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Alaska Aces win ECHL championship

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 11:49 PM / ECHL Report

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The Alaska Aces won the third ECHL title in their 11-year history by beating the host Cincinnati Cyclones 4-0 Monday in Game 6 of the Kelly Cup Finals.

Nick Mazzolini scored the game's first goal and assisted on another to back a 23-save performance by goaltender Gerard Coleman. The Aces' power play connected twice after a four-game drought.

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St. John's beats Texas to even Calder Cup Finals

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 11:29 PM / AHL Update

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Goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 49 saves Monday to lead the St. John's IceCaps to a series-tying 2-1 victory against the Texas Stars in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals in Cedar Park, Texas.

Hutchinson rebounded from a poor performance in Game 1 of the American Hockey League championship series one night earlier, when he allowed five goals on 22 shots. He was flawless after Blair Riley put the IceCaps ahead to stay by beating Cristopher Nilstorp 1:13 into the second period, 44 seconds after the Stars' Brendan Ranford had tied the game.

The IceCaps, the top affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, host Game 3 of the best-of-7 series Wednesday.


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Messier looking to expand legacy in New York

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 7:26 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Mark Messier can't believe it has been 20 years since he led the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup championship. A lot has changed in New York since then, but with the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since his magical championship run in 1994, Messier is looking to expand on his legacy in this city.

In the meantime, other than discussing the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, his primary duty Monday at Madison Square Garden was to cheer on the home team during Game 3 of the Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"I haven't been involved with the Rangers other than being a fan. My 10-year-old son is a huge Rangers fan. He'll be at the game tonight. We'll be cheering on," Messier said. "It's been a great year as a fan, easy team to cheer for. The good thing, and the lucky thing for me, is I got a chance to meet these guys over the last four years working with the Rangers. They're quality guys in that dressing room with a lot of character. It's great to see them get the opportunity they have right now because they earned it."


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NHL's Keon shepherds top prospects at Cup Final

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 4:38 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Leading up to the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings facing off in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), top prospects Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl, Samuel Bennett and Michael Dal Colle enjoyed a whirlwind day in the Big Apple.

As part of a prospects tour of the Cup Final that has been going on since 1993, these players got to watch practice and meet players from each team. The players may change every year, but there is one constant that has remained at the annual event.

NHL senior manager of public relations Dave Keon has led prospects through the Cup Final and the NHL Draft since that first class, which included top pick Alexandre Daigle as well as Chris Pronger and Paul Kariya. The process remains a major eye-opener for these hand-picked future draftees.

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Ekblad savors MSG visit, reunion with Kings' Pearson

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 3:53 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- It was as if Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad was just one of the boys when he strolled into the locker room of the Los Angeles Kings following the team's morning skate in preparation for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

For Ekblad and fellow 2014 draft-eligible blue chip prospects Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs, Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice, Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders and Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals, it was a chance to experience all the pomp and circumstance that accompanies the Stanley Cup Playoffs this time in the season.

All five top prospects were flown into New York on Sunday and spent the day at Madison Square Garden on Monday. They were interviewed by Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry early in the morning, visited the locker room of each team after practice and were issued tickets to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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Top prospects take in bright lights of Cup Final

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 2:45 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Mere feet separated five of the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft from the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings while the teams went through their morning skates Monday ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), in which the Kings hold a 2-0 series lead.

In a few months, those same five prospects could be living their own NHL dreams.

Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, Prince Albert Raiders left wing Leon Draisaitl and Oshawa Generals left wing Michael Dal Colle, the five top players in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, were on hand here at Madison Square Garden to watch the teams skate and meet a few current NHL stars.

"Just watching them practice, thinking that I could be there next year, is pretty cool," said Bennett, Central Scouting's top-rated prospect. "It's a dream come true if that could ever happen."

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Bylsma joins NHL Network as analyst for Cup Final

Stanley Cup-winning coach to appear on NHL Network for Game 3 in New York

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 9:15 AM / NHL Network

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NEW YORK – Former NHL player and coach Dan Bylsma will join NHL Network as a studio analyst for Game 3 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. NHL Network will broadcast live from New York at Chase Plaza outside Madison Square Garden, with extensive coverage of the Final.

Bylsma led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup championship after taking over behind the bench midway through the season. He won the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach in 2010-11, directed the United States Olympic team at the 2014 Sochi Games, and compiled a franchise-record 252 wins over his five-year tenure in Pittsburgh.

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Texas takes 1-0 series lead in Calder Cup Finals

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 11:05 PM / AHL Update

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Travis Morin and Scott Glennie scored twice and Chris Mueller and Mike Hedden also scored to lead the Texas Stars to a 6-3 win against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals at Cedar Park Center on Sunday night.

Will O'Neill, Kael Mouillierat and Jordan Hill scored for St. John's. Michael Hutchinson made 14 saves in the loss.

Game 2 is set for Monday in Texas (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN-US), the American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

After O'Neill's goal tied the game 1:47 into the second period, Mueller gave Texas a 2-1 lead 2:05 later, when he took a pass from Dustin Jeffrey (three assists) and fired a wrister from the right circle past Hutchinson for his sixth goal of the playoffs.

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Goalie matchup Game 2: Lundqvist's load increases

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 9:05 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

A huge part of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final will be the battle between 2012 Cup winner Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. Those two elite goalies will go a long way in determining which team will raise the Stanley Cup later this month.

Who has the upper hand? NHL.com scouted the goalies before the series and will track their performance during each game, identifying trends affecting each goaltender. NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, managing editor of InGoal Magazine, will use the 360 Save Review System software from Double Blue Sports Analytics to chart the goals and shots against each goalie in each game of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are his findings from Game 2, a 5-4 double-overtime victory by the Kings, which gives them a 2-0 lead in the best of-7 series.

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Experience plays big role in Kings' ability to rally

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 8:44 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Will the magical comebacks ever end?

After becoming the first team in NHL history to play the maximum 21 games en route to to the Stanley Cup Final and, along the way, win three straight Game 7s on the road, the Los Angeles Kings continue to defy the odds in the championship round against the New York Rangers.

The Kings hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series despite the fact they haven't led in regulation in either of the opening two games at Staples Center; the winning goal was scored in overtime each game.

Los Angeles hopes to get off to a better start in Game 3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"I would have to say we're not proud of the way we started games and find ourselves in the same situation and regurgitating the mumbo-jumbo every time," Kings right wing Justin Williams said. "But we're in a results-oriented League and the results are that we're up 2-0 [in the series] and I don't care how we got here."

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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh