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Stars, IceCaps set to battle in Calder Cup Finals

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 1:15 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

A postseason that began with the 16 most prolific teams in the American Hockey League has been narrowed down to two, as the Texas Stars and St. John's IceCaps will play for the league's highest honor in the 2014 Calder Cup Finals beginning Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

The regular-season champion Stars, the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars, ousted the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, while the Winnipeg Jets' affiliate in St. John's took down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) in six games to win the Eastern Conference crown.

This series will be the first-ever between the Stars and IceCaps. Texas had an impressive 106 points during the regular season to earn the AHL's Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy and the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs. St. John's had the third-highest point total in the Eastern Conference with 99.

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For Rangers, frustration must give way to focus

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 3:11 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The picture of the New York Rangers' devastation Saturday night sat in the first stall to the right of the entrance into the visitor's dressing room at Staples Center.

There sat goalie Henrik Lundqvist, his head buried underneath his hands, looking inconsolable as the media walked into the room looking for answers as to how and why the Rangers coughed up another two-goal lead in the Stanley Cup Final only to lose in overtime again, this time 5-4 in double overtime to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2.

Lundqvist, his equipment off at this point, had to gather himself and his thoughts before opening himself up to the interrogators in the room. It's impossible to imagine how difficult this was for him, especially because he was as frustrated as he was devastated at how it unfolded.

One of the goals scored, Lundqvist said, should not have been a goal. It angered him deeply.

"I'm extremely disappointed on that call, or non-call," Lundqvist said. "They got to be consistent with that rule."

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Dorsett: Rangers have to forget about Game 2 loss

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 3:09 AM / Player's Blog with the Rangers' Derek Dorsett

Derek Dorsett - Special to NHL.com

LOS ANGELES -- Obviously we're very disappointed right now. We thought we had a good effort tonight, but we have to find a way to close out these games when we're up by two goals.

It's happened to us twice in two games that the Los Angeles Kings have come back on us and won. When we get a lead like that we should be able to play with it and close those games out.

Now we've got to dig deep and figure a way out.


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Lewis: Kings found a way to win Game 2

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 2:52 AM / Player's Blog with the Kings' Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis - Special to NHL.com

LOS ANGELES -- This was definitely the second game in a row where we didn't want to come out and start like that, but we found a way.

We didn't want to spot them a couple of goals and give them the lead, but as the game went along I think we started to play better. In the third period we started to pick it up a little bit. We had more chances and got two goals in there and once again found a way to inch one out.


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Kings' Mitchell happy to be back and contributing

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 2:43 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- It will be one year ago Sunday since the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in the 2013 Western Conference Final.

For most of the Kings, that was the low point of what has been an incredible three-year run. For Willie Mitchell, it was something different. It was the end of a lost season, one in which Mitchell did not play a single game because of two knee surgeries.

"Yeah, it is tough. Personally, I just disconnected from it," Mitchell said. "I didn't even watch a lot of the playoff games because it is like sticking a knife in you.

"We've all played hockey since we were kids and dreamed of playing in the Stanley Cup Final and winning the Stanley Cup. We have an awesome team around here. When you're not able to do that and you want to do that, it is really out of your control."

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Quick's save gave Kings chance to win Game 2

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 2:35 AM / Winning Ingredients

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Things were not going Jonathan Quick's way.

The Los Angeles Kings' goalie had given up four goals in the first 34 minutes and 50 seconds of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. But his never-say-die teammates were determined to give him a second chance; they erased a third two-goal deficit and tied the game early in the third period.

Quick took the opportunity at redemption to heart immediately.

Twenty seconds after Marian Gaborik got the Kings even at 4-4, Quick had to make the save of the night to keep the New York Rangers from regaining the lead.

Brad Richards was five feet away from the crease, all alone, the puck on his stick after a pass from Carl Hagelin. But Quick somehow got across his crease with the flash of his left leg to stop the one-timer and kick the rebound past the put-back attempt by Richards.


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Kings' Brown steps up with double-OT winner

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 2:17 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Whenever Dustin Brown is asked to reflect on his regular season, he’s owned up to it and admitted that it wasn’t up to his standards, at least up until the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

He was invisible on a lot of nights and hardly the wrecking-ball factor that he was during the 2012 Stanley Cup run. But, like the Los Angeles Kings, Brown is making up for it when it counts the most.

Brown capped the second-longest game in franchise history when he deflected defenseman Willie Mitchell’s shot from the left point into the net at 10:26 of second overtime to give Los Angeles a 5-4 win against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday at Staples Center.

The Kings will take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series into Game 3 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) thanks to Brown’s first career overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Kings making history with comebacks

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 1:49 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

The Los Angeles Kings continue to make history as they pile up comeback wins in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Kings became the first team in playoff history to win three straight games in which they trailed by more than one goal when they rallied from deficits of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 to beat the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime Saturday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

Los Angeles also overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime to win Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, then spotted the Rangers a two-goal lead in Game 1 of the final but rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory. Los Angeles has not held a lead in the past 229 minutes and 15 seconds, covering a span of four games, since the Blackhawks tied Game 6 at 11:34 of the third period.

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Flames asking Panthers about No. 1 pick in Draft

Saturday, 06.07.2014 / 1:59 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

NHL.com

One month after Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon admitted he was openly fielding offers for the top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, at least one team has inquired into the cost of selecting first on June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving revealed Friday he has been in touch with Tallon about acquiring Florida's pick.

The Flames have the fourth pick in the first round.

"Now is the time that all of those conversations are happening," Treliving said. "We're going to keep pounding away and try to get a sense of what other teams are thinking. For the most part, teams have gotten through their meetings. They've done their preparation for the draft. The talk between managers is increasing. We'll see where it goes."

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Kings forward Trevor Lewis recalls his path to NHL

Friday, 06.06.2014 / 9:14 PM / Player's Blog with the Kings' Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and so I guess I had what might be considered a non-traditional path to the NHL.

My dad and his family were Canadian and he played hockey growing up. We also lived across the street from an ice rink in Salt Lake City, so when I was 2 years old, he took me over and I started learning to skate.

I just loved it. I played every sport growing up, but it always seemed like hockey was my favorite. I always seemed to gravitate toward hockey.


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