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Subban deflects praise to teammates after Game 5 win

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 11:58 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- P.K. Subban does a lot of things extremely well, but one of his most underrated skills is manipulating the spotlight.

Whenever attention appears to be turning toward the difficulties of his team, the Montreal Canadiens defenseman will say or do something that will force the spotlight to be turned squarely upon him. Once he does that, he usually rises to the occasion. Saturday at Bell Centre was the latest example.

Subban knew exactly what he was doing when he suggested following Montreal's 6-2 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at Amalie Arena on Thursday that Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop had benefited from some luck.

The Canadiens had hit a few goal posts in the series, sure, but saying a goalie is relying on luck is so obvious it's near insulting. Every goalie relies on luck to some extent; the good ones are simply better at playing the odds.

Much like Subban is good at controlling the message.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 9

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 11:37 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Tampa Bay Lightning tied the game at 9:27 of the third period, but Carey Price made 24 saves and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored the winning goal with 4:07 left in regulation to help the Montreal Canadiens stave off elimination for a second straight game and extend Eastern Conference Second Round series.

* The Canadiens forced a Game 6 after trailing a best-of-7 series 3-0 for the first time in franchise history (they've been down 3-0 in a series 11 times). They forced a Game 5 on five previous occasions but ultimately lost each series in five games.

* Price allowed two goals or fewer for the eighth time this postseason (11 GP), improving to 5-3 in those games. He improved to 6-5 with a 2.16 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ducks' Boudreau aims for elusive conference final

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 8:39 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was asked Saturday about getting over the hump, but he wouldn't budge.

The storyline is too juicy to ignore: With a win against the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), Boudreau would advance past the second round to the conference final for the first time in his NHL coaching career after three unsuccessful attempts.

Anaheim has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series and would advance to the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I try not to think about it," Boudreau said during a conference call. "I know it's cliché. I'm just trying to think about tomorrow. Because if you think about tomorrow and it goes successfully, then everything else will take care of itself and then you'll have enough time to think about other things. I haven't put really any thought into playing Chicago at all."

Changes on defense for Lightning, Canadiens

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 7:28 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are using seven defensemen in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Nikita Nesterov is the seventh defenseman; the Lightning scratched center Vladislav Namestnikov. It is Nesterov's first game of the series.

Forward Jonathan Drouin, who played Games 3 and 4 in Tampa Bay, was scratched in favor of veteran Brenden Morrow.

Rangers in familiar Game 6 situation against Capitals

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 6:54 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- The New York Rangers are familiar with the situation they're in against the Washington Capitals but aren't fooling themselves into thinking they have been in this exact same circumstance.

"I think it's a little different this time around," Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said.

In theory, yes, what the Rangers are trying to do against the Capitals is win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference Final, exactly what they did against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round last season.

The Rangers are one-third of the way there after a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 on Friday at Madison Square Garden. Washington has a 3-2 lead in this best-of-7 series with Game 6 Sunday at Verizon Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Flames believe they can 'Shock the hockey world'

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 4:28 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley hopes they have a little bit of surprise left.

Trailing the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round, Hartley is resolute heading into Game 5 at Honda Center on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

"There's a full belief and my message is, 'Shock the hockey world,'" Hartley said. "That's what we're trying to do every day and it's nothing new to us. It's just rewind and press play. Playoffs, anything can happen, and especially in our situation. We want to keep going. This has been a great season for us. I know how resilient our players have been. It's not that we're down 1-3 or that we didn't win in Anaheim.

"We need to win one game. Let's win one game, let's bring it back to the 'C of Red,' and after this, let's see what happens. We need to win [Sunday] night, plain and simple."

Farrish: Adjustments, luck key for Rangers in Game 5

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 2:28 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

Proper adjustments and some good luck go a long way in determining how a team survives in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dave Farrish said the New York Rangers did what they needed to do and got a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 Friday to stay alive in their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals.

Chabot: Ducks' experience too much for Flames

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 2:10 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Calgary Flames handed the Anaheim Ducks their first loss of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win in Game 3 of their Second Round Western Conference series on Tuesday.

Following the loss, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau asked his team to be more aggressive against the young Flames in Game 4. Frederic Chabot said the Ducks were in a 4-2 win, with an inexperienced Flames team showing some of its weaknesses.

"Boudreau asked them to be more physical, and more engaged physically, which they were maybe just for 20-30 minutes [in Game 3], but they were engaged for all of Game 4," Chabot said. "They were more intense, more physical, and more in the fight."

Some of that physicality may have gotten to Calgary, a team that made a few costly mistakes that led to Anaheim goals.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, May 8

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 2:23 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Ryan McDonagh scored at 9:37 of overtime after Chris Kreider scored the tying goal with 1:41 remaining in regulation to allow the New York Rangers to force Game 6 in their Eastern Conference Second Round series with the Washington Capitals.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers scored a tying goal in the final two minutes of regulation in a playoff game before winning in overtime for the first time since May 7, 2012, in Game 5 of the ESF vs. Washington (3-2 OT W) when Brad Richards tied the game with eight seconds left in regulation and defenseman Marc Staal scored at 1:35 of overtime.

* The Rangers have won each of their last nine playoff games when facing elimination at home dating to May 1, 2008, in Game 4 of the ESF vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0 W). Elias notes that New York's nine-game home winning streak when facing elimination is an NHL record.

Kreider's goal helps Rangers extend their season

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 12:40 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Chris Kreider provided the spark the New York Rangers needed to extend their season.

With the Rangers 1:41 away from being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kreider's game-tying goal gave them renewed life against the Washington Capitals on Friday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden.

Goals have been hard to come by against Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby in this series, but Kreider's shot from outside the top of the left circle went past him while Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was making his way to the bench for an extra attacker. It pulled the Rangers into a 1-1 tie, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored 9:37 into overtime on New York's 43rd shot for a 2-1 victory.

The Rangers trail the best-of-7 series 3-2, with Game 6 at Verizon Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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