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Lightning sign Blujus to entry-level contract

Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 10:54 AM / News

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Defenseman Dylan Blujus signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Val d'Or tops Edmonton in double OT at Memorial Cup

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 11:20 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Center Anthony Richard scored off a breakaway 1:15 into the second overtime to give the Val-d'Or Foreurs a 4-3 victory against the Edmonton Oil Kings in round-robin play of the Memorial Cup on Tuesday night at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Antoine Bibeau made 47 saves for Val-d'Or and Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry (Pittsburgh Penguins) stopped 29 shots.

In attendance was Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, who had to be pleased with the effort by Bibeau, a 2013 sixth-round pick (No. 172).

Richard scored his unassisted goal after picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone and speeding into the zone before delivering his first goal of the tournament through the five-hole. Richard shielded the puck from Edmonton defenseman Ashton Sautner, who was closing in fast from behind. It marked Val-d'Or's first lead of the game; the team rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits.

It was the sixth time in Memorial Cup history that a game entered double overtime.

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Kings' Williams possesses more than Game 7 goals

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Justin Williams is so well-known for something around the NHL he's earned a nickname for it.

"Mr. Game 7" scored the first goal for the Los Angeles Kings and helped set up another when they defeated the Anaheim Ducks in the winner-take-all finale of their Western Conference Second Round series. The designation is well-earned. Williams is 6-0 in Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7s, with six goals and 12 points.

When it's not a Game 7, Williams doesn't earn nearly the same level of attention. He fades off the marquee for the Kings and becomes one of the great role players they have assembled around stars Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick.

Maybe it shouldn't be that way.

Williams is one of the best in the League at winning battles for the puck along the boards, and that makes him an incredibly valuable player.

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Canada finishes atop group at Worlds; U.S. also wins

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 5:26 PM / News

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward scored his second power-play goal with 9:17 remaining in the third period to help rally Canada to a 3-2 victory against Norway in the final game of preliminary-round action at the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Chizhovka Arena in Belarus on Tuesday.

The victory enabled Canada (6-1, 18 points) to claim the top seed in the eight-team Group A field. Canada will face Finland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The win also assures Canada will not have to face unbeaten Russia unless both teams advance to the gold-medal game on Sunday.

Canada, which outshot the Norwegians 42-16, also received a goal by Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets), and James Reimer (Toronto Maple Leafs) made 14 saves.

"It was a long game but we weren't down and out or anything," Ward told the IIHF website. "We felt good about ourselves. We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots. We had some power plays. We just got to capitalize on special teams."

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Blackhawks-Kings could turn on battle of top lines

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It's one of those matchups that should be watched closely throughout the Western Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.

Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 1-0 heading into Game 2 on Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS), and a big reason is the matchup between the Blackhawks' top line and the Kings' first unit.

With right wing Marian Hossa's two assists in Game 1, including one on a big goal late in the third period by center Jonathan Toews, Chicago's top forwards led the way up front.

"They're a great line," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after practice Tuesday. "Jonathan Toews … he is the best two-way player in the National Hockey League. Hossa is right there next in terms of wingers. That's for sure."

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Former Sabres star Satan announces retirement

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 4:12 PM / News

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Slovakian right wing Miroslav Satan, a Stanley Cup champion and two-time NHL All-Star, has announced his retirement from hockey.

Satan, 39, made the announcement Tuesday after his final game for Slovakia, a 4-3 victory against Denmark in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. He finished the tournament with one goal, three points and a plus-1 rating averaging 20:10 of ice time.

"I hardly believe it, but I am not going to change my word. I am convinced that this is the right decision (to quit)," Satan told reporters in Minsk. "My daughter (Victoria) asks me every day, when I will be finally back at home. And (if I continued), I would only foil the average age of the team (Slovakia) that seems to be on the right track."

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Canadiens see 2-0 hole as just another rallying point

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- As the final buzzer sounded at Bell Centre on Monday, ensuring the Montreal Canadiens were down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Final to the New York Rangers, P.K. Subban allowed himself to show a touch of frustration.

The Canadiens defenseman spent 5:02 of the final 6:03 of the game on the ice, trying desperately to beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on a night he looked superhuman.

Subban must have been exhausted, and perhaps the gravity of the situation hit him, and he reacted.

He shot the puck around the boards, and skated off the ice.

That's it.

By the time the Canadiens dressing room was open to the media following their 3-1 loss in Game 2, Subban not only had lost that frustration, it was replaced by confidence.

Heading into Game 3 on Thursday in New York (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), Subban felt enormously positive about where the Canadiens stood in the series.

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Blackhawks forward Shaw close to returning

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, making his first public comments since sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round, opened his press conference with a simple question.

"Did you guys miss me?" Shaw said minutes after taking part in his first full practice since getting injured against the Minnesota Wild on May 2.

The answer, it seems, is a universal yes.

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Goaltender Markkanen can relate to Tokarski's rise

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

With 10 games of prior NHL experience, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski stopped 27 of 30 shots Monday in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Montreal fell behind 2-0 in the best-of-7 series, which continues Thursday with Game 3 at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m.; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, the loss was a surreal experience for the 24-year-old, one to which former NHL goaltender Jussi Markkanen can relate.

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Owner Jacobs believes Bruins are Cup contenders

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 2:50 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- After the Boston Bruins failed to defend their 2011 Stanley Cup championship and lost in seven games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal to the Washington Capitals in 2012, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said the Cup was now on loan until his team could bring it back to Boston.

Jacobs didn't expect he would have to wait long.

But the Bruins' loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round this season extended the loan period to three years. The Bruins took a couple of steps back, winning one Stanley Cup Playoff round a year after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Addressing the media Tuesday, Jacobs reaffirmed his faith in Boston's management group, led by president Cam Neely and general manager Peter Chiarelli.

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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