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Goaltender matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Holtby

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 1:29 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. decided to break down the highest profile matchup in the Eastern Conference Second Round: Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.

Much like many goaltending coaches will do before a playoff series, correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted every goal scored against each goalie in this matchup this season with the help of a program from Double Blue Sport Analytics. The graphics showing where goals went in and shots were taken from on the ice are nice, but the real value is tracking and analyzing the types of plays that led to them, and whether they reveal strengths, weaknesses and tendencies that can be targeted.

Five reasons Red Wings were eliminated from playoffs

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 12:14 PM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings lost a closely contested Eastern Conference First Round playoff series to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, capped by a 2-0 loss in Game 7.

Detroit played better as the series wore on. They were outshot 46-14 but won 3-2 in Game 1. Then goaltender Petr Mrazek shut out Tampa Bay in Games 3 and 5, and Detroit dominated Game 4 for all but the final 7:25 of the third period and overtime.

Mrazek's shutout in Game 5 gave the Red Wings a chance to win the series in Game 6 at Joe Louis Arena, but the Lightning won 5-2 to force Game 7 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Detroit was without two of its regular defenseman Wednesday. Niklas Kronwall was suspended by the NHL Department of Player Safety for charging in Game 6, and Marek Zidlicky sat out because of an upper-body injury sustained in Game 6.

The Red Wings outshot the Lightning 31-17 in Game 7 but couldn't beat goaltender Ben Bishop. Defenseman Braydon Coburn's goal in the third period was all the Lightning needed; defenseman Anton Stralman added an empty-net goal with 1:18 remaining.

Games 6 and 7 were the only time in the series when a team won two games in a row.

Here are five reasons the Red Wings were eliminated:

Coburn's knuckler lifts Lightning into second round

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 12:00 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't acquire defenseman Braydon Coburn prior to the NHL Trade Deadline for his offensive prowess. But on a night when their stars couldn't dent Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, it was Coburn that solved him and lifted the Lightning into the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Coburn, who had one goal in 43 regular-season games, picked the precise time to strike when he one-timed Ryan Callahan's feed past Mrazek at 3:58 of the third period to lift Tampa Bay to a 2-0 win in Game 7. The Lightning rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the best-of-7 series to eliminate the Red Wings and will face the Montreal Canadiens in the second round beginning with Game 1 Friday at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Stanley Cup to guest star on CBS drama 'Elementary'

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 11:46 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Stanley Cup will serve as a special guest star on the CBS show "Elementary" on Thursday (10 p.m. ET).

In the episode Sherlock Holmes, played by Jonny Lee Miller, explains how he discovered the Cup during an investigation and conducts a series of tests to determine if it's actually hockey's most iconic trophy or a duplicate.

Five reasons Lightning advanced to second round

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 10:50 AM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Corey Long - Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning showed resolve and mental toughness to rally from 3-2 down in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round. The Lightning struggled at times against the Detroit Red Wings, but they never folded, and the personnel moves Tampa Bay made over the past two years paid off in Game 7 on Wednesday.

The Lightning advanced to the second round for the first time since 2011 and will play the Montreal Canadiens in a rematch from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canadiens swept the Lightning in the first round last year.

Here are five reasons the Lightning advanced:

Noel: Experience paid off for Lightning in Game 7

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 10:08 AM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings, has enlisted the help of Claude Noel to break down the action. Noel will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Noel was coach for the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-14 and interim coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He also coached many years in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Noel, a former forward, had 138 points in 353 regular-season games in the AHL and played seven games in the NHL with Washington Capitals in 1979-80.

The Tampa Bay Lightning proved even the highest-scoring team in the regular season will sometimes need to check and defend all over the ice to win the big game.

First round of playoffs revealed these 16 things

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs enter the second round Thursday, but before the eight teams begin their battle for the final four spots, let's take a look back at a first round that featured two series that went the distance and one that ended in four games.

Here are 16 things we learned in the first round:

Boudreau, Ducks hope to learn from playoff failures

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 3:00 AM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- It has been the stumbling block for Bruce Boudreau and the Anaheim Ducks the past two seasons, and it is in place again for these Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Anaheim is the higher-seeded team facing a challenge in the Western Conference Second Round series that starts Thursday against the Calgary Flames at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN).

This hasn't gone well for the Ducks, who were eliminated by the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings last season and by the Detroit Red Wings in 2013. Each came in Game 7. Each was at the hands of a lower-seeded team.

Is there something to be said about learning from losing?

"Well, I've learned a lot," Boudreau said with a laugh.

Swift Current prospect DeBrusk creating own niche

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Swift Current Broncos left wing Jake DeBrusk still finds it hard to believe he's watching his father, Louie DeBrusk, when viewing old video clips during his heyday with the Edmonton Oilers.

The elder DeBrusk, who now serves as a hockey analyst for Sportsnet, spent six seasons with the Oilers from 1991-92 through 1996-97 and had 19 goals, 31 points and 797 penalty minutes in 228 games. Much of that time spent in the penalty box was a result of the five-minutes-for-fighting variety.

"He threw pretty hard back then," Jake said with a grin. "I'm watching him and thinking, 'How can my dad be doing that?' It's a little bit remarkable watching those actually.

"I think we'd both agree that we are different hockey players."

Louie DeBrusk said he and Jake enjoy reviewing the time he spent in the NHL.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, April 29

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 12:50 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Ben Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced and Braydon Coburn broke a scoreless deadlock at 3:58 of the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Detroit Red Wings and into the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Lightning improved to 4-1 all-time in Game 7s, including a 3-0 mark at home. They also earned a shutout in their last such victory on April 27, 2011, when Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves and Sean Bergenheim scored the lone goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

* Bishop, who also earned an assist in the game, finished his debut playoff series with a 1.87 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout. Via Elias, Bishop is the first goaltender to post his first career postseason shutout in Game 7 since Ilya Bryzgalov (May 3, 2006, at the Calgary Flames while playing for the Anaheim Ducks).

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