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Pearn: Ducks must take back middle of ice from Kings

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 2:57 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Perry Pearn to break down the action. Pearn will be checking in throughout the series.

Pearn has spent the past 18 seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and a second tenure with the Jets in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

LOS ANGELES -- The Anaheim Ducks need to find some solutions after scoring three times in two games and falling behind 2-0 in this Western Conference Second Round series with the Los Angeles Kings.

Game 3 is Thursday night at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Two years ago, the Kings won the first two games in each round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the road and then won Game 3 at home.

For the Ducks to avoid a similar fate, they would do well to start utilizing a particular area of the ice surface more.

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Blue Jackets sign Dansk to entry-level contract

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 1:52 PM / News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday signed goaltender Oscar Dansk to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Dansk, 20, was a second-round pick (No. 31) by the Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Dansk, a native of Tumba, Sweden, has spent the past two seasons with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, compiling a 40-32-7 record with a 3.25 goals-against average, .897 save percentage and six shutouts in 85 appearances.

He was the co-winner, alongside fellow Otter Devin Williams, of the Dave Pinkney Trophy for Top Team Goaltending in 2013-14 after Erie allowed a league-low 170 goals in 68 games en route to posting franchise records for wins (52) and points (106) in a season.

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Kingston's McKeown flashing first-round potential

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Center Samuel Bennett wasn't the only top prospect making headway with NHL scouts playing for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League this season.

Defenseman Roland McKeown, a 6-foot-1, 197-pound right-shot defenseman, was another gem added to the short list.

"I believe my game translates well at the next level," McKeown said. "I think my skating, agility, IQ and strength to battle in the corners are all key components to making a successful pro. And I feel being able to do those things will get me to the next level."

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Rangers come up flat in must-win Game 4

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 12:54 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The confidence the New York Rangers felt after outshooting the Pittsburgh Penguins 35-15 during their Game 3 loss in the Eastern Conference Second Round series was nowhere to be found following a 4-2 loss in Game 4 Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers head to Pittsburgh trailing 3-1 in the best-of-7 series and will see their season end unless they win Game 5 on Friday night (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN. CBC, RDS).

To do so, they'll have to be a lot better than they were Wednesday. Game 4 seemed to be an endless series of costly errors and lost opportunities. Even when the Rangers did manage to get back into this must-win game, they couldn't get out of their own way.

"It was a combination of them being real good and us picking a bad night in the playoffs to have a bad game," coach Alain Vigneault said. "I don't want to take any credit away from Pittsburgh, but our puck management tonight and our execution weren't very good and ultimately cost us the game."

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Penguins' defense overcomes another Orpik injury

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 12:15 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Forced to play with five defensemen when Brooks Orpik sustained an injury in the first period did very little to derail the Pittsburgh Penguins from exhibiting one of their better defensive efforts of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins limited the New York Rangers to a season-low 15 shots and scored a shorthanded goal to add salt to the wound of a struggling power play en route to 4-2 victory in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

It was a battle of attrition and teamwork, particularly over the final 40 minutes when the Penguins allowed nine shots against goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

The win gives the Penguins a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that resumes Friday with Game 5 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN).

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Penguins' Orpik leaves Game 4 vs. Rangers

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 10:22 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik did not play after the first period against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

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Ducks' Fowler follows path set by Kings' Doughty

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 7:36 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Here's a quick story: A young defenseman from a Southern California-based NHL team earns a somewhat surprising selection to his country's Olympic team. After he competes in the tournament and plays well, it bolsters his belief in himself and helps the player, already on the path to stardom, be even better.

So is this tale about someone from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics or the 2014 Sochi Olympics?

It's a trick question, of course. The answer is both. Like Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty four years before him, the experience with the United States team in Russia for Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks could help springboard him into the group of elite defensemen in the NHL. He might have been on that trajectory anyway.

"It was awesome. Obviously it wasn't the final result we were looking for (the U.S. did not medal), but for me getting that experience at such a young age was pretty crucial," Fowler said. "I looked back at a lot of those things that happened. Just being able to prove myself that I can play against the best competition at the highest level in the world, that was a pretty special thing for me. I've been able to kind of carry that with me. Just looking back and thinking through some things that I went through at that level definitely help me now."

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Panthers sign Grimaldi; Stars sign Lindell

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 6:29 PM / News

NHL.com

The Florida Panthers on Wednesday agreed to an entry-level contract with forward Rocco Grimaldi.

Grimaldi, 21, comes off a season in which he led the University of North Dakota with 17 goals and 22 assists as it reached the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals. He was named MVP of the NCAA Midwest Regional after helping UND defeat Wisconsin and Ferris State.

"We are very pleased to have reached a contract agreement with Rocco," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He is a hard-working forward who possesses speed along with great vision on the ice. We look forward to his continued growth and development within our organization."

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Gallagher's impact on Canadiens far exceeds his size

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 6:13 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was looking for a way to get David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty going offensively.

It was mid-November and the Canadiens forwards were having difficult starts to the 2013-14 season. Desharnais had one assist in his first 19 games, and Therrien made him a healthy scratch on Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Pacioretty had two goals and two assists in 12 games, well below his normal standards.

Their struggles were mitigated by the strong play of the line of Lars Eller between two second-year players, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. In their first 21 games together, they combined to score 19 goals with 22 assists.

But Therrien knew the Canadiens needed to get Pacioretty and Desharnais going or the season likely would be going nowhere. So the coach made the difficult decision to remove Gallagher from the Eller line and placed him with Desharnais and Pacioretty.

In their first game together, Nov. 19 against the Minnesota Wild, Pacioretty got a hat trick and Desharnais and Gallagher each had two assists in a 6-2 Canadiens victory.

A new top line was born.


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Laviolette eager to work with Poile, coach Predators

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 5:26 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

When Peter Laviolette accepted the Nashville Predators coaching job Tuesday, four other NHL jobs were vacant, some with teams that might be considered to have more talented rosters.

Laviolette said he chose Nashville in large part because of the relationship he developed with Predators general manager David Poile while the two worked for the United States in the time leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. They knew each other before Laviolette became an assistant coach, and Poile the GM for the U.S., but the relationship strengthened during that period.

"We spent an awful lot of time talking over the phone and in meetings," Laviolette said Wednesday via conference call from Minsk, Belarus where he is coaching the United States in the IIHF World Championship, "and it's an opportunity to work for a first-class general manager, one of the best in the League, and that's appealing to me."

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