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Bettman: NHL enjoying one of its best seasons

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 8:38 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Noting the NHL's theme that the 2013-14 season is like no other, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday the League is nearing the completion of its best season.

"By almost any measure, this may have been the most successful season on and off the ice in League history," Commissioner Bettman said during his press conference prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

"There has been a lot written, discussed and debated about the road we took to get to this point, where we are today, but I'm always one to look forward. Our objective was, and always is, to make a great game even greater, to give our fans the best sports experience and entertainment possible and the best opportunities to connect with our game. The 2013-14 campaign accomplished that objective."

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Red Wings give extension to AHL coach Blashill

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 6:36 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings and Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill agreed to a three-year contract, which will run through the 2016-17 season, the NHL team announced Wednesday.

Blashill had one year left on his contract. Detroit general manager Ken Holland said he denied permission to NHL teams to speak to the 40-year-old about coaching vacancies, the Red Wings website reported.

"He's a very important person in our organization because we are in the process of trying to transition to some of the younger players that we have," Holland said. "... We are thrilled with the job that he has done from a competitive standpoint, from a development standpoint. ...

"I think his feeling is that he can use another year or two, certainly one more year, to continue developing as a coach, and we'll see what happens next summer."

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Pearn: Line matchups a key focus in Kings-Rangers

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 3:33 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Perry Pearn to break down the action. Pearn will be checking in throughout the series.

Pearn has spent the past 18 seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and a second tenure with the Jets in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have survived three grueling series against three of the best teams in the NHL just to reach the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

To win the Stanley Cup for a second time in three seasons, the Kings will have to defeat the New York Rangers, who like Los Angeles, are playing better now than they were in the first half of the regular season.

Like the Kings with Marian Gaborik, the Rangers have added a star player to their mix in Martin St. Louis. How do these two teams match up, and where are the pressure points in the series?

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Kings' Lewis looks back on memorable run to Final

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 2:28 PM / Player's Blog with the Kings' Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

LOS ANGELES -- I've been asked by NHL.com to keep a blog during the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, so I'll be talking about our series with the New York Rangers, my career and my time with the Los Angeles Kings.

It has been a crazy ride for us during these playoffs, so before Game 1 against the Rangers let's look back at how we got here in the first place.

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For Rangers' Dorsett, Cup dreams within reach

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 1:10 PM / Player's Blog with the Rangers' Derek Dorsett

Derek Dorsett - Special to NHL.com

New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

LOS ANGELES -- This is just great, being here in Los Angeles, at the Stanley Cup Final, getting ready to compete for a lifelong dream. What couldn't be great about this?

Emotions are high obviously, but guys are having fun and trying to stay loose before the puck drops Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). The key thing is to keep it light now, at least when we're off the ice.

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Blue Jackets sign Swedish forward Hjalmarsson

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 10:43 AM / News

NHL.com

Swedish forward Simon Hjalmarsson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. Financial terms were not announced.

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Texas, St. John's to meet for Calder Cup

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 12:46 AM / AHL Update

NHL.com

The Texas Stars advanced to the Calder Cup Finals by beating the Toronto Marlies 6-2 on Tuesday night in Game 7 of the American Hockey League's Western Conference Final in Cedar Park, Texas.

Dustin Jeffrey scored twice in a six-goal blitz by the Stars that began late in the second period and wiped out Toronto's 2-0 lead.

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Kings coach Sutter lets results do talking

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 11:42 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- After the Los Angeles Kings lost Game 6 of the Western Conference Final to the Chicago Blackhawks, Kings coach Darryl Sutter was asked what he said to his team.

"Fly at 11 [a.m.]," Sutter deadpanned.

With a 4-3 loss, Los Angeles was headed back to Chicago for Game 7 after the Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 series deficit.

It might have been hyperbole, but it also wouldn't be surprising if that's all Sutter really said.

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2014 Stanley Cup Final predictions

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 11:12 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

NHL.com

The puck drops on the 2014 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 4 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). Before the best-of-7 series begins, members of NHL.com and NHL Network made predictions for the Stanley Cup champion, the number of games the series will take and who will be named Conn Smythe winner as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Kings swarm, suffocate without the puck

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 11:11 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have allowed the fewest goals in the NHL since the start of the 2011-12 season because of a roster filled with defensively-sound players that successfully execute coach Darryl Sutter's system.

And they do it by trying not to play defense.

The Kings prevent goals by not letting teams have the puck in the offensive zone. Other defense-oriented teams try to do the same, but typically take a more passive approach.

Los Angeles doesn't just want opposing teams to give up the puck. The Kings want to take it off them.

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