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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 9

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 11:37 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Lightning tied the game at 9:27 of the third period, but Carey Price made 24 saves and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored the winning goal with 4:07 left in regulation to help the Montreal Canadiens stave off elimination for a second straight game and extend Eastern Conference Second Round series.

* The Canadiens forced a Game 6 after trailing a best-of-7 series 3-0 for the first time in franchise history (they've been down 3-0 in a series 11 times). They forced a Game 5 on five previous occasions but ultimately lost each series in five games.

* Price allowed two goals or fewer for the eighth time this postseason (11 GP), improving to 5-3 in those games. He improved to 6-5 with a 2.16 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Penguins will not pursue Babcock to coach: report

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 9:49 PM / News

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will not ask Mike Babcock to become their coach, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Tribune-Review on Saturday.

"We have our coaching staff in place," Rutherford told the newspaper. "We will not be pursuing him."

Coach Mike Johnston's first season with the Penguins ended with a Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round.

"We are committed to our present coaching staff," Rutherford said.

Babcock on Friday was given permission by the Detroit Red Wings to explore other NHL opportunities. His contract expires June 30, but the Red Wings want to have a resolution this month.

Ducks' Boudreau aims for elusive conference final

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 8:39 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was asked Saturday about getting over the hump, but he wouldn't budge.

The storyline is too juicy to ignore: With a win against the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), Boudreau would advance past the second round to the conference final for the first time in his NHL coaching career after three unsuccessful attempts.

Anaheim has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series and would advance to the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I try not to think about it," Boudreau said during a conference call. "I know it's cliché. I'm just trying to think about tomorrow. Because if you think about tomorrow and it goes successfully, then everything else will take care of itself and then you'll have enough time to think about other things. I haven't put really any thought into playing Chicago at all."

BU goalie O'Connor agrees to contract with Senators

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 8:38 PM / News

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Boston University goalie Matt O'Connor has agreed to a two-year entry level contract with the Ottawa Senators.

"I had to go someplace where I'm going to develop and I feel that Ottawa is a great place for me to develop as a goalie," O'Connor told the Senators website Saturday.

O'Connor, who finished his junior year with the Terriers, was one of the most sought-after undrafted college free agents. The 23-year-old helped BU reach the national championship game this season, and had a 25-4-4 record, a .927 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.

"We are very excited to welcome Matt to the Senators family," Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement. "Matt is a fine example of both the type of player and person that our organization looks for when we are acquiring talent. We are confident that under the tutelage of our player development staff, Matt will have the opportunity to develop into an outstanding National Hockey League goaltender."

Changes on defense for Lightning, Canadiens

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 7:28 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are using seven defensemen in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Nikita Nesterov is the seventh defenseman; the Lightning scratched center Vladislav Namestnikov. It is Nesterov's first game of the series.

Forward Jonathan Drouin, who played Games 3 and 4 in Tampa Bay, was scratched in favor of veteran Brenden Morrow.

Rangers in familiar Game 6 situation against Capitals

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 6:54 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- The New York Rangers are familiar with the situation they're in against the Washington Capitals but aren't fooling themselves into thinking they have been in this exact same circumstance.

"I think it's a little different this time around," Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said.

In theory, yes, what the Rangers are trying to do against the Capitals is win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference Final, exactly what they did against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round last season.

The Rangers are one-third of the way there after a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 on Friday at Madison Square Garden. Washington has a 3-2 lead in this best-of-7 series with Game 6 Sunday at Verizon Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Flames believe they can 'Shock the hockey world'

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 4:28 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley hopes they have a little bit of surprise left.

Trailing the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round, Hartley is resolute heading into Game 5 at Honda Center on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

"There's a full belief and my message is, 'Shock the hockey world,'" Hartley said. "That's what we're trying to do every day and it's nothing new to us. It's just rewind and press play. Playoffs, anything can happen, and especially in our situation. We want to keep going. This has been a great season for us. I know how resilient our players have been. It's not that we're down 1-3 or that we didn't win in Anaheim.

"We need to win one game. Let's win one game, let's bring it back to the 'C of Red,' and after this, let's see what happens. We need to win [Sunday] night, plain and simple."

Devils co-owner discusses future under GM Shero

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 4:23 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- When Joshua Harris was announced as co-owner and chairman of the New Jersey Devils in August 2013, he was adamant about being in it to win it.

The past two seasons, the Devils have failed to meet his expectations. After not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three seasons, New Jersey has reached the postseason once in the past five and has finished no higher than fourth in its division.

Harris, a self-proclaimed impatient individual driven to succeed in whatever he does, is confident that the recent addition of Ray Shero as general manager is the first step in rectifying the state of the franchise.

Shero was hired May 5 at the recommendation of former GM Lou Lamoriello, who is now president of hockey operations. Harris met with the media on Saturday at Prudential Center during a roundtable discussion about the recent changes and the outlook moving forward.

Lamoriello confident Devils moving in right direction

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 4:18 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello watched and listened as team co-owner Joshua Harris talked about the recent changes within the organization in a roundtable discussion with the media on Saturday at Prudential Center.

Lamoriello, who first approached Harris and co-owner David Blitzer about the possibility of hiring Ray Shero as general manager, is confident the pieces are in place to help the Devils move in the right direction. Shero was hired May 5 after a 28-year run by Lamoriello in the same role.

Lamoriello, 72, said there is a process that needs to happen to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.

"Look, everybody wants to win," Lamoriello said. "Everything is going to be done within the power and the knowledge to win, but the winning is the end result of everything else you do. You never put winning before doing the things necessary that give you the ability to win, and that's the focus we are taking right now.

"[Harris and Blitzer] have given us the resources and they are going to do everything they can to help this organization."

Farrish: Adjustments, luck key for Rangers in Game 5

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 2:28 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.

Proper adjustments and some good luck go a long way in determining how a team survives in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dave Farrish said the New York Rangers did what they needed to do and got a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 Friday to stay alive in their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals.

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