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Start times set for Round 2 games on Sunday, Monday

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 9:59 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

The National Hockey League today announced updated start time information for upcoming 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round games:

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Ducks' depth key to their success this season

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 7:30 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Three seasons ago, the Anaheim Ducks were one of the most top-heavy teams in the NHL.

The Ducks had Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu up front, but the depth beyond that group was a mess for much of the 2011-12 season. There were 10 forwards who played at least 25 games and scored between zero and seven goals.

Getzlaf also had his worst season, finishing with 11 goals. Andrew Cogliano was fourth on the Ducks  with 13. The defense behind Francois Beauchemin was young, suspect, or both.

That was the season Randy Carlyle was fired and Bruce Boudreau was hired. Since then, the Ducks have evolved into one of the deepest teams in the League, and that's a big reason they finished with the most points in the Western Conference in 2013-14.

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Kings were prepared for long series vs. Ducks

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 6:47 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings didn't use a conventional method to win their Western Conference First Round series; instead, they became the fourth team in NHL history to erase a 3-0 series deficit and win a best-of-7.

So why shouldn't their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks become as drawn out?

That reality set in a day after the Ducks held on for a 3-2 win in Game 3, cutting its deficit in this series to 2-1. Anaheim can get even by winning Game 4 on Saturday at Staples Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

"Going into the series, you knew it was going to be a highly competitive environment," Kings defenseman Alec Martinez said. "They had 116 points this year, and I think they scored over 260-some goals. We knew it was going to be a battle, and it has been."

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Bruins' Fraser proving time in AHL was well-spent

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 5:20 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- During a 14-game stint with the Boston Bruins over the winter, forward Matt Fraser scored two goals and had a couple fights.

He was doing whatever he could to make an impression in his first season in the Boston organization during his first call-up.

In his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre, Fraser found a way to make a huge statement.

Fraser’s game-winning goal in overtime evened the best-of-7 series 2-2 heading into Game 5 on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) at TD Garden. Back home where the Bruins held an optional skate Fraser did not take part in Friday, the 23-year-old wing was his humble self a little more than 12 hours after his heroics.

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France stuns Canada, U.S. routs Belarus at Worlds

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 4:50 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Pierre-Édouard Bellemare, who stars in the Swedish Hockey League for Skelleftea, scored in the third round of a shootout Friday to give France a stunning 3-2 victory against Canada in preliminary-round action of the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Chizhovka Arena in Belarus.

The victory was the second by France against Canada at the World Championship dating back to 1931; the French previously defeated Canada 4-1 in April 1995. The Canadians, who defeated France 9-1 at the 2011 WC and 7-2 in 2012, fall to 8-2 all-time against France.

"You look at that team after they won that game, that's like winning a Stanley Cup for them," Canada coach Dave Tippett told The Canadian Press.

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Therrien cautions Canadiens need more from top line

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 2:06 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The inability of Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais to make an offensive impact in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is beginning to wear on Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

Friday, a day after the Canadiens' 1-0 loss at home to the Boston Bruins in Game 4 that tied their best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series 2-2, Therrien was asked about his top two offensive players all season.

His answer, while not directly naming them, was revealing.

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Murphy: Penguins' speed presents Rangers problems

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 2:01 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, 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.

After watching four games of the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, longtime NHL assistant coach Gord Murphy says the most impressive part of the series has been how the Penguins have used speed to their advantage against a Rangers team that is starting to look fatigued.

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Penguins' success begins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 1:31 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League and their NHL affiliate in Pittsburgh, much more is shared than simply a synonymous mascot. The success of the Pittsburgh Penguins and their partners in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been actively intertwined since their affiliation began in 1999.

"The way we view it, it's really one team," said John Hynes, the AHL's 2011 Coach of the Year who is in his fourth season at the helm for Wilkes-Barre. "Between the management and coaches, we're on the same page as far as how we like to run the two teams and the values we want to have within our locker room."

It's a sense of unity that resonates across the board. Through the years, Pittsburgh has looked to Wilkes-Barre for the development of players such as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, defensemen Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski, Ben Lovejoy, Rob Scuderi, Michal Rozsival and Brooks Orpik and forwards Mark Letestu and Maxime Talbot.

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'Understated' Martin stalwart of Penguins defense

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 12:47 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin is quiet.

On and off the ice, Martin does not command attention in the same way as Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, or even fellow defenseman Kris Letang. But he has possibly been Pittsburgh's most consistent performer entering Game 5 of its Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"Paul's play is understated at best," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "He's not dynamic, not attention-grabbing, but he's been every bit of a shutdown guy for our team in every situation, playing against other teams' top guys, and he's done really an outstanding job for us throughout these playoffs."

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Top 2015 prospect McDavid selected in KHL draft

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 9:34 AM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who many project to be the No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida, was selected by Medvescak Zagreb in the second round (No. 77) of the Kontinental Hockey League draft Thursday.

Zagreb will hold McDavid's KHL rights, but that likely won't matter since the 17-year-old prodigy is expected to suit up for an NHL team in 2015-16 right out of training camp.

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