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Canadiens' Subban elevating game in crunch time

Monday, 05.05.2014 / 6:51 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens were playing on the road against the Ottawa Senators on April 4 and defenseman P.K. Subban had what could generously be described as a difficult night.

His first two shifts ended in Senators goals, and coach Michel Therrien decided Subban should sit the rest of the period after playing 37 seconds.

Therrien said afterwards that Subban "wasn't ready to start the game" to justify the benching. Though it would be hard to argue with that statement, Therrien's decision was debated ad nauseam on Montreal open line radio shows and on social media for days.

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Blackhawks' Hossa about more than goals these days

Monday, 05.05.2014 / 5:37 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It was a goal that got the Chicago Blackhawks started in a 4-1 victory Sunday in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Minnesota Wild.

It was also a great example of how valuable veteran forward Marian Hossa is to the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Midway through the first period in a scoreless tie, Hossa used his experience, speed and skill to create the first of his three assists in the win that put Chicago up 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. Late coming back toward the Blackhawks' end of the rink, Hossa saw a potential breakaway developing with the puck in the Chicago defensive zone.

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Subban providing big problems for Bruins' penalty kill

Monday, 05.05.2014 / 2:12 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Watching the Montreal Canadiens' nine power plays through the first two games of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins, one starts to wonder if the video is more appropriate for TV Land than NHL Network.

Each power play, of which four have turned into goals for the Canadiens, is a rerun of the previous one. The Canadiens' strategy is as predictable as those old sitcoms.

Once they follow their trusted formula for getting the puck to defenseman P.K. Subban, however, the predictability ends. With his slap shot, wrist shot and ice vision, Subban is a potpourri of possibilities for puck movement as he walks the blue line.

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Starting times set for Round 2 games on Friday

Monday, 05.05.2014 / 12:56 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced updated start time information for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round games scheduled for Friday, May 9.

The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. In the U.S., the game will be seen on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and RDS.

The starting time for Game 4 of the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT in Minnesota. In the U.S., the game will be seen on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on TSN and RDS.

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NHLPA announces finalists for 2013-14 Lindsay Award

Monday, 05.05.2014 / 11:27 AM / 2014 NHL Awards

TORONTO – The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today that centre Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, centre Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and centre Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers have been nominated as finalists for the 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Crosby – last season's recipient – is seeking to be named the "Most Outstanding Player" by his peers for the third time in his career, while Getzlaf and Giroux are each looking to receive their first Ted Lindsay Award. The 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award recipient will be announced on June 24th during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

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Penguins' penalty-killers stymie Rangers in Game 2

Monday, 05.05.2014 / 12:20 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- All things being equal, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said he'd love to have a nice wrist shot from the blue line right into his pads be the first shot he sees in a game.

Three penalty kills in the first seven minutes of a playoff game? He'd rather do without it, but that's what he faced in Game 2 of the Penguins' Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers.

Helped by a strong effort from his penalty-killers, Fleury stopped the Rangers on their three early advantages, as well as a fourth power play in the second period, en route to a 3-0 win.

The victory evened the best-of-7 series 1-1, with Game 3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"Not the start we wanted, spending the first 10 minutes in the box," said Penguins center Brandon Sutter, who was second among Penguins forwards with 3:39 in shorthanded ice time. "We did a nice job of killing them off. Those were some of the better kills we had all playoffs."

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Rangers' power-play woes continue in Game 2 loss

Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 11:36 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers had the Pittsburgh Penguins on the ropes to start Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series. They just couldn't land a big blow.

New York failed to capitalize on several scoring chances during the first period of its 3-0 loss Sunday at Consol Energy Center, allowing the Penguins to escape to a scoreless intermission.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made adjustments to New York's struggling power play, including adding defenseman Anton Stralman to the second unit.

The impact wasn't noticeable.

"The power play had some looks. It could've given us momentum," Vigneault said. "We didn't finish, and the power play ultimately is my responsibility. I have to find the right trigger points here to make it work, and I'll spend the night trying to figure it out.

"I felt that they're a team that plays a real tight gap, and managing the puck through the neutral zone is one area that we need to be better."


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Ducks, Kings look to capitalize on Freeway Faceoff

Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 9:47 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Emerson Etem grew up in Long Beach, California, and attended a handful of Los Angeles Kings games at The Forum every season.

Much like his pal Matt Nieto, he grew up a Kings fan and dreamed of being a professional hockey player. Nieto, a rookie for the San Jose Sharks this season, and Etem, who retained rookie status despite debuting with the Anaheim Ducks in 2012-13, are two of the best examples of the meteoric rise of youth hockey in Southern California.

The sport is flourishing at all levels in California, and the three NHL teams were all among the League's elite this season. Etem's Ducks will try to do what Nieto's Sharks could not: Eliminate the favorite team of his youth from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I definitely listened to [Kings play-by-play announcer] Nick Nickson a lot on the radio, that sort of stuff. It's a dream come true to play against them in a series," Etem said. "It's huge. Even the last matchup between San Jose and the Kings. Both of them combined, it's huge for the game here.

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Wild must find proper response in Game 3

Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 8:32 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo believes Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks was there for the taking. The only problem was his players couldn't muster the response needed against the defending Stanley Cup champion.

The Blackhawks were once again spurred by a late offensive surge, scoring two third-period goals, on the way to a 4-1 victory on Sunday at United Center which gives Chicago a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

"The one thing that was clear to me right from the start, and I'm surprised we didn't see more of it [in Game 1], was we didn't have the legs [Sunday]," Yeo said. "You could see it in our puck support, can see it when we weren't taking two or three strides and we were making a lot of stationary plays in a wide stance.


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Blackhawks' Bickell again finds playoff success

Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 8:15 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks usually don't make much of a splash at the NHL Trade Deadline.

They didn't this season either, and the reason might be the guy wearing No.29 for them.

Bryan Bickell, a 6-foot-4, 233-pound power forward, has again transformed into a different player during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, giving Chicago the same boost some teams get from deadline acquisitions. After a disappointing, injury-marred regular season, Bickell is again a major factor for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

He had a goal and two assists Sunday in a 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild at United Center in just the latest example.

Bickell has points in five straight playoff games and has scored goals in three straight. His production is a big reason Chicago leads the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round series against the Wild 2-0.

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