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Blackhawks' killer instinct deserts them in Game 3

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:08 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have a proven killer instinct. Unfortunately, it deserted them at precisely the wrong time in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center.

You don't win the Stanley Cup twice since 2010 without knowing how to keep an opponent down upon gaining an advantage. But if the Blackhawks have designs on claiming the Cup for the third time in six years, they can't allow the Tampa Bay Lightning to steal another game, as the visitors did in a 3-2 win Monday.

"This one's frustrating right now," Chicago goalie Corey Crawford said. "We did a lot of good things; got up in the third period …"

Yes, the Hawks did get up in the third period; they scored what appeared to be a backbreaking goal by Brandon Saad at 4:14, giving Chicago its first lead of the game at 2-1 and turning United Center into its famous alter ego, the "Madhouse on Madison."

But 13 seconds later, Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat shoveled a loose puck past Crawford to tie the game 2-2.

Another quick goal against hurts Blackhawks in loss

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:05 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks' habit of allowing a goal soon after scoring one has been a problem in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it was a big reason they lost Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning at United Center on Monday.

Lightning forward Ondrej Palat scored 13 seconds after forward Brandon Saad gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead early in the third period, and the Lightning scored with 3:11 left to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

"I think for sure, after you grab momentum after a big goal, you want to try and continue with that," Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford said. "To give one right back is obviously not what we want, but stuff happens. We've got to try and get past it."

Howe 'comfortable' after stem-cell treatment: report

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 12:59 AM / News

Gordie Howe is "comfortable and happy" after he received a second stem-cell treatment at a clinic in Mexico on Monday, The Hockey News reported.

Howe, 87, had a series of strokes in 2014, including a major one in October.

"Our dad continues to participate in a clinical trial where stem cells are being used in the treatment of a stroke," son Murray Howe told The Hockey News. "We'd like to wait until the first phase of that clinical trial is complete before providing any more updates. At this time, our dad is comfortable and happy. That remains our goal. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support for Mr. Hockey."

Maple Leafs open to trading players, maybe Kessel

Monday, 06.08.2015 / 7:35 PM / News

Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas said Monday that trade talks were furthered at the NHL Scouting Combine, and reports are that forward Phil Kessel is involved.

"Last week at the Combine, we started to have a lot more conversation with other teams, and chatter starts to pick up; that's just the way it goes," Dubas said. "… I didn't know that until we got there last week, and you start to feel your way around and start to see that other teams are starting to talk now that the [NHL Draft] is coming up, the salary cap is starting to be set."

The combine for draft prospects, held in Buffalo, ended Saturday. Sportsnet reported trade discussions for Kessel picked up over the weekend, and that the Maple Leafs could be seeking draft picks and prospects for the 27-year-old right wing.

Dubas was asked about Kessel twice during a media availability Monday but did not address him specifically.

"In any trade we are talking about -- and I won't get into specific players and rumors -- any trade that were going to be making, we're going to be looking to add as much as we can back to the organization," Dubas said. "That's not to say we won't be looking for good present-day players. We can't just lose year after year. That's not the plan to lose, that just brings up our players in a losing environment and that's not good."

McDavid impresses Messier during Chicago meeting

Monday, 06.08.2015 / 7:33 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Mark Messier, who started his Hall of Fame career with the Edmonton Oilers, spent five minutes chatting with top prospect Connor McDavid on Monday at United Center.

Messier said he came away thoroughly impressed with the potential future star of the Oilers, who are expected to select McDavid with the No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft on June 26.

"What a fine young gentleman, very down to earth and very honored, genuinely so, to be in the position that he is," Messier said of McDavid in a press conference prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final to promote the Bridgestone Mark Messier Leadership Award. "I think the thing that struck me the most was how well-versed [McDavid] was in the history of the game and how much appreciation he had for the players that have carved the path for these young kids. He has a real sense for the history and tradition of the game, which I find very admirable."

Sheldon Keefe hired as coach of AHL Toronto Marlies

Monday, 06.08.2015 / 7:03 PM / News

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The reshaping of the Toronto Maple Leafs' organization continued Monday with the introduction of Sheldon Keefe as coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

Keefe, 34, was introduced to the media at Ricoh Coliseum by Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas. Keefe is the latest hire by Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, who has remodeled the front office and hired longtime Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, signing him to a reported eight-year, $50 million contract.

Bruins sign NCAA champion, forward Acciari

Monday, 06.08.2015 / 5:28 PM / News

Boston, MABoston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 8, that the club has signed forward Noel Acciari to an entry-level contract.

Acciari skated in 41 games this year for the 2015 NCAA National Champion Providence College Friars, where he registered 15 goals (led the team) and 17 assists (fourth on the team) for 32 points (tied for second on the team), which were all career-highs. 

Red Wings to name Blashill coach on Tuesday: report

Monday, 06.08.2015 / 3:34 PM / News

Jeff Blashill will be named coach of the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, according to

The Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. ET Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena to introduce their coach.

Blashill, 41, coached the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League to the Calder Cup in 2013 and to the playoffs in each of his three seasons. Grand Rapids was eliminated by the Utica Comets in the Western Conference Finals last Tuesday.

General manager Ken Holland met with Blashill last month but did not want to make anything official until the Griffins' playoff run ended, according to

Strome, Marner continue longstanding competition

Monday, 06.08.2015 / 2:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO — Mitchell Marner and Dylan Strome have been competing against each other since they were 10 years old.

They are two kids from the Toronto area, and they are still competing even though there are no more hockey games to play this season. Marner and Strome are two of the top prospects available in the 2015 NHL Draft, which is June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

They are also close friends.

"We used to hate each other growing up the whole time," Marner said Monday at United Center. "He was always playing for the [Toronto] Marlies and I was always playing for the Vaughn Kings or Don Mills [Flyers]. We were kind of the head-on-head match of the [Greater Toronto Hockey League] at that time. Everyone knew Dylan and I was kind of a smaller guy that no one really expected too much of.

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk has brother to offer advice

Monday, 06.08.2015 / 12:40 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk better keep his phone on Monday afternoon because big brother James, a forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs, is going to be calling now that he knows little brother will be playing in the Stanley Cup Final.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't confirm van Riemsdyk will be playing in Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at United Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), but all indications are he will be in the lineup.

Van Riemsdyk came off the ice Monday morning with the regulars while David Rundblad stayed on with the extras. That's an indication van Riemsdyk will be playing in his first game since Nov. 16, when he fractured his left patella blocking a shot.

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It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.

— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings
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