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Stars captain Benn sidelined through summer: report

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 9:36 AM / News

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Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn could need until November to recover from his second hip surgery in a week, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Benn is expected to need four to five months to recover, but Stars head athletic trainer Dave Zeis told the newspaper it could be as long as five to six months before Benn would be in hockey shape.

Training camp would begin in a little more than four months. The newspaper said Benn "could be ready for the start of the regular season if all goes well."

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 5

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 2:31 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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GAUDREAU, BACKLUND PROVIDE SPARK AS FLAMES RALLY FOR GAME 3 VICTORY

Johnny Gaudreau scored the tying goal with 19.5 seconds left in regulation and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:24 of overtime to rally the Calgary Flames past the Anaheim Ducks, cutting their series deficit to 2-1.
* Via Elias, Gaudreau's goal at 19:40 of the third period was the latest tying goal in Flames playoff history, topping the previous mark set by Robert Reichel at 19:13 of the third period on May 9, 1995 vs. the San Jose Sharks (5-4 OT L).

* Elias also says Backlund (9 GP) is the fourth player in Flames history to score his first career playoff goal in overtime, following Eddy Beers (April 6, 1983 vs. the Vancouver Canucks), Marcus Nilson (April 22, 2004 at the Detroit Red Wings) and Steve Montador (May 9, 2004 at San Jose).

Crawford rebounds vs. Wild after first-round benching

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 1:20 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford is tired of rehashing the Western Conference First Round, when the Chicago Blackhawks' top goalie was benched for four starts. But his earlier problems during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs were a distant memory at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Crawford came full circle after a bumpy start to the playoffs and stonewalled the Minnesota Wild with a 30-save shutout. The Blackhawks' 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round put them up 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, and Crawford has been a big reason for the commanding lead.

"It was a great game for him," said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, who made the decisions to pull Crawford in Game 1 of the first round against the Nashville Predators and bench him in Game 3 for rookie Scott Darling. "It was a goalie win. It was one of those games from the outset that we needed him to be strong and he made some key stops, particularly in that second period and around the net in the third."

Crawford, who had started 57 consecutive postseason games prior to Darling's promotion, has played all nine periods of the first three games of this series. He's shut the Wild out in seven of them, including a difficult third period Tuesday.

Frustration mounts for Wild, down 3-0 to Blackhawks

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 12:38 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild played perhaps their best game of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 at Xcel Energy Center.

It wasn't enough, though, because Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford shut the door, making 30 saves in a 1-0 win Tuesday that gave Chicago a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series.

As the mountain has grown steeper for the Wild, so has their frustration. Crawford, who was benched for portions of the Blackhawks' first-round series against the Nashville Predators, has rediscovered his game. Now the Wild are one loss away from having their season ended by the Blackhawks for the third straight year.

"Crawford, he's a star against us," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "He's [Martin] Brodeur. He's [Patrick] Roy. He's everybody against us, so we've got to find a way to solve that."


Devils GM Shero on Bylsma, Brodeur: report

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 11:22 PM / News

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New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero addressed the possibility of hiring Dan Bylsma as coach and adding Martin Brodeur to the front office in a lengthy interview with Northjersey.com published Tuesday.

Shero was the general manager and Bylsma was the coach when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009. They were fired by Pittsburgh after last season.

"I'm sure people will ask that based upon our working together in the past and having some success or winning the Cup together," Shero told writer Tom Gulitti. "That's nothing that I have any preconceived notion on at all. I believe Dan is a really good coach. He'll be a head coach again in the National Hockey League, but I've got to do what's best for the Devils and Dan's got to do what's best for him, and if that leads us a certain way, so be it. But, as I speak to you now, there's certainly no preconceived notion on any persons or player or staff member.

"I'm on the job for what? Two, three hours now. We'll have plenty of time for that and, hopefully, make the right decision."

Shero on Monday was named general manager, replacing Lou Lamoriello, who will remain as Devils president. Lamoriello ended the season as co-coach with Adam Oates and Scott Stevens.


NBC's Mike Emrick wins third Sports Emmy

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 11:02 PM / News

Mike "Doc" Emrick of NBC/NBCSN was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play at the annual ceremony on Tuesday.

Emrick, the lead play-by-play voice for the "NHL on NBC," also won last year and in 2011.

Emrick did television play-by-play for the New Jersey Devils for 21 seasons on the MSG Network, through the 2010-11 season. He was the voice of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1988-93.

Therrien again shuffles Canadiens' forward lines

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 7:15 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TAMPA -- The one constant with the Montreal Canadiens this season has been the presence of change.

In spite of being the healthiest team in the NHL, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has been shuffling his forward lines all season in an effort to find a combination that can produce offense on a consistent basis.

There has not been a single time this season that Therrien needed offense more than he does now.

So the line-shuffling machine will be put to use once more when the Canadiens attempt to get their first win of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVA Sports).

"We're always looking for results," Therrien said after practice Tuesday. "If the result offensively isn't there, you're always searching for a solution. [Wednesday] won't be any different. We've got to find a solution to be more successful offensively."

Benn, Ovechkin, Price voted Lindsay Award finalists

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 7:01 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

NHLPA

TORONTO – The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award: forward Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Benn and Price are each seeking their first Ted Lindsay Award, while Ovechkin is looking to be named the "Most Outstanding Player" by his fellow players for the fourth time in his career. The 2014-15 Ted Lindsay Award recipient will be announced on June 24th during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Canadiens' Prust fined $5,000 for comments

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 6:20 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been fined $5,000 for derogatory public comments directed toward Referee Brad Watson during his post-game media availability on Sunday, May 3, the National Hockey League announced today.

"Brandon Prust's post-game comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the League has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

Addition of Coburn paying off for Lightning in playoffs

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 6:07 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TAMPA -- When Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers in the early morning hours of the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2, he wasn’t just adding a solid veteran.

He was giving Lightning coach Jon Cooper a prime top pairing on defense.

The addition of Coburn allowed Cooper to play Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman together on his top pair, but the combination lasted four games together before Coburn broke his foot, costing him six weeks of action.

Without Coburn to play with Jason Garrison on the second pair, Cooper preferred to split Hedman from Stralman. But Cooper said he knew what the Lightning had in Coburn right away.

"He did impress in those first four games, and for me he’s done nothing but make our general manager look good in that trade," Cooper said. "He’s kind of rounded out our top four, he’s given us another big-body defender, somebody that sticks up for his teammates."

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