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NHL Network presents: Game 2 2011 ECSF: Lightning vs. Capitals

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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After setting the tone with a 4-2 victory in the series opener, the Tampa Bay Lightning were in position to take control of this Eastern Conference semifinal. Veterans Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, who orchestrated the Bolts' 2004 Stanley Cup run, knew the importance of stealing Game 2 at the Verizon Center.

And they played like it.

St. Louis found Lecavalier at the 19:01 mark in the first period to open the scoring, and the duo didn't stop there. St. Louis broke a 1-1 tie in the third period by notching a timely goal to put Tampa Bay in front with a chance to seize command in the series. But after star forward Alex Ovechkin kept Washington's hopes alive with a back-breaking goal with 1:08 remaining in the third, the Bolts looked to a wily veteran and found reassurance.

Lecavalier dashed Washington's hopes by netting the overtime winner 6:19 into the extra session, as Tampa Bay prevailed 3-2 to grab a shocking 2-0 edge in the series heading to St. Pete Times Forum.
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Raising the Cup presents: Game 7 2003 Stanley Cup Final

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


The early 2000s saw its fair share of Stanley Cup Final series go the distance as the 2003 Final between the New Jersey Devils and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim was the second Final since 2001 to need seven games to decide it. This was New Jersey's third Cup Final appearance in the last four seasons, while Anaheim was there for the first time since becoming an NHL franchise back in 1993. The series would pit the stellar playoff goaltending of the Mighty Ducks' Jean-Sebastian Giguere against Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who would win that season's Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender. Additionally, Scott Niedermayer of New Jersey and brother Rob Niedermayer of Anaheim would face each other for the first time in a Stanley Cup Final.

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Raising the Cup presents: Game 5 2002 Stanley Cup Final

Monday, 08.15.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


The improbable playoff run by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2002 had not only given fans something to cheer about down in Raleigh, but also had the folks of Hartford taking notice. The Hurricanes franchise had been known as the Hartford Whalers from 1979-1997, where the club had won only one Stanley Cup Playoff series over that span. But if the Hurricanes were to capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history they would first have to win Game 5 of their series against a Detroit Red Wings team seeking their third championship in just six seasons.
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NHL Network presents: Game 1 2011 ECSF: Lightning vs. Capitals

Sunday, 08.14.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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While the top-seeded Washington Capitals were well-rested after a five-game first-round win over the New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning were fresh off a road triumph in Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With a daunting task looming in the opening game of this conference semifinal matchup, first-year head coach Guy Boucher led his surprising Bolts into Washington to tangle with Alex Ovechkin and the surging Caps.

Tampa Bay would pick up right where it left off, as Game 7 hero Sean Bergenheim notched a goal 2:12 into the opening period to quiet the Verizon Center crowd. Then, the momentum swung back in favor of the Caps, as Alexander Semin and Eric Fehr both scored to help Washington grab a 2-1 advantage early in the second period.

But Steve Downie and Steven Stamkos would respond later in the period, as Tampa Bay scored twice in the final four minutes of the second to seize the lead right back. Clinging to a one-goal lead entering the third, the ageless Dwayne Roloson shined down the stretch, and Dominic Moore sealed the deal with an empty-netter in the final minute to secure Tampa Bay's surprising 4-2 victory in Game 1.
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NHL Network presents: Game 6 2011 WCQF: Ducks vs. Predators

Spaling sends Nashville to second round with huge goal

Saturday, 08.13.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.

Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.

Fans can tune in at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.


The Nashville Predators were never a franchise known for having an abundance of superstars, and their 2010-11 team wasn't any different with goalie Pekka Rinne as the lone bona fide All-Star. On the other side of the ice, you had the Anaheim Ducks with uber-talented forwards almost everywhere you looked, including 2011 Maurice Richard Trophy winner Corey Perry, the high-scoring Ryan Getzlaf and future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne. But playoff hockey isn't about how many big-time names appear on the roster, but rather how they perform as a single unit on the ice.
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NHL Network presents: Game 5 2011 WCQF: Predators vs. Ducks

Unlikely Preds contributors help seal Game 5 victory

Friday, 08.12.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.

Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.

Fans can tune in at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.


With both the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators each losing a game at home in their series, the pressure was definitely on the Ducks to escape Honda Center with a win and maintain their home-ice advantage. And if past statistics were any indicator, then the fact that the Predators were 0-5 in Game 5s and had never managed to win three games in any one playoff series in franchise history gave the Ducks even more reason to lock down another victory. But everyone knows that games are not won based on the facts from the game notes, especially when you are talking about Stanley Cup Playoff hockey.
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Raising the Cup presents: Game 7 2001 Stanley Cup Final

Friday, 08.12.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


Although the New Jersey Devils were attempting to defend their Stanley Cup championship as they faced off against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final, there was a more intriguing storyline to be followed on that night of June 9 in Denver. Colorado's future Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque was seeking his first Stanley Cup championship in his 23rd and final season in the NHL.
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NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 WCQF: Ducks vs. Predators

Ducks' top trio triumphs again to lead Anaheim to Game 4 win

Thursday, 08.11.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.

Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.

Fans can tune in at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.


The Game 4 matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators appeared to be very similar, yet opposite to what happened in Nashville's 4-3 victory in Game 3. Whereas the Preds had a pair of tallies notched 38 seconds apart in the first period of Game 3, it would be the Ducks who would jump to a 2-0 first-period lead with goals by Cam Fowler and Saku Koivu separated by just 33 seconds. And, to continue the similar-yet-opposite theme from Game 3, it was Nashville that scored the next two to tie the game up.

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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 WCQF: Ducks vs. Predators

Fisher plays hero again as Preds defeat Ducks in Game 3

Wednesday, 08.10.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.

Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.

Fans can tune in at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.


As the Predators-Ducks series shifted back to Nashville tied at one, both teams were looking to build off of what happened in Anaheim in Games 1 and 2. The Preds wanted to take advantage of winning a game on the road, while the Ducks aimed to salvage their Game 1 loss at Honda Center and avoid surrendering their home-ice advantage to the Preds. But now that Nashville was back in the comfortable confines of Bridgestone Arena, it certainly fed off of the support of their raucous hometown crowd.

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NHL Network presents: Game 2 2011 WCQF: Predators vs. Ducks

Ducks' top line explodes for nine points in 5-3 Anaheim win

Tuesday, 08.09.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.

Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.

Fans can tune in at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.


There weren't many clubs during the 2010-11 regular season that could consistently silence Anaheim's top line of Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, and so the Nashville Predators certainly had their work cut out for them in Game 2. While the Nashville blueliners held that dynamic scoring unit to just one assist in a 4-1 victory at Honda Center in Game 1, the second game of the series would be a whole different story.

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