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Rangers' Zuccarello had hairline fracture of skull

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 3:38 PM / News

David Satriano - Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello sustained a brain contusion and a hairline fracture of his skull in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins that sidelined him for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he said Monday.

Zuccarello, who was hit in the head by a Ryan McDonagh slap shot on April 24, said he even lost feeling in his arm and was unable to talk for four days. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"I was in the hospital for three days," Zuccarello said Monday at Rangers breakup day. "I couldn't talk for a while. Just had a contusion, some blood in my brain. That affects a lot. Now I go to speech therapy. I'm getting much better. I couldn't say a word for four days. I feel much better.

"I had a small fracture in my head. I lost my talking and some feeling in my arm and stuff."

Penguins defenseman Letang cleared for workouts

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 2:28 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who suffered a concussion late in the 2014-15 season, has been cleared to resume workouts, the team announced today.

Letang will continue to be monitored throughout the off-season.

Letang, 28, was injured March 28 against Arizona. He played 69 games in 2014-15, recording 11 goals and 43 assists for 54 points.

Five reasons Lightning can win Stanley Cup

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 12:06 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning have already made history in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs by becoming the first team to defeat three Original Six teams to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Four more wins and they'll break that record.

The Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games, the Montreal Canadiens in six, and the New York Rangers in seven to earn their chance to compete against the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup. They even have home-ice advantage.

Game 1 is Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

In defeating the Canadiens, the Lightning knocked off a team that lost the Eastern Conference Final last season. In defeating the Rangers, they dethroned last year's Eastern Conference champs (New York defeated Montreal in six games in the 2014 conference final).

If the Lightning are to win the Stanley Cup, they'll have to defeat a team that closest represents a modern-day dynasty. The Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup twice and have made four trips, including three in a row, to the Western Conference Final since 2010.

It'll be challenging, no doubt, but the Lightning certainly have the wherewithal to defeat the Blackhawks four times in two weeks. Here are five reasons:

PLAYMOBIL, NHL enter merchandising partnership

New deal marks very first licensed product line for PLAYMOBIL in North America

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

MISSISSAUGA, ON/CRANBURY, NJ - PLAYMOBIL, one of the top global toy manufacturers, announced today a partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) to produce a new line of NHL toys, marking the very first time PLAYMOBIL has struck a deal for a U.S. and Canadian licensed line of products.

The first NHL® playsets are due to market this October – just in time for the start of the 2015-16 NHL® season. The initial PLAYMOBIL NHL figures will focus on the beloved Original Six™ franchises –Boston Bruins®, Chicago Blackhawks®, Detroit Red Wings®, Montreal Canadiens®, New York Rangers® and Toronto Maple Leafs® – with both player and goalie figures for each respective team, and more teams to come.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Blackhawks' Crawford

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 11:28 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs so broke down the Stanley Cup Final battle between Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Today the focus is on Crawford.

Much like many goaltending coaches do before a series, correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted every goal scored with the help of a program from Double Blue Sport Analytics. Regular-season goals were recorded in their original Save Review System, and playoff goals, including how they were scored, were tracked in the soon-to-launch SRS 2.0. The graphics showing where goals went in and shots were taken from are nice, but the real value is analyzing the plays that led to them and whether they reveal strengths, weaknesses and tendencies that can be targeted.

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