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Lucic helps power Bruins into second round

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 8:13 PM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has always been one of those players who can seemingly will his team to victory when he is at the absolute peak of his game.

Lucic's combination of skill and physicality has made him the perfect Bruins-type player. He did a little bit of everything in leading Boston to a five-game series victory against the Detroit Red Wings in their Eastern Conference First Round series, which ended with Boston's 4-2 win Saturday at TD Garden.


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Ramsay: Blues power play must get puck down low

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 7:01 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the series.

Ramsay played in more than 1,000 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres before going on to coach the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. In the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the Flyers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Final. Ramsay was most recently an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues are struggling to score on the power play against the Chicago Blackhawks because they're relying too much on the outside shot instead of funneling pucks low and toward the net, longtime NHL coach Craig Ramsay told NHL.com.

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Capitals fire Oates as coach, won't renew GM McPhee

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 6:38 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Displeased with the direction the Washington Capitals were trending, owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick let go of general manager George McPhee and coach Adam Oates.

The Capitals announced the changes Saturday following a two-week organizational investigation. Leonsis and Patrick met with McPhee and Oates on Thursday before making their final decision late Friday.

"It came down honestly to, after all of the work that we did and the due diligence for Dick and I, to sit down and say, 'Do we think this team with this leadership can compete for and win a Stanley Cup going into next season?' And our answer was obviously no," Leonsis said Saturday. "That's why we made the change."

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Five things Blues must do to force Game 7

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 5:02 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- The similarities might haunt a more pessimistic St. Louis Blues fan. They might even force an optimistic fan to rethink his positivity.

Last year, matched up in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis took a 2-0 series lead with Alexander Steen scoring the winner in Game 1 and Barret Jackman playing the hero in Game 2.

The same thing happened this year in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Analysis: Fleury's positional play not a worry

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

For beleaguered Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the word "meltdown" has become virtually synonymous with the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The phrase was already making the rounds to describe Fleury's postseason play before the top-seeded Penguins blew a 3-0 lead in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. By the time that game ended, with Fleury mishandling a puck behind his own net to gift Columbus the tying goal in the final minute of the third period and whiffing on Nick Foligno's long, dipping shot 2:49 into overtime, the discussions about Fleury's ghosts of playoffs past only intensified.

Fleury has posted a sub-.900 save percentage in four straight postseasons since hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2009 and his last two playoff runs ended with spectacular flameouts, including serving as the backup to Tomas Vokoun last spring after Fleury struggled mightily in the first round against the New York Islanders.

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Maroon finds an NHL home in Anaheim

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 10:51 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM – Perhaps the funniest moment from the television program "NHL Revealed," which documented the lead-up to the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium, was Drew Doughty's assessment of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.

During a game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, Maroon induced a tripping penalty on Doughty, the two-time Olympic gold medalist defenseman, which prompted the noted trash-talker.

"Buddy, you [stink] at hockey!" Doughty yelled at Maroon. "And you've been in the minors for how long? How long? And you're still on the fourth line? You're still on the fourth line."

Maroon grinned. At least Doughty knew his resume: five full seasons in the American Hockey League, including separate stints with organizations that changed cities. He's played in Texarkana, St. Louis, London, Philadelphia, Adirondack, Syracuse and Norfolk. It takes more than chirping to get Maroon rattled.

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Getzlaf's return sparks Ducks to blowout win

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 3:04 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- It wasn't all that long ago that Ryan Getzlaf admitted he struggled as captain of the Anaheim Ducks. He had difficulty balancing hockey and family life as a new father, and the result was one of the worst seasons of his career.

But those days are in the past.

During this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, Getzlaf became a father for the third time and has been bloodied, scarred and stitched. Nothing has slowed him down; in fact, he's actually furthered his legacy as captain and solidified his Hart Trophy credentials after finishing as the NHL's No. 2 regular-season scorer.

The latest example came Friday night when Getzlaf tied a postseason career-high with a three-point game in a 6-2 win against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series. He scored a goal and set up two others after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed upper-body injury, likely the result of taking a slap shot in the face in the final stages of the series opener.


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Blackhawks' Toews finding touch at right time

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 1:39 AM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Jonathan Toews says he expects to score "ugly goals" in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That didn't happen Friday night.

Toews' breakaway goal 7:36 into overtime off a clearing attempt from Duncan Keith by way of Andrew Shaw's shin pad was a thing of beauty, and something of a lucky break too. The Chicago Blackhawks' captain will take it not only for the win, but for his personal confidence.

Toews was forced to help the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in other ways last year because he went into a deep scoring slump; he went the first nine games without a goal and then another 10 before he scored twice in the last three games of the Stanley Cup Final.

Toews had three goals in 23 playoff games last year; he already has two, both game-winners, in five games this year. Toews' goal Friday lifted Chicago to a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series.


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Blues paying huge price for missed scoring chances

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 12:45 AM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Some things just seem to be agonizing. For the St. Louis Blues, the inability to finish scoring opportunities have them down 3-2 in the Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blues' 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 5 on Friday saw the home team lose for the first time in this series. Just as in 2013, when the Blues jumped to a 2-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Quarterfinals before losing in six games, they are on the brink of elimination as they head to Chicago for a must-win Game 6 (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

And much like 2013, the inability to bury their scoring chances is exacting a huge price. They led 2-0 in this series and now have dropped three straight.

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Rangers lament lost power-play opportunities

Friday, 04.25.2014 / 11:19 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The New York Rangers suffered a power outage Friday and paid the price in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

The Rangers were limited to five shots and no goals on four power-play opportunities in a 2-1 loss that evened this best-of-7 series 2-2. Game 5 is Sunday at Madison Square Garden (noon ET; NBC, RDS, TSN).

"The power play is about execution and you have to give them credit; they were really good on the penalty kill," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of the Flyers. "Our power play needs to be better. We got some good looks, but at this time in the year, you need more than good looks. You've got to get the job done."

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