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Lightning will apply lessons learned to Game 2

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 8:58 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- With each game, the Tampa Bay Lightning are learning more about Stanley Cup Playoff hockey, what it takes to win, and themselves.

The Lightning are up 1-0 in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens after a 2-1 win in double-overtime at Bell Centre on Friday.

It was an impressive victory given that it came 48 hours after a Game 7 first-round win against the Detroit Red Wings.

That was a roller-coaster series. Neither team won back-to-back games until the Lightning, in another example of learning of how to win at this time of year, took Game 6 at Detroit and Game 7 at home.

Now they're drawing on that experience to try to win the first two games and take command against the Canadiens with a Game 2 win here Sunday (6 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN).

"I think we learned a lot from, not only this whole season, but certainly in that first playoff series," Tampa Bay defenseman Matthew Carle said Saturday. "There were a lot of ups and downs. No team really took control of the series. No team won back-to-back games. It's something we dealt with all year, being able to respond to adversity."

Wild aren't worried, expect to rebound in Game 2

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 7:14 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have more Stanley Cup Playoff experience, but the Minnesota Wild learned some valuable postseason lessons of their own the past couple of seasons.

That's why the Wild aren't showing much concern heading into Game 2 of this Western Conference Second Round series on Sunday at United Center (8:30 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 2).

After a 4-3 Game 1 loss on Friday, the Wild feel better equipped to handle adversity than they did in 2013, when the Blackhawks eliminated them in a Western Conference Quarterfinal that lasted five games.

The Wild were upbeat and confident after practice Saturday despite losing their seventh straight playoff game here. Chicago has eliminated Minnesota from the postseason the past two years.

"We're not concerned about what's happened in the past," said Wild forward Zach Parise, who had a goal and an assist in Game 1. "It's a new team. It's a whole new playoff round. We're not sitting here thinking, 'Oh, here we go again.' We've got another chance [in Game 2] to win a game here and try to get back to Minnesota with a split."

Canadiens could use lift from Galchenyuk in Game 2

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 6:57 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- When Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin held a press conference prior to the start of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he was asked about third-year forward Alex Galchenyuk.

Bergevin could have chosen many ways to respond, and he said Galchenyuk had reached a stage in his career, albeit at the age of 21, when he should be making more of an impact for the Canadiens.

"It's time," Bergevin conceded.

There would be no better time for Galchenyuk to break out than right now.

The Canadiens have scored four non-empty net goals in their past four games, including one in a 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 1 on Friday, and that will need to change starting in Game 2 on Sunday at Bell Centre (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Giordano practices, Hudler OK for Flames

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 6:25 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames right wing Jiri Hudler will play in Game 2, and defenseman Mark Giordano went through a full practice after he was cleared for limited contact Saturday.

Giordano's participation created a buzz on an eventful day when Calgary coach Bob Hartley said Hudler is healthy and will continue the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN). The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series after a 6-1 win in Game 1.

Giordano was projected to miss five months when he sustained a torn biceps Feb. 25 against the New Jersey Devils. He was a Norris Trophy contender at the time.

"It feels great sort of getting out there and getting that timing and that speed down with the main guys," Giordano said. "I'm happy I'm taking maybe a little step here getting closer."

Canadiens keep Lightning's Stamkos from striking

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 6:06 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Devante Smith-Pelly immediately wanted to change the subject.

Coming off a 2-1 double-overtime loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Smith-Pelly was asked Saturday what the Canadiens did to limit the effectiveness of Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

"I don't really want to talk about it," Smith-Pelly said with a smile. "Maybe jinx it."

Stamkos was not much of a factor offensively in Game 1 and will hope to snap out of what has become one of the worst scoring slumps of his NHL career in Game 2 at Bell Centre on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Fast-moving Kreider gives Rangers quick start

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:58 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Right wing Chris Kreider does everything fast.

The New York Rangers forward scored 38 seconds into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, sparking a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals that evened the best-of-7 series.

Kreider continued to have an impact for the final 59 minutes.

"He has a huge influence on the game for us, the way he can skate, the way he can hit and shoot, the physicality," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said. "When he's putting all three of those together, it's a tough combo to defend for anyone. So it's a good sign for him today that he was able to get going.

"He has to continue that for us if we want to be successful against this team."

Maroon getting job done playing on Ducks top line

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:56 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Patrick Maroon almost chuckled when one of the first questions in his media scrum Saturday was about playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

It's become a talking point because Maroon has been the mainstay beside the two at left wing for the Anaheim Ducks throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That's notable given how often Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau changes his lines.

What would Maroon have thought at the beginning of the season if someone told him he'd be playing on the top line in May?

"I don't think it's about me playing on the top line," Maroon said. "I think it's Bruce just giving me the opportunity, and I've just got to keep playing the way I'm playing because one bad game can lead me out of the lineup. So for me, I've got to stay focused and keep playing that rugged hockey, grind it down low kind of hockey, get in front of the net, frustrate their defense. Hopefully good things will continue to happen with our line."

Blackhawks' Teravainen making impact in playoffs

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:16 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- In case it wasn't clear that forward Teuvo Teravainen is the youngest member of the Chicago Blackhawks, his deflated response Friday about his inability to grow a playoff beard was a reminder.

"I'm trying," Teravainen said with a sheepish attempt at a smile. "Maybe next year."

Teravainen doesn't turn 21 until September, but his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal was a big one. The Minnesota Wild had scored three straight in Game 1 of this Western Conference Second Round series and were carrying the play before Teravainen's shot from the left wall beat Devan Dubnyk at 19:01 of the second period.

The goal gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead and held up as the winner. Teravainen is the youngest player to score a game-winning goal in the playoffs for Chicago since Jeremy Roenick in 1990.

"It's a great feeling of course," Teravainen said. "I just think I had to shoot more. I got the puck there and I just tried to shoot. Sometimes good things happen."

Capitals goalie Grubauer completes NHL/AHL double

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 3:50 PM / News

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer on Friday became the second goaltender in as many years, but the fifth in 78 years, to win an NHL and an American Hockey League playoff game in the same postseason.

Grubauer and the Hershey Bears defeated the Worcester Sharks 10-4 in Game 4, clinching their AHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Grubauer and the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 in Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference First Round series on April 17.

Johnstown, Pa., wins title of 'Kraft Hockeyville USA'

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 12:50 PM / 2015 Kraft Hockeyville

NHL Public Relations

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – In partnership with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA contest captured the nation and ultimately named Johnstown, Pa., as the first-ever "Kraft Hockeyville USA." Johnstown's Cambria County War Memorial Arena will receive $150,000 in arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL Pre-Season Game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning televised live on NBCSN on September 29, 2015.

Johnstown has always celebrated its passion for hockey, even serving as inspiration for the popular hockey movie "Slap Shot" Rich in hockey heritage, Cambria County War Memorial Arena will use the winning funds to upgrade its ice-making equipment and scoreboard, providing a better game experience for community members.

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