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Stanley Cup Final loss continues to sting for Rangers

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 5:04 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Three days later, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is still a picture of devastation.

"It's going to be a couple of weeks now where it's going to hurt," Lundqvist said Monday as he put a bow on the 2013-14 season while sitting in his locker stall at the Madison Square Garden Training Center.

Lundqvist will spend the next few weeks trying to come to grips with having his dream die on the ice Friday night at Staples Center, when Alec Martinez of the Los Angeles Kings beat him for a double-overtime, Stanley Cup Final-clinching goal Lundqvist won't soon forget.

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Five questions for the Rangers this offseason

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 4:36 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers were still dealing with a whirlwind of emotions as they cleaned out their lockers Monday following their defeat in five games against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. With the Rangers' front office facing a series of difficult decisions this summer, the emotional start to the offseason may be a sign of things to come.

The Rangers lost three games in extra time during the best-of-7 Cup Final, including a devastating double-overtime loss in Game 5 on Friday in which Alec Martinez's game-winner lifted the Kings to the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.

"It was a tough loss that's going to haunt me and my group for some time," New York coach Alain Vigneault said. "I'm hoping we're going to learn from this and we as management are going to work on putting a good team on the ice. But every year is different. Next year's team is going to be different, and we've got to go through the same process."

Here are five questions the Rangers must answer in that process:

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Busy calendar remains for NHL teams

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 12:48 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Just because the Stanley Cup has been awarded doesn't mean the end credits have rolled on the 2013-14 NHL season.

There are a number of big events coming in the next few weeks that will go a long way toward deciding which team is the final one standing a year from now.

The hard work started Monday when the window opened for teams to offer compliance buyouts to players. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams were given two special buyout provisions that allow them to buy out a player's contract while not having it count toward the salary cap. And those compliance buyouts only could be used following the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

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Kings poised to be Cup contenders for several years

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 11:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three seasons and have a collection of star players who are both signed to long-term contracts and young enough to remain at their current level for at least the next few seasons.

General manager Dean Lombardi has cultivated the closest thing the NHL has seen to a perfect roster in the salary-cap era. The Kings have built a champion through the NHL Draft and deft trades, molding the roster while relying on free agency as little as possible. There is little reason to believe the Kings won't be contenders for the Stanley Cup again in 2015 and beyond.

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Finnish goalie Husso used draft snub as motivation

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Goalie Ville Husso of HIFK in Finland considered it a pretty humbling experience when he wasn't one of the 211 players chosen at the 2013 NHL Draft.

He only dwelled on it for about a millisecond, however. He thought the best tonic was to focus on doing whatever he could to re-establish himself as a legitimate top prospect for the 2014 draft, to be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

"Not being drafted gave me so much motivation; I practiced harder and gained more speed," Husso said. "I thought I played well and took some big steps."

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Family dynamic part of Dal Colle's relentless drive

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Not a day goes by that Michael Dal Colle doesn't consider himself fortunate to have an opportunity to do what he enjoys most: play forward for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

It's something he understood early in life and won't ever take for granted.

His role model is his older brother, Jonluca Dal Colle, who is autistic. His hero is his mother, Wendy Dal Colle, who seven years ago was diagnosed with breast cancer but fought the fight and has been cleared since 2009.

"My mom is a huge role model for me in my life after all she's been through, in raising her kids, a special-needs son; it's pretty powerful," Michael Dal Colle told NHL.com. "Obviously, in the back of my mind, everything I do is for her. I hope I can help her even more in the future."

Dal Colle has two siblings, Jonluca and a sister, Daniela, who played NCAA Division I hockey at Niagara University.

"Jonluca is a great guy and the other role model in my life," Dal Colle said. "He's had it hard, growing up. It's tough, but it has made us a stronger family. It makes me a better person. It's different, but I'm so used to it now and he's someone special in my life for sure; an important addition to the family."

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Brendan Lemieux proud to model game after father

Sunday, 06.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Left wing Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts considers himself the silent but deadly type.

As the son of former NHL player and four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux, that shouldn't come as a surprise. The family patriarch made a living out of making life miserable for the opposition whenever he stepped on the ice, and it usually worked.

Does dad notice similarities between his style and the way his son now attacks the game?

"Yes, Brendan plays a very similar style of hockey that I did back when I played," Claude Lemieux told NHL.com. "Having said that, it's hard to compare playing today's game versus the old NHL of the '80s and '90s. The game today is less physical and much more of a skill game played at a faster pace, so Brendan is forced to be different than I was because of the way the game is played."

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Kings center Kopitar proves to be elite player

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:28 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- For the victors in the Stanley Cup Final, that first moment when they receive the big silver trophy and thrust it as high into the air as they can, is pure, unfiltered bliss.

What follows is only slightly more organized than chaos. Family, friends and media turn the playing surface into a crowded bus station, if that floor was covered by ice.

Everyone is searching for someone or something, trying to get to a place in the opposite direction of the person coming toward them. The people with media credentials are following the Los Angeles Kings, waiting for them to exhale and try to formulate coherent thoughts when delirium and exhaustion are in play.

The players are congratulated by people they love and people they don't know, and eventually their focus zeroes in on that big silver thing again.

Every player gets a chance in the aftermath of the original celebration to spend a couple more minutes with the Cup on the ice, and this is the chance for photos with family and particular sets of teammates.

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Five reasons why the Kings won the Stanley Cup

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:19 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three seasons for a variety of reasons that became evident throughout their epic 26-game march to the 2014 title.

The Kings needed every advantage and edge they could muster to pass through the Western Conference and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. They had to win three Game 7s, all on the road, including one against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings also had to navigate their way back from a 3-0 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

Somehow, Los Angeles found a way each time it needed to. The result was a Stanley Cup Final matchup against the New York Rangers.

It again proved to be about finding a way in the final round. The Kings rallied to win three of the five games played in the Final, taking the crown with an Alec Martinez goal in double overtime of Game 5 at Staples Center.

Here are the five main reasons the Kings will be celebrating a second championship in three years with a parade in downtown Los Angeles on Monday afternoon:

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Doughty drove Kings as playoffs' top defenseman

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 6:25 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Drew Doughty still doesn't have an individual NHL-awarded trophy, but his place among the elite players in the sport is secure.

And he's filling his resume with team-based achievements quite nicely.

Doughty capped an incredible 2013-14 season Friday by playing more than 41 minutes in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-2, double-overtime, Game 5, Stanley Cup-clinching victory against the New York Rangers at Staples Center.

He led playoff defensemen with 18 points, and led the Kings in average ice time at 28:45 per game. Doughty often was the best player on the ice for Los Angeles, which faced a gauntlet just to reach to the Final then win a second championship in three seasons.

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