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Goaltender Matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Bishop

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs so NHL.com broke down the Eastern Conference Final battle between Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Much like many goaltending coaches do before a playoff series, NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted every goal scored with the help of a program from Double Blue Sport Analytics. Regular-season goals were recorded in their original Save Review System, and playoff goals, including how they were scored, were tracked in the soon-to-launch SRS 2.0. The graphics showing where goals went in and shots were taken from on the ice are nice, but the real value is analyzing the plays that led to them and whether they reveal strengths, weaknesses and tendencies that can be targeted.

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Oilers getting close to hiring coach: report

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 10:36 PM / News

NHL.com

The Edmonton Oilers are close to hiring their next coach, no later than the end of the month, the Edmonton Journal reported Thursday.

Reports suggest it will be Todd McLellan, who left the San Jose Sharks after coaching them for the past seven seasons. McLellan is in Prague coaching Canada in the IIHF World Championship, which ends Sunday.

McLellan reportedly met with Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli during the tournament.

"I think the [hiring] process is moving forward," Oilers vice president of communications Tim Shipton told the newspaper. "I don’t get the sense that they want it to be a long, drawn-out effort. The process continues. I don't think things are signed, sealed and delivered with any coach at the moment."

No decision is expected before Monday.

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Canadiens praise leadership they got from Price

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 8:19 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens had four alternate captains in 2014-15, but one unequivocal leader.

"When Carey speaks, everybody listens," Montreal right wing Dale Weise said Thursday of goalie Carey Price. "He doesn't talk a lot, but when he does, I think his voice carries a lot of weight in this room."

Price's comments after the Canadiens were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday resonated with his teammates and throughout the NHL.

Price, who is a finalist for the Hart and Vezina trophies, took full blame for the Canadiens' six-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

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Ducks plan to stick to game, not adapt to Blackhawks

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 7:55 PM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- It's not as if the Anaheim Ducks have had it easy in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They needed their share of ice packs against the Winnipeg Jets. They were taken to overtime twice and had to come from behind in six of their eight wins.

But Anaheim will really be tested when it plays the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. Game 1 is at Honda Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Chicago is considerably more skilled than Anaheim's first two postseason opponents, the Jets and Calgary Flames. The Blackhawks are averaging 3.20 goals, third most in the playoffs (Anaheim's 3.89 per game is first); Calgary averaged 2.46, and Winnipeg 2.25.

Chicago is one of the few teams that can match Anaheim in skill, speed and depth, and it figures to stretch what has been a solid Ducks defense in front of goalie Frederik Andersen.

"They definitely have a team that can skate, that's for sure," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "They love to really stretch you out defensively. They get a couple of guys to blow the zone and push our defense back, and that gives them a lot of areas for their skill guys to get to work and make some plays. The more we can keep things compact and keep people in their face, that's advantageous for us. But they make it difficult because they like to stretch things out, and that's what makes them so dynamic."

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Lighter Jagr helps Czechs reach semifinals at Worlds

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 6:10 PM / NHL Insider

Michael Langr - NHL.com Correspondent

PRAGUE -- Jaromir Jagr has benefited from his size throughout his career. When he turns his back to the play to shield the puck, it's very difficult for defenders to get around his big body to his long stick.

Jagr decided to give up some of that advantage during the 2014-15 NHL season. In an effort to keep pace with his young Florida Panthers linemates, the 43-year-old lost more than 20 pounds, trading size for speed.

"I'm still somewhere around 105 kilograms (230 pounds) and I used to have 115 (253)," he said. "It's hard to skate with so much weight, when other players have 80 (176). I'd be happy to see them moving with a 30-kilogram vest."

The benefits of Jagr's weight loss were obvious at the end of the NHL regular season, and they've been evident at the IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, where Jagr has adjusted to the larger international rink and had no problem skating past much younger defensemen while leading the host country to the semifinals.

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Canadiens' Pacioretty, Beaulieu dealt with injuries

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 6:00 PM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty said Thursday he was fortunate to have played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after sustaining a concussion late in the regular season.

After experiencing severe symptoms, Pacioretty missed only the first game of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Ottawa Senators after not playing in Montreal's final two regular-season games.

The Canadiens were eliminated in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning with a Game 6 loss Tuesday.

Pacioretty sustained the injury on April 5 when the back of his helmet hit the boards after he was checked by Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

"When it happened, it was pretty bad at first," Pacioretty said. "The first two days we were still in Florida, I was locked down in my room and luckily I had my dad there. My family lives down there so my dad was at the game and he drove me home. As soon as the sun went down we would go outside for the next two days and eat outside.

"He was very worried about me and that was tough on me, and kind of made me take a step back and think about my family and stuff. But I had very bad symptoms for two or three days, but as soon as they went away I don't think I felt anything significant."

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Senators owner Melnyk in need of liver transplant

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:33 PM / News

NHL.com

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is in need of a liver transplant, team president Cyril Leeder said Thursday.

Melnyk, 55, has been dealing with major health issues since mid-January and was hospitalized because of liver-related issues three weeks ago.

"The need is very urgent and the family has exhausted their local internal network and we wouldn't be making the public plea unless it was a very urgent and serious situation," Leeder said. "This is a life-threatening situation."

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued this statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Eugene Melnyk. We hope a suitable donor is found quickly."

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Howe to be honored with new Detroit River bridge

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:30 PM / News

NHL.com

The Gordie Howe International Bridge will span the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Prime Minister of Canada Steven Harper and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday in Windsor.

The publicly owned bridge, which is scheduled to open in 2020, will be named to honor the 87-year-old hockey icon who was born in Saskatchewan and spent 25 years with the Detroit Red Wings.

"His career, not just his career in hockey but in sports, has symbolized and has been about an unprecedented combination of skill, strength and ability," Harper said, according to the Red Wings website. "That's everything you want this particular bridge, this great international bridge, to be.

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Canucks sign defenseman Jordan Subban

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:25 PM / News

VancouverCanucks.com

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed defenseman Jordan Subban.

Subban, 20, recently completed his fourth season playing for the OHL Belleville Bulls. This season, Subban set new career-highs and finished first on the team in goals (25), powerplay goals (8), and points (52) in 63 games played. His 25 goals on the year are the most by a Belleville Bulls defenseman in a single season in franchise history. Subban also finished ranked eighth amongst OHL defensemen in scoring (25-27-52).

The Rexdale, Ontario native has appeared in 253 OHL regular season games with the Belleville Bulls collecting 165 points (57-108-165) and 203 penalty minutes.

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Preview: Rangers face Lightning in return trip to ECF

NHL.com Staff

The New York Rangers are in the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in the past four seasons and have a chance to become the first team since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 and 2009 to win the Prince of Wales Trophy two years in a row.

The Rangers earned this appearance with a 2-1 overtime win Wednesday in Game 7 of the second round against the Washington Capitals.

New York became the first team in NHL history to win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-1 in back-to-back seasons. The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round last season by winning the final three games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2011, when they lost in seven games to the Boston Bruins. The Lightning haven't reached the Stanley Cup Final since 2004, when they won the championship with forward Martin St. Louis as their leading scorer and Dan Boyle as their top defenseman.

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We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5