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Deslauriers signs two-year contract with Sabres

Monday, 05.26.2014 / 4:16 PM / News

NHL.com

The Buffalo Sabres on Monday signed forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Deslauriers, 23, had one goal and 18 penalty minutes in 17 games for the Sabres this season, making his NHL debut after he was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on March 5.

"Nick was able to step in and compete in every situation we put him in," Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. "We're confident that he will be an important part of our organization going forward."

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Oil Kings reflect on stunning Memorial Cup title run

Monday, 05.26.2014 / 10:47 AM / News

Ed Klajman - NHL.com Contributor

LONDON, Ontario -- Edgars Kulda had just been named the most valuable player of the 2014 Memorial Cup after leading the resilient Edmonton Oil Kings to the franchise's first junior hockey championship with a 6-3 upset victory against the top-ranked Guelph Storm.

After outshining a long list of high NHL draft picks he played alongside and against, Kulda was asked about his standing as NHL Central Scouting's 145th-ranked North American skater for the upcoming draft.

In the typically jovial and playful manner that made him a media darling at the tournament, the 19-year-old Latvian laughed, shrugged his shoulders, and coyly avoided giving a direct answer about anything related to the draft.

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Rangers playing with fire despite commanding lead

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Like a group of well-trained magicians, the New York Rangers have not yet been burned by the fire they've been playing with in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers are one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years because goalie Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant in Game 2 and their penalty kill was the difference in Game 4.

Getting outshot 41-30 and relying on terrific saves by Lundqvist one night, and getting bailed out by their surging penalty kill despite giving up eight power plays on another night isn't the best way to live in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but that's how the Rangers have taken a 3-1 lead on the Montreal Canadiens.

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Combine gives teams full scope of top prospects

Monday, 05.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Many of the top prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft will be put to the ultimate test this week in an effort to impress potential future employers at the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto.

The primary purpose of the Combine, which runs May 26-31, is to aid all 30 NHL teams in the player selection process. NHL Central Scouting invited 119 players from North America and Europe to take part.

The Combine will allow NHL scouts and general managers an opportunity to interview as many prospects as they wish during a five-day period from May 26-30.

"By the time the Combine rolls around we've done our checking, but what I look for in an interview is the maturity level and how far along they are in that area," Buffalo Sabres assistant general manager Kevin Devine told NHL.com. "That usually determines how far away they are from playing in the NHL. But I don't think the interviews are going to jump anyone five or six draft spots either.

"They could jump a spot or two if guys are professionals in the interviews, but there won't be any big jump at the top, especially with the top five in this draft class."

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Rangers forward St. Louis is playoff hero again

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- In an illustrious NHL career filled with a number of historic victories and memorable moments, New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis has played the hero countless times.

He was more than happy to do it again Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

St. Louis' goal 6:02 into overtime gave the Rangers a 3-2 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. New York leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and is one win from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.

Left all alone by the right faceoff circle, the veteran wing demonstrated the patience that comes with 15 seasons worth of NHL experience. Rather than frantically one-timing the puck on net, he took his time before wiring a shot over the left shoulder of Montreal goaltender Dustin Tokarski.


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Rangers overcome penalty in OT to beat Canadiens

Monday, 05.26.2014 / 1:50 AM / Winning Ingredients

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- It was the last thing the New York Rangers wanted to be doing in overtime. They had no choice.

Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot was guilty of holding Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban's stick in the offensive zone 30 seconds into the extra session Sunday, putting New York on the penalty kill for the eighth time in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers were even on special teams so far in the game, with one power-play goal against and one shorthanded goal for. A second power-play goal against would have tied the best-of-7 series heading into Game 5 on Tuesday at Bell Centre (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"Your stomach turns a little bit when you take a penalty in overtime any time," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. "It gives them that advantage, and it's a big advantage in overtime."

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Subban believes Canadiens can rally from 3-1 hole

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- There's seemingly never a moment when Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban doesn't appear to be in control of a situation.

He was at it again following a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. After leading all players in ice time and blocked shots, the unflappable Subban fielded more than a dozen questions from reporters in the visitors' locker room before announcing "last question" when he felt the time was right.

"We walked in the room here and a couple of guys said that we're going to put this behind us and get ready for a bigger game come Tuesday," Subban said. "We did a lot. We had a lot of opportunities, but pucks didn't go in. There is a lot of hockey left to be played, and we just have to be prepared to go home and play a good game."


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Canadiens lose game of inches, face elimination

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

NEW YORK -- Clichés exist largely because they are often true.

Hockey, or any sport really, being a game of inches is one of them.

Except when that inch means the difference between stealing back home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference Final and being on the verge of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the cliché can become a devastating reality.

It can burrow itself into the deeper reaches of your mind and live there for days.

The Montreal Canadiens are living through that reality as they find themselves down 3-1 in the best-of-7 series to the New York Rangers after a 3-2 overtime loss Sunday that could very easily have been a 3-2 regulation-time win if Alex Galchenyuk's shot with 3:15 to play in the third period had moved an inch.

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Kulda, Oil Kings top Storm to win 2014 Memorial Cup

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 9:38 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Edmonton Oil Kings forward Edgars Kulda doesn't want to go through another NHL draft without hearing his name called. If his performance at the 2014 Memorial Cup was a final audition, he shouldn't be concerned.

Kulda had a goal and two assists to help Edmonton to a 6-3 win against the Guelph Storm on Sunday to win the national championship of Canadian junior hockey. He was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

"I kind of got lucky with that," Kulda said of winning MVP, according to The Canadian Press. "I don't know how I got it, honestly. It's a pleasurable surprise for me. I'm happy to get that one too."

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Blackhawks, Kings set up to contend for years

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Last season the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings met in the Western Conference Final, but injuries for the Kings meant it was hardly a fair fight.

Two seasons ago, the Blackhawks and Kings could have met in the Western Conference Final, but Chicago was bounced in the first round by the Phoenix Coyotes.

The 2014 Western Conference Final is a bit like a heavyweight fight three years in the making. From about late February of 2012 until now, these have arguably been the two best teams in the West. They are at close to full strength, and this series is might turn into an epic showdown befitting of the clubs' success.

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