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Islanders reviewing options if Visnovsky can't play

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 1:35 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Less than 24 hours after the New York Islanders failed to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals, they were trying to figure out how to replace another veteran defenseman.

The Islanders could be without Lubomir Visnovsky for Game 5 at Verizon Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC). Visnovsky was hit hard behind the Islanders net by Capitals forward Tom Wilson and did not return to the 2-1 overtime loss.

The Islanders played the first four games of the series without veteran defenseman Travis Hamonic because of an undisclosed injury.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano did not have an update on Visnovsky's condition when he spoke with reporters Wednesday morning but was hoping to know more later in the day. He said he did not know if Visnovsky would be able to make the trip to Washington.

Sabres sign BU forward Rodrigues to contract

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 12:43 PM / News

The Buffalo Sabres have signed free-agent forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Rodrigues recently finished his senior season at Boston University, recording 61 points while helping the Terriers advance to the championship game of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. An assistant captain of the 2014-15 Terriers squad, he ranked second in the nation in assists per game (0.98) and in total points (61). His four points in two games played in this year’s NCAA Tournament earned him Most Outstanding Player of Northeast Regional and All-Regional Team honors in the NCAA Tournament.

Blackhawks center Vermette comes up big in Game 4

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 12:00 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

Center Antoine Vermette was acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks prior to the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline to bolster an offense that was missing Patrick Kane because of a broken collarbone. After scoring 13 goals and 35 points in 62 games with the Arizona Coyotes, Vermette had three assists in 19 regular-season games for the Blackhawks and was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators.

Given a shot at redemption after coach Joel Quenneville called his number for Game 3, Vermette played 13:35 in 17 shifts of Chicago's 4-2 win. But in Game 4, Vermette made the most of his second chance with a big goal in a game the Blackhawks would eventually win 3-2 in the third overtime.

Inside the numbers on longest game of 2015 playoffs

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 11:56 AM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville probably best summed up the longest game to date in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I don't think I've ever played a game this late. Ever," Quenneville said.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook ended it when his one-timer from the blue line got past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne for the game-winner 1:00 into triple overtime to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory against the Predators in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series.

The Blackhawks, who lead the best-of-7 series 3-1, will look to close the series in Game 5 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, CSN-CH, FS-TN).

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, April 21

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 9:00 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning goal one minute into the third overtime period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators and a 3-1 series lead.

* The clubs also required double overtime in Game 1, when defenseman Duncan Keith provided the winning goal at 7:49.

* Chicago has been involved in each of the last three triple-overtime games. The last such game was on April 17, 2014 in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series at STL, when Blues forward Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into the third OT (100:26). Before that, Andrew Shaw scored the winning goal at 112:08 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. BOS on June 12, 2013.

* Seabrook scored his third career playoff game-winner, all of which have come in overtime. The Elias Sports Bureau says his three overtime winners are tied with Jeremy Roenick for second on the franchise's all-time Stanley Cup Playoffs list, one back of Patrick Kane.

Disappointed Predators turn focus to Game 5

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:37 AM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

CHICAGO – The Nashville Predators don't have a lot of time to get over another heartbreaker.

The Predators are on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing 3-2 in triple overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round. Brent Seabrook's goal 60 seconds into the third OT put Chicago ahead 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. The Predators will try to stay alive by winning Game 5 on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, CSN-CH, FS-TN).

It was the second time in the series that the Predators came up a goal short in a multiple-overtime game. They lost 4-3 in double overtime in Game 1 despite outshooting the Blackhawks 54-42. This time, the Predators outshot the Blackhawks 52-48 but were unable to solve rookie goaltender Scott Darling in extra time.

Canucks forward Burrows taken to hospital

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 1:35 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows was transported from Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary in an ambulance following the morning skate in preparation for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames.

Burrows appeared to injure himself during the morning skate, leaving before his teammates and being followed to the dressing room by medical personnel.

Miller replaces Lack for Canucks against Flames

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 12:54 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller replaced Eddie Lack to start the second period of Game 4 in their Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

Lack allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period after allowing seven goals in the first three games. The Canucks lost Game 1, won Game 2, and lost Game 3 of the best-of-7 series.

Calgary won the game 3-1, with all the scoring in the first period. Miller made 15 saves in the final two periods.

Backstrom, Ovechkin step up for Capitals

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 12:11 AM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

David Satriano - Staff Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Nicklas Backstrom said the Washington Capitals' top players, himself included, needed to produce offensively for them to get back into their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Islanders.

That's exactly what happened Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.

Alex Ovechkin scored in regulation and Backstrom scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 4 to give Washington a series-tying 2-1 victory.

Game 5 in the best-of-7 series is at Verizon Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

Ducks know they can't keep relying on comebacks

Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 7:22 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

WINNIPEG –- The Anaheim Ducks are playing a dangerous game and they know it.

The Ducks are ahead 3-0 in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Winnipeg Jets despite trailing in the third period of each game.

The fact the Ducks have been able to come back in the third period should come as no surprise considering they were the best team in the NHL when it came to winning games they trailed after two periods. They won 12 of those 35 games in the regular season, a winning percentage of .343, considerably higher than the League average of .206. But even then, the odds were against the Ducks winning those games.

They've won three in a row against the Jets, but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knows this is not a trend that can continue, especially not Wednesday when they try to close out the series at MTS Centre in Game 4 (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W).

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