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Stoner the bedrock for Wild's physical game

Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 5:39 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Wild have won games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by utilizing their size, strength and experience.

It's a formula that enabled them to win their Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche in seven games and an approach that must be adhered to in their second-round meeting against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Defenseman Clayton Stoner is more than happy to lead that charge.

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Staal stands out for Rangers after rough recovery

Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 5:05 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- Marc Staal said he never doubted.

Never gave up hope that despite the concussion, despite the serious eye injury, he could get back to being the player he was before. The one who was a first-round draft pick, who played in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and was on his way to becoming the next great New York Rangers defenseman.

Now that he's fully healthy, the hockey world is seeing what Staal, 27, always believed would happen.

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Wild won't fret even though they trail again

Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 2:39 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Wild again face an uphill battle in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Chicago Blackhawks made certain of that in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Friday when they scored three straight goals to snap a tie on the way to a 5-2 victory against the Wild at United Center.

It's nothing new to the Wild, who spent all of their first-round series playing from behind against the Colorado Avalanche before finally winning Game 7 in Denver for their first postseason series victory in 11 years. The Wild overcame 2-0 and 3-2 series deficits and four one-goal deficits in Game 7 before Nino Niederreiter's overtime goal gave them a 5-4 win.

Wild coach Mike Yeo was asked if that confidence gained against the Avalanche will be put to good use against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Second-line spark carries Blackhawks in Game 1

Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 2:28 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville's mixing and matching of forwards has again paid off with a combination that's doing big things for the Chicago Blackhawks.

In the middle of a tough Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues, the Blackhawks coach moved Ben Smith up from the fourth line to center the second line. He flanked Smith with left wing Patrick Sharp and right wing Patrick Kane.

They started creating scoring chances against St. Louis and helped Chicago win that best-of-7 series in six games, but the line really busted out against the Minnesota Wild on Friday at United Center. Paced by Kane's two goals in the third period, they were a difference-maker in a 5-2 victory in Game 1 of the second-round series.

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Blackhawks forward Shaw left Game 1 with injury

Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 1:32 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks lost forward Andrew Shaw to a lower-body injury Friday in the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Minnesota Wild.

Following Chicago's 5-2 victory, coach Joel Quenneville said Shaw would be reassessed Saturday.

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Rangers find energy to beat Penguins in overtime

Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 12:39 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers were playing their fourth game in six days. With Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime, it would have been difficult to blame them if they ran out of gas.

However, the Rangers found the energy to propel them to a 3-2 win against the Penguins.

New York carried play in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead, but when the Penguins ramped things up in the second, scoring twice and outshooting the Rangers 15-4, it looked like the final fumes were running out of their gas tank.

However, the Rangers continued to push. They were outshot 12-8 in the third period, but New York had the better of the scoring chances. And it was the same in overtime, when the Rangers had two of the three shots in the extra period, capped by Derick Brassard's goal at 3:06 of overtime.

"We came out with a great start tonight," New York defenseman Dan Girardi said. "We let it go in the second. We sat back and let them dictate play. We were lucky to survive that [period] with being tied. We had a good third and we had a good feeling going into overtime. We worked hard right off the bat, got a few chances and luckily one went in."


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Penguins doomed by slow start in Game 1 loss

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 11:38 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins came out flat. Again.

The Penguins have started slowly in more than half of their seven Stanley Cup Playoff games, but they took it to another level early on in an eventual 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Friday.

The Penguins possibly played their least effective period of the postseason in the game's opening 20 minutes, resulting in a 2-0 deficit entering the first intermission. They were outshot 13-8 and seemed less like the team that had three days to rest and more like the one playing a third game in four days, as the Rangers were.

Pittsburgh responded with one of its better periods, drawing even at 2-2 heading into the third period, but cooled again before losing on Derick Brassard's overtime goal.

Against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference First Round, the Penguins faced multigoal deficits twice and won three games in which they surrendered the opening goal. They were not as fortunate against New York and realize they cannot consistently rely on come-from-behind wins if they are to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

"Anytime you lose one game in a series where four knocks you out, I think your desperation just naturally goes up that much more," Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "You want to play with it all the time, but the fact is, once you lose games in the playoffs and you start to feel the grip of death on your season, you start to play with a little more desperation.

"We're one loss closer to being out, and I hope we bring that level on the next game."


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Flyers consider promoting Hextall to GM

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 8:53 PM / NHL Insider

Sean McCullen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Two days after the Philadelphia Flyers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, owner Ed Snider said some changes may be coming within their personnel department.

Paul Holmgren, who has been general manager since 2006, will be "head of hockey operations," and Snider hinted Holmgren may relinquish the GM title to Ron Hextall this offseason.

"We're going to all sit down, and it's going to be up to Paul. We're in the process of analyzing everybody's title," Snider said.

Holmgren may not be ready to hand the day-to-day reins to Hextall, the former Flyers goalie.

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Getzlaf, Kopitar at center of Ducks-Kings series

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 7:40 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Bob Gainey won the Selke Trophy the first four times it was awarded by the NHL, and until recently it often went to a forward who lacked elite offensive numbers.

There were some exceptions, like Bobby Clarke in 1983, Troy Murray in 1986 and a four-year run in the mid-1990s, but until 2006 it was more often than not the case. Teams deployed check-first centers to combat the best offensive players.

That philosophy changed for many teams around the NHL and caused a shift in the Selke Trophy voting. Rod Brind'Amour won twice and Pavel Datsyuk three times, and suddenly a defensive award was going to a great offensive player.

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McCarthy: Bruins don't need to alter system

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 7:01 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, NHL.com enlisted the help of longtime NHL assistant/associate coach Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy played in more than 500 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins, then spent a decade as an assistant and associate coach with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was a member of the staff that led them to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006. He joined the Flyers as an assistant during the 2009-10 season and stayed in Philadelphia until October 2013.

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins showed everything that makes them the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens.

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