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Kings' offense thriving due to success on faceoffs

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Most of the talk after Game 2 of the Western Conference Final has been about the offensive explosion by the Los Angeles Kings, who tied a franchise Stanley Cup Playoff record with five goals in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks.

What might be overlooked is what helped lead to those goals.

In a series between two puck-possession teams, the Kings simply had the puck more in Game 2 because they won 43 faceoffs to Chicago's 27. That bodes well for Los Angeles going into Game 3 on Saturday night at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). The best of-7-series is tied 1-1.

The Kings have strength down the middle with Anze Kopitar, who won 15 of 21 faceoffs in Game 2, and Jarret Stoll, who won 14 of 22 primarily against Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus and Marcus Kruger.


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Rangers' Stepan out indefinitely with broken jaw

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers center Derek Stepan sustained a broken jaw in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, coach Alain Vigneault said Friday.

Stepan was scheduled to have surgery Friday night. His status for Game 4 Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) won't be known until Saturday at the earliest, according to Vigneault.

The Rangers lead the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.  

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Canadiens' Prust banned two games for interference

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 5:13 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK - Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been suspended two games for interference with New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan during Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference Final series in New York on Thursday, May 22, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

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Devils sign two 2012 picks to entry-level contracts

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 4:36 PM / News

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Forwards Ben Johnson and Ben Thomson on Friday signed entry-level contracts with the New Jersey Devils. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Johnson, who will turn 20 next month, finished tied for third on the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League this season with 53 points (28 goals) in 59 games. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward led the Spitfires with four goals and six points during the 2014 OHL playoffs and then joined Albany of the American Hockey League upon completion of his junior season.

Johnson, a third-round pick (No. 90) in the 2012 NHL Draft, had 66 goals and 128 points in 191 games during his junior career.

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Lightning sign Johnson to three-year contract

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 3:33 PM / News

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Tyler Johnson signed a new three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. Financial terms of the contract were not released, but Elliotte Friedman of the CBC reports it's worth $10 million.

Johnson could have become a restricted free agent this summer.

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Rangers' Carcillo automatically suspended 10 games

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TORONTO -- New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has been automatically suspended for 10 games as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under Rule 40.3 Physical Abuse of Officials -- Category II during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on Thursday, May 22, the National Hockey League announced today.

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Duguay triumphs in bubble battle of Rangers alums

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 3:04 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- An off day in the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens only can mean one thing.

It's time for two fan favorites who once starred for the Rangers to go head-to-head in a bubble hockey showdown for off-ice supremacy at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store. That's exactly the type of entertainment forward Ron Duguay and defenseman Jeff Beukeboom provided Friday afternoon.

Duguay, who warned Beukeboom prior to faceoff that he owned a bubble hockey table at home, came away with a 5-4 victory. The event was made extra special when longtime Rangers anthem singer John Amirante sang the Canadian and U.S. national anthems.

"If the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup, we'll have a rematch," Duguay said afterward.

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Sharks' Robinson adds development job to role

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 2:19 PM / News

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Larry Robinson was named associate coach and director of player development by the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Earlier this week the Montreal Gazette reported Robinson had signed a three-year contract to remain with the Sharks, where he has been an associate coach for the past two seasons.

"Larry is one of the most respected minds in hockey and we are thrilled to continue having him involved with our organization," general manager Doug Wilson said.

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Canadiens' Bergevin, Kings' Lombardi and Ducks' Murray named finalists for NHL GM of the Year Award

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 2:00 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

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NEW YORK -- Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens, Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks are the three finalists for the 2013-14 NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the National Hockey League announced today. Bergevin and Murray are finalists for the second consecutive season, while Lombardi is a finalist for the first time.

Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 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.

Following are the finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, in alphabetical order:

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Canadiens' Prust to have phone hearing Friday

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 1:25 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Montreal Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday afternoon for his hit on New York Rangers center Derek Stepan during the first period at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

No penalty was called on the play at 2:48 of the first period. Stepan briefly left the game before returning later in the first period.

On Friday, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault announced Stepan would undergo surgery for a broken jaw and there was no timetable for his return.

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