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Blues bemoan lack of killer instinct, consider changes

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 4:34 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- What now?

That's the million-dollar question the St. Louis Blues must answer as they head into another offseason of uncertainty after an early Stanley Cup Playoff exit.

Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock both sat at a table Tuesday in front of media members two days after the Blues, who set a franchise record for wins in a season with 52, were eliminated in a six-game Western Conference First Round series by the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. And their consensus response was simple: The Blues lack a killer instinct.

For the second consecutive season, the Blues led a series 2-0 before losing four straight and were left thinking, "What if?"

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X-Factor: Canadiens' Emelin gets under Bruins' skin

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 3:55 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin has only played 164 regular-season games in the NHL, the equivalent of exactly two full seasons stretched out over three years, and in that time he has become a central figure in his team's heated rivalry with the Boston Bruins.

Though defenseman P.K. Subban is the one who gets booed every time he touches the puck at TD Garden, or any time he does just about anything for that matter, it is in fact Emelin that has successfully managed to drive the Bruins to fits of distraction over his short career.

Emelin has done so by going toe-to-toe with Boston's most physical forces, captain Zdeno Chara and power forward Milan Lucic, and not backing down once.

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X-Factor: Bruins' Marchand at best playing on edge

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 3:29 PM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

Few forwards in the NHL can go an entire five-game series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs without any points and still have a positive impact on his team's victory.

That's what Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand did in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings, and why he will likely be a factor in the second round against the Montreal Canadiens.

Marchand is a valuable piece of Boston's best defensive line with center Patrice Bergeron and wing Reilly Smith. Marchand is also a key penalty killer along with Bergeron, but there are some extracurricular activities he does well too that make him a menace to opponents.

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Injuries, inconsistency create questions for Penguins

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 1:43 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins might have created more questions than answers while advancing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins won their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games, but did so in less than convincing fashion. The inability to play a full 60-minute game forced the Penguins to come back from two two-goal deficits, caused them to lose two games after holding multigoal leads and had them escape with a 4-3 win in Game 6 Monday after leading 4-0 midway through the third period.

"We didn't play right," forward Evgeni Malkin said. "It's the playoffs. We need to understand how important it is to play 60 minutes. We just a little bit lost focus."

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Five reasons why the Blue Jackets were eliminated

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 1:12 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

The Columbus Blue Jackets accomplished so much in this season to remember.

The 93 points accumulated was a franchise record and earned the club its second berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and first since 2009. The Blue Jackets earned their first playoff victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the second-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. In Game 4, Columbus had a comeback for the ages, erasing a three-goal deficit to take a 4-3 win to even the best-of-7 series at two games apiece.

But all of those accomplishments and the excitement they brought to this emerging hockey market were scant consolation when Pittsburgh snuffed another desperate rally by the Blue Jackets in Game 6 to escape with a 4-3 victory and end the highly entertaining and ultra-competitive series.

Columbus will have plenty of time to savor what it accomplished during the summer. For now, here are five reasons why the Blue Jackets couldn't extend their season any further:

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Panthers fire Horachek, seek experienced coach

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 1:10 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says it's time for the team to have an experienced coach.

Tallon made that clear Tuesday after interim coach Peter Horachek was relieved of his duties. Like Kevin Dineen, the man he replaced in November, and Dineen's predecessor Peter DeBoer, Horachek had never been an NHL coach before leading the Panthers.

"We just felt as a group that it wasn't quite the right fit with the direction we're headed in," Tallon said in a conference call. "The last few coaches have had no NHL coaching experience and as a group we thought we needed to get somebody with probably more NHL coaching experience. That was the reason behind this.

"We're going to identify the guys that are available and get the best available candidate that has the most experience probably."
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Brown, Getzlaf and Toews named finalists for Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 11:00 AM / 2014 NHL Awards

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Forwards Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, awarded “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Mark Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel as well as NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates. However, the selection of the three finalists and ultimate winner is Messier's alone. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

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Five Questions: Ducks' Boudreau relieved to move on

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau:

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knows which goalie he'll name as the starter for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series, but when asked Monday afternoon in a phone interview, he was not ready to reveal his choice between Frederik Andersen and Jonas Hiller.

"We've talked as a coaching and management staff about who is starting," Boudreau told NHL.com. "I will reveal to them, probably [Tuesday], who is going to be starting."

Andersen started all six games in the first round against the Dallas Stars, but Boudreau turned to Hiller to close out Game 6 on Sunday after Andersen gave up four goals on 12 shots through 30:33.

Hiller took over and was perfect against 12 shots, giving the Ducks a chance to mount a comeback for a 5-4 overtime victory.

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Sharks must regroup after third straight loss to Kings

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 2:51 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The talking point in the San Jose Sharks' dressing room was the game-winning goal, but forward Logan Couture and coach Todd McLellan eventually broke it down further by talking about the breakdown.

San Jose imploded after Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams scored at 11:56 of the third period, a controversial goal in which Williams whacked at a loose puck and pushed it through the pads of Sharks goalie Alex Stalock. It held up as the game-winner in a 4-1 Kings victory Monday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series at Staples Center.

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Wild's Parise shines in biggest game of season

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 2:03 AM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The smile on Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo's face two summers ago was as wide as the July day was long.

A few days after the Wild signed forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to matching 13-year, $98 million contracts on July 4, 2012, they were introduced to hundreds of local media types inside the entrance at Xcel Energy Center. Yeo was a few chairs down the main table from the franchise's newest star players, but the presence of his grin was conspicuous.

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