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Gibson era is officially underway for Ducks

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 2:40 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau made a very bold goaltending decision Saturday night, and the other 18 skaters on his team showed their support of the move with their play on the ice.

Boudreau tabbed 20-year-old rookie John Gibson, he of the three career NHL games, to start the most important game of the 2013-14 season for the Ducks to date. They responded with a committed defensive effort.

The Ducks didn't have the puck nearly enough to ensure long-term success, but for one night they befuddled the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-0 victory by clogging shooting lanes and lightening the load for the young goaltender, who made 28 saves.

"I'm sure those guys were frustrated," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "They put a pretty good push on in the third. I thought we did a good job of limiting their really quality scoring chances. I thought [Gibson] could see most of the pucks and they were from the perimeter, but he came up huge on a number of occasions too. We can do a little bit better job in front of him, but he did some really key saves tonight and that's why we were able to win."


All second-round playoff series reach Game 6

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 1:30 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs


The Anaheim Ducks' 2-0 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday assured that all four second-round series in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go at least six games.

It's the first time that's happened since 2009 and the fourth time since the NHL began playing four rounds of playoffs in 1974.


Soderberg's line comes up big again for Bruins

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 12:40 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have been searching for a reliable two-way third line almost since the day right wing Michael Ryder packed his bags as a free agent and left a hole next to center Chris Kelly and forward Rich Peverley after the 2011 Stanley Cup championship season.

With center Carl Soderberg and right wing Loui Eriksson getting rookie Matt Fraser to join their line, the Bruins' search might be over.

The three combined for six points in the Bruins' 4-2 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at TD Garden. The Bruins now lead the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Monday at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"Well, I mean it's happened to us in the past. Anytime that we've had more than just two lines that can be a scoring threat, that's really helped," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Carl Soderberg's line has been arguably our best line so far in this series and they make things happen. So you've got to give them a lot of credit. It certainly takes a lot of pressure off the other lines."


Canadiens' offensive stars need to step up in Game 6

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 12:40 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOSTON -- Saturday began with Max Pacioretty saying he needed to find a way to make an impact for the Montreal Canadiens in their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins.

It ended with him and many of his fellow teammates still looking for offense following a 4-2 loss in Game 5 that gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Defenseman P.K. Subban scored his fourth goal of the series at 17:31 of the third period to give the Canadiens a glimmer of hope, but the problem has become that the rest of the team has combined to score nine goals in five games, seven at even strength.

"We have to be better 5-on-5," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.


Canadiens now desperate after another loss to Bruins

Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 12:08 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOSTON -- Desperation.

It's a word that gets tossed around with great frequency this time of year and for the first time in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens are being forced to use it.

The notion of playing desperate hockey has been around almost as long as the game itself, but how to do it effectively is what separates the great teams from those that are merely good.

The Boston Bruins had it in Game 4 of this Eastern Conference Second Round series when, facing a 2-1 deficit in a hostile Bell Centre against an arch rival, they entered trying to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole the franchise has never climbed out of in 21 attempts over 90 years.


Jones replaces Quick after one period of Game 4

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 10:52 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Martin Jones replaced Jonathan Quick in goal for the Los Angeles Kings to start the second period of Game 4 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Quick allowed two goals on 11 shots in the first period, which ended with the Ducks leading 2-0. and there was no indication that he sustained an injury. Quick was sitting on the bench with a baseball hat on at the start of the second period.

With 20-year-old John Gibson starting for the Anaheim Ducks, each team has a rookie goaltender in the game.


Blackhawks' Bollig suspended two games

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 7:23 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig has been suspended for two games for boarding Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard during Game 4 of the teams' Second Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Minnesota on Friday, May 9, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:13 of the second period. Bollig was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=616248


Tyler Johnson goal caps U.S. comeback at Worlds

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 6:57 PM / News


Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored the game-winner with 6:45 remaining in the third period and the United States defeated Switzerland 3-2 on Saturday in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Minsk Arena in Belarus.

The U.S. trailed 1-0 and 2-1.

Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators scored on the power play for the Americans, and Peter Mueller came out of the penalty box and scored eight seconds after serving a tripping minor. Tim Thomas of the Dallas Stars made 27 saves.

"Our line's playing well, and the [power play] is getting points which is always important in a tournament like this," Johnson told the IIHF website. "It's great to get that chemistry together."


Blackhawks seek way to shake free of Wild

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 5:11 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks admit they are frustrated by the defensive ways of the Minnesota Wild in this best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round series, which is tied 2-2.

The Wild clawed their way back with a pair of dominating wins in Minnesota, allowing Chicago to score a total of two goals and manage 39 shots combined in Games 3 and 4. On a good night, the high-flying Blackhawks don't have to break a sweat to reach 40 shots in game. But in the four games of this series, Chicago hasn't managed more than 23 in any.

Game 5 is Sunday at United Center (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS), and the Blackhawks believe they have a multilayered answer to the suffocation they have been suffering.


Baertschi, Loktionov, Polak injured at Worlds

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 4:20 PM / News


Calgary Flames forward Sven Baertschi sustained a fractured rib playing for Switzerland at the 2014 World Championship, the IIHF said on its website Saturday.

Baertschi will be out for several weeks.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov sustained a shoulder injury playing for Russia in the same game. He will be out for several weeks and traveled to Moscow on Saturday, the website said.

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