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Canadiens' new second line breaks through in OT

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- If ever one goal could give a line confidence and have a carryover effect in a series, it's the goal that Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime Thursday night.

A shot from Tomas Plekanec and a rebound off of Galchenyuk's arm that deflected past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was the difference in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers still have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series, and Game 4 is Sunday at the Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), where it will be interesting to see if Montreal's second line of Galchenyuk, Plekanec and Brian Gionta can build off of one lucky break that, for now at least, has turned the series on its ear.

"It gives you confidence," Gionta said, "but at the same time we've gotta go back and try to figure out what we can do better to establish a better forecheck, to get on their D, force them to turn pucks over and come to the net with it."


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Rangers frustrated after Game 3 loss to Canadiens

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- It was an opportunity the New York Rangers were happy to have in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens: They were in overtime, at home, with a chance to move within one win of a series sweep.

But the Rangers skated off as frustrated losers after a favorable bounce off the arm of Alex Galchenyuk and a standout performance by rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski gave Montreal a 3-2 win and new life in the series.

The best-of-7 series resumes Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). But instead of having a chance to sweep the Canadiens and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994, the Rangers need a victory to avoid letting the Canadiens regain the home-ice advantage that New York grabbed by winning the first two games in Montreal, outscoring the Canadiens 10-3.

New York outshot Montreal 37-25 and carried the play for most of the night. But Galchenyuk's goal 72 seconds into overtime left the disappointed Rangers feeling they'd deserved better.


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Rookie goalie Tokarski lifts Canadiens to Game 3 win

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

NEW YORK -- Dustin Tokarski had just finished answering a barrage of questions from the media after earning his first-ever win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As he was about to walk off the pedestal he was standing on to head toward the visitors' dressing room at Madison Square Garden, he stopped suddenly.

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin had called out to Tokarski.

Bergevin had waited patiently for his turn to speak with the young man who might have saved Montreal's season with a 35-save performance in a 3-2 Canadiens win against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday.

Tokarski quickly changed course and went to speak with Bergevin, away from the glare of the television cameras and recorders.

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Defenseman Muzzin making difference for Kings

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 6:26 PM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- At the beginning of this season, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin was trying to find his way into the lineup. He was scratched for five games in October and it appeared it would be a well-worn door to coach Darryl Sutter's doghouse.

It would have been difficult to imagine then that Muzzin would be trusted to play a lot of minutes against the offensively loaded Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. But Muzzin was a key part of a 6-2 win in Game 2 at both ends of the ice.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 entering Game 3 on Saturday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).


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Halak, Islanders agree to four-year contract

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 6:05 PM / News

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The New York Islanders have reached agreement with goaltender Jaroslav Halak on a four-year contract.

Newsday's Arthur Staple reports the contract is worth $18 million.

Halak was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Islanders acquired his rights from the Washington Capitals on May 1 in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Roenick joins La Greca for Friday Face Time chat

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 5:45 PM / Edward Jones Face Time

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Former NHL star and current NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick joins sportscaster Don La Greca for a live online chat with fans Friday at 1 p.m. ET from the NHL store in New York City. Roenick and La Greca will take questions and share their views about the Stanley Cup Playoffs and other hot topics.

Missed out on last Friday's chat? Register here to participate in this edition. Learn more and access complete chat archive at facetime.nbcsports.com.

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USA Hockey honors Gaudreau as top college player

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 5:39 PM / Prospects

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Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau was named College Player of the Year by USA Hockey on Thursday.

Gaudreau, in his third season at Boston College, led all NCAA players in goals (36), assists (44) and points (80). He helped the Eagles reach the Frozen Four and was named the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey.

After Gaudreau's team lost in the national semifinals, he signed with the Flames and had a goal in his NHL debut, April 13 against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Murphy: Blackhawks will learn from loss, move on

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 4:34 PM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks, 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.

The Chicago Blackhawks went from a 2-0 lead late in the second period of Game 2 of the Western Conference Final to 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Though that could rattle some teams, longtime NHL assistant coach Gord Murphy isn't concerned with how the Blackhawks will react moving forward.

That starts with Game 3 on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

Murphy told NHL.com he believes the Blackhawks will get right back to doing the things that made them successful in Game 1 and for most of Game 2.

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Canada, United States eliminated from Worlds

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 4:27 PM / News

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Iiro Pakarinen scored with 3:08 remaining as Finland eliminated Canada with a 3-2 win Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2014 IIHF World Championship in a game played at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus.

Olli Palola and Juuso Hietanen also scored and Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators) stopped 36 shots for Finland, which will face the Czech Republic in one of two semifinals scheduled for Saturday.

"We got a good start in the first period, but in the second period Canada was very strong," Finland coach Erkka Westerlund told the IIHF website. "In the third period we found the mental strength. We call it 'sisu' [in Finnish]. I am very proud of my team."

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Penguins' Maatta, Bennett recovering from surgeries

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 4:10 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta had surgery Thursday to repair a labral tear in his shoulder, the team announced.

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