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Lightning's Killorn impressive in loss to Canadiens

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 12:14 AM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Alex Killorn nearly helped the Tampa Bay Lightning steal Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Killorn, playing in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff game, scored at 7:11 of the third period to even the score 3-3. Later in the third, he carried the puck down the left side of the ice into the Montreal zone before feathering a precise pass across the ice to Steven Stamkos, who tapped in his second goal of the game to even the score again at 4-4.

Montreal, which outshot Tampa Bay 44-25, won the game 5-4 in overtime on Dale Weise's first career playoff goal. Game 2 will be played Friday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, CNBC, FS-F) at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Goaltender matchup: Inside Quick vs. Niemi

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 5:27 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the competition intense and often so even, the men protecting each goal often are the difference in a series. NHL.com decided to break down perhaps the most interesting goaltending matchup in the Western Conference First Round: Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.

Much like many goaltending coaches will do before a playoff series, NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted every goal scored against each goalie in this matchup this season and came to some interesting conclusions about their strengths and weaknesses.

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Returning Maurice set to point Jets in right direction

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 5:09 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The decision for Paul Maurice to remain behind the Winnipeg Jets bench was an easy one for the veteran NHL coach.

The one big hurdle for Maurice was family considerations, because his wife and children did not accompany him to Winnipeg after he replaced Claude Noel on Jan. 12.

But when the Jets offered Maurice a four-year contract extension earlier this week, the decision to uproot and head to Winnipeg turned out to be an easy one for his wife and children as well.

"They all smiled and said, 'Let's go,'" Maurice said in a conference call Wednesday.

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Marlies D-man Brennan wins Eddie Shore Award

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:53 PM / AHL Update

NHL.com

TJ Brennan of the Toronto Marlies has been voted the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League's outstanding defenseman for the 2013-14 season.

The award honors the late Eddie Shore, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and AHL Hall of Fame who won the Calder Cup five times. It is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the AHL's 30 cities.

Brennan is fifth in the AHL with 69 points (24 goals, 45 assists) in 73 games, the most by an AHL defenseman since 2005-06 and the most goals since 1999-2000. He leads the league in power-play points (42) and shots on goal (256) and defensemen in power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (four, tied).


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Sakic 'very proud,' seeks more from Avalanche

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:51 PM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Joe Sakic had one goal in mind when he accepted the position as Colorado Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations in May: Bring the franchise back to the elite status it had when he twice won the Stanley Cup as captain.

The Avalanche have a long way to go, but they took a major step this season against all odds by winning the Central Division and gaining a place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in four years. The Avalanche open the Western Conference First Round on Thursday at Pepsi Center against the Minnesota Wild (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, RDS, TSN, FS-N, ALT).

"There's no better playoffs than hockey playoffs, and it's great to be back in it," Sakic said Wednesday at the Avalanche's practice facility. "I'm excited for the players and obviously the organization and the fans here in Denver. I'm very proud of this group, what they've accomplished this year, but I also know that this is a group that wants more.

"The regular season's over and there's no better time than to be a fan of hockey and a player in hockey and in management in hockey than this time of year. We all shoot for the Stanley Cup. Every single player and every single team is hoping to be playing for two more months."

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Robidas tasked with helping Ducks beat former team

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:27 PM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Stephane Robidas was huddled with coaches at the end of Anaheim Ducks practice on Tuesday.

It was the day before their opening game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it was easy to surmise that Robidas was giving a tutorial on how to defend the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-SW, FS-W).

But Robidas squashed that notion like he snuffs out forwards.

"Just some review," he said. "It was nothing about the other team. It was about our system.

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Rangers-Flyers pits Tampa Bay champs as rivals

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 3:21 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Ten years ago this week, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards started a march through the Stanley Cup Playoffs that brought the Cup to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time in franchise history.

"After you win a Cup you think it's going to be the same group forever," Lecavalier said. "It's funny in hockey; things can change quickly."

None of the three has touched the Stanley Cup since then. But if one of them wants to have a chance to lift the game's most treasured prize, it starts with knocking a friend and former teammate out of the postseason.

When the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers start their Eastern Conference First Round series Thursday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS), it will be Lecavalier on one side and Richards and St. Louis on the other.

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Jackets believe Bobrovsky can conquer playoff stage

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 1:52 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has earned accolades throughout his four years in the NHL. Winning a Stanley Cup Playoff game has not been one of them.

That could change Wednesday when he starts Game 1 of an Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC).

Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, appeared in seven playoff games during his first two seasons while with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is 0-2 with a 4.04 goals-against average and .848 save percentage, compared to career regular-season numbers of a 2.46 GAA and .919 save percentage.

His last playoff appearance came against the Penguins on April 18, 2012. He made 13 saves on 18 shots after replacing Ilya Bryzgalov early in the second period of the Flyers' 10-3 loss.

"The biggest thing is, you want to hit your peak in the playoffs. It doesn't matter what we've done in the past," Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski said regarding Bobrovsky. "It's what we do now and going into the future."

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Florida Panthers win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 9:09 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

NHL.com

It's been 20 years since the Florida Panthers headed to the NHL Draft with the No. 1 selection, but they will do so this summer in Philadelphia.

The Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th-place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance (second best) of getting the No. 1 pick.

The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish but will pick second.

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Quenneville spreads wealth with Blackhawks' offense

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 4:13 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It looks like Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is going to experiment with his team's wealth of talent to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Quenneville rolled out some interesting new forward lines Tuesday during an hour-long practice. It's likely he will use them Thursday at Scottrade Center against the St. Louis Blues to start Game 1 of a tough first-round series in the Western Conference (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

Captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane returned to a full practice for the first time since injuries knocked them out of the final stretch run in the regular season, but their lines weren't the same.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp