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Ducks get closer to Cup but come up short in Game 7

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ANAHEIM -- There was no solace in losing for the Anaheim Ducks.

The fact that they made it one round further than last season in the Stanley Cup Playoffs did not ease the pain. The fact that the Game 7 loss Saturday came against a team, the Chicago Blackhawks, that has won the Stanley Cup twice in the past five years and reached the Western Conference Final in five of the past seven seasons can't be a used as a mitigating factor. The fact that Anaheim lost all of two games in regulation this entire postseason meant nothing in the cruel minutes after the final horn of a 5-3 loss that ended Anaheim's dreams for another season.

"We were right there," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "You're close, but you are so far away, really. That is how it goes."

Andersen takes step for Ducks, but still not satisfied

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The calm demeanor of goaltender Frederik Andersen through the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was a large part of the Anaheim Ducks' success.

But the Chicago Blackhawks kept coming at Andersen during the Western Conference Final, and they finally broke him.

Andersen looked shaky at the start of Game 7 and couldn't prevent Chicago from taking a four-goal lead on its way to a 5-3 win Saturday at Honda Center. Anaheim needed Andersen to be at his sharpest; however, most of the poise in net was shown by Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, who demonstrated the experience that Andersen is building toward.

"I think I've taken a step," Andersen said. "I'm still not satisfied. I learned a lot from last year and this year. It still [stinks]."

2015 Stanley Cup Final schedule

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 11:25 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday, June 3, in Tampa Bay.

Based on their superior regular-season point total, the Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning will host Games One and Two of the best-of-seven Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.

Games Three and Four, as well as Game Six, if necessary, will be hosted by the Western Conference Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

In the U.S., NBC will broadcast Games One and Two of the Final and, if necessary, Games Five through Seven. NBCSN will telecast Games Three and Four.

In Canada, CBC and TVA Sports will televise the entire series.

Blackhawks to play Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 11:00 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

David Satriano - Staff Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to their third Stanley Cup Final in six seasons with a 5-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday.

Chicago will play the Tampa Bay Lightning, which defeated the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference Final.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). Tampa Bay has home-ice advantage because it had six more points than Chicago during the regular season (108-102).

"Another great test," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told NBC of the Lightning. "If we can remember the other games we had against them this regular season, if that's any sort of foreshadowing, it's going to be a tough one. But we'll be ready for 'em."

Oshawa, Kelowna meet in Memorial Cup final

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 6:35 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

After 10 months and more than 90 games, the Oshawa Generals and Kelowna Rockets will play the final game of the Canadian Hockey League season Sunday in the championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup in Quebec City (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

Kelowna, the champions of the Western Hockey League, advanced to the championship game by defeating the host Quebec Remparts 9-3 on Friday.

"We're going in to play a team that's great defensively, so to have that outburst is good," Kelowna captain Madison Bowey (Washington Capitals) said Friday, according to the Canadian Press. "We're not going to get the chances we had tonight against Oshawa. It's going to be a two-way, hard-nosed game and whoever works harder and wants it more will win."

Erie's McDavid named CHL Player of the Year

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 6:22 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Connor McDavid, who is projected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the Canadian Hockey League Sportsnet Player of the Year on Saturday.

It was one of three awards won by McDavid, who plays center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

He also won the Jack Link's Top Prospect of the Year award and the Subway Scholastic Player of the Year award.

The awards were handed out as part of the 2015 Memorial Cup in Quebec City, Quebec.

McDavid was third in the OHL with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals in 47 regular-season games. He had nine fewer points than League-leader and Erie teammate Dylan Strome despite playing 21 fewer games.

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