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Kings' offense thriving due to success on faceoffs

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Most of the talk after Game 2 of the Western Conference Final has been about the offensive explosion by the Los Angeles Kings, who tied a franchise Stanley Cup Playoff record with five goals in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks.

What might be overlooked is what helped lead to those goals.

In a series between two puck-possession teams, the Kings simply had the puck more in Game 2 because they won 43 faceoffs to Chicago's 27. That bodes well for Los Angeles going into Game 3 on Saturday night at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). The best of-7-series is tied 1-1.

The Kings have strength down the middle with Anze Kopitar, who won 15 of 21 faceoffs in Game 2, and Jarret Stoll, who won 14 of 22 primarily against Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus and Marcus Kruger.


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Rangers' Stepan out indefinitely with broken jaw

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers center Derek Stepan sustained a broken jaw in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, coach Alain Vigneault said Friday.

Stepan was scheduled to have surgery Friday night. His status for Game 4 Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) won't be known until Saturday at the earliest, according to Vigneault.

The Rangers lead the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.  

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Canadiens' Prust banned two games for interference

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 5:13 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK - Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been suspended two games for interference with New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan during Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference Final series in New York on Thursday, May 22, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

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Rangers' Carcillo automatically suspended 10 games

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TORONTO -- New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has been automatically suspended for 10 games as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under Rule 40.3 Physical Abuse of Officials -- Category II during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on Thursday, May 22, the National Hockey League announced today.

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Duguay triumphs in bubble battle of Rangers alums

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 3:04 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- An off day in the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens only can mean one thing.

It's time for two fan favorites who once starred for the Rangers to go head-to-head in a bubble hockey showdown for off-ice supremacy at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store. That's exactly the type of entertainment forward Ron Duguay and defenseman Jeff Beukeboom provided Friday afternoon.

Duguay, who warned Beukeboom prior to faceoff that he owned a bubble hockey table at home, came away with a 5-4 victory. The event was made extra special when longtime Rangers anthem singer John Amirante sang the Canadian and U.S. national anthems.

"If the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup, we'll have a rematch," Duguay said afterward.

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Canadiens' Bergevin, Kings' Lombardi and Ducks' Murray named finalists for NHL GM of the Year Award

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 2:00 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens, Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks are the three finalists for the 2013-14 NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the National Hockey League announced today. Bergevin and Murray are finalists for the second consecutive season, while Lombardi is a finalist for the first time.

Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, in alphabetical order:

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Canadiens' Prust to have phone hearing Friday

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 1:25 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Montreal Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday afternoon for his hit on New York Rangers center Derek Stepan during the first period at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

No penalty was called on the play at 2:48 of the first period. Stepan briefly left the game before returning later in the first period.

On Friday, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault announced Stepan would undergo surgery for a broken jaw and there was no timetable for his return.

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O'Dell heating up at just the right time for St. John's

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 12:41 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

The American Hockey League postseason has historically been a platform in which the future stars of the NHL have made their mark.

In this year's Calder Cup Playoffs, Winnipeg Jets prospect and St. John's IceCaps center Eric O'Dell is adding to that tradition.

"For every team at this point in the year, you need your best players to be just that, and he's done that for us," said Keith McCambridge, third-year coach of the IceCaps. "He's given us key goals at important times during games and has continued to just get better and better every single second here during the season."

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Canadiens' new second line breaks through in OT

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- If ever one goal could give a line confidence and have a carryover effect in a series, it's the goal that Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime Thursday night.

A shot from Tomas Plekanec and a rebound off of Galchenyuk's arm that deflected past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was the difference in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers still have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series, and Game 4 is Sunday at the Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), where it will be interesting to see if Montreal's second line of Galchenyuk, Plekanec and Brian Gionta can build off of one lucky break that, for now at least, has turned the series on its ear.

"It gives you confidence," Gionta said, "but at the same time we've gotta go back and try to figure out what we can do better to establish a better forecheck, to get on their D, force them to turn pucks over and come to the net with it."


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Rangers frustrated after Game 3 loss to Canadiens

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- It was an opportunity the New York Rangers were happy to have in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens: They were in overtime, at home, with a chance to move within one win of a series sweep.

But the Rangers skated off as frustrated losers after a favorable bounce off the arm of Alex Galchenyuk and a standout performance by rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski gave Montreal a 3-2 win and new life in the series.

The best-of-7 series resumes Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). But instead of having a chance to sweep the Canadiens and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994, the Rangers need a victory to avoid letting the Canadiens regain the home-ice advantage that New York grabbed by winning the first two games in Montreal, outscoring the Canadiens 10-3.

New York outshot Montreal 37-25 and carried the play for most of the night. But Galchenyuk's goal 72 seconds into overtime left the disappointed Rangers feeling they'd deserved better.


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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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