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Rangers glad for rest, but remain focused on Cup

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 1:40 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers were taking the time to appreciate their series-clinching 1-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. But with the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 20 years secured, players and coaches alike acknowledged Thursday that their work was far from done.

The Rangers will have four days to figure out exactly how they plan to do that. For now, they'll have to wait to see whether they'll be game-planning to face the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks, who will meet in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3. The winner of that series will host the Rangers in Game 1 of the Final on Wednesday.

With four more wins, the Rangers will bring the Stanley Cup back to New York for the first time since Mark Messier hoisted the trophy in 1994, ending a drought that stretched back to 1940. This year's group is eager to bring the Cup back to New York, which has seen the buzz about the team grow as the Rangers have progressed through the postseason.


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Doughty's big third period nearly gets Kings to Final

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 1:31 AM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez sat a few lockers down from Drew Doughty and stated what was difficult to argue.

"Drew, as far as I'm concerned, is the best defenseman in the world," Martinez said.

That was quite a proclamation considering the way the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks exchanged blows in a 4-3 Chicago win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Friday at Staples Center. But what was left in the remnants of a Kings loss was another remarkable display by Doughty in his finest Stanley Cup Playoffs yet.


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Kings third team to play 21 games in first three rounds

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 12:55 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Los Angeles Kings were assured of becoming the third team in NHL history to play all 21 possible games through three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with their 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Friday.

Los Angeles will be trying to become the first team ever to win Game 7s in each of the first three rounds of the playoffs when it faces Chicago at United Center on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). Before the Kings this postseason, the only teams to play every possible game through three rounds were the 2002 Colorado Avalanche and the 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs; each lost Game 7 in the conference final.


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Top of 2014 NHL Draft could hold surprises

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 9:24 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Unpredictability is the word that would describe the perfect storm that's about to hit Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia at the 2014 NHL Draft, which starts June 27.

Will the Florida Panthers keep the No. 1 pick and opt for the projected best draft-eligible defenseman, Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts? Would that open the door for the Buffalo Sabres to select a Doug Gilmour clone, Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs?

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Five reasons why the Canadiens were eliminated

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

When the Montreal Canadiens lost goaltender Carey Price for the duration of the Eastern Conference Final in Game 1 of the series, it was almost as if they received a built-in excuse to lose to the New York Rangers.

The Canadiens lost their best player, coach Michel Therrien said the day he announced his star goaltender's absence.

How could anyone reasonably expect a team to advance to the Stanley Cup Final missing its best player?

Except when looking at Montreal's loss in six games to the Rangers and looking for ways to explain it, goaltending would not appear on the list.

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Five reasons why the Rangers advanced

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

This time, the picture did tell the entire story.

After knocking off the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final and clinching a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, New York Rangers alternate captains Brad Richards, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal were summoned to greet NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and the Prince of Wales Trophy late Thursday.

The Rangers traded captain Ryan Callahan in early March. They don't have anybody who wears the "C" now, so they didn't have one person to adhere to the tradition of accepting the trophy from Daly.

The alternates were called up instead. They didn't go alone.

Richards waved to the rest of the Rangers, imploring them to join the party, and every player made the pilgrimage to Daly and the trophy. It was a fitting end to an emotionally charged series, and a sign of what the Rangers will need to win the Stanley Cup against either the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings.

The Rangers are in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years because they came together as a team midway through the regular season and have played as one in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Panthers mulling options with No. 1 pick

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 11:15 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Florida Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce is familiar with the usual posturing that takes place leading up to the NHL draft.

He said he expects the drama to be ramped up even more in the weeks ahead since Panthers general manager Dale Tallon admitted his willingness to shop the No. 1 pick for the right price. The 2014 NHL Draft is June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Panthers finished 29th in the League standings and won the first pick at the NHL Draft Lottery in April. Tallon made public his willingness to trade the pick in May on a radio interview on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Florida has won the lottery three times; in 2002 and 2003 Florida won it and traded the pick.

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Daneyko joins La Greca for Friday Face Time chat

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 9:30 AM / Edward Jones Face Time

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Legendary Devil and current NHL analyst Ken Daneyko joins sportscaster Don La Greca for a live online chat with fans Friday at 1 p.m. ET from the NHL store in New York City. Daneyko and La Greca will take questions and share their views about the Stanley Cup Playoffs and other hot topics.

Missed out on last Friday's chat? Register here to participate in this edition. Learn more and access complete chat archive at facetime.nbcsports.com.

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Moore's goal lifts Rangers to Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- In between taking the opening faceoff of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final and being sent out to secure a 1-0 win in the final seconds, Dominic Moore scored the deciding goal to send the New York Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.

It was a standout performance for Moore, who will be going to the Cup Final for the first time in his 14-season career after the Rangers eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in six games Thursday. It's a special and very emotional way to punctuate a two-year period that saw him take a season off from hockey after his wife, Katie, died from fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer, on Jan. 7, 2013.

"I owe a lot to my teammates for helping me get through this last year and a half," the 33-year-old center said. "I feel tremendously proud to be a part of this team, especially amidst the circumstances going to the Stanley Cup Final."


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Canadiens provide no support for Tokarski

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

NEW YORK -- The Montreal Canadiens wanted to win this Eastern Conference Final for their goalie. They lost it by letting their other goalie down.

When Carey Price was lost for the series in Game 1, a 7-2 victory for the New York Rangers, the Canadiens hopes of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 21 years were essentially dashed in the minds of most.

The Canadiens, coming off their worst loss of these Stanley Cup Playoffs, said they wanted to win to give their superstar goaltender a chance to play again this season. But if there is one member of the Canadiens who can say he truly did that, it was the unknown figure who replaced Price.

Prior to this series Dustin Tokarski was best known to most hockey fans as the goaltender of the Canadian national junior team who drove hockey analyst Pierre McGuire to fits of enthusiasm at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships. He was too small to be an NHL goalie, too unorthodox in style.

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