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Blackhawks to play Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 11:00 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

David Satriano - Staff Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to their third Stanley Cup Final in six seasons with a 5-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday.

Chicago will play the Tampa Bay Lightning, which defeated the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference Final.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). Tampa Bay has home-ice advantage because it had six more points than Chicago during the regular season (108-102).

"Another great test," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told NBC of the Lightning. "If we can remember the other games we had against them this regular season, if that's any sort of foreshadowing, it's going to be a tough one. But we'll be ready for 'em."

Blashill, Red Wings discussed coaching job: report

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 10:50 PM / News

Jeff Blashill, the leading candidate to replace Mike Babcock as coach of the Detroit Red Wings, met with general manager Ken Holland this week to discuss the job, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

Holland said he is waiting until Blashill is done coaching the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League Calder Cup playoffs to name a coach.

"We're not going to announce anything until the playoffs are over, out of respect for Jeff and the players," Holland said.

Holland said he hasn't interviewed anyone but Blashill, 41.

Predators' Weber 'getting better' after surgery: report

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 10:30 PM / News

Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber is recovering as scheduled after having surgery on a dislocated kneecap six weeks ago.

"Just taking it day by day and following the protocol and getting better each day," Weber told USA Today this week.

Weber missed the final four games of the Western Conference First Round against the Chicago Blackhawks after injuring his knee while battling for a puck along the end boards with Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad in a 6-2 win in Game 2 on April 17. The Predators lost the series 4-2.

Weber was given a timeline of 4-6 weeks for his recovery after surgery.

"Everything's moving along as it should be," Weber said. "I've been in contact obviously with the guys in Nashville and the surgeon, and everything seems to be on schedule."

Oshawa, Kelowna meet in Memorial Cup final

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 6:35 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

After 10 months and more than 90 games, the Oshawa Generals and Kelowna Rockets will play the final game of the Canadian Hockey League season Sunday in the championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup in Quebec City (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

Kelowna, the champions of the Western Hockey League, advanced to the championship game by defeating the host Quebec Remparts 9-3 on Friday.

"We're going in to play a team that's great defensively, so to have that outburst is good," Kelowna captain Madison Bowey (Washington Capitals) said Friday, according to the Canadian Press. "We're not going to get the chances we had tonight against Oshawa. It's going to be a two-way, hard-nosed game and whoever works harder and wants it more will win."

Predators want veteran centers Ribeiro, Fisher back

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 6:35 PM / News

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile said Saturday that two of his top offseason priorities are to re-sign centers Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher.

However two other future free agents, defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli, will not be coming back.

Each of the four can become an unrestricted free agent if not signed by July 1.

"Fisher and Ribeiro are two guys we really want to get under contract soon," Poile said during an appearance at the Music City Sports Festival in Nashville, according to the Predators website.

Erie's McDavid named CHL Player of the Year

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 6:22 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Connor McDavid, who is projected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the Canadian Hockey League Sportsnet Player of the Year on Saturday.

It was one of three awards won by McDavid, who plays center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

He also won the Jack Link's Top Prospect of the Year award and the Subway Scholastic Player of the Year award.

The awards were handed out as part of the 2015 Memorial Cup in Quebec City, Quebec.

McDavid was third in the OHL with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals in 47 regular-season games. He had nine fewer points than League-leader and Erie teammate Dylan Strome despite playing 21 fewer games.

Sabres' Kane recovering ahead of schedule: report

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 4:27 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane is ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery, his agent told Pro Hockey Talk.

"Evander had a [follow-up] appointment in Buffalo and all are pleased with his progress," agent Craig Oster told the website in remarks published Saturday. "He is ahead of schedule on his recovery and the expectation is he will be completely healthy for the start of the Sabres' season."

Kane had surgery on his left shoulder in early February and the prognosis was for 4-6 months of recovery.

Predators, NHL unveil 2016 NHL All-Star Game logo

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 2:30 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK (May 30, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the Nashville Predators® today unveiled the official logo for the 2016 NHL® All-Star festivities, which will be held Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. This marks the first time the Predators, the city of Nashville and Bridgestone Arena will host the League's mid-season showcase, which includes the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL® All-Star Game.

Dennis: Lightning felt no extra Game 7 pressure

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Final, has enlisted the help of Chris Dennis to break down the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dennis will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dennis spent 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including the past two as an assistant coach under Randy Carlyle and Peter Horachek. Prior to that he was the Maple Leafs' video coach for eight seasons.

The Tampa Bay Lightning's lack of experience in high-pressure situations, like Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers, was a major topic of discussion entering Friday, especially compared to the Rangers' veteran experience.

But to Chris Dennis, the Lightning had no reason to be intimidated by the Rangers or the aura of Madison Square Garden.

Five reasons Lightning advanced to Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 12:51 PM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Corey Long - Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 Friday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to advance to Stanley Cup Final for the second time. The Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the Stanley Cup in 2004.

The conference final was a back-and-forth series, with the road team winning the final four games. The Lightning and Rangers each scored 21 goals in the series, and Game 3, which the Lightning won 6-5 in overtime, will go down as one of the wildest games of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But with the series on the line goalie Ben Bishop proved to be up for the challenge, making 22 saves to win the series with his third shutout of the playoffs.

Here are five reasons the Lightning advanced:

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It seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
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