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Familiar faces dot Rangers-Kings Cup Final

Monday, 06.02.2014 / 5:14 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers won't be looking to rekindle old friendships when they play the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. But many of the Rangers players will notice a familiar face on the Kings roster when they play Game 1 on Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

And for one former Rangers player, the Cup Final will be a vivid reminder of where he came from.

Kings forward Marian Gaborik was a crucial piece of the Rangers team that advanced to the 2012 Eastern Conference Final before losing in six games to the New Jersey Devils. In just two years, Gaborik has gone from being one of the Rangers' best teammates to one of their most dangerous adversaries.

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Five reasons why the Kings advanced

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Kings completed one of the most remarkable runs to the Stanley Cup Final with their Game 7 overtime victory Sunday.

Los Angeles dethroned the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in an epic seven-game Western Conference Final. It was the third consecutive seven-game survival for the Kings, and they became the first team to win three Game 7s on the road in one postseason as well as the first to play 21 games in the first three rounds and still advance to the Cup Final.

What made it even more remarkable was the quality of competition in Los Angeles' path. While the Kings defeated the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds in the Western Conference en route to the Stanley Cup in 2012 and did so by racing out to a 3-0 lead in each series, the journey to the 2014 Final was unquestionably harder.

The San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Blackhawks finished the regular season with a combined 334 points. For perspective, the top three seeds in the West in 2012 combined for 317 points.

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Predators sign goalie Hutton to two-year contract

Monday, 06.02.2014 / 4:16 PM / News

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Goaltender Carter Hutton signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Monday, general manager David Poile announced. Hutton will make $700,000 in 2014-15 and $750,000 in 2015-16. He could have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

In 2013-14, Hutton's first full NHL season, he finished as the sixth 20-game winner in Predators history, going 20-11-4 with a 2.62 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and one shutout. The Thunder Bay, Ontario, native went 13-4-2 in his final 20 games, which included a personal five-game winning streak to end the season; he had a 1.77 GAA, .940 save percentage and one shutout in that stretch. Hutton also was 6-0-1 when facing at least 35 shots.

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Rangers expect stiff challenge from Kings in Cup Final

Monday, 06.02.2014 / 3:59 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- After waiting for three days, the New York Rangers finally learned Sunday who they will play in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. The Los Angeles Kings advanced by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

Hours away from boarding a flight to Los Angeles for Game 1 Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), the Rangers took some time to assess their next opponent. And they were not taking them lightly.

"[They're] a team that knows how to win, is very resilient. It's going to take a lot to beat them," forward Brad Richards said. "They seem to always find a way to get back in a series and win a series. They just won a Cup a couple of years ago, so they're a major challenge."

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Five Conn Smythe candidates entering Cup Final

Monday, 06.02.2014 / 2:38 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Resiliency and emotion have carried the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers into the Stanley Cup Final. But neither would be getting prepared to play Game 1 on Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) without some phenomenal individual performances.

The Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, won't be officially handed out until a champion is crowned either on or before June 18. Here are the top five candidates after three rounds:

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Five reasons why the Blackhawks were eliminated

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The sting was etched upon the faces of the Chicago Blackhawks and hung on every word they spoke following a classic Western Conference Final that ended with a 5-4 overtime loss in Game 7 on Sunday at United Center.

After battling back from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-7 series, the defending Stanley Cup champions finished their season one goal short of returning to the Stanley Cup Final.

"We were pretty close to getting to the big dance," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "You look at how close we were, how competitive it was, and it's a tough League. It's a tough thing to do, to win the Cup. And I couldn't be prouder of our guys. The way we competed in some tough situations down 3-1 and [being] one shot away from going and trying to do it again."

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Panthers able to speak with Canadiens' Gallant: report

Monday, 06.02.2014 / 1:14 PM / News

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Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon received permission Monday morning from his Montreal Canadiens counterpart, Marc Bergevin, to speak with Canadiens assistant coach Gerard Gallant about the Panthers' vacant coaching position, according to several media reports.

Gallant left Montreal for South Florida on Sunday, according to RDS, but the request for permission from Bergevin to negotiate with Gallant came from Tallon on Monday morning.

Tallon fired interim coach Peter Horachek at the end of the regular season after the Panthers went 26-36-4 under his watch. Horachek had replaced Kevin Dineen on Nov. 8, inheriting a team that had started the season 3-9-4.

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Bob Fallen named USHL commissioner/president

Monday, 06.02.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

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Bob Fallen, former Reebok-CCM Hockey marketer and businessman, has been appointed league president and commissioner of the United States Hockey League, it was announced Monday.

Fallen, who is the third USHL commissioner in the past 20 years, officially assumed his role Sunday.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to lead the finest junior hockey league in the world," Fallen said in a statement. "The foundation built by my predecessors, league owners and the stakeholders throughout the hockey industry have made the USHL an important step along the developmental path for players, coaches and officials. I look forward to working with our staff, aligned partners and the international hockey community at large to build upon our success."

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Rangers sign two to entry-level contracts

Monday, 06.02.2014 / 11:00 AM / News

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The New York Rangers on Monday agreed to terms with goaltender Mackenzie Skapski and defenseman Calle Andersson on entry-level contracts. Terms were not disclosed.

Skapski, 19, appeared in 53 games with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League this season, posting a 28-20-4 record along with a career-best 2.70 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. Skapski had a career-high 10-game winning streak from Jan. 12-Feb. 11, with a 1.80 GAA and .940 save percentage over the span.

Skapski, a sixth-round pick (No. 170) in the 2013 NHL Draft, is 74-52-7 in 141 career WHL games with a 2.81 GAA, .909 save percentage and eight shutouts. He also has a 4-8 record in 15 career playoff appearances with Kootenay.

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Martinez shows just how deep these Kings are

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- This run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings has been defined by words like resiliency and character, but also depth and talent.

The Kings advanced past the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks with a Game 7, 5-4 overtime win Sunday night at United Center, and the depth was on display in the extra session.

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There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp