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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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Islanders to retain 2014 first-round draft pick

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 3:07 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

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The New York Islanders will retain their 2014 first-round pick, the team announced Thursday. The Islanders instead will give their 2015 first-round pick to the Buffalo Sabres to complete the Thomas Vanek trade.

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Rangers winning most of the special-teams battles

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers think they're winning the special-teams battle in the Eastern Conference Final because of what they're doing. The Montreal Canadiens think they're losing it because of what they're not doing.

They're both right, but what they think won't change the results of Games 1 and 2.

The Rangers dominated special teams at Bell Centre in Montreal and have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series heading into Game 3 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

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Ovechkin plays for Russia wearing knee brace

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 12:46 PM / News

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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin returned to the Russia lineup for its quarterfinal game Thursday against France at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Ovechkin didn't have any points and wore a brace on his right knee but showed no ill effects when Russia defeated France 3-0 to advance to the semifinals on Saturday against Sweden, a 3-2 winner against Belarus.

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Ryan MacInnis carving his own path to NHL career

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ryan MacInnis hopes one day to follow the incredible path paved by his father, Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis.

Unlike dad, however, Ryan will look to do so while starring at a different position.

Al MacInnis, who won the 1989 Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the 1999 Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, spent 23 seasons in the League with the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues. His No. 2 was retired by the Blues and honored by the Flames.

Ryan is a center for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. Born in St. Louis, he said it was no big deal when he informed his father that he would prefer to score goals instead of help prevent them.

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Kings' blitz leaves Blackhawks stunned

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 1:03 AM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Everything was going just the way the Chicago Blackhawks planned against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, until the last two minutes of the second period.

Before they knew what hit them, the defending Stanley Cup Champions melted down in a 6-2 loss in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

Chicago led 2-0 near the end of the second and appeared headed for a 2-0 lead in the series, which shifts to Staples Center for Game 3 on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS),. Instead, the Kings flipped the entire scene upside down in the final 22 minutes to even the series at a game apiece.

Ignited by a goal from Justin Williams that cut Chicago's lead to 2-1 with 1:46 left in the second, the Kings scored five unanswered goals in the third for a resounding victory, sending the series to Los Angeles even at one win apiece -- and leaving the Blackhawks shaking their heads.


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Quick robs Seabrook to set up Kings' Game 2 rally

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 12:48 AM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Kings were desperate.

Already down two goals against the Chicago Blackhawks midway through Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Wednesday at United Center, the visitors knew they could not allow another goal if a rally was in the cards.

"Give up three against them, you're in trouble," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said afterward.

Yet the Kings were on the verge of allowing that backbreaking third goal. They were a mess in their own end, unable to get out of their own way.

Chicago was using its speed to push the Los Angeles defenders back, its patented stretch pass creating prime scoring chance after prime scoring chance. At one point, top defenseman Drew Doughty was caught by television cameras smashing his stick against the boards while he sat on the Kings bench. It was an outburst Doughty later admitted was the result of how lackluster the Kings' own-zone play was for the first 30 minutes of the game.

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Carter-Toffoli-Pearson line comes up big again

Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 12:48 AM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Before Game 2 of this Western Conference Final at United Center, Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter dismissed a question about a line comprised of Jeff Carter, Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli because he felt they weren't playing together as much as they seemed to be getting credit for.

Sutter mixes and matches his lines a lot in certain situations. He gives and withdraws playing time from certain players based on how they are performing. It's not a perfect fit to say Carter and the two rookies make up Los Angeles' "second line" because Pearson and Toffoli typically end up near the bottom of time on ice among the forwards.

All of that said, those three players had a huge impact on Game 2. Carter finished with a hat trick and four points, all in the third period, and that line accounted for two important insurance goals to put this one out of reach for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 6-2 victory Wednesday that evened the series at 1-1.

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