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Canadiens sign Thrower; Sharks add Karlsson

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 5:17 PM / News

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The Montreal Canadiens on Friday signed defenseman Dalton Thrower to a three-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Thrower, 20, had 39 points (12 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games this season with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. His plus-9 rating led the Giants and his eight power-play goals led all Vancouver defensemen.

In 285 games since his junior debut with the Saskatoon Blades in 2009-10, Thrower has 147 points (42 goals, 105 assists), 414 penalty minutes and a plus-39 rating. He added five points (two goals, three assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 26 playoff games.

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Five reasons why the Canadiens were eliminated

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

When the Montreal Canadiens lost goaltender Carey Price for the duration of the Eastern Conference Final in Game 1 of the series, it was almost as if they received a built-in excuse to lose to the New York Rangers.

The Canadiens lost their best player, coach Michel Therrien said the day he announced his star goaltender's absence.

How could anyone reasonably expect a team to advance to the Stanley Cup Final missing its best player?

Except when looking at Montreal's loss in six games to the Rangers and looking for ways to explain it, goaltending would not appear on the list.

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Five reasons why the Rangers advanced

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

This time, the picture did tell the entire story.

After knocking off the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final and clinching a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, New York Rangers alternate captains Brad Richards, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal were summoned to greet NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and the Prince of Wales Trophy late Thursday.

The Rangers traded captain Ryan Callahan in early March. They don't have anybody who wears the "C" now, so they didn't have one person to adhere to the tradition of accepting the trophy from Daly.

The alternates were called up instead. They didn't go alone.

Richards waved to the rest of the Rangers, imploring them to join the party, and every player made the pilgrimage to Daly and the trophy. It was a fitting end to an emotionally charged series, and a sign of what the Rangers will need to win the Stanley Cup against either the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings.

The Rangers are in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years because they came together as a team midway through the regular season and have played as one in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Jets' Slater has hip surgery, expected back for camp

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 11:58 AM / News

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Winnipeg Jets forward Jim Slater had surgery Thursday to repair the labrum in his hip, the team announced Friday.

Jets general manager Kevin Chevaldayoff said the expectation is Slater will be ready for training camp in September.

Slater, 31, had one goal and one assist in 27 games this season. He missed four months after having surgery in October for a sports hernia.

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Panthers mulling options with No. 1 pick

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 11:15 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Florida Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce is familiar with the usual posturing that takes place leading up to the NHL draft.

He said he expects the drama to be ramped up even more in the weeks ahead since Panthers general manager Dale Tallon admitted his willingness to shop the No. 1 pick for the right price. The 2014 NHL Draft is June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Panthers finished 29th in the League standings and won the first pick at the NHL Draft Lottery in April. Tallon made public his willingness to trade the pick in May on a radio interview on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Florida has won the lottery three times; in 2002 and 2003 Florida won it and traded the pick.

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Daneyko joins La Greca for Friday Face Time chat

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 9:30 AM / Edward Jones Face Time

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Legendary Devil and current NHL analyst Ken Daneyko joins sportscaster Don La Greca for a live online chat with fans Friday at 1 p.m. ET from the NHL store in New York City. Daneyko and La Greca will take questions and share their views about the Stanley Cup Playoffs and other hot topics.

Missed out on last Friday's chat? Register here to participate in this edition. Learn more and access complete chat archive at facetime.nbcsports.com.

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Moore's goal lifts Rangers to Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- In between taking the opening faceoff of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final and being sent out to secure a 1-0 win in the final seconds, Dominic Moore scored the deciding goal to send the New York Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.

It was a standout performance for Moore, who will be going to the Cup Final for the first time in his 14-season career after the Rangers eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in six games Thursday. It's a special and very emotional way to punctuate a two-year period that saw him take a season off from hockey after his wife, Katie, died from fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer, on Jan. 7, 2013.

"I owe a lot to my teammates for helping me get through this last year and a half," the 33-year-old center said. "I feel tremendously proud to be a part of this team, especially amidst the circumstances going to the Stanley Cup Final."


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Canadiens provide no support for Tokarski

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

NEW YORK -- The Montreal Canadiens wanted to win this Eastern Conference Final for their goalie. They lost it by letting their other goalie down.

When Carey Price was lost for the series in Game 1, a 7-2 victory for the New York Rangers, the Canadiens hopes of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 21 years were essentially dashed in the minds of most.

The Canadiens, coming off their worst loss of these Stanley Cup Playoffs, said they wanted to win to give their superstar goaltender a chance to play again this season. But if there is one member of the Canadiens who can say he truly did that, it was the unknown figure who replaced Price.

Prior to this series Dustin Tokarski was best known to most hockey fans as the goaltender of the Canadian national junior team who drove hockey analyst Pierre McGuire to fits of enthusiasm at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships. He was too small to be an NHL goalie, too unorthodox in style.

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Lundqvist's save on Canadiens' Vanek lifts Rangers

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 1:50 AM / Winning Ingredients

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reacted on instinct. He threw his stick, tossed up his blocker, and nearly did a cartwheel.

The acrobatics were not only necessary, they were game-changing.

Lundqvist's remarkable, highlight-reel blocker save on Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek's deflected shot at 15:15 of the second period in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final preserved what at the time was a 0-0 game.

The fantastic save loomed larger less than three minutes later, when Rangers forward Dominic Moore scored what turned into the only goal of the game in a 1-0 series-clinching win for the Rangers, who earned their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994.


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Rangers' Vigneault takes second team to Cup Final

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 12:29 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The New York Rangers haven't been to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994, but their coach has.

Alain Vigneault became the 10th coach in NHL history to lead more than one team to the Final when the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Thursday to win the Eastern Conference Final in six games. The Rangers will play the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings; Game 1 of the Cup Final is Wednesday, June 4.


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