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Shero turned Penguins into playoff team, Cup champ

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 1:51 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins had just completed a fourth straight season of having failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Ray Shero was hired as general manager in May 2006.

It wasn't going to be an easy fix, but the former player agent and son of Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero was up to the task. He stressed the importance of long-term building and not a one-season fix to reach the playoffs, having a vision and definitive plan in place.

Under his reign the Penguins qualified for the playoffs each of the next eight seasons and won the third Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2009. But major postseason pitfalls since that championship run cost Shero his job Friday.


GM Shero fired by Penguins; Bylsma coach for now

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 12:32 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero on Friday but have retained coach Dan Bylsma, Penguins president David Morehouse announced Friday during a press conference at Consol Energy Center.

Assistant general manager Jason Botterill was named interim GM, and Morehouse said he is a candidate for the full-time position. The announcement came three days after the Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round after holding a 3-1 series lead.

Morehouse said the search for a new GM has begun, but Pittsburgh is not specifically targeting anyone other than Botterill. The new GM will evaluate Bylsma and the rest of the coaching staff before a decision is made on their future in Pittsburgh, Morehouse said.

"The new GM will be charged with overseeing and revamping our hockey operations with the goal of returning the team to championship form," Morehouse said. "Part of his initial duties will be to evaluate our hockey operations department, including the coaching staff, and make decisions in the best interest of the franchise moving forward.

"Our ownership group led by Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle felt that it was time to move the franchise in a new direction. Like our fans, they have been very disappointed with our early exits from the playoffs. They made this decision because we believe new leadership can help us get back on track to achieve our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."


Ramsay: Subban, McDonagh are difference-makers

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.

Defensemen P.K. Subban and Ryan McDonagh should be as important to the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens as goalies Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist in the Eastern Conference Final, longtime NHL coach and player Craig Ramsay said.

Game 1 of the best-of-7 series is Saturday at Bell Centre (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"To me it's going come down to the defensemen who jump up and join rushes," Ramsay told NHL.com. "It will come down to one special player beyond the goalies."


Anson Carter joins La Greca for Friday Face Time chat

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 10:27 AM / Edward Jones Face Time


Former NHL player Anson Carter joins sports commentator Don La Greca for live online Face Time chat with fans Friday at 1 p.m. ET. Carter and La Greca will take questions and share their views about the Stanley Cup Playoffs and other hot topics.

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.


Wild's playoff loss still stings for coach Mike Yeo

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 12:08 AM / News


Mike Yeo had planned to spend Thursday getting his Minnesota Wild ready for Game 7 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Instead, the third-year coach was addressing the media at Xcel Energy Center about the bad break that ended the Wild's season.

An overtime dump-in hit a stanchion in the glass behind the Minnesota net and caromed right to Chicago's Patrick Kane, whose goal won Game 6, 2-1, on Tuesday and sent the Wild home for the summer. Yeo's pain was apparent two days later.

"To be perfectly honest, I'm still a little bit bitter," Yeo said. "There's still a little bit of disbelief. You wake up in the morning and think 'OK, I'm on my way to work.' Obviously it's a season, it's long, it's hard. There's a lot of incredibly great emotions that go along with some of the tough parts and it just comes to a grinding halt."


Pearn: No favorite in Ducks-Kings Game 7

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 9:08 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.

The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings have played to a draw through six games of their Western Conference Second Round series. Each team has won three games. Each team has scored 13 goals.


Sharks to part with Boyle, Havlat; move Burns to D

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 8:49 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson promised to make changes after a historic collapse against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he's already begun.

During a conference call Thursday, Wilson said the Sharks will part with forward Marty Havlat, won't re-sign veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, and will move Brent Burns back to defense after his first full season as a forward.

Boyle, an impending unrestricted free agent, played six seasons for San Jose after coming from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade July 4, 2008. Boyle had 68 goals and 269 points for the Sharks, including 12 goals and 36 points this season, which was marred by a concussion.

Boyle turns 38 in July, and Wilson made it clear the Sharks will ramp up their mission to become a "younger, more aggressive team."


Five reasons why the Canadiens advanced

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 7:53 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Few people gave the Montreal Canadiens much of a chance to defeat the Boston Bruins in their Eastern Conference Second Round series, with good reason.

The Bruins were the best team in the NHL during the regular season. The Canadiens were not.

But the Canadiens have had the Bruins' number during the past two seasons, and though regular-season results don't necessarily translate to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they did in this case.

Here are five reasons the Canadiens are headed to the Eastern Conference Final, where they will play the New York Rangers:


Kings will lean on experience for Game 7 vs. Ducks

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 7:19 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Darryl Sutter isn't a big believer in many of the narratives that seem to be popular at this time of a hockey season.

Does home-ice advantage matter in a Game 7? Nope. In his mind, if there's a Game 7 it is because the teams are too close for it to matter.

Does momentum carry over from one Stanley Cup Playoff game to the next? Nope. He believes in momentum from shift-to-shift, but each game is its own entity.

Is a Game 7 different than other elimination games? Nope. Sutter feels every playoff game is of the elimination variety.

The Los Angeles Kings coach does believe in what he sees from players at this time of the season. He believes that experience matters, and the veterans he has have earned theirs.

Thirteen of the 19 Kings expected to be on the ice Friday in Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS) played in every game of Los Angeles' march to the Stanley Cup in 2012. Three others played in at least 12 of the 18 playoff games last season.

It is an experienced group, one that will lean on that experience Friday.

"It's confidence. When you've done special things together, you have the confidence no matter what happens to do that again," center Mike Richards said. "That's a big thing in playoffs. When you're down in a game, down in the series, you've been through comebacks and good things with the guy beside you, it is a good thing to lean on. It's a nice feeling to have that you have confidence in being able to do whatever is needed to win."


Malkin to join Russia for World Championship

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 6:57 PM / News


Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will join Russia for the remainder of the 2014 IIHF World Championship being played in Belarus.

The Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday with a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

The IIHF website said Malkin will join the Russian team Sunday. It plays Germany that night in a preliminary-round game, and faces Belarus on Tuesday.

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