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Canucks fire coach Tortorella, assistant Sullivan

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 6:50 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Trevor Linden insists he didn't come into his new job as Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations with his mind made up about John Tortorella, but it didn't take long for him to figure out he had to fire his coach.

Linden's first big move in his new role was to dismiss Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan on Thursday after their first season.

"I tried to talk myself out of this," Linden said. "This is not something I came in looking to do. It was just the right thing to do. When a new (general) manager comes in I want to have full flexibility and create a new vision together."


Sharp certain goals on way for Blackhawks

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 6:35 PM / Blackhawks-Wild Series Blog - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp wasn't going to be denied.

In a Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues full of scoring chances thwarted and shots missed, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading scorer from the regular season scored a breakaway goal in the third period of Game 6 at United Center.

After blocking Kevin Shattenkirk's shot, Sharp bolted for the neutral zone behind the Blues defenseman. He took a short pass from teammate Patrick Kane, zeroed his focus on St. Louis goalie Ryan Miller, and hit the afterburners.


X-Factors: Talent of Toffoli, Pearson energizes Kings

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 4:57 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

The third goal Wednesday night at SAP Center for the Los Angeles Kings not only provided separation early in the third period of an eventual 5-1 victory in Game 7 to push the franchise into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it also provided some symbolism of how the team has changed since winning a championship in 2012.

Tyler Toffoli scored after a slick pass from Tanner Pearson, and the second assist was awarded to Jake Muzzin.

"That's just chemistry I think between Tanner and Tyler that they've built up probably playing in the minor leagues for the last couple years together," captain Dustin Brown said. "Tanner makes a really nice play on that, going wide and finding him. And Ty, that's what Ty is. He gets the puck in a scoring area and it's in the back of the net. That was a big, big goal."


Veteran defenseman Poti announces retirement

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 4:19 PM / News

Defenseman Tom Poti, who played in more than 800 games for four teams during a 14-season NHL career, announced his retirement Thursday.

Poti, 37, last played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals during the 2012-13 season.

"I was very fortunate to play in the National Hockey League for 14 years. It was a dream come true and I had an awesome ride and met so many great people along the way," Poti said in a statement released through the NHL Players' Association. "I'd like to thank my family and my wife and children for all their love and support."


Friendship on hold for Bruins' Lucic, Habs' Gallagher

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:55 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- Everyone thinks the relationship between Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic and the Montreal Canadiens is adversarial.

Some might be disappointed that Lucic actually has a friend who wears a Canadiens sweater and will be battling him for every inch of ice in the upcoming Eastern Conference Second Round series, which gets underway with Game 1 at TD Garden on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Lucic and Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher are alums of the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. They work out together in the offseason. But the upcoming best-of-7 series won't be a time to reminisce about Vancouver or summer fun time.


Five reasons why the Avalanche were eliminated

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:53 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

As crushing as the Colorado Avalanche's Game 7 loss to the Minnesota Wild was in the Western Conference First Round, they have plenty to be excited about moving forward.

In Patrick Roy's first season as Colorado coach, he took a team that had the worst record in the Western Conference last season and transformed it into a first-place group in 2013-14. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon was a revelation, and along with teammate Paul Stastny, a pending free agent, tied for the Stanley Cup Playoffs lead with 10 points. Franchise goaltender Semyon Varlamov is signed for the next five years, and there is a core of bright young talent.

But in a close series that ended with Nino Niederreiter's overtime goal in Game 7, a few glaring issues tipped the balance.

Why were the Avalanche eliminated by the Wild? Here are five reasons:


Five reasons why the Wild advanced

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:41 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Game 7 of the Minnesota Wild's Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche was a microcosm of their regular season.

The Wild's message was put into focus during a seesaw battle Wednesday in Denver: You knock us down, we get back up. Again and again.

In late December, the Wild lost six straight games before bouncing back with a 7-2-0 run and finished the season 6-1-1 to clinch the first wild-card spot in the West.


Lundqvist among Rangers causing Penguins concern

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:34 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers will have played five games in seven days by the time Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins ends.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma doesn't think that will matter.

"It catches your eye. It's a lot of hockey in a short amount of time," Bylsma said. "Both teams are traveling. The schedule always seems to have its quirks, whether you have two days off in between [games] and you're worrying about too much rest and a break in between. This one, you're playing back-to-back nights.

"It's a lot of hockey for both teams. I don't think it's an advantage or a disadvantage."


Islanders acquire goalie Halak from Capitals

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:07 PM / News

The Washington Capitals traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Halak will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, giving the Islanders two months to sign the Slovakia native to a contract extension.


Wild entering unfamiliar territory against Blackhawks

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:02 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen and Shawn Roarke - Staff Writers

For the Chicago Blackhawks, it's a familiar scenario. For the Minnesota Wild, it's territory unchartered for a significant period of time.

The defending Stanley Cup champions are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth straight season and have advanced past the first round for the fourth time in that span. They're 3-0 in the previous second-round series.

Until a Game 7 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, the Wild hadn't been out of the first round since 2003, when they came back from 3-1 deficits in consecutive series against the Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks to go all the way to the Western Conference Final, where they were dispatched by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

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