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Worlds: Jones leads U.S. to OT win; Canada routs Italy

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 4:45 PM / News


Defenseman Seth Jones of the Nashville Predators scored his second goal of the game 1:05 into overtime to rally the United States to a 4-3 victory against Kazakhstan in preliminary-round play of the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Minsk Arena in Belarus on Friday.

The victory snapped a two-game skid for the United States (3-2, eight points) after losses to Russia and Latvia in the Group B field.

"We definitely wanted to win this," Jones told the IIHF website. "We didn't want it to be as close as it was, to be honest, but we are happy to get the points."


Flyers defenseman Gustafsson signs with KHL

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 3:51 PM / News


Defenseman Erik Gustafsson will not return to the Philadelphia Flyers next season.

The 25-year-old, who will become a restricted free agent in July, on Friday informed the Flyers he has signed a contract to play with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. The Russian club announced the signing on its official Twitter account.

"I spoke with Erik [on Friday] and he informed me that he does in fact have a deal in place to play overseas," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "Although we are disappointed in his decision, we wish him all the best."


Seidenberg could have played if Bruins advanced

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 3:42 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Had the Boston Bruins advanced beyond their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg probably would've returned to the Bruins' lineup.

The Bruins lost Game 7 to the Canadiens 3-1 on Wednesday.

Seidenberg had surgery to repair an ACL/MCL injury in early January. The prognosis was a return in 6-8 months, but he'd been skating for more than a month and took some light contact by the time the series ended.


Rangers goalie Lundqvist not bothered by Bell Centre

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Sitting in a locker stall Thursday, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist jumped out of the line of fire for the first time in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, sidestepping a question about his history at Bell Centre in Montreal.

"It's so long ago since I played there, so I don't even remember," Lundqvist said.

Lundqvist hasn't played in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2012, serving as the Rangers backup in four straight games at Bell Centre. He hasn't won in the building since March 17, 2009.

In four appearances there since his prior win, Lundqvist is 0-3-1 with an .862 save percentage and 4.63 goals-against average. Canadiens goalie Carey Price is 4-1-0 with three shutouts and two goals allowed (149 saves on 151 shots) in his past five games against the Rangers.


Rangers' Nash staying positive despite scoring slump

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers have won consecutive seven-game series on their way to the 2014 Eastern Conference Final, which starts against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday with Game 1 at Bell Centre (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

To get this far they've received clutch scoring from a variety of sources, sound defensive play and world-class goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist.

One thing they have not received is a single goal from forward Rick Nash, who led the Rangers during the regular season with 26 goals. It's a frustrating stretch for a player long considered among the NHL's elite scorers, but it has been made bearable by team success and Nash's ability to find other ways to contribute.

"The chances are coming here and there, the defensive game has been solid," Nash said after New York's practice Friday. "I've been focusing on that a bit, but I need to start scoring."


Seven questions for Ducks-Kings Game 7

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 3:22 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- For the second consecutive round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a series involving two California teams will go the distance.

The first postseason meeting between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings will conclude with a Game 7 on Friday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). The road team won the first four games of the series; the home side has prevailed in the past two.

Each team has scored 13 goals. Four of the games have been decided by one goal, and one of the two that wasn't featured an empty-netter.

The winner will claim bragging rights in Southern California and a chance to play the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.


Canucks forward Burrows injured at Worlds: report

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 3:20 PM / News


Vancouver Canucks right wing Alexandre Burrows reportedly sustained an injury to his right leg during Canada's 6-1 victory against Italy in preliminary-round play of the 2014 IIHF World Championship on Friday.

According to The Canadian Press, Burrows collided knee-on-knee with Joachim Ramoser of Italy with 56 seconds remaining in the first period.

Ramoser was given a five-minute major penalty for kneeing and an automatic game misconduct. Burrows was unable to put any weight on his right leg while being assisted off the ice by teammates and did not return to the game.


Ranford emerging as postseason star for Texas

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 2:46 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Brendan Ranford has come a long way during his rookie season with the American Hockey League's Texas Stars.

After five seasons of junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League, Ranford, a forward originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 but never signed by the club, signed a professional tryout contract with Texas prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.

He's now leading the AHL in goals during the Calder Cup Playoffs.


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."

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