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Capitals goalie Grubauer completes NHL/AHL double

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 3:50 PM / News

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Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer on Friday became the second goaltender in as many years, but the fifth in 78 years, to win an NHL and an American Hockey League playoff game in the same postseason.

Grubauer and the Hershey Bears defeated the Worcester Sharks 10-4 in Game 4, clinching their AHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Grubauer and the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 in Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference First Round series on April 17.

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Penguins' Letang making progress in recovery

Friday, 05.01.2015 / 6:51 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang told NHL Live on Friday that he is progressing well in his recovery from a late-season concussion that kept him out of the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I'm doing great, making some progress," Letang said. "I've had a lot of meetings with different doctors, and time will get me better, and obviously I want to be ready for training camp."

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Mrazek, Howard to battle for No. 1 job with Red Wings

Friday, 05.01.2015 / 4:28 PM / News

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Petr Mrazek was the Detroit Red Wings goaltender for their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning and played well in a seven-game defeat, but he'll have to compete with Jimmy Howard to claim the No. 1 job next season, general manager Ken Holland said Friday.

"My message to those guys today was professional sports is about competition and the competition begins again in September," Holland said as the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers at Joe Louis Arena.

"If you didn't like the way the season ended, then get in the gym and do the work and be ready to be better next season. If you liked the way it finished, then get in the gym and make sure things keep going your way."

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Red Wings coach Babcock not rushing into decision

Friday, 05.01.2015 / 3:25 PM / News

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he doesn't know where he'll be next season, but he does know it will be behind an NHL bench.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday he wants it to remain his team's bench.

Babcock, who coached this season in the final year of his contract, talked about his future as the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers two days after their season ended in a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series.

"In the next 10 days Ken and I will talk about it," Babcock said. " … And I'm going to talk to my wife to see how she feels about it."

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Islanders coach Capuano to return next season: report

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 10:30 PM / News

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New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano and his staff will return next season, general manager Garth Snow told Newsday on Thursday.

"Our coaches did a great job, whether it was preparing our players or with the communication between coaches and players, which was outstanding," Snow told the newspaper after the Islanders finished their clean-out day. "There were some aspects of our game, whether it was with our penalty kill that struggled early on and became a strength for us by the end, or our power play, which was a strength at times early on and we didn't have one in the playoffs. That's an area of concern. We'll analyze all different areas of our team and try to get better."

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Red Wings target May for Babcock contract: report

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 8:56 PM / News

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Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday that he would like Mike Babcock to return as coach.

"He's regarded in the industry as one of the top coaches in the game, if not the top coach," Holland told MLive.com. "He's in the prime of his career. Our hope is that Mike wants to stay, but he's positioned himself to have the option to explore."

Babcock has led the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his 10 seasons in Detroit, but his contract expires June 30. Detroit has lost five of its past six playoff series and hasn't advanced past the second round since 2009.

The Red Wings would like to sign Babcock to a long-term contract before his current one expires, but Holland said there is no timetable for when Babcock will make his decision.

"There's an element of urgency, but not hours or days," Holland said. "Probably in the month of May."

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Senators open to Alfredsson in organization: report

Wednesday, 04.29.2015 / 9:54 PM / News

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The Ottawa Senators would have an interest if former captain Daniel Alfredsson wanted to pursue a position within the organization, general manager Bryan Murray said Wednesday.

"[It] was good to see him around, good to be able to talk to him, he's a bright guy and I think down the road he'll make a decision whether he wants to be in hockey or not," Murray said, according to the Ottawa Sun. "He still hasn't made that decision, but very definitely if he was interested, we'd be interested in talking to him."

Alfredsson and his family attended the Senators' Game 6 loss to the Montreal Canadiens that eliminated them from the Eastern Conference First Round on Sunday.

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Senators' Murray plans on returning to GM job

Wednesday, 04.29.2015 / 12:57 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Bryan Murray, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer, said he will continue as general manager of the Ottawa Senators.

Murray, 72, will be entering his ninth season as Senators GM this fall. The Senators have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five of the eight seasons Murray has been in charge.

"I'm keeping going," he said Wednesday. "I've talked to the doctors, I've talked to my family, I talked to ownership, and if my health holds up and everything, I feel I can keep doing this job. It's better than sitting on the couch at home, I think."

Murray said he offered a contract extension to coach Dave Cameron on Monday, the day after the Senators were eliminated from the Eastern Conference First Round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens in six games.

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Islanders' Hamonic, de Haan disclose injuries

Tuesday, 04.28.2015 / 10:30 PM / News

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After weeks of speculation, Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic and Calvin de Haan disclosed their injuries at Tuesday's locker clean-out day.

Hamonic told reporters that he suffered a grade-3 tear of his left MCL on April 10 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The injury did not require surgery.

"You could see my facial expression that I knew," Hamonic said of suffering the injury. "It was immediate. I tried to get off the ice as fast as I could. I was in a lot of pain."

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Predators' Weber has surgery on dislocated kneecap

Monday, 04.27.2015 / 6:59 PM / News

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber had surgery after he sustained a dislocated kneecap in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Weber took a hit from Chicago forward Brandon Saad behind the Nashville net and struggled to get back to the bench. Weber said he knew right away that something was wrong.

"I felt something kind of pop a little bit, snap I guess," Weber said. "It was my kneecap that kind of subluxed, so I just felt that come across. I didn't know at the time exactly what it was, but I knew that's not good, that shouldn't happen. I tried to stand on it. Obviously, it was pretty bad pain in the knee."


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