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Penguins must put back-to-back losses behind them

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 12:06 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't fared too well when forced to close out a series in a Game 7 on home ice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in recent years.

They'll need to do that Tuesday in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Penguins appeared to unravel at the most inopportune times, taking undisciplined penalties and getting caught up in a few unnecessary skirmishes, on the way to a 3-1 loss against the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. What once was a 3-1 lead in this best-of 7 series is completely gone after the Penguins dropped their second straight game.

Pittsburgh will host New York in a winner-take-all finale Tuesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN).

Among the nine penalties called against the Penguins, three were roughing minors. There was also one for too many men, and James Neal received a 10-minute misconduct with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.

"Frustration is a tricky word; if it leads to uncharacteristic things, like uncharacteristic play and penalties, then it's bad," Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "But you saw we had real desperation to be aggressive and go after them.

"Our compete level was really high when we were down 2-0. We had a really good push in the second half of the first period and were battling like heck to get back in the hockey game and couldn't score. We were pushing really hard and [Marc-Andre Fleury] played well the rest of the game. We need a better start so we don't cross that bridge again. We need to just lay it all on the line."

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Grieving St. Louis lifts Rangers in must-win game

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 11:45 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis opened the scoring 3:34 into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins when the puck skipped off his right leg and past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

The moment couldn't have been scripted any better.

The play took place on Mother's Day, three days after St. Louis' mother, France, died suddenly. With his father, Normand, and sister, Isabelle, in attendance at Madison Square Garden, St. Louis celebrated the game's first goal by rushing toward the right corner in an unbridled show of passion.

It was a special moment for a special player.

"The whole organization, the boys, everybody has been so supportive and really playing their hearts out," St. Louis said. "I think the boys are happy for me, no doubt. We just kept rolling in the first period. We were playing with a lot of emotion."


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Start times set for Round 2 games on Tuesday

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 10:00 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League has announced updated start time information for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round games scheduled for Tuesday, May 13.

The starting time for Game 7 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 6 of the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild has been set for 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT in Minnesota. In the U.S., the game will be seen on CNBC. In Canada, the game will be on TSN and RDS2.

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Ducks goalie Gibson lives up to advance billing

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 7:09 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- The stories about a top young goaltender as he ascends to the NHL can often become like fishing tales.

Everyone who ever saw Patrick Roy or Tom Barrasso or John Gibson in his youth has a story about him stopping 60 shots and winning a game his team had no business winning.

Gibson's NHL career is four games old. His resume as an amateur and young professional is prodigious, and the fishing stories have already started.

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Simple solution for Canadiens: 'Put it in the net'

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 4:41 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- It was sort of a joke, but in reality it said everything that needs to be said about the Montreal Canadiens.

Center David Desharnais was asked Sunday if the Canadiens need to make any adjustments heading into Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Monday at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), the type of question you hear on a daily basis in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Yeah," Desharnais quipped, "put it in the net when you have to."

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Snapping slump, Bruins feel better about power play

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 3:20 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins power play failed to convert on its first two chances and part of a third in the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at TD Garden.

During carryover time early in the second period, Boston forward Reilly Smith thought he'd broken the Bruins' 0-for-10 slump, which dated to the previous four games in the series, two or three times.

With 49 seconds elapsed in the period, Smith was robbed by Canadiens goaltender Carey Price on a shot from 10 feet. It looked like the power play would stay in the doldrums.

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Bruins' Thornton fined for unsportsmanlike conduct

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 11:00 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has been fined $2820.52, the maximum permitted under the CBA, for unsportsmanlike conduct during Game 5 of the teams' Second Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Boston on Saturday, May 10, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:13 of the third period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Gibson era is officially underway for Ducks

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 2:40 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau made a very bold goaltending decision Saturday night, and the other 18 skaters on his team showed their support of the move with their play on the ice.

Boudreau tabbed 20-year-old rookie John Gibson, he of the three career NHL games, to start the most important game of the 2013-14 season for the Ducks to date. They responded with a committed defensive effort.

The Ducks didn't have the puck nearly enough to ensure long-term success, but for one night they befuddled the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-0 victory by clogging shooting lanes and lightening the load for the young goaltender, who made 28 saves.

"I'm sure those guys were frustrated," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "They put a pretty good push on in the third. I thought we did a good job of limiting their really quality scoring chances. I thought [Gibson] could see most of the pucks and they were from the perimeter, but he came up huge on a number of occasions too. We can do a little bit better job in front of him, but he did some really key saves tonight and that's why we were able to win."

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All second-round playoff series reach Game 6

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 1:30 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks' 2-0 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday assured that all four second-round series in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go at least six games.

It's the first time that's happened since 2009 and the fourth time since the NHL began playing four rounds of playoffs in 1974.

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Soderberg's line comes up big again for Bruins

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 12:40 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have been searching for a reliable two-way third line almost since the day right wing Michael Ryder packed his bags as a free agent and left a hole next to center Chris Kelly and forward Rich Peverley after the 2011 Stanley Cup championship season.

With center Carl Soderberg and right wing Loui Eriksson getting rookie Matt Fraser to join their line, the Bruins' search might be over.

The three combined for six points in the Bruins' 4-2 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at TD Garden. The Bruins now lead the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Monday at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"Well, I mean it's happened to us in the past. Anytime that we've had more than just two lines that can be a scoring threat, that's really helped," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Carl Soderberg's line has been arguably our best line so far in this series and they make things happen. So you've got to give them a lot of credit. It certainly takes a lot of pressure off the other lines."

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