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Stanley Cup Playoffs

Alfredsson: 'I don't know' about another season

Saturday, 04.28.2012 / 1:26 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA, Ont. – A rough-voiced Daniel Alfredsson took his place at the forefront of a media scrum for the final time this season, and still provided no indication as to whether he would return to the Ottawa Senators for a 17th year.

The 39-year-old admitted that he's been missing some time with his four young sons, which has been bothering him, but his boys want to see him continue his career.

"It feels at times when you play a lot, you're tired and you have a lot of practices … when you're home I don't have the energy I would like to play with the kids," Alfredsson said. "I miss a lot of their activities – that's going to play part of it. I'm sure the kids would like to see me play another year, there's no question."

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B's seek answers after earlier-than-expected exit

Friday, 04.27.2012 / 4:44 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Two days removed from having their attempt to defend their Stanley Cup championship halted in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by the Washington Capitals, the Boston Bruins still were trying to diagnose what happened.

The Bruins made just a few roster alterations after winning it all in 2011 and then took several precautions to guard against the wear and tear from the short offseason and the rigors of playing nearly 200 games in 20 months.

Ultimately, though, they weren't able to sustain a level of energy or production high enough to get beyond the first round of playoffs, let alone become the first team since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings to repeat as Cup champions.

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First round defined by OT, individual performances

Friday, 04.27.2012 / 9:29 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The first week of the postseason should have been indication enough that the opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs was going to be something special. In the end, it took 48 games, a record 16 overtimes, and countless unforgettable moments to make this a first round that fans won't soon forget.

1. More overtime: Could there have been a more appropriate ending for the first round than the double-OT finale between the Devils and Panthers on Thursday? Of the three Game 7s in the first round, two required overtime, and three of the eight first-round series ended with an overtime goal.

In fact, if this postseason is remembered for anything, it might be extra time. The 16 overtime finishes in the first round established a new record for a single playoff round, previously set in 2001. Fortunately, all this overtime didn't keep everyone up too late. Only three of the 16 overtime games required more than one extra period.

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Rangers get Capitals in next round

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 9:47 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's getting to the point where it wouldn't be the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals didn't meet at some point.

With their 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, the Rangers will face the Capitals in the postseason for the third time in four years.

The Capitals won the previous two meetings, both of which occurred in the first round. The Caps rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in 2009 to win in seven games, then vanquished the Rangers in five games last year.

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Vancouver not rushing to answer goalie questions

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 3:05 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Roberto Luongo
Goalie - VAN
RECORD: 0-2-0
GAA: 3.59 | SVP: 0.891

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis said Thursday he wasn't ready to make any decisions regarding his goaltending.

Speaking on radio station 1040 AM in Vancouver, Gillis said he had met with goaltender Roberto Luongo, but would not specifically address what was said in the meeting, only saying that they would meet again to discuss their approach to the offseason.

"We just decided that we'd take a couple days here and take a deep breath -- everything has happened so quickly -- and collect our thoughts," Gillis said. "Get together at the beginning of next week or talk on the telephone next week and see where he was at and how he felt about the team and how he felt about himself and go from there."

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Second-round options coming into focus for Flyers

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 9:23 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere was asked after finishing their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins last week if he had any rooting interest in which team he would play next.

"We can't control that," he said. "And I'm not going to root for anyone. It is what it is. Yes, I'm going to watch, but we'll take whatever is going to be present. It's always the way we've approached it."

Originally, the Flyers could have faced any of the six remaining teams. That window was narrowed a bit Wednesday when the Washington Capitals eliminated the Boston Bruins in Game 7.

Not only did Washington's win take the Bruins out of consideration, it also means the Flyers can avoid playing the top-seeded New York Rangers in the conference semifinals.

That would have been the least-desirable matchup for Philadelphia, which lost all six games in the 2011-12 season to the Rangers, and are winless in eight straight against them.

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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semis schedule

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 1:22 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

The first round of NHL postseason action is over, and the last eight teams standing get right back at it again with the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals, beginning on Friday, April 27.

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Coyotes-Predators Round 2 series begins Friday

No. 2 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Kings series begins Saturday

Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 3:48 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

The National Hockey League on Wednesday announced the schedule for the first four games for both of the Stanley Cup Playoff Western Conference Semifinals.

The series between the third-seeded Phoenix Coyotes and fourth-seeded Nashville Predators will begin on Friday, April 27th at 9pm ET (NBCSN, TSN), and will continue with Game 2 on Sunday, April 29th, both games being played in Phoenix. Game 3, in Nashville, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2nd and Game 4 will be Friday, May 4th, also in Nashville.

The series featuring the second-seeded St. Louis Blues and No. 8 Los Angeles Kings will begin on Saturday, April 28th, in St. Louis. Game 2 will be Monday, April 30th, also in St. Louis. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 6th, respectively.

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New blood advancing in the Western Conference

Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 3:33 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- As the Western Conference gets set to move into the conference semifinals, it does so by entering uncharted waters.

There's a serious void in this year's proceedings.

Teams with previous postseason success, particularly in recent years, are absent from the proceedings.

Detroit, winner of the Stanley Cup 11 times -- most recently in 2008 -- is gone. Vancouver, last year's Western Conference champion and two-time Presidents' Trophy winner -- gone. Chicago, the Stanley Cup champs in 2010 -- they're out. And San Jose, which made the conference finals the last two years -- booted from the tournament.

So as we move into a new era, the final four teams in the West this year are the St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes.

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Gillis: Canucks peaked in midseason win over Bruins

Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 12:44 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Boston Bruins smashed the Vancouver Canucks' Stanley Cup dreams in Game 7 of the Final last season. They may have also ended Vancouver's season a lot sooner this year.

On Tuesday, Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis identified an emotional rematch in Boston as the turning point in a season that ended surprisingly early with a five-game loss to Los Angeles in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Vancouver won the hard-fought game with the Bruins 4-3 back on Jan. 7, but was never quite the same after that.

"I really felt the game in Boston for some reason was such an emotional and challenging game, it was almost like playing a Stanley Cup Final game in the middle of the season, and from that point on I don't think our team really ever collectively got their emotions together," Gillis told a packed press conference two days after being eliminated.

"It's a bad time to peak, if it's true," defenseman Kevin Bieksa said.

Goalie Cory Schneider, who won that game in his hometown, said it's tough to link one game in January to the end of the season, but added "guys were sore for a week after."

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory