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Defenseman Gill retires after 16 NHL seasons

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:18 PM / News

Defenseman Hal Gill, who played 16 NHL seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, has announced his retirement.

Gill was an eighth-round pick (No. 207) of the Boston Bruins in the 1993 NHL Draft. He played 1,108 games for the Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers.

Five reasons Jets were eliminated from playoffs

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:16 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

Once the sting of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Anaheim Ducks wears off, the Winnipeg Jets can begin to prepare for what could be a bright future.

The franchise reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007. A month-and-a-half stretch run and four games against elite competition in the Western Conference First Round can provide an effective, if painfully blunt, blueprint for a growing team.

A stretch drive to the playoffs is one thing; the Jets learned that a best-of-7 series is a different experience altogether.

Here are five reasons the Jets were eliminated:

Start times, TV info set for Saturday playoff games

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:56 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and national television information for two potential 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round games scheduled for Saturday, April 25.

The remainder of Saturday's schedule will be announced later this evening.

· The starting time for the potential Game 6 of the series between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, if necessary, has been set for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT in Chicago. In the U.S., the game would be televised on NBC. In Canada, the game would be televised on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

· The starting time for the potential Game 6 of the series between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, if necessary, has been set for 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT in Calgary. In Canada, the game would be on CBC and TVA Sports. In the U.S., the game would be televised on NBCSN.

Chabot: Jets' playoff push hurt them vs. Ducks

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:22 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference First Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets, has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

When teams squeak into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, fighting through the last portion of their schedule to clinch a postseason berth, it can give them momentum when playoff hockey begins.

It also can create a late-season grind, and that's something Frederic Chabot said finally might have caught up to the Winnipeg Jets in their Western Conference First Round series four-game loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Anderson, penalty kill helped extend Senators' season

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:13 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Instead of packing to go home for the summer, the Ottawa Senators were packing for another trip to Montreal on Thursday.

The Senators avoided being swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday with a 1-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens. They trail the best-of-7 series 3-1 and will have a chance to get more momentum on their side in Game 5 on Friday at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

"Live another day. We're not eliminated," Senators coach Dave Cameron said Thursday. "We're not packing our bags. We're going to Montreal and now we have a series."

Oilers' Ference talks McDavid, locker room leadership

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 1:24 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ference grew up just outside of Edmonton. His formative hockey years were spent watching the Edmonton Oilers cement their dynasty in the late 1980s. So when Ference had an opportunity to sign with his hometown team and play in the arena where he grew up watching from the stands, he jumped on it, calling it a fairytale.

The fairytale will soon be adding a new character, and Ference, like many of his teammates and Oilers fans, isn't hiding his excitement.

The Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery this past Saturday for what has been one of the most hyped drafts in recent memory. The presumptive first pick, forward Connor McDavid, could become the next great hope for Oilers hockey.

"The thing about playing hockey in Canada, it's not just a big day for me personally but for our city," said Ference, who said he watched the draft lottery show on TV. "Our city the last few years has been miserable. We've lost way too much. We haven't been competitive enough.

"To have that and the positivity that comes with that, the anticipation that comes with that, you go out, and you talk to friends in the city and people that are fans of the team and there's genuine excitement. That's good."

Five reasons Ducks advanced to second round

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 1:04 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

The Anaheim Ducks were supposed to have their hands full with the physicality and puck-possession game of the Winnipeg Jets. Many observers predicted a long series in the Western Conference First Round.

Few, if any, predicted four straight wins. But the Ducks pulled off the only sweep of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday when they again found an extra gear against the Jets, who played the first playoff games in Winnipeg since 1996.

It wasn't as easy as it sounds. Anaheim led for 38:26 for the best-of-7 series, the least amount of time a team has led in a four-game sweep, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But the Ducks earned extra days of rest with their first sweep since 2006. They will face the winner of the series between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames.

Here are five reasons the Ducks advanced to the second round:

Chlapik making mark in QMJHL with skill, hockey IQ

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Filip Chlapik is forever grateful that his father took him aside during his youth hockey days to have a little heart-to-heart after he told his father of his urge to be a goaltender.

Nothing against the masked men, but Milan Chlapik envisioned his son excelling in another area on the ice; mainly center.

"I was a big fan of Tomas Vokoun and loved to watch him when I was younger," Filip Chlapik said. "But my dad told me, 'No way. You're going to be a forward.'"

He made the right choice.

Winnipeg fans salute Jets despite playoff sweep

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:34 AM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

WINNIPEG – For 11 days, the anticipation built.

From the time the Winnipeg Jets clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs late on the night of April 9 to just before the drop of the puck for Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on April 20, this city prepared to unleash its unique brand of postseason fury.

It had been 19 years since there was NHL playoff hockey in Winnipeg, but those 11 days between a Los Angeles Kings road loss to the Calgary Flames clinched a playoff spot for the Jets and the actual drop of the puck on Monday might have seemed even longer to these fans.

But after all that waiting, the whole experience lasted a little more than 48 hours.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, April 22

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:25 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


Ryan Kesler scored twice in the third period, including the eventual series-clinching goal, to guide the Anaheim Ducks past the Winnipeg Jets and into the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Anaheim swept a best-of-7 series for the fourth time in its history and the first time since the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals vs. the Colorado Avalanche. Their other series sweeps came in 2003 en route to the franchise's first berth in the Stanley Cup Final (WQF vs. Detroit Red Wings and WCF vs. Minnesota Wild).

* The Ducks fell behind 1-0 late in the first period, but Emerson Etem tied the game less than 90 seconds later. Anaheim overcame a deficit in each contest in the series, and was the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive games in one playoff series when trailing entering the third period (Games 1-2-3).

* Overall, the Ducks led for only 38:26 during the four games, including a total of 11:21 in the first three. The Jets held the lead for 68:45 and the clubs were tied for 138:01.

* The Elias Sports Bureau says 38:26 is the least amount of time any team has ever led in a four-game series sweep. The previous record was 40:49 set by the Red Wings vs. Anaheim in the 1997 Western Conference Semifinals.

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That group is not satisfied until we win a Stanley Cup. When we do win that Stanley Cup, I don't think we'll be satisfied then either. We're going to want another one. We have the group to do it. We have all the pieces. We just need to put them together.

— Ducks forward Ryan Kesler after signing a six-year extension with Anaheim this past July