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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, May 10

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 3:27 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

PERRY'S OVERTIME-WINNER POWERS DUCKS TO WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Matt Beleskey's tying goal at 0:59 of the third period set the stage for Corey Perry to score the overtime-winner at 2:26 of the extra frame to power the Ducks to the Western Conference Final.

* The Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Final for the fourth time in their history and for the first time since 2007.

* Perry, who briefly left the game in the later stages of the second period with a lower-body injury, scored his second game-winning goal of the postseason and his first career playoff overtime goal. Perry paces the League with 7-8—15 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Despite loss, Flames goalie Ramo shows top form

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 2:54 AM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo briefly protested and hung around his crease as though he didn't want to leave the ice. He certainly had a lot more saves in him, judging from the first 60 minutes Sunday.

But Ramo's 44 saves weren't enough to keep the Flames alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at Honda Center. Thirty-two of those saves were made after the first period.

Ramo was terrific late. He got a piece of Ryan Kesler's wrist shot from a steep angle in overtime and stopped Matt Beleskey on a partial breakaway. Ramo made six saves in overtime before he could do little to stop Corey Perry from punching in the puck from a scramble in front at 2:26. His frustration was evident while Anaheim celebrated.

Start time set for Canadiens-Lightning Game 6

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 1:19 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced the start time and national television information for Game 6 of 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round series scheduled for Tuesday, May 12.

The start time for Game 6 of the series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET in Tampa Bay. The game will be seen on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.

Strong finish boosts Capitals' confidence for Game 7

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 12:57 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals have talked about how things were different this year. They were a different team, a new team, they said.

Surely this new team would be capable of closing out a series at home.

The New York Rangers defeated the Capitals 4-3 at Verizon Center on Sunday, forcing Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

After jumping out to a 3-1 lead on the Rangers in the best-of-7 series, these new Capitals have lost two straight for the first time since mid-March, and as a result they still are one win away from their first Eastern Conference Final appearance in 17 years.

"I know this team has a lot of character, and it showed all year," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "I am not going to tell you anything different than I told them. Probably not the path when you are (ahead) 3-1 you want to take, but at the same time, it is a great opportunity in Game 7 to find out."


Rangers' Nash relieved to get back in scoring column

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 12:22 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash wanted to feel well about how he was playing entering Game 6 against the Washington Capitals on Sunday. All he felt was the weight of not scoring.

"It's tricky because I felt good, but my job is to score so it was definitely frustrating," Nash said.

Frustration turned into relief in the Rangers' 4-3 win at Verizon Center.

Nash's goal at 54 seconds of the third period gave New York a 3-1 lead. The Rangers eventually held on to even the best-of-7 series at 3-3.

Game 7 is Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Start time set for Rangers-Capitals Game 7

Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 10:16 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced the start time and national television information for Game 7 of 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals scheduled for Wednesday, May 13.

· The start time for Game 7 of the series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET in New York. The game will be seen on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports

Canadiens elevate play when facing elimination

Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 9:20 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens are at their best with their backs against the wall.

Montreal has won five of its past six Stanley Cup Playoff games when facing elimination. The Canadiens, who trail their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2, will face elimination again in Game 6 at Amalie Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"These are the kind of games you dream of being in as a kid," Montreal center Lars Eller said via a conference call from Tampa on Sunday.

Tuesday will be the first time the Canadiens have played the sixth game of a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-0.

Blackhawks to allocate big minutes to top defensemen

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks' top four defensemen need to store up as much energy as possible because they're probably going to play a lot during the remainder of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival is out for the rest of the postseason because of a fractured left ankle, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville doesn't have a replacement he fully trusts to handle the entire 17:26 of ice time per game Rozsival had been averaging in the playoffs.

David Rundblad, 23, will enter the lineup in the Western Conference Final, but he and 40-year-old Kimmo Timonen will not be asked to fill the void themselves.

Dennis: Canadiens must stick with their game plan

Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 12:58 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Chris Dennis to break down the action. Dennis will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dennis spent 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including the past two as an assistant coach under Randy Carlyle and Peter Horachek. Prior to that he was the Maple Leafs' video coach for eight seasons.

When Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning that he thought his team didn't have to change much to get a win in the series, Chris Dennis agreed with him.

Dennis saw Montreal stick with its game plan to win 2-1 in Game 5 on Saturday.

"They're just going in now," Dennis said of the Montreal's scoring chances. "They're still low-scoring games but now they're just getting the bounces and going in. I think they've stuck with it and I think Montreal is playing well."

Lightning still focused after another loss to Canadiens

Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 12:10 AM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning don't have to look far for a lesson in how to put a team away when it's storming back in a Stanley Cup Playoff series.

After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens, the Lightning have lost the past two games, including 2-1 at Bell Centre on Saturday, heading into Game 6 of the best-of-7 series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

It's a scenario the Canadiens are familiar with. They held a 3-0 lead against the Ottawa Senators in the first round before the Senators won Games 4 and 5.

Montreal eliminated Ottawa in Game 6, a fact not lost on Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

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