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Lundqvist is biggest test of playoffs for Kings

Friday, 06.06.2014 / 6:06 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings forwards are not spending much time dissecting the unorthodox technique of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, whose deep-in-the-crease style is the antithesis of their Jonathan Quick.

What was confirmed after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is that Lundqvist is as advertised. This is the first time the Kings have faced a truly elite goalie in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after the inconsistency of Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks, the up-and-down tandem of Jonas Hiller and John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks, and the sometimes-struggling Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.

"All I know is, he's a good goalie," Kings forward Justin Williams said of Lundqvist. "He's tough to beat, and he looks big in there. He can be intimidating because there's not much room to shoot at. He's going to make most of the saves that he sees. Shots, screens, tips, rebounds is kind of the model around here for it."

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Wild GM says coach Yeo earned contract extension

Friday, 06.06.2014 / 3:44 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild made official their commitment to coach Mike Yeo, holding a press conference Friday at Xcel Energy Center to announce the three-year contract extension Yeo signed May 31.

Yeo, who at 40 yeards old is the youngest coach in the NHL, guided the Wild this season to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in franchise history, the first such trip since 2003. The original three-year contract Yeo signed when he was named the third coach in Wild history June 17, 2011, was set to expire at the end of this month.

"Mike is the only guy that was going to be here," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "As the season goes on, the right time to do these things is at the end of the season."

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Kings thrive on right mix of analytics, attitude

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 9:07 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- For three years now the Los Angeles Kings have been the best example of why analytics matter in the NHL.

Los Angeles was a No. 8 seed in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but people who pored over "advanced statistics" were more than willing to call the Kings a contender when few others would.

As the use of analytics has continued to permeate the sport, more pundits have recognized why the Kings were considered a top candidate to win the 2014 Stanley Cup after finishing tied for ninth in the League in points.

The Kings also are potential champions because of other, less-quantifiable things. How teammates get along with each other, how players are able or willing to accept direction from the coaching staff, why certain players or teams are able to excel in adverse times -- these are qualities people outside NHL dressing rooms love to talk about but cannot enumerate.

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Ramsay: Rangers can't play it safe vs. Kings

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 8:11 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, 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.

Sitting with his pen and notepad in hand as he watched Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final from his couch Wednesday, Craig Ramsay, longtime hockey player and coach, could not figure out how or why the New York Rangers played so differently in the third period than they did in the first two.

"It absolutely boggled my mind," Ramsay told NHL.com.

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Roenick, La Greca host Stanley Cup Final chat

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 8:06 PM / Edward Jones Face Time

NHL.com

Former NHL star and current NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick and Don La Greca will interact with fans in online Face Time chat Friday at 1 p.m. ET from Staples Center in Los Angeles. Roenick and La Greca will take questions and share their views about the Stanley Cup Final and other hot topics.

Missed out on last Friday's chat? Register here to participate in this edition. Learn more and access complete chat archive at facetime.nbcsports.com.

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Rangers rally around Girardi after costly turnover

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 5:55 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- When Henrik Lundqvist has one of his rare off nights or gives up the occasional bad goal, the New York Rangers always say their world-class goalie is the least of their concerns and worrying about a bounce-back effort from him is wasted energy.

That narrative switched to New York defenseman Dan Girardi on Thursday, when center Derek Stepan, left wing Carl Hagelin and defenseman Ryan McDonagh sat in front of the media at the Rangers' beachfront hotel.

Girardi's defensive-zone turnover directly led to Justin Williams' game-winning goal Wednesday that gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

Game 2 is Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

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Vigneault: Only Rangers' 'A' game will win Cup Final

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 5:18 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- The message to the New York Rangers from coach Alain Vigneault after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was as clear as the Southern California sky Thursday.

"We're not going to beat [the Los Angeles Kings] if we do not all bring our 'A' game," Vigneault said. "It is that strong of an opponent that we're playing against.

"Our 'B' game won't do it. They're one of the best teams I've seen in a long time. Areas to exploit, they don't jump out at you. We're going to have to be better than we were."

The Rangers went toe-to-toe with the Kings for 40 minutes Wednesday at Staples Center. They played fast and took a 2-0 lead barely 15 minutes into the game. They had the Kings on their heels. But they couldn't keep it that way.

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Goalie matchup Game 1: Lundqvist's blocker targeted

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 2:28 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 1.

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Excerpt of Chapter 11 of 'The Wait is Over: The New York Rangers and the 1994 Stanley Cup'

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 2:12 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The New York Rangers are in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, four wins against the Los Angeles Kings short of claiming their first championship since 1994, a moment which remains one of the proudest moments in the history of the Original Six franchise.

While waiting to see what the future holds for the Rangers, here is a look back at the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, a seven-game victory against the Vancouver Canucks, as detailed in "The Wait is Over: The New York Rangers and the 1994 Stanley Cup," by NHL.com editor John Kreiser. This excerpt, the final section of Chapter 11: Scaling Mount Vancouver, deals with Game 7 of the Final.

June 14, 1994, dawned sunny and warm, a perfect "summer starts next week" kind of day. It was a day the Rangers and New York hockey fans knew they would never forget; the question was how they would remember it.

"I remember Game 7 -- you can't sleep,” goaltender Glenn Healy says. "You leave the house that day, and I remember I said to my wife, 'This is either going to be one of the best days of our lives or one of the worst.' We don't know. We'll see in 12 hours. You're watching TV and they've got the New York Stock Exchange on, and the brokers on the exchange floor are chanting, 'Let's go Rangers.'"

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Fiala showed his best regardless of the opposition

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The meteoric rise of Swiss-born left wing Kevin Fiala with Swedish team HV71 could not be ignored during the second half of the 2013-14 season.

In addition to playing in the Swedish Hockey League, he also represented Switzerland in four major international events: the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August, the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in December and January, the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in April and the IIHF World Championship in May. He had at least one point in each tournament, including four goals, nine points and a plus-4 rating in five games in the Under-18s, when he was named one of the top three players on his team.

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