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Haula continues to play huge role for Wild

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 1:44 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After a first-period breakaway drifted harmlessly off his stick, Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula sat on the bench with hopes that he would get another opportunity in a similar spot.

Early in the third period, he got that chance and didn't miss. Haula scored the game-winning goal at 1:41, the first of a four-goal barrage for the Wild en route to a 4-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference Second Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night.

Chicago now leads the best-of-7 series 2-1; Game 4 will be played in Minnesota on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

With the game scoreless and quality chances at a premium, each player on Minnesota's third line connected for the first goal. Haula's stretch pass to Matt Moulson in the neutral zone started the rush. Moulson passed to right wing Justin Fontaine, who had a full head of steam across the Chicago blue line. Fontaine skated in and found Haula flying past Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane at the backdoor, lofting a saucer pass towards the front of the net that Haula slapped in off a bounce past Corey Crawford.


Mistakes cost Bruins again in Game 3 loss

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 12:15 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- These were not the Boston Bruins who won 12 games in a row and earned a point in the standings in 16 straight games during a historic March.

Well, the personnel was the same, the uniforms were the same, but the Bruins who are down 2-1 in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens are playing a completely different type of hockey.

The Bruins are playing mistake-riddled hockey.

After losing 4-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday at Bell Centre, the Bruins will try to right themselves in Game 4 on Thursday in the same rink (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

They'll try to snap a streak of three straight games during which they have fallen behind by at least two goals. They were able to force double overtime before losing Game 1 then won Game 2 with a four-goal third period.


Therrien making right moves behind Montreal bench

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 12:14 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Michel Therrien lives in a petri dish under the microscope that is the Montreal hockey market.

Every one of Therrien's moves as coach of the Montreal Canadiens is dissected and analyzed to death, and to say he is open to criticism would be stating things mildly. He works in a firing range of criticism.

When Therrien was hired by general manager Marc Bergevin for his second stint as coach of his hometown team, the endorsement from the fan base and the media was far from unanimous. His decisions sometimes appear strange from the outside, but they also work more often than not.

The latest example came Tuesday in Game 3 of the Canadiens Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins, a 4-2 win that gave Montreal a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.


Ovechkin to play for Russia at World Championship

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 6:57 PM / News


Forward Alex Ovechkin will play for Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, the Washington Capitals announced Tuesday.

The tournament begins May 9 and ends May 25.

Ovechkin will be Russia's captain. It is his 10th World Championship appearance; the Moscow native has 46 points (27 goals) in 56 games and won a gold medal with Russia in 2008 and 2012.

Ovechkin scored 51 goals this season to win his second consecutive and fourth career Rocket Richard Trophy. It was his fifth 50-goal season in the NHL.


Predators expect Laviolette to improve offense

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

The idea of hiring Peter Laviolette as the Nashville Predators' second coach seemed like a natural fit to general manager David Poile.

The two worked together for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with Poile as general manager and Laviolette as an assistant coach. Poile was impressed with Laviolette's preparation and game plans and liked Laviolette's experience and motivational abilities.

Yet Poile wanted to do his homework. It was 17 years since he hired a coach and he wanted to get it right. So Poile spoke with some who played for Laviolette with the Carolina Hurricanes, who he coached to the 2006 Stanley Cup, and the Philadelphia Flyers, who he brought to the 2010 Cup Final. Poile spoke to Predators center Matt Cullen, who won the Cup with Laviolette in Carolina.

Poile might have ended his search where he started. The Predators announced Laviolette on Tuesday as the successor to Barry Trotz, who coached the team for its first 15 seasons. Poile, the third-longest tenured general manager in the NHL, said his confidence in the hire was about as high as any decision he had ever made.

"Peter is a very successful coach," Poile said. "Am I glad that we have that an experienced coach who won a Stanley Cup? Yes, sir. That's good. All of the criteria is great. Again, I think I knew all that but I wanted to check it out with other people, other players. Again, I just did my due diligence. This is arguably the most important decision we're making this offseason."


Frustrated Ducks vow to be better in Game 3

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 5:58 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Getzlaf sounded like he was channeling "The Incredible Hulk," the 1970s television show in which the main character's famous line is, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

The Anaheim Ducks captain said Monday night he was "ticked off" after a Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their Western Conference Second Round series. That frustration hadn't waned much a day later. Ticked?

"I'm not allowed to use other words," Getzlaf said. "Yeah, I'm still mad. I want to win, and when we don't win, I get mad. That's the nature of my well-being, I guess."

Anaheim's frustration was palpable after Los Angeles protected the house area like a security guard in a 3-1 win that gave it a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).


Penguins' Letang finding form 3 months after stroke

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 5:06 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- That defenseman Kris Letang has keyed the Pittsburgh Penguins in their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers isn't entirely surprising.

Letang has provided a spark on Pittsburgh's vaunted rush, much as he has throughout his NHL career. The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 heading into Game 4 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Letang had three points in Game 2, including the game-winning goal, before finishing Game 3 with a plus-1 rating and 24:31 in ice time, which ranked second on the team.

What is surprising is he's doing it slightly more than three months after having a stroke.


Lightning sign Vasilevskii to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 4:54 PM / News


The Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Starting times set for Round 2 games on Saturday

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 11:05 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced updated start time information for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round games scheduled for Saturday, May 10.

The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Boston. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and RDS.

The starting time for Game 4 of the series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT in Los Angeles. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on TSN and RDS.


Babcock, Cooper, Roy voted Adams Award finalists

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 11:00 AM / 2014 NHL Awards


NEW YORK -- Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings, Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff