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Senators' Melnyk appeals to public for liver donor

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 2:43 PM / News

OttawaSenators.com

The following statement regarding Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was posted to the team's official Web site Thursday.

OTTAWA – This past season our fans witnessed the remarkable and historic rally of their Ottawa Senators to overcome the largest regular-season point deficit in National Hockey League history to successfully qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

During this spectacular comeback many of our fans noticed the unusual absence of the Senators' number one fan and team owner, Eugene Melnyk.

Mr. Melnyk has consistently remained very private on matters of a personal or family nature.

Today, the club wishes to share with the hockey community and our fans that Mr. Melnyk has been sick and battling major health issues since mid-January. Since then, his medical care and treatment have been the sole focus for him and his family.

Lightning's Callahan has motivation to be X-factor

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 2:18 PM / X-Factor

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

BRANDON, Fla. -- It was no surprise Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan was starting to feel better shortly after his emergency appendectomy Monday and wanted to participate in an optional practice Thursday in hopes of playing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, NBC, TVA Sports).

"[The surgery] was tough news," Callahan said. "I didn't know what to expect, but each day it's felt tremendously better even though it's only been two days. You want to get back as soon as possible but you also want to make sure you can help the team. I think every guy in the room would do the same."

Although Callahan said playing the conference final is exciting regardless of who the opponent is, it's understandable if he's a little more motivated to face the Rangers. Even if he doesn't want to admit it.

Lightning's Callahan possible for Game 1 vs. Rangers

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

BRANDON, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan participated in an optional practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Callahan missed Game 6 of the second-round series against the Montreal Canadiens after having an emergency appendectomy Monday. He was released from the hospital Tuesday and said he watched the game from his home.

"It was tough to watch," Callahan said. "But the guys made it easy on me. There were a couple of times I jumped around a little, but I thought they played their best game of the playoffs."

Lundqvist, Perry among Conn Smythe candidates

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 12:04 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Stars have shined and unlikely overtime heroes have emerged through two rounds totaling 69 games, including three Game 7s, during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning are the final four teams standing. They still have a chance to win the Stanley Cup, which means their players  have a chance to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs.

Here are the top five candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy through two rounds:

Hayes gives Rangers lift into conference final

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 12:00 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

NHL.com

The New York Rangers needed a spark trailing 1-0 in the second period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals.

They got one from rookie Kevin Hayes, whose power-play goal at 6:22 of the second period tied the game and ignited a nervous crowd at Madison Square Garden.

After Capitals defenseman Mike Green went off for cross checking, his second penalty in a span of 3:39, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh kept in a clearing attempt and found forward J.T. Miller at the top of the right circle. Miller poked a pass to an open Hayes, who beat goalie Braden Holtby for his first goal since his game-winner in overtime of Game 4 of the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Five reasons Capitals were eliminated from playoffs

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 9:30 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

The Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round after a 2-1 loss in overtime Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Capitals have been eliminated from the playoffs by the Rangers three times in the past four years, twice from the second round. Washington has not been to the Eastern Conference Final since 1998.

"I don't know what to say," captain Alex Ovechkin said following the loss. "They're a great team, but we deserve a better result."

Here are five reasons the Capitals were eliminated:

Five reasons Rangers advanced to Eastern Final

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 9:25 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

The New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season with a 2-1 overtime win against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, overcoming a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-7 second-round series for the second consecutive season. Last season they rallied against the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning Game 7 in Pittsburgh.

New York is 7-0 at home in Game 7 and will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference final. Game 1 is Saturday at MSG (1 p.m., NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here are five reasons the Rangers advanced:

Svechnikov joined Cape Breton to get closer to NHL

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Evgeny Svechnikov will do whatever it takes to realize his dream of playing in the National Hockey League.

The 6-foot-2, 199-pound left-handed shot is on that path after finishing his first season in North America as the second-highest rookie scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 78 points in 55 regular-season games. He also had 32 goals, a plus-19 rating with 70 penalty minutes.

Svechnikov is regarded as a power forward but has the creativity and hands to skate the puck through defenders and power his way to the net. Many scouts believe he has a pro-caliber shot.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, May 13

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 2:28 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

STEPAN'S OT GOAL LIFTS RANGERS INTO EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Derek Stepan scored at 11:24 of overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to power the New York Rangers past the Washington Capitals and into the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year and third time in the past four seasons.

* The Rangers improved to 9-5 all-time in Game 7s, including a 7-0 record at home (all since 1992). They are the only team in League history to play at least four Game 7s at home and win each of them.

* Kevin Hayes tied the score at 1-1 with his power-play goal at 6:22 of the second period. The Elias Sports Bureau says the Rangers overcame a deficit (of any margin) to win a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history.

* Since losing to the Capitals in seven games in the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Rangers have won six straight Game 7s. That matches the NHL record set by the Detroit Red Wings from 1949-64 and equaled by the Boston Bruins from 1983-94.

Resilient Rangers adept at overcoming adversity

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:24 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Challenge the New York Rangers with any type of adversity, any type of style of play, physical or otherwise, and really any type of opponent other than the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, and they will not break.

"You can't ever count this group out regardless of what happens," New York captain Ryan McDonagh said.

No one ever should; the Rangers have proven at least that much in two seasons under coach Alain Vigneault.

They are back in the Eastern Conference Final for a second straight season because for a second straight season they found a way to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the second round.

No team in NHL history had ever done that before.

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