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Penguins captain Crosby joining Canada for Worlds

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 1:13 PM / News

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Hockey Canada announced Sunday that Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Crosby and Pittsburgh were eliminated in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers on Friday. The World Championship begins May 1 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The Penguins captain joins a list of forwards already committed to play for Canada that includes Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars).

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Five reasons Blackhawks advanced to second round

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:48 PM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

The Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games, but their Western Conference First Round series went the distance in terms of drama and ice time.

The Blackhawks eked out three one-goal wins, including two in overtime games that totaled 68:49 beyond regulation. It took more than seven regulation periods for the Blackhawks to oust the Predators from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a Game 1 win in double overtime and Game 4 win in triple overtime.

Even discounting an empty-net goal for the Predators at the end of their 5-2 victory in Game 5 at Bridgestone Arena, Chicago was outscored 21-19 and needed each goalie to step up. Nashville lost captain Shea Weber to a lower-body injury in Game 2 and had center Mike Fisher for two-plus games, but the Predators still put more shots on goal in four of the six games.

How did Chicago win? Here are five reasons the Blackhawks advanced to the second round:

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Five reasons Canucks were eliminated from playoffs

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:27 PM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

The Vancouver Canucks surprised a lot of preseason prognosticators by finishing second in the Pacific Division one season after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Once the playoffs started, however, things felt all too familiar.

Vancouver struggled to convert scoring chances, especially close to the net, came unraveled on the road and lost its Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames in six games, leaving the Canucks 3-14 in the playoffs since Game 5 of their loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

Here are five reasons the Canucks were eliminated:

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, April 25

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 11:57 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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FLAMES RALLY (TWICE) TO EARN 4-2 SERIES WIN AGAINST CANUCKS

The Calgary Flames overcame a 3-0 deficit and proceeded to overcome a separate one-goal deficit with four third-period goals en route to a Game 6 victory against the Vancouver Canucks and a spot in the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Flames rallied from a three-goal deficit and a separate one-goal deficit to earn a playoff win for the first time in franchise history. Elias also says the Flames rallied from a multi-goal deficit to earn a series-clinching victory for the first time in franchise history.

* The Flames scored seven goals in a playoff game for the first time since May 11, 1995 (9-2 W at the San Jose Sharks).

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Noel: Red Wings' resilience has been impressive

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 11:05 AM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Claude Noel to break down the action. Noel will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Noel was coach for the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-14 and interim coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He also coached many years in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Noel, a former forward, had 138 points in 353 regular-season games in the AHL and played seven games in the NHL with Washington Capitals in 1979-80.

The Detroit Red Wings showed great resilience and veteran moxie in beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning and taking a 3-2 lead in their best-of-7 series on Saturday.

Detroit can advance to the second round with a win in Game 6 at Joe Louis Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports, FS-F, FS-D).

Claude Noel was extremely impressed with how focused, structured and determined the Red Wings were after what he called a demoralizing defeat in Game 4 on Thursday.

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Five reasons Predators were eliminated from playoffs

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 10:58 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

The Nashville Predators lost a tough, fast-paced Western Conference First Round series to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games after spending the majority of the season near the top of the NHL standings. Nashville lost six games in a row heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and was matched up against a team that has twice won the Stanley Cup in the past five seasons.

The Predators were a young team with eight players making their debut in the playoffs. Their youth showed they have a promising future, but they were unable to solve the Blackhawks.

Nashville was very competitive in the series and outscored Chicago 21-19, but Chicago's depth proved to be too much for Nashville to overcome.

Here are five reasons the Predators were eliminated:

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Five reasons Flames advanced to second round

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 10:37 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

The Calgary Flames were supposed to settle with just making it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the second season after a significant roster overhaul, they should have been content with just arriving.

But playing with house money proved valuable, as Calgary, making its first playoff appearance since 2009, beat the Vancouver Canucks in six games in the Western Conference First Round. It's the first playoff series win since 2004 and the second time going beyond the first round since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989.

Here are five reasons the Flames advanced to the second round:

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Failure to hold leads doomed Predators in series

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:36 AM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Nashville Predators lost three games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference First Round after holding a lead.

The latest, 4-3 in Game 6 on Saturday -- after leading 3-1 -- ended Nashville's season.

Earlier in the best-of-7 series, the Blackhawks came back to win two games that went to double overtime or beyond. 

"Throughout the series, I felt like in some of the games the puck had eyes," Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "You look at at least three games, the winners, a couple of [overtime] games and then tonight, just generated from the point and just find a way through the maze.

"Obviously that feels disappointing when you feel like maybe you get a break one of these games. It hit something and doesn't go in. Obviously those ones, I mean it's frustrating. I'll have way too much time on my hands to think about these things."

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Flames pull Hiller in Game 6 against Canucks

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:01 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

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The Calgary Flames changed goaltenders in the first period of Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series Saturday, replacing Jonas Hiller with backup Karri Ramo after the Vancouver Canucks scored on two of their first three shots.

Brandon McMillan gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead when he beat Hiller 2:36 into the game. Jannik Hansen weaved into the Calgary zone and took a shot from the slot that beat Hiller at 7:32.

Coach Bob Hartley replaced Hiller with Ramo at that point. Ramo allowed two goals on 19 shots, and the Flames rallied for a 7-4 win that ended the series.

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Flames, Ducks will meet in second round

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 11:55 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

John Kreiser - NHL.com Managing Editor

The Calgary Flames will face the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round after eliminating the Vancouver Canucks with a rousing 7-4, Game 6 win on Saturday.

The Flames' reward for advancing past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 years could be as many as four games in an arena that's been a house of horrors for them.

The Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks, who are coming off a first-round sweep of the Winnipeg Jets, will have home-ice advantage in the second-round series.

Calgary has lost 20 regular-season games in a row at Honda Center (0-15-5), including two this season. The Flames' last regular-season win there came on Jan. 19, 2004, and Calgary is 8-24-6-7 in Anaheim since the Ducks entered the NHL in 1993.

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