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Verbal battle continues between Vigneault, Therrien

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien continued their war of words Sunday following the morning skates and hours before puck drop in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Final series at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN).

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

Vigneault took exception to the post-practice commentary provided by Therrien on Saturday when the Canadiens coach questioned why Rangers assistant coaches were viewing his team's practice.

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Penalties cost Blackhawks dearly in Game 3 loss

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- For a champion, no detail is too little to escape detection.

For Duncan Keith, the stalwart defenseman of the Chicago Blackhawks and a driving force in the two titles they've won in the past four years, it is the stunning lack of discipline by his team which has caught his attention.

Most people see three penalties for the Blackhawks in the box score of Game 3 of the Western Conference Final and find that acceptable. After all, the Los Angeles Kings took four minors in the game.

But for Keith, those three rules infractions explained, in large part, why the Blackhawks lost 4-3 to the Kings on Saturday and now trail the best-of-7 series 2-1 entering Game 4 at Staples Center on Monday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).
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Kings' special teams are living up to their name

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown always measures his words in a way that makes it sound like he's fatigued, and that might have actually been the case immediately after Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday.

The Kings had just put on a penalty-killing clinic in holding the Chicago Blackhawks scoreless in eight minutes of power-play time, and Los Angeles continued its offensive outburst with another power-play goal and a second goal scored two seconds after its final extra-man opportunity expired. Each was vital in a 4-3 win that gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues Monday at Staples Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Brown, one of the Kings' penalty-killers, seemed almost out of breath.

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Blackhawks must follow Toews' lead

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews issued a pregame directive to his team Saturday. He wanted his teammates to have the fire in their bellies from melting down in Game 2, but combined with the poise in their mind shown in winning Game 1.

Then he went out and showed them what he meant, scoring two goals in the first period and turning in a dominant 20-minute performance.

Unfortunately, not enough of his teammates followed the lead of their No. 1 center and slowly but surely, the Los Angeles Kings dampened the spark produced by Toews, rallying for a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Staples Center.

The Kings now have a 2-1 lead in this best-of-7 series. Game 4 is here Monday (9 p.m. EST, NBCSN, TSN, RDS). The Blackhawks have some questions to answer before that game.

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Ramsay: Rangers, Canadiens sending messages

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the series.

Ramsay played in more than 1,000 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres before going on to coach the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. In the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the Flyers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Final. Ramsay most recently was an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

Two games in six days have afforded the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens ample time to engage in the art of mind games while they wait for the Eastern Conference Final to resume.

The Canadiens and Rangers, particularly coaches Michel Therrien and Alain Vigneault, have used the media to deliver messages to each other, the referees and the NHL about players, tactics, hits, injuries and really whatever else they felt like talking about regardless of the question they were asked.

Longtime NHL coach and player Craig Ramsay wasn't surprised to hear that the coaches were using the media as their conduit when he was informed about the background noise in the series on Saturday.

Ramsay said this type of message sending and these mind games typically have a purpose that extends beyond simply attempting to air some grievances in the press.

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Rangers, Canadiens try to win battle of mind games

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

NEW YORK -- They began the moment this Eastern Conference Final between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers was set and continue unabated leading into Game 4 of the series Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers might lead the best-of-7 series 2-1, but the count on mind games won by either team is not quite as clear.

And it seems nearly as important.

As the Canadiens and Rangers each took to the ice for practice Saturday, what was said in the dressing rooms and on the podium was of far greater interest.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was up first, and he did not disappoint.


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Rangers' Carcillo appealing 10-game suspension

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has requested that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman review his automatic 10-game suspension for violating Rule 40.3 (physical abuse of officials - category 2), the National Hockey League Players' Association announced Saturday.

Carcillo was involved in a physical altercation with linesman Steve Driscoll at 5:51 of the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens. He was assessed a game misconduct for physical abuse of officials.

Carcillo's suspension was announced on Friday. He had 72 hours to request a review, according to Rule 40.5 (automatic suspension -- process). He will have an in-person appeal with Commissioner Bettman, but no date and time had been set by the time the NHLPA announced the appeal shortly after 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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Rangers' Boyle proving himself a playoff performer

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- If Brian Boyle had his way he'd be a New York Ranger for life. He's a New Englander-turned-New Yorker, and he's proud of it.

"My heart has always been here," Boyle told NHL.com on Saturday.

Boyle might have to pull his heart out of New York City and lose his allegiance to the Rangers after this season, his fifth in the Big Apple. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and there has been no indication from the Rangers that they plan to re-sign him.

However, the uncertainty of Boyle's future here has added another layer to his motivation in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's not close to ready for his Ranger career to end, a fact that has only incentivized him to be a factor in the playoffs.

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Stepan out, Brassard in for Rangers in Game 4

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers expect to have a new look in the middle for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Derick Brassard said he's "100 percent" in after missing the past two games with an upper-body injury. However, Derek Stepan had surgery to repair his broken jaw Friday night and coach Alain Vigneault said he is "unlikely" to play Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

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

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Oil Kings' Lazar makes history at Memorial Cup

Saturday, 05.24.2014 / 12:43 PM / Prospects

Ed Klajman - NHL.com Contributor

LONDON, Ontario – Curtis Lazar has yet to play a game in the NHL, but he secured a spot for himself in the Hockey Hall of Fame by making Memorial Cup history Friday night.

The Ottawa Senators' 2013 first-round draft pick scored the winner for the Edmonton Oil Kings 2:42 into the third overtime of the semifinal against the Val-d'Or Foreurs, bringing to an end the longest game in the 95-year history of the Memorial Cup.

"It's the first overtime goal I've ever scored in junior hockey. I still have to digest it. They took my stick. It's going to the Hall of Fame and that's pretty cool," said the 19-year-old, who was selected 17th overall by Ottawa last June. "We have something special from this team every night and it was my turn tonight. I capitalized on the opportunity."

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