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Chabot: Ducks' Andersen must stay busy in Game 6

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Anaheim Ducks during the Western Conference Final, 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, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

If there's been one positive to take away from the slow starts the Anaheim Ducks have had in parts of the Western Conference Final, it might be that goalie Frederik Andersen has been able to get into a rhythm quickly.

The Chicago Blackhawks outshot the Ducks by a combined 49-28 in the first four games of their best-of-7 series, forcing Andersen into action early.

But in Game 5 on Monday, it was Anaheim who came out of the gates quickly, outshooting Chicago 11-3 in the first period and taking a 3-0 lead. The lack of work may have played a factor in Andersen struggling through the next two periods, according to Frederic Chabot, but Andersen's teammates picked him up and Anaheim won 5-4 to take a 3-2 series lead.


Ducks goalie Andersen remains confident, focused

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The most games Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen played before this season was 47, and that was in the American Hockey League.

Andersen is 68 games into this season and, although he has represented nothing but calm stability for Anaheim, it's fair to wonder how he will rebound after his shakiest game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

If Game 5 of the Western Conference Final represented any mental fatigue from his longest season, he didn't let on going into Game 6 on Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Anaheim leads the best-of-7 series, 3-2, and is one win away from its first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 2007.

"I think I've always been good at bouncing back," Andersen said. "And I think [Wednesday is] going to be a great opportunity again. It's all about winning that one game and going to the Finals. That's all my focus is right now.

"I know how good I can be and I've shown that the whole playoffs. Maybe last game wasn't my best, but stuff happens when you're a goalie. It's about what you do next that matters."


Hitchcock agrees to one-year contract with Blues

Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 3:35 PM / News

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will turn back to a familiar face and voice.

The way general manager Doug Armstrong spoke Tuesday to announce that the Blues signed Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract, there never seemed to be a doubt whether the 63-year-old would return to coach St. Louis for a fifth season.

Hitchcock's contract was set to expire June 30. He and Armstrong took time after the season to reflect on certain issues, but each is comfortable with the other and seems fine with a one-year extension.

"I just had to make sure that the passion level that's going to be necessary in November, December, January, February ... the dog days of the season, that Ken still had that passion," Armstrong said. "I didn't want him to come back and feel that he was coming back out of anger and disappointment. I wanted him to come back out of excitement and energy. When we talked, I felt that. I felt that talking to him and I felt that talking to members of his staff that there's a real excitement in getting back to work here."


Three keys for Rangers, Lightning to winning Game 6

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The New York Rangers are no strangers to the position they're in right now, facing elimination going into Game 6 of a Stanley Cup Playoff series. They're also no strangers to winning in this position.

The Rangers head into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) trailing 3-2 in the best-of-7 series facing elimination for the fourth time in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and for the 18th time since the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

New York is 3-0 when facing elimination this year and 14-3 going back to their series against the Ottawa Senators in 2012. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has played in all 17 of the games and has a 1.39 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in them.


Noel: Blackhawks helped, hurt by fatigue in Game 5

Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 10:08 AM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

For additional insight on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final, 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.

There is an explanation for the sudden twists and turns that have taken place over the past two games in the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks: fatigue.


Teravainen sparks Blackhawks' comeback effort

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Before Jonathan Toews' two goals in the final two minutes of regulation in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center on Monday, 20-year-old rookie Teuvo Teravainen ignited Phase One of the Chicago Blackhawks' comeback against the Anaheim Ducks.

Teravainen scored early in the second period and assisted on a goal late in the period to help carve into a three-goal deficit. Even after his strong play and Toews' heroics, the Ducks prevailed 5-4 in overtime to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Game 6 is Wednesday in Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).


Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, May 25

Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 2:31 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations


The Anaheim Ducks surrendered two goals in the final 1:50 of regulation, but Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Ducks to a 3-2 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

* The Ducks are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in their history (also 2003 and 2007). In Anaheim’s most recent appearance, the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games to win their first Stanley Cup.

* Beleskey’s goal was his first career NHL playoff overtime goal and his Ducks-leading third game-winning goal in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has scored in back-to-back games and has seven goals and an assist in 14 games this postseason, including a Ducks’ single-postseason record five-game goal streak from April 30-May 10 (5-0—5).


Ducks' Andersen escapes rough outing with win

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ANAHEIM -- Frederik Andersen couldn't escape the spotlight Monday.

With overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference Final about to begin, Andersen, the Anaheim Ducks goalie, lumbered down the hallway from the dressing room and stepped onto the ice, where the Honda Center spotlight picked him up and followed him as he slowly skated approximately 115 feet to his net.

The bright light was overkill.

All eyes at Honda Center were already on Andersen, tracking him as he retook his place in the crease. They wondered where he was mentally after allowing two goals in a 72-second span in the final 1:50 of the third period to let the Blackhawks stage one of the most dramatic and improbable comebacks in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They feared he would allow another soft goal and put the Ducks to within one game of elimination.


Ducks pleased with response after blowing lead

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Andrew Cogliano has been through the Anaheim Ducks' disappointing losses in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past few seasons, so it wasn't surprising that the veteran left wing accurately described what a 5-4 overtime win at Honda Center on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final meant in the bigger picture.

"We know what their team's about, and I think we're slowly proving what our team's about as well," Cogliano said. "You're not going to go any farther without responding, and guys making plays at the right time. I think tonight was a perfect example of guys getting the job done."

The Ducks took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 6 is at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).


Fleischmann in Ducks lineup for Game 5

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks left wing Tomas Fleischmann is in the lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Fleischmann took pregame line rushes with center Rickard Rakell and right wing Jiri Sekac but started the game with center Ryan Kesler and right wing Jakob Silfverberg. Right wing Emerson Etem was scratched.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau left open the possibility of using one of his spare forwards after the Ducks and Blackhawks played their second multi-overtime game of the series in Game 4, a 5-4 Chicago win. Fleischmann has played in 33 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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