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Third-line center Sutter important for Penguins

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 3:25 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins' top two centers are well regarded, but their third should not be overlooked.

Brandon Sutter plays in the shadows cast by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He is compared to former Penguins third-line center Jordan Staal, who won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes three years later for Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin, and the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

When compared to Crosby and Malkin, Sutter isn't as skilled. Some believe that holds true when measuring him against the standard Staal set on the Penguins' third line as well. But Sutter has been quietly productive, sometimes deadly, and oftentimes clutch through his first three seasons in Pittsburgh.

"I think you just go play, and hopefully good things happen," Sutter said. "You don't think too much about what exactly is going on. You just go play and try to do your part and if you get a goal that's great, but by no means do you measure your game on your goals and assists.

"You just go out and as long as you're playing well and doing things right, then hopefully you get rewarded."


Farrish: Rangers must become hunters in Game 3

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 2:03 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins andNew York Rangers, has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

Former NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish noticed shortly after the opening faceoff Saturday night at Madison Square Garden how much different the Pittsburgh Penguins' attack is when an effective Chris Kunitz is playing alongside Sidney Crosby instead of Daniel Winnik.

"They have good chemistry and they know where each other are," Farrish said. "Kunitz's speed and also with [Patric] Hornqvist's aggressiveness make them a really good match [with Crosby] and I thought they opened the game up. They were so aggressive and really persistent on the puck, and they created a lot of good scoring opportunities just through that."

Crosby scored twice and Kunitz had three points on a goal and two assists to help the Penguins defeat theNew York Rangers 4-3 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 set for Monday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA, ROOT, MSG).


Chabot: Jets need to make neutral-zone adjustments

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 12:59 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference First Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets, has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Los Angeles Kings.

For the second straight game, the Winnipeg Jets took a lead into the third period against the Anaheim Ducks. For the second straight game, the Ducks prevailed after a third-period comeback, winning 2-1 on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series.

"Anaheim was the better team for most of the game," Chabot said. "They have three lines playing well and their special teams have been very good.

"Without [goaltender Ondrej] Pavelec's performance this would not have been a one goal game."


Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, April 18

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 12:24 PM / News


Trailing by one goal after 40 minutes for the second straight game, the Anaheim Ducks scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the third period – including forward Jakob Silfverberg's game-winning goal with 21 seconds left on the clock – to take a 2-0 series lead over the Winnipeg Jets.

* The Ducks faced a 2-1 deficit after two periods in Game 1, but scored three unanswered goals to pull ahead in the series. The Elias Sports Bureau said this is the first time in NHL history that a team has held a 2-0 series leads when trailing at the start of the third period in each of the first two games.

* During the regular season, Anaheim set an NHL record for wins when trailing at any point in the third period (18). The Ducks also matched a League record with 12 victories when trailing after two periods (12-23-0).


Crosby finds scoring touch for Penguins in Game 2

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 1:02 AM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- In typical Sidney Crosby fashion, he downplayed his game-changing two-goal effort Saturday. The thing is, this was hardly a typical performance for the Pittsburgh Penguins' captain, at least when you judge it against his recent past in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Crosby ended his scoring slump in the playoffs with two goals in the Penguins 4-3 win against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden.

He had scored one goal in his previous 19 playoff games; he had two in a span of 4:39 late in the second period Saturday.

"It's nice to score," Crosby said after helping the Penguins even the best-of-7 series at 1-1. "I mean, you want to contribute and there are so many details in the playoffs, but when you're able to score it definitely feels good."


Rangers plagued by power-play problems

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 12:50 AM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- There will come a point when the New York Rangers will need to make the Pittsburgh Penguins pay the price for taking careless penalties in their Eastern Conference First Round series.

The Rangers' power play had plenty of opportunities to deliver a knockout blow against the Penguins in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday but instead failed miserably in a 4-3 loss. The best-of-7 series, now tied 1-1, shifts to Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG, ROOT).

The Rangers managed one power-play goal on seven opportunities in Game 2 and are 2-for-12 in the series. Quite simply, their power play needs to be better.

Chance at McDavid 'spectacular feeling' for Oilers

Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 11:38 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

TORONTO -- For the fourth time in the past six years, the Edmonton Oilers will have the first pick in the NHL Draft.

The Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday and have the opportunity to select one of the most highly regarded prospects in the past decade, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid.

"Exciting time for our organization," Oilers assistant general manager Bill Scott said. "We're obviously very excited for our fans, too, that have stuck with us over a number of years where we haven't had the success and that's why we're in this position now. Obviously we feel very happy about the future and where this team is going. We're certainly going to get a tremendous player here with the first pick overall this year."


Sabres, Coyotes looking forward after Draft Lottery

Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 10:49 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Edmonton Oilers' victory at the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery produced excitement in Edmonton, but there were two teams they passed in the process.

The Oilers had the third-worst record in the NHL but will have the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, ahead of the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes, who finished lower in the standings.

Buffalo had a 20 percent chance to be given the first pick, Arizona 13.5 percent, and Edmonton 11.5 percent in the weighted system that included the 14 teams that did not reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"When you have an 80 percent chance of losing something, you have to be ready for that and think that’s probably going to be the case," Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. "It almost feels like you’re a World Junior player getting that call at 6 in the morning from Team Canada saying that you haven’t made it this year. You know what? We’ll get over it. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and get ready for the draft."


McDavid, top players react to Draft Lottery results

Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 10:49 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- If the Edmonton Oilers choose Connor McDavid with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Erie Otters center says he will be very happy.

"It's going to be a dream come true and it's a great situation to be in," McDavid said Saturday after the Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery and the right to pick first.

"They have had fan support even through a little bit of a tough slide they have gone through for a few years. The fan support they still receive is amazing and the group of guys they have there is pretty special. If it happens to be me that is selected there it would be a tremendous honor to step in with a group of talent like that."

McDavid is the top-rated skater from North America by NHL Central Scouting and has been projected for several years to be chosen No. 1 in this draft.


Perreault returns to Jets' lineup for Game 2

Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 10:44 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault returned to the lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at Honda Center.

Perreault was a game-time decision because of a lower-body injury sustained at the end of the regular season. He sat out Game 1, but took pregame line rushes with left wing Adam Lowry and right wing Lee Stempniak.

Perreault had 18 goals and 23 assists in 62 regular-season games for the Jets. He had 43 points in 69 games for Anaheim in 2013-14.

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Quote of the Day

I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday