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Blackhawks have to 'elevate your game' vs. Ducks

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have played well enough to make it to the Western Conference Final, but they admit they need to take up another level to defeat the Anaheim Ducks.

Chicago won an up-tempo series in the first round against the Nashville Predators and a tight-checking series against the Minnesota Wild in the second round. The Blackhawks said they now expect a combination of both out of the Ducks, who eliminated the Calgary Flames in five games in that second-round series.

"We feel like if you progress in the [Stanley Cup Playoffs], you've got to elevate your game to beat teams that have got a lot of confidence and they've got to be playing the right way," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Monday. "They've got a lot of things going for them. You look at the first two rounds, they played extremely well. So, we've got to raise it."

Dubnyk, Wild will try to agree on contract to stay

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 5:25 PM / News

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Goaltender Devan Dubnyk wants to remain with the Minnesota Wild, and the feeling is mutual.

Dubnyk is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He has said in the past and reiterated Monday he hopes to stay in Minnesota long term.

"There's no reason why I wouldn't want to be here; it's been a lot of fun for me and definitely the most fun I've had in my career," Dubnyk said. "I'm not going to go look elsewhere if there is no need to, and obviously that depends on what comes and how those conversations are going."

Chabot: Ducks defeated Flames sticking with plan

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 4:31 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Anaheim Ducks have played nine games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and for nine games, Anaheim has remained consistent and stuck to its plan, according to Frederic Chabot.

It's the Ducks' ability to do just that that has led them past the Winnipeg Jets in the first round and the Calgary Flames in the second round. That same ability to not deviate from its blueprint will be key for Anaheim when it faces its most difficult test yet in the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final, Chabot said.

"The toughest task for any team against Chicago is not giving up the puck and creating turnovers, and being very disciplined; getting the puck deep and playing in Chicago's zone," Chabot said. "Chicago's No. 1 weapon is its transition; they're so good at scoring off the rush. You want to stay away from that as much as possible.

"I think Anaheim can do it."

Farrish: Rangers, Capitals need focused forecheck

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 4:12 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

Dave Farrish has closely watched six games between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round to draw a conclusion that the team that wins Game 7 will be the one that wins the majority of the battles on the wall and doesn't crack in its structure on the forecheck.

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

"That's where the battles are going to be and that's where the test of wills is going to come, winning those one-on-one battles that result in a good forecheck for both teams," Farrish said. "It's going to really come down to which team is going to be able to execute that and not get caught with too many men in deep to give up those 2-on-1s or 3-on-1s going the other way. That's something I'm going to be looking for, which team cracks and gives up the offensive chances against."

Capitals coach Trotz endorses Ovechkin's prediction

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 2:23 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In the aftermath of losing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round to the New York Rangers on Sunday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took a page from legendary Rangers captain Mark Messier's handbook.

Ovechkin boldly predicted the Capitals would win Game 7 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). It is Washington's final chance to reach the Eastern Conference Final after losing Games 5 and 6.

Washington is 4-9 in Game 7 since 1987 and has played five of them in its past five Stanley Cup Playoff appearances. On Wednesday, Washington will play in its second Game 7 after defeating the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round.

If the Capitals win this Game 7, they would play either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Montreal Canadiens in their first conference final since 1998.

Five reasons Ducks advanced to Western Final

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 1:45 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

The last time the Anaheim Ducks made it this far, Bruce Boudreau hadn't yet coached a game in the NHL and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were baby-faced second-line forwards.

For the first time since they won the Stanley Cup in 2007, Anaheim will play in the Western Conference Final after it eliminated the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the second round on Sunday.

It has come together impressively and efficiently for Anaheim to set up a showcase series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boudreau advanced to a conference final for the first time, and Getzlaf and Perry lead a team that is 8-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It hasn't been easy, though: Six of the Ducks' eight wins came after Anaheim trailed at any point in the game.

"They're determined," Boudreau said. "We talked about it before the game [Sunday]. We're committed and we're determined. Not to say that Chicago is not committed or determined, and they're going to prove to be as tough a foe as you could possibly get. But at the same time … these guys have had a chance all year, that's why our third-period record is so good and [our] one-goal situations are so good. When they get that opportunity, they dig deep."

Here are five reasons the Ducks advanced:

Seven matchups to watch in Rangers-Capitals Game 7

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 12:34 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Here they are again, the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, in a Game 7, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, for the fourth time in the past seven seasons.

There was some doubt it would happen again this year; the Capitals took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series, but the Rangers rallied to win Game 5 in overtime and held on to win Game 6 in regulation to force the series back to Madison Square Garden for Game 7 on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Rangers have won five consecutive Game 7s, going back to the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators. Two of those Game 7 wins have come against the Capitals, including 5-0 in the 2013 conference quarterfinals.

The Rangers have won five consecutive Game 7s, going back to the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators. Two of those Game 7 wins have come against the Capitals, including 5-0 in the 2013 conference quarterfinals.

Washington has won two of its past four Game 7s, including 2-1 against the New York Islanders in the first round this year.

New York is 13-3 in its past 16 games when facing elimination, including 7-1 in six playoff rounds under coach Alain Vigneault. The Capitals are 3-10 in their past 13 games when they have the ability to close a series, including 1-3 under coach Barry Trotz this season.

The following seven matchups could decide who moves on to the Eastern Conference Final:

Kreider scores twice to spark Rangers to Game 6 win

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 11:56 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

NHL.com Staff

Chris Kreider helped save the New York Rangers' season last Friday when his goal tied Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals with 1:41 left in regulation. He wasted no time imposing his will in Game 6 on Sunday, scoring twice in the first period to spark the Rangers to a 4-3 win that evened the best-of-7 series at 3-3.

Game 7 is Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and Kreider is a big reason why the Rangers have rallied from down 3-1 in the series. He scored 40 seconds into Game 6 after picking up a loose puck at the red line and powering past Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen before lifting a backhand shot over the blocker of goaltender Branden Holtby.

"When he gets the puck wide with speed like that, he's one of the tougher players to defend, and I hope I never have to do it, because it looks miserable," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal told the New York Post.

Five reasons Flames were eliminated from playoffs

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 10:54 AM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

The improbable run of the Calgary Flames has come to an end.

Making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009 and advancing beyond the first round for the second time since winning Stanley Cup in 1989 after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, the Flames were eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks in five games in the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round. They lost Game 5 on Sunday 3-2 in overtime.

"The investment that we put in in those young players in those playoffs, whether against the Canucks or against the Ducks, it's priceless," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said Sunday. "Now they know how hard you need to suffer to win some games and the pace, how unbelievable the pace is. Now they know. It doesn't mean that it's guaranteed success, but at least it's another page in our book, and obviously I like the way that this group moved forward this year."

"We still have a long way to go. But those playoffs are certainly a huge investment for them and also for the entire organization."

Here are five reasons the Flames were eliminated:

Babcock meets with Sabres GM, owner: report

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 9:58 AM / News

NHL.com

Mike Babcock met with Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula on Sunday to discuss a possible future with the organization, according to The Associated Press.

Babcock flew to Buffalo on Sunday and spent the afternoon with Pegula and general manager Tim Murray. The Sabres are one of five teams with a coaching vacancy after firing Ted Nolan on April 12.

Approached Sunday by a reporter at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Babcock refused to comment and Pegula only said, "Hello."

The Detroit Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak with other NHL teams May 8. Babcock's contract with the Red Wings expires June 30. The Red Wings want to bring back Babcock and are aiming for a resolution by May 25.

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