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Blackhawks, Kings meet again in Western Final

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 11:15 AM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Shawn P. Roarke and Curtis Zupke - NHL.com

The Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in five games in the 2013 Western Conference Final on their way to the Stanley Cup. To have a chance to become the first repeat champion in 16 years, Chicago will have to beat L.A. again.

The Blackhawks and Kings, who each finished third in their division, begin the best-of-7 rematch Sunday at United Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TSN, RDS).

The Blackhawks have been off since eliminating the Minnesota Wild by winning Game 6 of their Western Conference Second Round series in overtime. The Kings had a quick turnaround; Los Angeles flew to Chicago after ousting the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their second-round series Friday.


Five players lead chase for Conn Smythe Trophy

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 10:30 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Conn Smythe Trophy can't be won halfway through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but MVP-type performances go a long way in determining which teams are still competing for the Stanley Cup.

The Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are still alive in the playoffs because of total team efforts, great comebacks, Game 7 wins on the road and spellbinding individual performances from several star players.

With two rounds in the books, here are five players in contention for the Conn Smythe Trophy.


Friends, foes and fans salute Teemu Selanne

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 2:41 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- The ultimate result of the NHL's first Freeway Series became known well before the final minutes of Game 7 at Honda Center on Friday.

Most of the fans of the Anaheim Ducks who lingered despite the lopsided score in a 6-2 victory for the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of their Western Conference Second Round series were probably there for one reason: The chance to say goodbye to Teemu Selanne.

Selanne announced before the season that 2013-14 would be his last. This was not the end he was hoping for.

"It was very disappointing. I knew it was either going to be an unbelievable party or disappointment," Selanne said. "This time it wasn't the party. It's very disappointing. It's a funny game. We had our chances. We just couldn't take advantage of them. That's the way it goes."


Ducks pay the price for slow start in Game 7

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 2:22 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- There was no turning point in Game 7 between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.

The puck was dropped at center ice, and the Kings dominated from the outset. The first two shifts were dominant; each ended with the Ducks icing the puck. Los Angeles kept coming, and it morphed into an awful start for Anaheim. The Kings were up by two goals before the midway point and three by the first intermission.


Selanne's career ends in Ducks' Game 7 loss to Kings

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 12:42 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- In the summer of 2007, Teemu Selanne didn't even know where he had stashed his hockey gear. In the garage? In Finland?

He knew he was done. He was convinced. Selanne could see the second act of life that F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said did not exist.

"Then I rented ice at Anaheim Ice and skated by myself and said, 'This is so stupid,'" Selanne said.

Selanne made a bet with a goalie friend, Jeff Brown. If he scored on Brown at least five times out of 10 breakaways, he would return.

"When it got to be 8-for-8, he started making excuses," Selanne said.


Kings, Blackhawks set for Western Final rematch

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 12:02 AM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in five games in the 2013 Western Conference Final on their way to the Stanley Cup. To have a chance to become the first repeat champion in 16 years, Chicago will have to beat L.A. again.

The Blackhawks and Kings, each of whom finished third in their division, will begin the best-of-7 rematch Sunday at United Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TSN, RDS).


Goaltender matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Price

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the competition intense and so even, the men protecting each goal often are the difference in a series. NHL.com broke down the compelling Eastern Conference Final rematch of the 2014 Sochi Olympics gold-medal game between Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.

Much like many goaltending coaches will do before a playoff series, NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, used the 360 Save Review System software from Double Blue Sports Analytics to chart every goal scored against each goalie in this matchup this season, and he came to some interesting conclusions about their strengths and weaknesses.


Val-d'Or beats London in Memorial Cup opener

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 10:34 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha showed why he might be the best pure scorer in the junior hockey ranks.

The 20th player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft scored a spectacular goal in the first period as the Val-d'Or Foreurs, champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, opened play at the 2014 Memorial Cup with a 1-0 win against the host London Knights at Budweiser Gardens.

Val-d'Or goaltender Antoine Bibeau, a 2013 sixth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, stopped all 51 shots he saw for the first shutout in a Memorial Cup game since St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binningtonof the Owen Sound Attack had one in 2011.

“[Bibeau] was outstanding," Val-d'Or coach Mario Durocher said. "Our goalie was really good and there were no second shots most of the time."


Canadiens' Briere relishes run toward Stanley Cup

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Daniel Briere has reached the stage in his career when he's a role player. He knows it. He accepts it.

Briere is one of the top Stanley Cup Playoff performers of his generation, perhaps of all time, but he has been relegated to fourth-line center for the Montreal Canadiens in their run to the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers.

Game 1 is at Bell Centre on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Briere provides coach Michel Therrien with instant offense off the bench and an edge in the matchup with virtually any opposing fourth line. There aren't too many teams that can afford to have a player with Briere's skill set at the bottom of the lineup, a role he plays without complaint because he has his eyes on the Stanley Cup, which he hasn't won during his 17 NHL seasons.

"Look, I'm at a different stage of my career," Briere said after practice Friday. "I don't have 10 years left. I don't have a Cup, obviously. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get one.

"So that's part of the challenge for me, to stay ready."


Flames' AHL franchise to be based in Glens Falls, N.Y.

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 8:28 PM / News


The Calgary Flames on Friday announced that their American Hockey League affiliate will move to Glens Falls, New York, for the 2014-15 season and will be known as the Adirondack Flames.

The team will play its home games at Glens Falls Civic Center.

"The Calgary Flames are dedicated to developing players in the American Hockey League and are excited at the prospect of moving to a mature hockey market like Glens Falls that deserves to remain an AHL market," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in a statement.

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