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Hiller comes up big again in relief for Ducks

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 2:43 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- If there were a hockey equivalent of the Rolaids Relief Man Award, Jonas Hiller would have a pretty strong case to win it.

Frederik Andersen was a surprise starter in goal for the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of this Western Conference Second Round series -- but for the second time in four games, Hiller earned a victory in relief. Andersen was injured midway through the third period Thursday and Hiller stopped seven of eight shots in Anaheim's 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.


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Ducks goalie Andersen injured in Game 3 win

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 1:39 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

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Rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen left Game 3 of the Anaheim Ducks' Western Conference Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings midway through the third period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Andersen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury


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Canadiens fail to jump on Bruins early, lose in OT

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 1:04 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- It's back to square one for the Montreal Canadiens.

Rookie Matt Fraser's goal at 1:19 of overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory in Game 4 on Thursday and evened the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series with the Canadiens at 2-2.

The home-ice advantage Montreal had gained by winning Game 1 in Boston is gone.

Any sense of momentum the Canadiens might have had? That's gone too.

And finally, any mental edge Montreal might have built on Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask, who entered Game 4 with an .884 save percentage in the series, is also gone.

"We are prepared for a long series," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "That was our goal, to stretch it as long as we can."


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Fraser's OT goal resets Bruins-Canadiens series

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 12:40 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a riveting experience because of just how random they can be.

One day you're eating a double chicken burrito with guacamole for lunch, wondering what you will do with your day, and the next you're giving the season of the team with the NHL's best regular season record a second wind.

One second you look over your left shoulder for a puck that took a strange bounce in front of your net, and the next second you realize you should have looked over your right.

This is how the lives of Matt Fraser and Carey Price crossed paths Thursday night -- a 23-year-old playing his first career playoff game the day after he was summoned from the American Hockey League and a goalie who is among the best in the world at his position.


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Rask's rebound comes at right time for Bruins

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 12:26 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- What's the best way for a Vezina Trophy finalist to prove that his .884 save percentage through three games of a playoff series is an anomaly?

Pitch a shutout, of course.

That's what Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask did Thursday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens.

Rask stopped all 33 shots he faced to hold down the fort before the Bruins could win 1-0 in overtime at Bell Centre and even the best-of-7 series at 2-2 heading back to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday (7 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS).


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Wild's Niederreiter excelling in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 6:19 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter says once he stopped thinking about the goals he wasn't scoring, he started scoring the goals he wanted to score.

By letting his mind go, he ended up getting to where he wanted to be all along.

Now, Niederreiter is having an impact on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, excelling as one of the Wild's most physical forwards as they battle the Chicago Blackhawks in a Western Conference Second Round series. Minnesota will look to even the best-of-7 series at two games apiece with a win in Game 4 on Friday at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS)

"This is a guy that, coming in here this year and you look at where he has come as far as what type of player he has become, and it is a real compliment to him," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We've had him on our fourth line and we've had him on our first line. We've had him on a checking line and we've had him on a scoring line, and he has really learned what type of player he has to be, the way he needs to play to be successful night in and night out.

"He's not a fun guy to play against when he is on top of his game. He's physical, he's strong on the puck, he's got the ability to make plays. He also has a good awareness of how to play without the puck. This is a guy that we have seen an awful lot of growth from as far as learning what his game is, but also just what it means to be a pro, and what it means to compete and be successful at this time of year."


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Hradek, La Greca to chat live with fans Friday

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 6:05 PM / Edward Jones Face Time

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NHL Network's E.J. Hradek joins sports commentator Don La Greca for live online Face Time chat with fans Friday at 1 p.m. ET. Hradek and La Greca will take questions and share their views about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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

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Maple Leafs extend contract of coach Carlyle

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 3:00 PM / News

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Randy Carlyle will return next season as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs and has been given a contract extension through the 2016-17 season.

General manager David Nonis announced at the same time that assistant coaches Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin would not return to the team next season.

Carlyle's job status had been in question since a late-season collapse by the Maple Leafs and the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as their new president.

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Pearn: Ducks must take back middle of ice from Kings

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 2:57 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Perry Pearn to break down the action. Pearn will be checking in throughout the series.

Pearn has spent the past 18 seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and a second tenure with the Jets in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

LOS ANGELES -- The Anaheim Ducks need to find some solutions after scoring three times in two games and falling behind 2-0 in this Western Conference Second Round series with the Los Angeles Kings.

Game 3 is Thursday night at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Two years ago, the Kings won the first two games in each round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the road and then won Game 3 at home.

For the Ducks to avoid a similar fate, they would do well to start utilizing a particular area of the ice surface more.

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Blue Jackets sign Dansk to entry-level contract

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 1:52 PM / News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday signed goaltender Oscar Dansk to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Dansk, 20, was a second-round pick (No. 31) by the Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Dansk, a native of Tumba, Sweden, has spent the past two seasons with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, compiling a 40-32-7 record with a 3.25 goals-against average, .897 save percentage and six shutouts in 85 appearances.

He was the co-winner, alongside fellow Otter Devin Williams, of the Dave Pinkney Trophy for Top Team Goaltending in 2013-14 after Erie allowed a league-low 170 goals in 68 games en route to posting franchise records for wins (52) and points (106) in a season.

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