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Quenneville's lineup changes spark Blackhawks

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:53 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville takes a fair amount of criticism from Chicago Blackhawks fans for the tinkering he does with his lineup, but it seems to work more often than not.

The most-recent evidence occurred Sunday night at United Center, when more tweaks by Quenneville sparked a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their Western Conference Second Round series.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 heading back to Minnesota for Game 6 on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center (9 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS2), but it could've been a much different story were it not for some lineup changes paying off.

After watching his team stumble through a first period with six shots and trailing 1-0 at intermission, Quenneville went back to a familiar combination of forwards to spark the offense. Starting the second, he reunited a top-line combination that did a lot of damage in the regular season by putting left wing Patrick Sharp back with center Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa.

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Toews delivers in big spot for Blackhawks again

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:41 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- The lasting image for the Chicago Blackhawks in their Game 4 loss to the Minnesota Wild in this Western Conference Second Round series was captain Jonathan Toews showing the rarest hint of frustration, banging his stick sharply while he slumped back to the bench after being negated by Minnesota's stifling defense.

Forty-eight hours later, the lasting image for the Blackhawks was of Toews being mobbed by teammates after he scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory in Game 5 at United Center on Sunday night that again gives Chicago control of the best-of-7 series.

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Penguins must put back-to-back losses behind them

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 12:06 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't fared too well when forced to close out a series in a Game 7 on home ice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in recent years.

They'll need to do that Tuesday in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Penguins appeared to unravel at the most inopportune times, taking undisciplined penalties and getting caught up in a few unnecessary skirmishes, on the way to a 3-1 loss against the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. What once was a 3-1 lead in this best-of 7 series is completely gone after the Penguins dropped their second straight game.

Pittsburgh will host New York in a winner-take-all finale Tuesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN).

Among the nine penalties called against the Penguins, three were roughing minors. There was also one for too many men, and James Neal received a 10-minute misconduct with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.

"Frustration is a tricky word; if it leads to uncharacteristic things, like uncharacteristic play and penalties, then it's bad," Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "But you saw we had real desperation to be aggressive and go after them.

"Our compete level was really high when we were down 2-0. We had a really good push in the second half of the first period and were battling like heck to get back in the hockey game and couldn't score. We were pushing really hard and [Marc-Andre Fleury] played well the rest of the game. We need a better start so we don't cross that bridge again. We need to just lay it all on the line."

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Grieving St. Louis lifts Rangers in must-win game

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 11:45 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis opened the scoring 3:34 into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins when the puck skipped off his right leg and past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

The moment couldn't have been scripted any better.

The play took place on Mother's Day, three days after St. Louis' mother, France, died suddenly. With his father, Normand, and sister, Isabelle, in attendance at Madison Square Garden, St. Louis celebrated the game's first goal by rushing toward the right corner in an unbridled show of passion.

It was a special moment for a special player.

"The whole organization, the boys, everybody has been so supportive and really playing their hearts out," St. Louis said. "I think the boys are happy for me, no doubt. We just kept rolling in the first period. We were playing with a lot of emotion."


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Start times set for Round 2 games on Tuesday

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 10:00 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League has announced updated start time information for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round games scheduled for Tuesday, May 13.

The starting time for Game 7 of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. In the U.S., the game will be seen on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and RDS.

The starting time for Game 6 of the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild has been set for 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT in Minnesota. In the U.S., the game will be seen on CNBC. In Canada, the game will be on TSN and RDS2.

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Sweden rallies, Russia wins at World Championship

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 8:29 PM / News

Sweden rallied for a 4-3 shootout win against the Czech Republic in a preliminary-round game at the IIHF World Championship at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus, on Sunday.

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Ducks goalie Gibson lives up to advance billing

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 7:09 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- The stories about a top young goaltender as he ascends to the NHL can often become like fishing tales.

Everyone who ever saw Patrick Roy or Tom Barrasso or John Gibson in his youth has a story about him stopping 60 shots and winning a game his team had no business winning.

Gibson's NHL career is four games old. His resume as an amateur and young professional is prodigious, and the fishing stories have already started.

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Simple solution for Canadiens: 'Put it in the net'

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 4:41 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- It was sort of a joke, but in reality it said everything that needs to be said about the Montreal Canadiens.

Center David Desharnais was asked Sunday if the Canadiens need to make any adjustments heading into Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Monday at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), the type of question you hear on a daily basis in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Yeah," Desharnais quipped, "put it in the net when you have to."

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Snapping slump, Bruins feel better about power play

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 3:20 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins power play failed to convert on its first two chances and part of a third in the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at TD Garden.

During carryover time early in the second period, Boston forward Reilly Smith thought he'd broken the Bruins' 0-for-10 slump, which dated to the previous four games in the series, two or three times.

With 49 seconds elapsed in the period, Smith was robbed by Canadiens goaltender Carey Price on a shot from 10 feet. It looked like the power play would stay in the doldrums.

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NHL community honors mothers on Twitter

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 11:54 AM / News

NHL.com

Select NHL players took to Twitter on Mother's Day to extend their wishes to their moms.

Among the highlights include New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo not only thanking his mom, but extending his wishes to his wife, Danielle, who his celebrating her first Mother's Day. Elliana Okposo was born in January.

According to Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, Mother's Day is the only time of year he makes his own bed. And the NHL simply asked, "Who needs a vase when you have the Stanley Cup?" while providing a picture of flowers inside the trophy.

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