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Chlapik making mark in QMJHL with skill, hockey IQ

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

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com 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 LNH.com

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

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KESLER PROPELS DUCKS INTO SECOND ROUND

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.

Blues have offensive outburst in win vs. Wild

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 1:36 AM / Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The St. Louis Blues talked at the morning skate Wednesday about initiating the play and dictating to their pace against the Minnesota Wild.

Scoring three times in the first period enabled them to do that with shots from all angles, getting bodies in front of Devan Dubnyk in a 6-1 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center.

The victory ended a nine-game road Stanley Cup Playoff losing streak in which the Blues were outscored 28-11.

The best-of-7 series tied 2-2 shifts to St. Louis for Game 5 on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, FS-N, FS-MW).

"Our scoring is a direct reflection of our checking," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When we check, we score. It looks like we've joined the tournament now and we're dialed in."

After loss, Price says Canadiens can stick to plan

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 12:48 AM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Montreal Canadiens can appreciate the value of the puck bouncing their way so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs even though it didn't against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

The Canadiens allowed the first goal for the fourth game in a row in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Senators, but they were out of comebacks, losing 1-0 in Game 4 at Canadian Tire Centre.

Montreal had won three straight one-goal games against Ottawa, including the previous two in overtime.

"We got the bounce last game, they got the bounce this game; that's playoff hockey," Canadiens goalie Carey Price said.

Wild pull Dubnyk after allowing six goals to Blues

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 12:43 AM / Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round

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Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was pulled from Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round with 3:10 remaining in the second period after allowing six goals to the St. Louis Blues.

Dubnyk, who was coming off a 3-0 shutout in Game 3, was replaced by Darcy Kuemper, who stopped all nine shots he faced the rest of the way in the Blues 6-1 victory.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2, with Game 5 in St. Louis on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports, FS-N).

Dubnyk seemed to be injured midway through the period when he fell and was hit in the leg with a shot while on the ice. A trainer attended to him and Dubnyk stayed in the game, before allowing two goals in 63 seconds at 15:47 and 16:50.

Penguins, Rangers reverse Game 4 roles, not result

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 11:45 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- There was a role reversal between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series.

Much like Pittsburgh in Game 3, New York started slowly, with two shots in the first period Wednesday. Unlike the Penguins in Game 3, the Rangers stayed within one goal and responded to tie the game, force overtime, and earn a 2-1 victory.

It gave New York a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series heading back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, ROOT, MSG).

"[After the first period] I think we all were just thinking how the other games started; it was flipped from the first three games," Rangers forward Carl Hagelin said. "We knew that even though we played great in the second game, we had only [led] 1-0, and they came back. We had that in the back of our mind, if we keep pushing, hopefully they would back off a little bit and give us some space. That happened."

Start time set for Game 5 between Blues, Wild

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 9:50 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The National Hockey League today announced the updated start time and national television information for Game 5 of 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild scheduled for Friday, April 24.

The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET in St. Louis. The game will be seen on NBCSN, Sportsnet 360, and TVA.

New-look Canucks still struggling to score in playoffs

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 9:21 PM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The veteran players on the Vancouver Canucks talked a lot this season about proving that 2013-14 was a blip, one bad season with an ill-fitting coach that left them out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

They backed those claims by getting into the playoffs, but a lot of familiar themes have resurfaced. As a result, the Canucks face elimination in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Vancouver is 2-13 in the playoffs since winning Game 5 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins, and the inability to score has been a constant no matter how much else may have changed.

"We're a totally different team," captain Henrik Sedin insisted. "We got young guys coming up and playing well for us. We’re a four-line team. That's the way we’ve been winning this year. So it's not even close to being the same as in the past."

Bergeron, Kopitar, Toews voted Selke Trophy finalists

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 7:00 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

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NEW YORK -- Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," the National Hockey League announced today.

All three were Selke finalists in 2013-14, when Bergeron, Kopitar and Toews finished 1-2-3, respectively, in balloting. This marks the first time in 18 years that the same trio has swept finalist berths for a trophy in consecutive seasons: Paul Kariya, Adam Oates and Teemu Selanne were the top three contenders for the Lady Byng Trophy in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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