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Trotz aims to build bond with Capitals' Ovechkin

Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 7:59 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Barry Trotz has been coach of the Washington Capitals for less than two days. He knows his defensive-minded reputation precedes him. He also knows how important offensive-minded forward Alex Ovechkin will be to his success.

Tuesday at his introductory press conference, Trotz did not offer any particular insight into how he might employ the three-time Hart Trophy winner who led the NHL with 51 goals this season, but he's ready to figure it out.

"It starts with a relationship. I know I'm going to work at that, but it can't happen until I have a relationship with him because there's no trust," Trotz said. "To me, Alex has to trust that I'm giving him the best advice for the team, for him to grow his game.

"My job as a coach is to find a way to allow Alex and the other players to reach their potential as a group and be able to play together. One of the very fundamental things, if you have a [kindergartner], they give you your report card and they say, 'Do you play well with others?' My job is to get everybody to play well with the others."


Hurricanes sign Karlsson; Sabres sign Ullmark

Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 5:08 PM / News


The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday signed left wing Erik Karlsson to a three-year, entry-level contract.

On the NHL level, Karlsson will be paid $550,000 in the first year, $600,000 in the second year and $650,000 in the third year. He will receive $60,000 in the American Hockey League in year one, and $65,000 in years two and three. Karlsson receives a signing bonus of $185,000.


Richards signs two-year extension with Blue Jackets

Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 4:22 PM / News


Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards signed a two-year contract extension Tuesday that will take him through the 2016-17 NHL season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Richards, 47, has led Columbus to an 85-70-16 record in 171 games, including a franchise-best mark of 43-32-7 in 2013-14. The Blue Jackets qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time and won their first playoff games in taking the Pittsburgh Penguins to six games before losing an Eastern Conference First Round series.


Murphy: Kings winning net-front battles at both ends

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL assistant coach Gord Murphy to break down the action. Murphy will be checking in throughout the series.

Murphy enjoyed a 14-season career as an NHL defenseman before spending seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets and most recently serving as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs there are very few of what fans might call pretty goals. The pucks that go in are not much farther than a stick blade away from the front of the net.

According to longtime NHL assistant coach Gord Murphy, the Los Angeles Kings lead the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Final because they're winning the majority of the battles in front of both nets.


Corsi hired as Blues goaltending coach

Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 11:26 AM / News


The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday named Jim Corsi goaltending coach.

Corsi, 59, spent the past 16 seasons as goaltending coach for the Buffalo Sabres, working with Vezina Trophy winners Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller, among others.


Five Questions: Leetch talks Rangers past, present

Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch, who became a Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers in 1994 and now is a director in the NHL Department of Player Safety:

Brian Leetch and his New York Rangers teammates became icons in the Big Apple 20 years ago.

Leetch and the Rangers made everyone stop chanting "19-40" by winning their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years. They paraded down the Canyon of Heroes. They lived the life of a star on Broadway, in the biggest city in the world.

They were legendary. In many ways they still are.

The current version of the Rangers is five wins away from getting the same treatment. They are one win away from reaching the Cup Final for the first time since that magical New York spring in 1994.

The Rangers have a 3-1 series lead on the Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Final heading into Game 5 at Bell Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Leetch, watching from afar while living in Boston and doing his work as a member of the NHL Department of Player Safety team, spoke about the Rangers' past and present during a phone conversation with NHL.com on Monday.

Here are Five Questions with … Brian Leetch:


Scoring second goal gave Kings big advantage

Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 2:06 AM / Winning Ingredients

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- On several occasions during a Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter was asked about the importance of the first goal in a game.

There were a couple of instances when Sutter responded by saying the second goal Anaheim scored in quick succession after the first was the most important goal in a Los Angeles loss.


Blackhawks have won from down 3-1 before

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks have played 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games since they've faced a 3-1 series deficit. They also won and celebrated their second Stanley Cup in four seasons during that time.

Yet they haven't forgotten the hollow feeling they felt in the second round last season after dropping Game 4 to the underdog Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. They remember the pit of fear in their stomachs when they boarded the plane for a short flight home and an uncertain future after being outscored 9-2 in three straight losses.


Kings score two more on power play in Game 4

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Recent history says teams that struggled heavily on the power play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs still went on to win the Cup. The Boston Bruins scored 10 power-play goals during their 2011 run. The Los Angeles Kings scored 12 in 2012, and three of those came in a series-clinching blowout win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings remain a suffocating defensive team in these playoffs like they were in 2012, and they've added a potent power play that is capitalizing against what was one of the better penalty-killing units in the NHL.

Defenseman Jake Muzzin and captain Dustin Brown scored power-play goals in a three-goal first period Monday that led Los Angeles to a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. Game 5 of the best-of-7 series, which the Kings lead 3-1, is Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).


Desperate Blackhawks know they can be better

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- For the better part of five days, the Chicago Blackhawks have been looking for answers to why the Los Angeles Kings have been the better team in the Western Conference Final since the third period of Game 2.

The Blackhawks advanced several theories, suggesting it stemmed from a lack of discipline on their part, as well the need to win more of the 50-50 battles which define a series. They dismissed others, insisting fatigue was not an issue and denying the suggestion Los Angeles was the faster team.

Monday, during Game 4 at Staples Center, the answer was right in front of their faces after absorbing a 5-2 loss to the Kings and falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-7 series.

"Credit that team, they're a good team," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "But we know we've got more."

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Quote of the Day

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