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Laviolette eager to work with Poile, coach Predators

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 5:26 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

When Peter Laviolette accepted the Nashville Predators coaching job Tuesday, four other NHL jobs were vacant, some with teams that might be considered to have more talented rosters.

Laviolette said he chose Nashville in large part because of the relationship he developed with Predators general manager David Poile while the two worked for the United States in the time leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. They knew each other before Laviolette became an assistant coach, and Poile the GM for the U.S., but the relationship strengthened during that period.

"We spent an awful lot of time talking over the phone and in meetings," Laviolette said Wednesday via conference call from Minsk, Belarus where he is coaching the United States in the IIHF World Championship, "and it's an opportunity to work for a first-class general manager, one of the best in the League, and that's appealing to me."


GM says Bruins must be more detail-oriented

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 5:03 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Like Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien and most of the players, general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday didn't sound like he was losing any sleep over Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban knocking the net off behind goalie Carey Price with eight seconds remaining in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Tuesday.

Down by one goal, the Bruins were pressuring the Canadiens with an extra attacker on the ice when the whistle blew to stop play and adjust the net. The Bruins didn't possess the puck for more than a second after the faceoff, and the Canadiens got an empty-net goal from Lars Eller to win 4-2 and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Game 4 is Thursday at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).


Hjalmarsson blocks out pain to help Blackhawks

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 4:45 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Niklas Hjalmarsson will not be quoted in this story and it's not because he declined interviews.

It's because of what the defenseman does best for the Chicago Blackhawks whenever the Stanley Cup Playoffs roll around. It's no accident that Hjalmarsson leads the NHL with 34 blocked shots heading into Wednesday, and one of those blocks is the reason he can't speak right now.

A puck shot by Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round series at United Center deflected up and appeared to hit Hjalmarsson in the neck area. After staying down on the ice, he skated slowly to the bench and sat there for a couple minutes shaking off the pain.


Blues extend Hitchcock as coach through 2014-15

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 3:33 PM / News


The St. Louis Blues extended the contract of coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.

In addition, associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Ray Bennett will return.


Cooke set to return, grateful Wild prolonged season

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 2:57 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke is ready to return to hitting and being hit at high speeds and throwing his body in the path of slap shots. He figures those dangerous pursuits are far better for his health than the past two weeks of watching others do that work.

He served the final game of his seven-game suspension during the Wild's 4-0 victory Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round series. He is eligible to return Friday in Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Cooke was suspended by the NHL in the first round for a knee-on-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. At the time, the Wild were trailing the series 2-0, but came back by winning four of the next five games, including erasing four one-goal deficits in an overtime victory in Game 7 on the road.

According to Wild coach Mike Yeo, Cooke will most likely return to active duty Friday, although he has not decided who the forward will replace in the lineup.

"The last couple of weeks, I think I earned myself an ulcer watching games," Cooke said during a press conference Wednesday morning at Xcel Energy Center. "Obviously the team's played great, but it's tough to sit and watch. I pride myself on being a guy that performs and has a game built for the playoffs, and it's not fun to sit and watch."


Flyers promote Holmgren to president, Hextall to GM

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Ron Hextall called Wednesday the culmination of a 15-year dream.

Hextall on Wednesday was promoted to general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, replacing Paul Holmgren, who was named president of the team in a sweeping change to the front office.

After playing 11 of 13 NHL seasons with the Flyers, Hextall moved into a scouting role with the organization after he retired in 1999. He returned to Flyers in the summer of 2013 as assistant general manager and director of hockey operations after seven seasons as assistant general manager with the Los Angeles Kings.

"When [chairman Ed] Snider brought me in and talked about offering me this job, not only did I reach my goal of being a general manager, I got my dream job," Hextall said during a press conference at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. "I'm thrilled to be sitting here and I'll do the best job I can do. I'll work hard toward reaching the ultimate goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Philadelphia."


Wild's mental toughness leads to Game 3 win

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 2:06 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild used their will, more than their skill or their speed or any of the other physical tools at their disposal, to win Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild was the mentally superior team Tuesday night and, as a result, found new life in this Western Conference Second Round series against the defending Stanley Cup champions. With a 4-0 victory, fashioned on an unexpected third-period offensive outburst, Minnesota has a chance to even this best-of-7 series at two victories apiece when the teams play Game 4 here Friday (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).


Haula continues to play huge role for Wild

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 1:44 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After a first-period breakaway drifted harmlessly off his stick, Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula sat on the bench with hopes that he would get another opportunity in a similar spot.

Early in the third period, he got that chance and didn't miss. Haula scored the game-winning goal at 1:41, the first of a four-goal barrage for the Wild en route to a 4-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference Second Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night.

Chicago now leads the best-of-7 series 2-1; Game 4 will be played in Minnesota on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

With the game scoreless and quality chances at a premium, each player on Minnesota's third line connected for the first goal. Haula's stretch pass to Matt Moulson in the neutral zone started the rush. Moulson passed to right wing Justin Fontaine, who had a full head of steam across the Chicago blue line. Fontaine skated in and found Haula flying past Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane at the backdoor, lofting a saucer pass towards the front of the net that Haula slapped in off a bounce past Corey Crawford.


Mistakes cost Bruins again in Game 3 loss

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 12:15 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- These were not the Boston Bruins who won 12 games in a row and earned a point in the standings in 16 straight games during a historic March.

Well, the personnel was the same, the uniforms were the same, but the Bruins who are down 2-1 in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens are playing a completely different type of hockey.

The Bruins are playing mistake-riddled hockey.

After losing 4-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday at Bell Centre, the Bruins will try to right themselves in Game 4 on Thursday in the same rink (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

They'll try to snap a streak of three straight games during which they have fallen behind by at least two goals. They were able to force double overtime before losing Game 1 then won Game 2 with a four-goal third period.


Therrien making right moves behind Montreal bench

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 12:14 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Michel Therrien lives in a petri dish under the microscope that is the Montreal hockey market.

Every one of Therrien's moves as coach of the Montreal Canadiens is dissected and analyzed to death, and to say he is open to criticism would be stating things mildly. He works in a firing range of criticism.

When Therrien was hired by general manager Marc Bergevin for his second stint as coach of his hometown team, the endorsement from the fan base and the media was far from unanimous. His decisions sometimes appear strange from the outside, but they also work more often than not.

The latest example came Tuesday in Game 3 of the Canadiens Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins, a 4-2 win that gave Montreal a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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