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Blackhawks forward Shaw close to returning

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, making his first public comments since sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round, opened his press conference with a simple question.

"Did you guys miss me?" Shaw said minutes after taking part in his first full practice since getting injured against the Minnesota Wild on May 2.

The answer, it seems, is a universal yes.


Goaltender Markkanen can relate to Tokarski's rise

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

With 10 games of prior NHL experience, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski stopped 27 of 30 shots Monday in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Montreal fell behind 2-0 in the best-of-7 series, which continues Thursday with Game 3 at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m.; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, the loss was a surreal experience for the 24-year-old, one to which former NHL goaltender Jussi Markkanen can relate.


Owner Jacobs believes Bruins are Cup contenders

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 2:50 PM / News

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- After the Boston Bruins failed to defend their 2011 Stanley Cup championship and lost in seven games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal to the Washington Capitals in 2012, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said the Cup was now on loan until his team could bring it back to Boston.

Jacobs didn't expect he would have to wait long.

But the Bruins' loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round this season extended the loan period to three years. The Bruins took a couple of steps back, winning one Stanley Cup Playoff round a year after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Addressing the media Tuesday, Jacobs reaffirmed his faith in Boston's management group, led by president Cam Neely and general manager Peter Chiarelli.


Benning expected to be named Canucks GM: report

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 2:14 PM / News

The Vancouver Canucks are expected to name Jim Benning their general manager later this week, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger.

Benning, 51, serves as assistant GM of the Boston Bruins, a position he has held since 2006. He won the Stanley Cup with them in 2011.


Canucks sign Cederholm to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 1:37 PM / News

The Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday signed defenseman Anton Cederholm to an entry-level contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Cederholm, 19, was a fifth-round pick (No. 145) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He spent this season with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, scoring four goals and 16 points with 95 penalty minutes in 71 regular-season games. He added two goals, five points and 16 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games, helping Portland advance to the WHL Championship.


Nash resurgence 'really good sign' for Rangers

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

MONTREAL -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash never minds being a defensive stopper on occasion. He likes his role on the penalty kill, feels he thrives in being counted on to play all 200 feet, and enjoys being able to contribute in ways that don't show up on the score sheet.

The problem through the first 14 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is that's all Nash was doing, and that's not why the Rangers are paying him $7.8 million per season.

Sure, Nash was generating scoring chances, the most of any player on the team, according to coach Alain Vigneault, but they never amounted to anything tangible. He was without a goal in 15 straight games entering the Eastern Conference Final, the longest scoring drought of his career.

"There was definitely a lot of frustration built up," Nash said.


Five Questions: Olczyk praises Blackhawks' Crawford

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features NBC broadcaster Eddie Olczyk, who also calls Chicago Blackhawks games on CSN Chicago:

MONTREAL -- Eddie Olczyk is working the Eastern Conference Final with a keen eye on what is happening out West because of his ties to the Chicago Blackhawks and the obvious need to follow what's happening across the NHL as NBC's lead color commentator.

Olczyk worked Chicago's first two rounds, six-game series victories against the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild. He spoke about all things Blackhawks with on Monday from Bell Centre.

The Blackhawks have a 1-0 lead on the Los Angeles Kings in the best-of-7 Western Conference Final. Game 2 is Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).


Canadiens rookie goalie Tokarski faces daunting task

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Dustin Tokarski said it calmly, as though he'd said it a thousand times before.

There was no quivering in his voice, no sense of regret.

It was just a matter-of-fact statement that perfectly sums up the situation in which the Montreal Canadiens and Tokarski, their new No. 1 goaltender, find themselves, down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers.

"He's a superstar at the other end and he played like it tonight," Tokarski said after losing 3-1 in his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday. "That was probably the difference."


Rangers goalie Lundqvist regains world-class form

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

MONTREAL -- Remember when New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was plagued by his own play in October, November, December and even early in January? Remember when he looked pedestrian and barely a legitimate No. 1 NHL goalie, let alone a superstar?

Seems so long ago, right? Seems like forever, in fact.

Not to Lundqvist. He remembers it well.

Lundqvist can describe the strange, nervous feeling he had early in the regular season when things were going so bad and he couldn't figure out how to fix them.

He can tell you about the saves he didn't make, the saves he always used to make. He can tell you about his positioning, how he was challenging shooters well above the blue paint, something he absolutely never does when he's on his game.


Canadiens goalie Tokarski plays well in surprise start

Sean Farrell - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Dustin Tokarski's championship pedigree won out in Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien's mind when it came down to choosing between the third-string goalie and backup Peter Budaj to take over for injured Carey Price.

Tokarski, who has won an IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal and Memorial Cup and Calder Cup titles, couldn't carry the Canadiens in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Monday. New York defeated Montreal 3-1 behind the 40-save performance of Henrik Lundqvist to take a 2-0 series lead.

"The number one reason why that we decided to go with Tokarski, you look at his track record, he's a winner, and I thought he played well tonight," Therrien said.

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