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Flyers sign Russian defenseman Medvedev

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 12:39 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-3, 187 lb free-agent defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Medvedev, 32 (8/27/1982), is a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia. He comes to North America for the first time after a long professional career in his home country. He has played in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) since its inception in 2008 and spent three seasons prior to that playing in the KHL’s predecessor, the Russian Elite League.

For the past eight years, Medvedev has played for Ak Bars Kazan, the last seven of which have come as a member of the KHL. He has appeared in 373 career games for the team, recording 37 goals and 128 assists for 165 points, along with 408 PIM and a +100 rating.

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Crawford comes up big for Blackhawks in Game 2

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 12:00 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

There was a time early in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Corey Crawford lost his job as starting goaltender of the Chicago Blackhawks. After the first two games of the Western Conference First Round, Crawford was replaced by Scott Darling after putting up a 6.75 goals-against average and .809 save percentage.

Crawford took back his job when he won in relief of Darling in Game 6 of the first round. He's been solid ever since, but never better than in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

After Chicago finally finished off Anaheim with Marcus Kruger's goal at 16:12 of the third overtime to win 3-2 and even the best-of-7 series 1-1, Crawford was given a championship belt the Blackhawks use to honor their player of the game. Though Crawford passed it on to Kruger, his 60 saves qualified him as championship material.

"He could have kept it," Kruger told the Chicago Sun Times. "He deserves it. He was great tonight. He gave us a chance. We're happy to have him."

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 8:48 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Marcus Kruger scored at 16:12 of triple overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 to even the Western Conference Final at one victory apiece.

* Game 2 required 116:12 of total elapsed time and was the longest game of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chicago also played in the previous longest game of this postseason, April 21 in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round vs. the Nashville Predators (3-2 3OT W). Brent Seabrook scored at 1:00 of the third overtime to end the game (101:00 of total elapsed time).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks won two games in a single postseason that required at least three overtime periods for the first time in franchise history. The last team to do so was the Ducks, who won two such games in 2003.

Blackhawks show character in marathon Game 2 win

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 4:11 AM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ANAHEIM -- Character can't be awarded. It must be earned.

The Chicago Blackhawks have earned their share of character while making five trips to the Western Conference Final and claiming the Stanley Cup twice during the past seven seasons. They put every ounce of that hard-earned character on display Tuesday, outlasting the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in triple overtime in an instant classic of a Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center.

Shaw's head-butt goal remarkable, but disallowed

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 3:17 AM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- It might be one of the most remarkable disallowed goals in NHL history.

Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks looked more like a soccer player than a hockey forward early in the second overtime Tuesday when he headed the puck into the net against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the 2015 Western Conference Final at Honda Center.

The puck popped up in the air during a goalmouth scramble, and Shaw purposely used the crown of his helmet to propel the puck past Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen for what he momentarily thought was the game-winning goal.

The play initially was ruled a goal on the ice and several Blackhawks players celebrated, but after a review it was disallowed.

Crosby says McLellan 'really good' coach: report

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 11:46 PM / News

Sidney Crosby said he was impressed by coach Todd McLellan, who was hired by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

McLellan was coach and Crosby was captain of Canada, which won the IIHF World Championship gold-medal game in Prague on Sunday.

"He was really good. The whole staff was really organized," Crosby told on Tuesday. "We had to adjust a little bit playing on the big ice, and all the European teams know how to use it to their advantage and how to play on it. But everything was pretty clear-cut as far as exactly what we needed to do. Nothing surprised us."

McLellan says Sharks remain 'tremendous team'

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 11:22 PM / News

Todd McLellan said Tuesday he believes his former team, the San Jose Sharks, remains in good position to contend for the Stanley Cup.

McLellan, 47, was being introduced as Edmonton Oilers coach, less than a month after parting with San Jose.

"They still have a tremendous team," McLellan said of the Sharks, according to "They have tremendous athletes in that locker room. They'll be a force to be reckoned with."

Devils vets Elias, Zajac unsure of future under Shero

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 10:56 PM / News

New Jersey Devils veteran forwards Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac said this week they are unsure of their future with the team under new general manager Ray Shero.

"I really don't know," Elias said in an interview with on Monday. "I know Mr. Shero is a very respected GM. He did a great job in Pittsburgh and in Nashville when he was part of it (as an assistant GM). So, I know, in that regard, he's very respected and I believe he's going to do a great job for this organization going forward. I guess it's up to him to kind of talk to me about it and let me know where he stands with me.

"Honestly, if he wants to change things around and this is not a place for me anymore, it's OK. It happens. And if he wants to keep me around and still be a part of the team, then I'll be more than happy."

Coyotes goalie Smith will build off Canada gold

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 9:26 PM / News

GLENDALE – At the end of the season, goalie Mike Smith wasn't sure if he wanted to play for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

He was honored to have been invited, of course, but he'd just finished a challenging and frustrating season with the Arizona Coyotes and the annual international tournament was thousands of miles away in the Czech Republic. On top of that, he had just played for Team Canada – and won a gold medal – last year at the Winter Olympics.

Clearly there were plenty of reasons for Smith to say thanks but no thanks to Team Canada and skip the World Championship. Nevertheless, Smith accepted the invitation hoping to begin his off-season on a high.

It was a wise decision.

Video game to add playoff beards to new version

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 9:05 PM / News

Playoff beards are coming to "NHL 16" from EA Sports.

The video game company will include the Stanley Cup Playoff tradition in its newest version, available in September.

"One of the oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey has arrived," the company said on its website. "With accurate representations of beard patterns, length, thickness, and growth rates for individual players, the road to the Stanley Cup just got hairier."

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