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Kings, down 3-0, vow they won't go quietly

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 2:45 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- There wasn't a sense of shock in a nearly empty Los Angeles Kings dressing room. Perhaps that's because they long ago realized what they're up against with the San Jose Sharks in this Western Conference First Round series.

The Kings played by far their best game of the series Tuesday yet face a 3-0 series deficit for the first time since the 2000 conference quarterfinals after Patrick Marleau's soft backhand glanced off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov at 6:20 of overtime for a 4-3 San Jose win at Staples Center.

Game 4 is Thursday in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN, CSN-CA, FS-W).

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Canadiens' Pacioretty writes own story with winner

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 1:09 AM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty would have remembered his first career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs no matter how it was scored.

The way he did it will make that memory much nicer.

Pacioretty scored a power-play goal with 42.6 seconds to play to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 win Tuesday. It gave the Canadiens a sweep of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After failing to score in the first three games of the series following a career-best 39-goal regular season, it was not a bad way for Pacioretty to get on the board.

"I didn't see the penalty, but as soon as I heard it, I knew this was my chance and I had to step up," Pacioretty said. "I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened."


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Rangers' shot-blockers foil Flyers in Game 3

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 1:03 AM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Before the Philadelphia Flyers' skilled shooters can even think about beating New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, they'll have to figure out a way to outsmart the first line of defense and get pucks on the net.

The Rangers put on a shot-blocking clinic Tuesday night in a 4-1 victory in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers grabbed a 2-1 lead in this best-of-7 series, which resumes Friday at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN, CNBC, MSG, CSN-PH).

The Rangers, who totaled 29 blocked shots in Games 1 and 2 at Madison Square Garden, were credited with 28 blocks on Tuesday. Lundqvist made 31 saves to earn his 32nd career playoff victory in 70 games.


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Stamkos optimistic about Lightning's future

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 12:49 AM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- A difficult season for Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos came to a disappointing end Tuesday night.

Stamkos could only watch in frustration as Max Pacioretty's power-play goal with 42.6 seconds left in regulation gave the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory, completing a four-game sweep of the Lightning and sending the Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The loss capped a trying season for Stamkos, who missed 45 games with a broken leg and saw longtime linemate Martin St. Louis dealt to the New York Rangers at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5, one day before his return. Stamkos inherited the captain's "C" when St. Louis was traded and helped fuel a late-season run that saw the rookie-filled Lightning finish with 101 points to earn second place in the Atlantic Division.

But the loss of star goaltender Ben Bishop to a dislocated elbow in the final week of the season, combined with the Lightning's inexperience, caught up to the Lightning in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Canadiens.


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Red Wings lament bad first period in Game 3 loss

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 12:45 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard had no idea what was coming as he sat in the home dressing room prior to the start of Game 3 on Tuesday.

"I thought we were ready to go in here," Howard said. "You could sense that everyone was focused, and it just didn't happen for us."

The Red Wings were run out of their own building in the first period before losing 3-0 to the Boston Bruins to fall into a 2-1 hole in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series. Game 4 is back at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FS-D).

"We didn't play very well at all," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We were just running around."


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Bruins defenseman Hamilton proves to be quick study

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 12:30 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is a quick learner.

That attribute, combined with his immense ability, allowed him to become a regular in the NHL as a 19-year-old in 2012-13 and a top-pair defenseman in his second season. It also helped him score a key goal in Game 3 of the Bruins' Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

The Bruins won 3-0 to go up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series. Game 4 is Thursday (8 p.m. ET, TSN, NBCSN, NESN, FS-D) in Detroit.

The first bit of knowledge Hamilton applied from Game 2 to Game 3 was that the Red Wings were going to give him room to roam with the puck. He took advantage of that several times in Game 3 and nearly scored three goals before the game was 12 minutes old.

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Mason could start in goal for Flyers in Game 4

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 12:08 AM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Mason may reclaim his role as starting goaltender when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round series at Wells Fargo Center.

Mason saw his first action of the series Tuesday when he entered Game 3 with 7:15 remaining in the third period after starter Ray Emery yielded his fourth goal in a 4-1 loss. It was his first appearance since sustaining an upper-body injury April 12 against the Pittsburgh Penguins when Pittsburgh forward Jayson Megna pushed Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald into the 25-year-old goalie.

The win gives the Rangers a 2-1 lead in this best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series. Game 4 is Friday night (7 p.m. ET; RDS,TSN,CNBC,MSG,CSN-PH).

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My job was to get that puck and put it on net, and his job was not letting me do it. I got the best of that, but that game's over and to be honest I already forgot about it.

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