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Giordano practices, Hudler OK for Flames

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 6:25 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames right wing Jiri Hudler will play in Game 2, and defenseman Mark Giordano went through a full practice after he was cleared for limited contact Saturday.

Giordano's participation created a buzz on an eventful day when Calgary coach Bob Hartley said Hudler is healthy and will continue the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN). The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series after a 6-1 win in Game 1.

Giordano was projected to miss five months when he sustained a torn biceps Feb. 25 against the New Jersey Devils. He was a Norris Trophy contender at the time.

"It feels great sort of getting out there and getting that timing and that speed down with the main guys," Giordano said. "I'm happy I'm taking maybe a little step here getting closer."

Canadiens keep Lightning's Stamkos from striking

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 6:06 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Devante Smith-Pelly immediately wanted to change the subject.

Coming off a 2-1 double-overtime loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Smith-Pelly was asked Saturday what the Canadiens did to limit the effectiveness of Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

"I don't really want to talk about it," Smith-Pelly said with a smile. "Maybe jinx it."

Stamkos was not much of a factor offensively in Game 1 and will hope to snap out of what has become one of the worst scoring slumps of his NHL career in Game 2 at Bell Centre on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Fast-moving Kreider gives Rangers quick start

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:58 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Right wing Chris Kreider does everything fast.

The New York Rangers forward scored 38 seconds into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, sparking a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals that evened the best-of-7 series.

Kreider continued to have an impact for the final 59 minutes.

"He has a huge influence on the game for us, the way he can skate, the way he can hit and shoot, the physicality," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said. "When he's putting all three of those together, it's a tough combo to defend for anyone. So it's a good sign for him today that he was able to get going.

"He has to continue that for us if we want to be successful against this team."

Maroon getting job done playing on Ducks top line

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:56 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Patrick Maroon almost chuckled when one of the first questions in his media scrum Saturday was about playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

It's become a talking point because Maroon has been the mainstay beside the two at left wing for the Anaheim Ducks throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That's notable given how often Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau changes his lines.

What would Maroon have thought at the beginning of the season if someone told him he'd be playing on the top line in May?

"I don't think it's about me playing on the top line," Maroon said. "I think it's Bruce just giving me the opportunity, and I've just got to keep playing the way I'm playing because one bad game can lead me out of the lineup. So for me, I've got to stay focused and keep playing that rugged hockey, grind it down low kind of hockey, get in front of the net, frustrate their defense. Hopefully good things will continue to happen with our line."

Blackhawks' Teravainen making impact in playoffs

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 4:16 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- In case it wasn't clear that forward Teuvo Teravainen is the youngest member of the Chicago Blackhawks, his deflated response Friday about his inability to grow a playoff beard was a reminder.

"I'm trying," Teravainen said with a sheepish attempt at a smile. "Maybe next year."

Teravainen doesn't turn 21 until September, but his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal was a big one. The Minnesota Wild had scored three straight in Game 1 of this Western Conference Second Round series and were carrying the play before Teravainen's shot from the left wall beat Devan Dubnyk at 19:01 of the second period.

The goal gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead and held up as the winner. Teravainen is the youngest player to score a game-winning goal in the playoffs for Chicago since Jeremy Roenick in 1990.

"It's a great feeling of course," Teravainen said. "I just think I had to shoot more. I got the puck there and I just tried to shoot. Sometimes good things happen."

Capitals goalie Grubauer completes NHL/AHL double

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 3:50 PM / News

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer on Friday became the second goaltender in as many years, but the fifth in 78 years, to win an NHL and an American Hockey League playoff game in the same postseason.

Grubauer and the Hershey Bears defeated the Worcester Sharks 10-4 in Game 4, clinching their AHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Grubauer and the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 in Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference First Round series on April 17.

Johnstown, Pa., wins title of 'Kraft Hockeyville USA'

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 12:50 PM / 2015 Kraft Hockeyville

NHL Public Relations

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – In partnership with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA contest captured the nation and ultimately named Johnstown, Pa., as the first-ever "Kraft Hockeyville USA." Johnstown's Cambria County War Memorial Arena will receive $150,000 in arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL Pre-Season Game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning televised live on NBCSN on September 29, 2015.

Johnstown has always celebrated its passion for hockey, even serving as inspiration for the popular hockey movie "Slap Shot" Rich in hockey heritage, Cambria County War Memorial Arena will use the winning funds to upgrade its ice-making equipment and scoreboard, providing a better game experience for community members.

Teravainen rescues Blackhawks with first playoff goal

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 10:32 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

A three-goal lead had slipped away and the Chicago Blackhawks looked to be reeling.

Teuvo Teravainen picked that moment to make his first big impact in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Teravainen, the 18th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and playing in only his third postseason game, stunned goaltender Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild when he fired a puck from along the left-wing boards that found its way into the net with 58.2 seconds left in the second period.

The first goal of Teravainen's playoff career proved decisive as the Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-3 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Friday, their seventh straight playoff win against Minnesota over the past three years.

"I thought the way the game developed during the second period, they took over the game in the second totally," Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "They had pretty much everything, and it felt like the game was also slipping away there for a while, but then [Teravainen] scored the huge goal at the end of the period, and we got the momentum back and took care of business in the third."

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Ramo vs. Hiller

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 10:22 AM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. already broke down the Western Conference Second Round matchup between Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks and former Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller of the Calgary Flames, but Calgary switched to Karri Ramo during a Game 1 loss and is sticking with him for Game 2. It’s a significant switch in goaltending styles, so added this pre-scout of the more dynamic Ramo.

Much like many goaltending coaches will do before a playoff series, correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted every goal scored against Ramo this season with the help of a program from Double Blue Sport Analytics. The graphics showing where goals went in and shots were taken from on the ice are nice, but the real value is tracking and analyzing the types of plays that led to them, and whether they reveal strengths, weaknesses and tendencies that can be targeted.

Karri Ramo, Calgary Flames


Ramo is almost the anti-Hiller in terms of how he plays the position and presents a totally different challenge for the Ducks, who may have to adjust their attacking tactics. Where Hiller calmly relied more on patience and deeper positioning to keep his body in front of the play, Ramo plays a lot more aggressively, often on top of his crease, and relies on athleticism to make up for the extra space he has to recover. Where Hiller makes more blocking saves, even on the glove side, Ramo, like most Finnish goalies, catches a lot more pucks with an active glove. Where Hiller keeps rebounds close and in front of him, they come off Ramo more actively and often at more acute angles. None of it will matter if the Flames don't tighten up in front of their net after allowing the Ducks to have their way in Game 1, but if they do, Anaheim will need to adjust how it tries to score.

Blackhawks, Wild stayed with starters in goal

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 2:28 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It wasn’t the kind of game the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild usually play, and it could have finished with backup goalies in each net the way goals were being scored in the first two periods.

Instead, Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford (30 saves) and Wild counterpart Devan Dubnyk (31 saves) played the whole way in Chicago’s 4-3 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series at United Center on Friday.

Dubnyk allowed three goals on eight shots in the first period, Crawford allowed three on 12 shots in the second, and the game was decided on one that eluded Dubnyk at 19:01 of the second.

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