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Capitals one win away after Holtby save on Hagelin

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 12:45 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

WASHINGTON -- New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin prepared to take a penalty shot against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby in the third period of Game 4 at Verizon Center on Wednesday.

With so little to separate the Rangers from the Capitals in their Eastern Conference Second Round series, it could not have been more important.

Washington defenseman Mike Green hooked Hagelin at 8:01, after the speedy forward broke clear receiving a head-man pass.

The Capitals led 2-1. Hagelin was at his blue line waiting for permission to shoot. The crowd was braying, trying to unnerve Hagelin and help the Capitals maintain their lead.

Canadiens must rebound after tough loss or be swept

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 12:43 AM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA – The Montreal Canadiens are determined not to let their season end this quickly.

The Canadiens controlled most of the play in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Wednesday, but they were stunned when Tyler Johnson's goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory and a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

The Canadiens are facing the prospect of being swept as they prepare Game 4 at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). The quick turnaround means they can't dwell on the deflating loss.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, May 6

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 12:27 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

JOHNSON, LIGHTNING STUN CANADIENS TO TAKE 3-0 SERIES LEAD

The Canadiens evened the game midway through the third period, but Tyler Johnson scored the tie-breaking goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Lightning to a 3-0 series lead.

The Montreal Canadiens evened the game midway through the third period, but Tyler Johnson scored the tie-breaking goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-0 series lead.

* Johnson's goal was the second game-winning goal in the final two seconds of regulation in the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also: Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward in Game 1 at the New York Rangers: 19:58). Per Elias, there were only two such goals scored in NHL postseason history prior to this year: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Bob Pulford on April 11, 1964, vs. the Detroit Red Wings (19:58) and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen on April 21, 2009, vs. the New Jersey Devils (19:59).

Lightning's Drouin replaces Paquette for Game 3

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 7:22 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was in the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday after being scratched the previous five games.

Drouin, who replaced Cedric Paquette, hadn't played since Game 4 of the first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings, his only game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Drouin had four goals and 28 assists in 70 regular-season games. He was the third player selected at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hartley, Laviolette, Vigneault voted Adams finalists

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 7:00 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames, Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Blackhawks' Kane back playing at pre-injury level

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 5:16 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Patrick Kane's rapid recovery and return to superstar-level production after a fractured clavicle threatened to ruin his and the Chicago Blackhawks' season has been pretty remarkable.

That Kane insists he probably isn't operating at full capacity and can get better makes it even more remarkable.

Kane has scored four goals in the Blackhawks' Western Conference Second Round series against the Minnesota Wild, or as many as the Wild have in the three games, all Chicago victories.

The Wild will try to avoid being swept Thursday in Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

"Sometimes you're not really playing as well as you think but the puck is going in the net," Kane said Tuesday. "It looks a lot better on the score sheet. I've had some good looks in this series where guys have gotten me good opportunities to some clear shots on net and I've been fortunate enough to see them go in.

"I think there is a lot of things [I] can do better, whether it is defensively or making strong plays with the puck or getting the puck more to create a little more. It is a tough series and you have to be patient in this series. You have to think about that too."

Chabot: 'Real Flames' showed up in comeback win

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 3:48 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, NHL.com 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 mantra has been the same all season: They never quit.

The Flames faced a 2-0 deficit in their Second Round Western Conference series on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks. They faced a 3-2 deficit with under a minute to play in the third period of Game 3.

But just as they've done time and again, Frederic Chabot said, Calgary stayed with it.

"Anaheim's top line had another good start and the Ducks found a way to be ahead 3-2 halfway through the second period," Chabot said. "But then the real Flames showed up, they never quit, they kept trying and hitting and forced Anaheim to take some penalties."

Closer Look: Hawks' Toews blanketing Wild's Parise

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 3:30 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Wherever Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise goes, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews likely will follow.

Through the first two games of the Western Conference Second Round series between the Wild and Blackhawks, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville deployed Toews' line against Parise's line on most opportunities.

It's why Toews played against Parise for 18:44 of Parise's 30:23 of even-strength ice time in the first two games at United Center, third-most among Chicago forwards, according to datarink.com. The only Chicago forwards who played more frequently against Parise, right wing Marian Hossa and left wing Brandon Saad, are Toews' linemates.

Wild, down 3-0, focused on Game 4, one at a time

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 2:31 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will look to draw upon their experiences from the regular season as they try to become the fifth team in NHL history to win a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series after trailing 3-0.

With the Chicago Blackhawks in firm control of this Western Conference Second Round series, the Wild have rallied around a common theme from mid-January: They've been here before.

On Jan. 14, under .500 and in last place in the Central Divison, the Wild traded for goaltender Devan Dubnyk; they finished the regular season 28-9-3 to make the playoffs.

Now the Wild will need to rally one more time to join the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2014 Los Angeles Kings as teams to climb out of a 3-0 series hole in the past six years. The Kings did so in the first round against the San Jose Sharks and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

The others to do it are the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Detroit Red Wings.

Game 4 is Thursday at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2).

"I think we can draw from how we did it," Wild forward Kyle Brodziak said. "I think when we were facing what we were facing in the middle of January, if we would've at that point looked at the big picture, I think it would've probably seemed pretty daunting to come back. But I think the way we went about it was important. We just set everything else aside and took it one game at a time.

"When you sit back and you look at the big picture of everything, then you start thinking, you get the negative thoughts of how daunting a task it is. And if you're able to find a way to keep your focus on one thing at a time I think it makes it a little easier for everybody."

Getzlaf has found groove for Ducks on and off the ice

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 1:51 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- There was a time when Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf tried to do too much off the ice.

Looking to fill the leadership void left by defensemen of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, and forward Saku Koivu, Getzlaf struggled to find the balance between on-ice all-star and off-ice veteran.

No more. He's struck that balance.

"When I got here, he did all the really good things … sometimes he focused too much on the team rather than his [own] game," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Now he's got a great balance between the two. I think he's evolved and gotten better at it.

"What he does is natural. It's not just something that he sits at home and thinks, 'This is what I have to do.' What he brings is natural leadership."

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