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Blackhawks, Kings set up to contend for years

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Last season the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings met in the Western Conference Final, but injuries for the Kings meant it was hardly a fair fight.

Two seasons ago, the Blackhawks and Kings could have met in the Western Conference Final, but Chicago was bounced in the first round by the Phoenix Coyotes.

The 2014 Western Conference Final is a bit like a heavyweight fight three years in the making. From about late February of 2012 until now, these have arguably been the two best teams in the West. They are at close to full strength, and this series is might turn into an epic showdown befitting of the clubs' success.

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Blackhawks hope Kane breaks out against Kings

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Chicago Blackhawks have to be better in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. Forward Patrick Kane knows the Blackhawks have little chance of being good enough if he doesn't lead the charge.

Kane has been strangely silent in the best-of-7 series against the Los Angeles Kings. He does not have a point and is minus-3. He has seven shots, but only a couple of them have been the type of Grade-A opportunities for which he is famous for producing.

Kane's struggles are just one of the reasons the Blackhawks find themselves in a 2-1 series hole heading into Game 4 on Monday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN). But, he expects himself to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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Jagr announces retirement from international play

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 5:44 PM / News

NHL.com

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr announced his retirement Sunday from international hockey as a member of the Czech Republic national team it lost 3-0 against Sweden in the bronze-medal game of the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

"That was my last game for the Czech Republic," Jagr told reporters. "I'll be back to play in the NHL next year [with the Devils], but I won't play for my country again."

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Worlds: Russia tops Finland to win gold medal

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 5:44 PM / News

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Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored at 15:38 of the second period to break a tie and helped Russia to a 5-2 win against Finland in the gold-medal game of the 2014 IIHF World Championship on Sunday at Minsk Arena in Minsk, Belarus.

Sergei ShirokovAlex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Danis Zaripov and Viktor Tikhonov scored to give Russia its fourth gold in the past seven years at Worlds (2008, 2009, 2012). Russia avenged a loss to Finland in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won their fifth gold medal since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.

"It's a different tournament [after the Olympics], but it's great to win it," Russian forward Nikolai Kulyomin told the IIHF website. "We were all coming here to win. The Russian team is always playing to win."

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Verbal battle continues between Vigneault, Therrien

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien continued their war of words Sunday following the morning skates and hours before puck drop in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Final series at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Vigneault took exception to the post-practice commentary provided by Therrien on Saturday when the Canadiens coach questioned why Rangers assistant coaches were viewing his team's practice.

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Penalties cost Blackhawks dearly in Game 3 loss

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- For a champion, no detail is too little to escape detection.

For Duncan Keith, the stalwart defenseman of the Chicago Blackhawks and a driving force in the two titles they've won in the past four years, it is the stunning lack of discipline by his team which has caught his attention.

Most people see three penalties for the Blackhawks in the box score of Game 3 of the Western Conference Final and find that acceptable. After all, the Los Angeles Kings took four minors in the game.

But for Keith, those three rules infractions explained, in large part, why the Blackhawks lost 4-3 to the Kings on Saturday and now trail the best-of-7 series 2-1 entering Game 4 at Staples Center on Monday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).
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Kings' special teams are living up to their name

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown always measures his words in a way that makes it sound like he's fatigued, and that might have actually been the case immediately after Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday.

The Kings had just put on a penalty-killing clinic in holding the Chicago Blackhawks scoreless in eight minutes of power-play time, and Los Angeles continued its offensive outburst with another power-play goal and a second goal scored two seconds after its final extra-man opportunity expired. Each was vital in a 4-3 win that gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues Monday at Staples Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Brown, one of the Kings' penalty-killers, seemed almost out of breath.

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Blackhawks must follow Toews' lead

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews issued a pregame directive to his team Saturday. He wanted his teammates to have the fire in their bellies from melting down in Game 2, but combined with the poise in their mind shown in winning Game 1.

Then he went out and showed them what he meant, scoring two goals in the first period and turning in a dominant 20-minute performance.

Unfortunately, not enough of his teammates followed the lead of their No. 1 center and slowly but surely, the Los Angeles Kings dampened the spark produced by Toews, rallying for a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Staples Center.

The Kings now have a 2-1 lead in this best-of-7 series. Game 4 is here Monday (9 p.m. EST, NBCSN, TSN, RDS). The Blackhawks have some questions to answer before that game.

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Ramsay: Rangers, Canadiens sending messages

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the series.

Ramsay played in more than 1,000 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres before going on to coach the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. In the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the Flyers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Final. Ramsay most recently was an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

Two games in six days have afforded the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens ample time to engage in the art of mind games while they wait for the Eastern Conference Final to resume.

The Canadiens and Rangers, particularly coaches Michel Therrien and Alain Vigneault, have used the media to deliver messages to each other, the referees and the NHL about players, tactics, hits, injuries and really whatever else they felt like talking about regardless of the question they were asked.

Longtime NHL coach and player Craig Ramsay wasn't surprised to hear that the coaches were using the media as their conduit when he was informed about the background noise in the series on Saturday.

Ramsay said this type of message sending and these mind games typically have a purpose that extends beyond simply attempting to air some grievances in the press.

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Rangers, Canadiens try to win battle of mind games

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

NEW YORK -- They began the moment this Eastern Conference Final between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers was set and continue unabated leading into Game 4 of the series Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers might lead the best-of-7 series 2-1, but the count on mind games won by either team is not quite as clear.

And it seems nearly as important.

As the Canadiens and Rangers each took to the ice for practice Saturday, what was said in the dressing rooms and on the podium was of far greater interest.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was up first, and he did not disappoint.


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