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Flames scratch Ferland, Shore for Game 2 vs. Ducks

Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 10:12 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames left wing Micheal Ferland and right wing Drew Shore were scratched for Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.

Ferland skated in the morning and said he was ready to play. Calgary coach Bob Hartley said he expected Ferland and forward Jiri Hudler to play but cautioned that "everyone" was a game-time decision.

Ferland left Game 1 when he was hit high in the first period. Hudler also sustained an undisclosed injury and missed much of Game 1 but will play.


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Lightning forward Paquette leaves Game 2 with injury

Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 8:26 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

NHL.com

MONTREAL -– Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday with an undisclosed injury.

Paquette finished the first period and played the final shift as the buzzer sounded, when a scrum broke out. He played one shift midway through the second period and did not come out for the third period.

Paquette has one goal in nine games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Goaltender Matchup: Inside Dubnyk vs. Crawford

Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 3:32 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Dubnyk emerged from a nightmare last season by getting stronger physically, tighter technically and more resilient mentally. He also benefitted from better defensive play after a trade to the Wild in mid-January. Dubnyk manages his depth better, using the simple rule instilled by goaltending coach Sean Burke during his time with the Arizona Coyotes to start the season: If you can't beat a pass on your skates, you are too far out. And he doesn't open up while moving or on shots after spending time this summer starting to learn a new tracking technique called head trajectory from former NHL goalie and current MSG Network analyst Steve Valiquette.

When he's on – Dubnyk uses his 6-foot-6 frame efficiently by limiting movement, staying patient with more passive positioning and tracking down on shots and lateral passes to limit how much he opens up.

When he's off – Dubnyk gets passive with his butterfly drops, letting pucks go under him, drops his hands early into blocking mode and can get stuck on lateral plays, reaching rather than moving into plays, which opens up holes that are always bigger for a tall goalie.

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Farrish: Goalies impressive for Rangers, Capitals

Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 2:41 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14.

He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

Dave Farrish believed the New York Rangers would respond from their last-second loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 1 with a more aggressive approach in Game 2. It took the Rangers 38 seconds to assert themselves Saturday when Chris Kreider fired a rebound of Jesper Fast's shot into an open net that gave them a 1-0 lead, a game they won 3-2 to even the Eastern Conference Second Round best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Fast replaced J.T. Miller on the Rangers' second line to play with Kreider and Derek Stepan, a subtle move by coach Alain Vigneault that helped open up an offense that averaged two goals per game entering Game 2. Fast had an assist and two hits in 15:05 of ice time.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 2

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 10:00 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

RANGERS HOLD ON FOR GAME 2 VICTORY, TIE SERIES AT 1-1

Derick Brassard scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 6:07 of the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to help the New York Rangers defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 2 and even their Eastern Conference Second Round series at one game apiece.

* The Rangers scored more than two goals in a victory for the first time this postseason. New York earned four 2-1 victories against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, becoming the third NHL team to win a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series with each of its wins coming by the same score.

* Each of New York's seven games this postseason has been decided by one goal. In fact, 14 of its past 16 playoff games have been one-goal decisions, including nine consecutive games dating to Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final vs. LAK.

* Lundqvist made 26 of his 30 saves after the first period to improve to 5-2 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .938 save percentage this postseason (7 GP). He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 consecutive playoff victories at Madison Square Garden dating to last year in Game 1 of New York's opening-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Lightning will apply lessons learned to Game 2

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 8:58 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- With each game, the Tampa Bay Lightning are learning more about Stanley Cup Playoff hockey, what it takes to win, and themselves.

The Lightning are up 1-0 in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens after a 2-1 win in double-overtime at Bell Centre on Friday.

It was an impressive victory given that it came 48 hours after a Game 7 first-round win against the Detroit Red Wings.

That was a roller-coaster series. Neither team won back-to-back games until the Lightning, in another example of learning of how to win at this time of year, took Game 6 at Detroit and Game 7 at home.

Now they're drawing on that experience to try to win the first two games and take command against the Canadiens with a Game 2 win here Sunday (6 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN).

"I think we learned a lot from, not only this whole season, but certainly in that first playoff series," Tampa Bay defenseman Matthew Carle said Saturday. "There were a lot of ups and downs. No team really took control of the series. No team won back-to-back games. It's something we dealt with all year, being able to respond to adversity."

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Wild aren't worried, expect to rebound in Game 2

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 7:14 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have more Stanley Cup Playoff experience, but the Minnesota Wild learned some valuable postseason lessons of their own the past couple of seasons.

That's why the Wild aren't showing much concern heading into Game 2 of this Western Conference Second Round series on Sunday at United Center (8:30 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 2).

After a 4-3 Game 1 loss on Friday, the Wild feel better equipped to handle adversity than they did in 2013, when the Blackhawks eliminated them in a Western Conference Quarterfinal that lasted five games.

The Wild were upbeat and confident after practice Saturday despite losing their seventh straight playoff game here. Chicago has eliminated Minnesota from the postseason the past two years.

"We're not concerned about what's happened in the past," said Wild forward Zach Parise, who had a goal and an assist in Game 1. "It's a new team. It's a whole new playoff round. We're not sitting here thinking, 'Oh, here we go again.' We've got another chance [in Game 2] to win a game here and try to get back to Minnesota with a split."

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Canadiens could use lift from Galchenyuk in Game 2

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 6:57 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- When Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin held a press conference prior to the start of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he was asked about third-year forward Alex Galchenyuk.

Bergevin could have chosen many ways to respond, and he said Galchenyuk had reached a stage in his career, albeit at the age of 21, when he should be making more of an impact for the Canadiens.

"It's time," Bergevin conceded.

There would be no better time for Galchenyuk to break out than right now.

The Canadiens have scored four non-empty net goals in their past four games, including one in a 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 1 on Friday, and that will need to change starting in Game 2 on Sunday at Bell Centre (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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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 - NHL.com 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."

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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 LNH.com

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).

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

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