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Ducks refreshed for Game 4 after time away at resort

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 4:38 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

BANFF, Alberta -- Here in this Rocky Mountain resort community, the Anaheim Ducks found a bit of a reprieve from hockey, the Calgary Flames and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

That time away has ended and the Ducks resumed preparing to face the Flames in Game 4 of their Western Conference Second Round series Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

After a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames in Game 3 on Tuesday, the Ducks opted to move 78 miles west of Calgary to one of Canada's largest tourist destinations.

"At some point, especially during a long playoff run, you feel like hockey's on your mind all the time, 24/7," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said Thursday. "That can be a good thing sometimes, but especially when you have two days in between games, it's nice to take a day to unwind. We still accomplished the things we wanted to as a group and had some great practices. But I think mentally it was good for our group to get away and unwind a little bit. I thought it was a positive experience for everybody."

Rangers' McDonagh hopes for lift from home crowd

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 3:32 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said he doesn't have any big pregame speech prepared for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Rangers trail the Capitals 3-1 in the best-of-7 series.

"It's kind of tough to create words when you're in a situation like we are with one loss ending the season," McDonagh said Thursday. "As far as speaking up and saying things, I feel with the guys in this room there shouldn't be much that needs to be said.

"My job is to be as best prepared that I can be for the game and on the ice because I'm expected to be an impact player and a difference-maker, playing in a lot of situations and different roles, so I need to be as sharp as anyone. I need to continue to make effective plays and give my team and help myself be a part of a win [on Friday]."

Start times set for Second Round Eastern Conference games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 3:15 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced updated start times and national television information for 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Eastern Conference games scheduled for Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10.

· The start time for Game 5 (if necessary) of the series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Montreal on Saturday. The game will be seen on CBC, TVA Sports and NBCSN.

· The start time for Game 6 (if necessary) of the series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Washington on Sunday. The game will be seen on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.

Capitals closing in on first conference final in 17 years

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 3:14 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- It's been 17 years since the Washington Capitals have advanced to the Eastern Conference Final.

Holding a 3-1 lead against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round, the Capitals can get back with a win in Game 5 on Friday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

It would be the third time the Capitals have made it past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the first since they went to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998, where they lost to the Detroit Red Wings.

Since 2010, Washington is 3-8 in playoff games when its opponent is facing elimination. But for the Capitals, it's important to not look too far into the future or gaze too deeply into the past.

"We've got to get one more win," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Thursday. "At the start of the year, we said we wanted to do something special, in our way, with our identity, whatever that might be. I think we've made some really good strides forward. The next stride is to get the next win. That next win is going to be hard to come by."

Farrish: Rangers must put aside pressure, play loose

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 1:30 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, NHL.com 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.

Go out, relax and play your game.

That was Dave Farrish's message to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they trailed the Boston Bruins 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. His message to the 2015 New York Rangers is similar, except it's a different situation. The Maple Leafs, who tied the best-of-7 series 3-3 before losing Game 7 to the Bruins, were the underdog, whereas the Rangers are the Presidents' Trophy winners picked by many to win the Stanley Cup.

Dennis: Canadiens' best hope is creating more traffic

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 12:00 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Chris Dennis to break down the action. Dennis will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dennis spent 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including the past two as an assistant coach under Randy Carlyle and Peter Horachek. Prior to that he was the Maple Leafs' video coach for eight seasons.

The Montreal Canadiens outshot the Tampa Bay Lightning 31-19 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Wednesday, and had 69 shot attempts to the Lightning's 41.

Pilon has seen junior career take off with Wheat Kings

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Ryan Pilon hopes to someday make proud the small town of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan.

Located between his birth town of Prince Albert and Saskatoon, Duck Lake is the place Pilon now calls home whenever he isn't starring for the Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League.

"There's about 600 people in Duck Lake," Pilon said. "If you blink you'll pass right through it. It's small-town living, but there were plenty of backyard rinks and Duck Lake Rink, where I'd play with my family and cousins all the time."

Capitals' Burakovsky the hero against childhood idol

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 12:51 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON­ -- Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky spent a large portion of his childhood idolizing New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

On Wednesday, Burakovsky scored his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals -- against Lundqvist -- to help the Capitals to a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center.

"Obviously he's been my favorite goalie since I grew up," Burakovsky said. "He's kind of close to my hometown so I've been watching him my whole life. It's a pretty special moment for me to score two goals on Lundqvist in such an important game as this."

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.

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