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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Lightning accent positives after playoff sweep

Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 7:15 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- For the Tampa Bay Lightning, two days weren't nearly enough to take away the sting of being swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Losing four in a row to the Montreal Canadiens in their Eastern Conference First Round series is too fresh a scar to have healed so quickly. The hurt was still evident Thursday, when the Lightning gathered at Tampa Bay Times Forum for end-of-the-season interviews with the coaching staff.


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Start time set for Game 6 of Ducks-Stars series

Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 1:20 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced updated start time information for the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

The start time for Game 6 of the series between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars has been set for 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 27, in Dallas. The game will be seen nationally on NBCSN in the United States and on TSN2 and RDS in Canada.

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Start times set for Round 1 games on Saturday

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 1:43 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced updated start time information for the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets has been set for 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 26, in Pittsburgh. The game will be seen on NBC Sports Network and CBC.

The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, April 26 in Colorado. The game will be seen on NBC Sports Network and TSN.

The starting time for a potential Game 5 of the series between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks has been set for 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 26 in San Jose. The game will be seen on CNBC and CBC.

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'A Season Like No Other' loaded with highlights

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 8:30 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Following are some highlights of the 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season, which concluded yesterday:

RECORD ATTENDANCE

A total of 21,758,902 fans filled NHL venues to 96% of capacity in 2013-14. The total figure includes the 376,837 who packed the six Winter Classic, Heritage Classic and Stadium Series games. Had those six games instead been played before a sellout crowd at the designated home team’s arena, the attendance figure (21,492,671) still would have exceeded the previous single-season high of 21,475,223 set in 2008-09.

RIVALRY-DRIVEN REALIGNMENT, PLAYOFF FORMAT

Realignment and a revised playoff format that emphasizes rivalries has resulted in a tantalizing list of first-round playoff matchups that features:

* the first postseason meeting of the ‘Original Six’ Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings since 1957

* the inaugural clash between Eastern Conference newcomers the Columbus Blue Jackets and their closest geographic rival just 185 miles to the east -- the Pittsburgh Penguins

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NBC broadcasters enjoy rivalry aspect of playoffs

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 5:17 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Since rivalries drive interest, it's no surprise the NBC Sports Group is thrilled with the eight matchups it will broadcast in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"This is probably going to be the best playoffs we've had, and we've had it on NBC for nine years now," said Pierre McGuire, NBC's lead Inside the Glass analyst.

"This has got a chance to be one of the most memorable playoffs we've had in the last 20 years."

For the third straight year NBC will broadcast every game of the playoffs on its series of networks, using the main network plus cable outlets NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network. The matchups this season are dictated by the NHL's division-based playoff format and feature five regional rivalries and an Original Six clash.

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Greenberg ranks five decades of Cup memories

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 4:13 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jay Greenberg - Special to NHL.com

Jay Greenberg has covered hockey for parts of five decades, covering the expansion Kansas City Scouts and the Philadelphia Flyers as a beat writer, as well as writing for Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, The Toronto Sun and New York Post. He authored the book Full Spectrum, a history of the Flyers' first 30 years, while another book, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey, co-authored with Mark Howe, will be published in October. This fall, during Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend in Toronto, Greenberg will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, presented by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. To celebrate a life in hockey, NHL.com asked Greenberg to rate his top 20 moments from the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his illustrious career.

Regrets? I have a few, even after being lucky enough to cover every Stanley Cup Final but two between 1976 and 2003, then three more since.

Forced against my will as a general sports columnist to cover basketball come spring, I only was able to watch pieces of the grand wars between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche on television. And in the salary-cap era, this old dynasty lover fears he never again will see a Final rematch like Detroit and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008-09. I wanted badly to be there.

My problem is that I have seen enough to realize that I never will see enough. So when asked by NHL.com to rank my greatest playoff memories, I only wanted to know: How many? We decided on 20. Here they are:

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A look at seven unlikely Stanley Cup champions

Tuesday, 06.11.2013 / 4:00 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

A team needs a lot of things to come together to win the Stanley Cup. Weeks of hard work and loads of dedication are a must -- as is the willingness to sacrifice that Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell showed last week when he continued to kill a penalty despite suffering a broken leg. A little bit of luck never hurts either.

But the team that looks best on paper isn't always the one that ends up drinking champagne from the Cup. The NHL has had its share of unexpected champions over the years.

Here are seven teams that might have surprised even themselves by ending their season hoisting the Cup:

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Quick picked as best in deep group of goalies

Friday, 05.31.2013 / 10:35 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

There's no doubt Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings has been the best goaltender through the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of other talented netminders who've played well.

Quick was a unanimous choice in a vote by a panel of nine NHL.com writers as the best goalie at the halfway point of the postseason. And why not -- he leads the League in goals-against average (1.50), save percentage (.948) and shutouts (3). If anything, Quick has been even better than he was last spring, when he led the Kings to their first Stanley Cup and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Though Quick's brilliance is undeniable, seven of the eight goaltenders who started for his team in the conference semifinals received at least one point in our balloting.

Each panelist was asked to name three players for the recognition in order of preference. A first-place vote was worth three points, a second-place vote was worth two, and a third-place vote received one.

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Bruins' Julien top coach halfway through playoffs

Friday, 05.31.2013 / 9:39 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

After the Boston Bruins eliminated the New York Rangers by winning Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, losing coach John Tortorella had nothing but praise for the man behind the opposite bench.

"I think Claude and that staff has done a heck of a job with their club," Tortorella said of Claude Julien. "I can’t believe some of the people, how they second-guess him, just being in [Boston] for a few days, and the type of job he’s done here.

"That’s a good team. They’re very well-coached, and they’re seasoned. They’ve been through it before, and I give them a lot of credit, as far as what they’ve done with their club. They’re a good hockey team."

A panel of nine NHL.com writers agrees. In a close vote, Julien was selected as the top coach through the first two rounds of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though he received two first-place votes, two fewer than Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings, Julien's 15 points were one more than Babcock, who led a rebuilding team within a Game 7 overtime loss of the Western Conference Final. Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks, who eliminated the Red Wings, was third with 10 points.

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Bruins defenseman Krug best playoff rookie

Friday, 05.31.2013 / 6:56 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Torey Krug started the postseason trying to help the Providence Bruins win the Calder Cup. A month later, the rookie defenseman is a major reason the Boston Bruins are one of four teams that still have a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

The undrafted college free agent was a unanimous choice by NHL.com writers as the top rookie at the halfway point of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. He received every first-place vote from the nine-person panel, who each chose a top three.

A first-place vote was worth three points, a second-place vote was worth two, and a third-place vote received one.

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I mean, any of those 14 teams (in the lottery) it would have been an absolute honor. If I am selected by Edmonton it will be amazing, a dream come true. They have a lot of amazing young players there.

— Likely No. 1 pick Connor McDavid after the Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday