42 saves in relief and Duncan Keith scored at 7:49 of the second overtime to help the Chicago Blackhawks rally from a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators, taking a 1-0 series lead.

* Darling, a sixth-round pick (No. 153, PHX) in the 2007 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on Oct. 26 (2-1 W vs. OTT) and went 9-4-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and one shutout in 14 appearances. Prior to that, the Lemont, Ill., native split time among the Southern Professional Hockey League, ECHL and American Hockey League.

* Via Elias, Darling is the first Blackhawks goaltender to make his NHL debut and win a Stanley Cup Playoff game in the same season since 1940-41 (Sam LoPresti). He also is the first rookie goaltender to win his playoff debut in a Chicago uniform since Ed Belfour on April 6, 1990 (5-3 W vs. MNS).

* Darling became the first goaltender from any NHL team to win while making his playoff debut in relief since April 21, 1997 (Steve Shields: 11 SV, 24:27, 3-2 W at OTT w/ BUF). His 42 saves were the most by a rookie goaltender in his first playoff appearance since April 24, 1997 (Jose Theodore: 56 SV, 4-3 3OT W vs. NJD w/ MTL).

Lightning GM Yzerman not excited to face Red Wings

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Corey Long - Correspondent

BRANDON, Fla. -- General manager Steve Yzerman is pleased to have the Tampa Bay Lightning back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season.

However, the 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee isn't so excited the opponent for their Eastern Conference First Round series, which begins at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, FS-F), is the Detroit Red Wings.

Yzerman scored 762 goals and had 1,178 assists in 1,710 regular-season and playoff games in his 23 seasons in Detroit, where he won the Stanley Cup three times as a player and once as a member of the front office before departing for Tampa Bay in 2010.

"I'd prefer to play other teams, but obviously I have tremendous respect for the [Detroit] organization from the top to the bottom," Yzerman said. "They've been one of the elite franchises in professional sports for a long time and continue to be and will continue to be beyond this year. So I have great admiration for them."

Hedman key cog for Lightning defense in playoffs

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Corey Long - Correspondent

BRANDON, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman wouldn't want to deal with another outcome like the four-game sweep the Montreal Canadiens handed them in the Eastern Conference First Round last season.

Hedman, however, said the experience was good for the Lightning, who this year play Game 1 of the first round against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2, FS-F, FS-D).

"Everyone knows what to expect now," Hedman said. "We've gotten that disappointment out of the way and got that experience out of the way. Everyone's excited to get back. We're hungry to win. I think every team in the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] is hungry. At the same time, we have to go in there and be prepared. It's going to be a tough challenge but we're healthy and ready to go."

Red Wings ready to meet Lightning built by Yzerman

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Steve Yzerman has been Tampa Bay Lightning general manager for five years and they have played the Detroit Red Wings in many games during that time.

But the Eastern Conference First Round will be the first time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the Red Wings will play the team put together by the man who was the face of their franchise for so many years.

Game 1 is Thursday at Amalie Arena (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, FS-F).

Michigan's Werenski has mature game of older player

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

University of Michigan defenseman Zachary Werenski wasn't just the youngest player in the NCAA during the 2014-15 season. He also was considered one of the best at his position.

"I can't tell you how close he is to playing in the NHL, but I can tell you that for his age he's definitely one of the top players around," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

Werenski, 17, is one of three college freshmen projected to be picked in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Also expected to go early in the draft are Boston University center Jack Eichel and Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin.

Darling's goaltending fuels Hawks' comeback win

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 2:40 AM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Scott Darling's dream season continued for the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday.

The 26-year old rookie goalie made his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when he relieved starter Corey Crawford after one period, and he played a critical role in the Blackhawks' 4-3 comeback win in double overtime against the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of a best-of-7 series in the Western Conference First Round.

Darling made 42 saves, didn't allow a goal and gave the Blackhawks a big lift midway through the third to keep it 3-3 by making a great save on a backdoor play during a Nashville power play.

New Canadiens step up to replace Subban, Pacioretty

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 12:54 AM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Brian Flynn was named the first star and Torrey Mitchell the second star of the Montreal Canadiens' 4-3 victory Wednesday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was robbed.

Every player Bergevin acquired for the Canadiens over the course of the season had a big impact in helping them open the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a victory.

Mitchell and Flynn, acquired in separate trades with the Buffalo Sabres at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2, scored the opening and winning goals for the Canadiens, helping replace the offense that was lost with leading scorer Max Pacioretty out of the lineup with an upper-body injury.

Forward Devante Smith-Pelly, acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 24 for Jiri Sekac in a trade that was widely criticized in Montreal, was a physical presence. He was credited with six hits and was around the net all night. It was easily his best game with the Canadiens.

Finally, defenseman Jeff Petry, acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on deadline day, continued his strong play and helped compensate for the loss of top defenseman P.K. Subban, who was ejected at 8:23 of the second period for slashing Senators forward Mark Stone.

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