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Goaltender Matchup: Inside Andersen vs. Crawford

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs so NHL.com broke down the Western Conference Final battle between Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Much like many goaltending coaches do before a playoff series, NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted every goal scored with the help of a program from Double Blue Sport Analytics. Regular-season goals were recorded in their original Save Review System, and playoff goals, including how they were scored, were tracked in the soon-to-launch SRS 2.0. The graphics showing where goals went in and shots were taken from on the ice are nice, but the real value is analyzing the plays that led to them and whether they reveal strengths, weaknesses and tendencies that can be targeted.

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Capitals' Fehr was sidelined by AC sprain in playoffs

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 9:15 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The injury that sidelined Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr for 10 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was a separated shoulder, also known as an AC sprain, Fehr said Friday.

"The AC sprain is not a shoulder injury. It’s different, which is good for me," Fehr said. "These are injuries that just go away. They just need time, and unfortunately, come playoff time, you don’t have that."

He was injured in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round from a hit by New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo.

Fehr was out for 24 days but returned for Game 7 of the second round against the New York Rangers.

A pending unrestricted free agent, Fehr’s status with the Capitals is uncertain but he is confident the injury won’t affect the interest of other NHL teams.

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Senators update search for Melnyk liver donor

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 9:11 PM / News

OttawaSenators.com

OTTAWA –The Ottawa Senators organization is able to pass along the following information regarding efforts to identify a suitable live liver donor for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

- The response has been overwhelming, with more than 2,000 calls and emails received and numerous applications sent to the Donor Transplant Team in Toronto since Thursday afternoon.

- The fax line to the Donor Assessment Office is sometimes busy due to volume so we continue to ask potential donors to keep trying the fax line over the weekend to submit their completed forms.

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Seguin scoring, having fun with Canada in Prague

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 8:06 PM / NHL Insider

Michael Langr - NHL.com Correspondent

PRAGUE -- Tyler Seguin loves to play here.

He scored his first NHL goal at Prague's O2 Arena against the Phoenix Coyotes as a Boston Bruins rookie in the beginning of the 2010-11 season, and he has eight goals in eight games in the building at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, including a hat trick that helped Canada win 9-0 against Belarus on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

"Someone's blessing me here in this arena," said Seguin, the Dallas Stars forward who is tied with Sweden's Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators) for the tournament lead in goals. "For me personally, I started this tournament not getting the bounces and I'm obviously more happy when they go in. I like scoring goals, that's one of my jobs. And when they're going in, you feel better."

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Keeping Beleskey paying dividends for Ducks

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Matt Beleskey remembers sitting at home with a shoulder injury during the hours and days leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline in March.

There was some speculation the Anaheim Ducks would trade Beleskey, who was having his best season in the NHL and looked attractive to teams in need of a versatile left wing.

"[I was] extremely nervous," Beleskey said. "Watching and having the chance of being traded was something I definitely didn’t want. Once that was over, it was a huge weight off my shoulders."

Beleskey wasn't traded, and he’s repaid the Ducks handsomely by following up his career-best 22-goal regular season with a fruitful Stanley Cup Playoffs. He enters Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) on a Ducks record five-game playoff scoring streak. He is the first NHL player to score in each of the first five games of a series since Mikael Samuelson of the Vancouver Canucks in 2010 against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Babcock says he'll make decision within week

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 7:15 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose contract expires at the end of June, said Friday in an interview with Darren Dreger of TSN that he expects to reveal his next job within the next week.

"The decision date is going to be moved up," Babcock told Dreger in an interview conducted at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. "I'll bet you by [May] 20, I'm going to know what I'm doing."

Detroit general manager Ken Holland, also in the TSN interview, had said he was hoping to have Babcock's answer by May 25. The Red Wings on May 8 granted Babcock permission to speak with other NHL teams.

Holland said he offered Babcock a contract extension last summer.

"We're going to have a good coach behind the bench next year," he said. "I hope it's [Mike]."

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Blackhawks' Crawford bounces back from benching

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa has seen enough goalie meltdowns in his career to truly appreciate what Corey Crawford routinely does for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Crawford's resilience has become one of his biggest assets, right up there with tracking pucks, timing shots and body position. He's developed it incrementally the past five seasons, and it's now to a point matched by few goalies.

"He's one of those goalies who's [very] strong mentally," Hossa said. "One or two weaker games, or whatever you want to call it, it seems like he just forgets and starts looking for a new challenge. He can just shake off whatever, and it's amazing to see because not many goalies can do that."

Crawford's start to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs was so turbulent that it probably would've crushed the confidence of many goalies.

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Closer Look: Ducks must use size at Blackhawks net

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Before the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Anaheim Ducks captain and then-Hart Trophy finalist Ryan Getzlaf was interviewed by NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes on the red carpet.

After asking Getzlaf a series of questions about his season, Weekes inquired about something Getzlaf had been rumored to tell his teammates: "Go to the net, and I'll make you rich."

"That's true. When I'm talking to [Corey] Perry and my linemates, that's 100 percent true," Getzlaf said.

Though the question may have been asked in jest, watching the Ducks’ top line and mapping out where it does its damage, it's true: When Getzlaf, Perry and Patrick Maroon are on the ice, many of the goals they score are from the home-plate area around the goal crease. With Perry at 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, and Maroon at 6-foot-2, 231 pounds, the Ducks have two large forwards who can cause trouble near the blue paint.

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Rangers' Fast making smart plays to be X-factor

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 4:40 PM / X-Factor

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- It was the morning of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals when New York Rangers center Derek Stepan was answering a question about right wing Jesper Fast.

"He seems to be on pucks really fast," Stepan said of his linemate. "He anticipates well and he's made some big plays when he's had the puck on his stick."

Call Stepan clairvoyant if you want to, because he might as well have been describing Fast's impact on Stepan's overtime winning goal hours later, the goal that sent the Rangers into the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Strangis: For Hawks' Richards, past defines present

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 4:29 PM / Strangis' Stories

Ralph Strangis - Special to NHL.com

Glen Richards is a lobsterman, as was his father. It's an honest and excruciating job. His son worked the boat a bit whenever Glen could urge him out there, but the boy was not inspired to carry on the family trade.

Getting up in the middle of the night, standing at the stern near the hauler with icy salt water spitting, and yanking trap lines held no romance or allure for young Brad Richards.

He had other plans.

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