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Rangers' Boyle proving himself a playoff performer

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- If Brian Boyle had his way he'd be a New York Ranger for life. He's a New Englander-turned-New Yorker, and he's proud of it.

"My heart has always been here," Boyle told NHL.com on Saturday.

Boyle might have to pull his heart out of New York City and lose his allegiance to the Rangers after this season, his fifth in the Big Apple. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and there has been no indication from the Rangers that they plan to re-sign him.

However, the uncertainty of Boyle's future here has added another layer to his motivation in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's not close to ready for his Ranger career to end, a fact that has only incentivized him to be a factor in the playoffs.

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Stepan out, Brassard in for Rangers in Game 4

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers expect to have a new look in the middle for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Derick Brassard said he's "100 percent" in after missing the past two games with an upper-body injury. However, Derek Stepan had surgery to repair his broken jaw Friday night and coach Alain Vigneault said he is "unlikely" to play Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

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Oil Kings' Lazar makes history at Memorial Cup

Saturday, 05.24.2014 / 12:43 PM / Prospects

Ed Klajman - NHL.com Contributor

LONDON, Ontario – Curtis Lazar has yet to play a game in the NHL, but he secured a spot for himself in the Hockey Hall of Fame by making Memorial Cup history Friday night.

The Ottawa Senators' 2013 first-round draft pick scored the winner for the Edmonton Oil Kings 2:42 into the third overtime of the semifinal against the Val-d'Or Foreurs, bringing to an end the longest game in the 95-year history of the Memorial Cup.

"It's the first overtime goal I've ever scored in junior hockey. I still have to digest it. They took my stick. It's going to the Hall of Fame and that's pretty cool," said the 19-year-old, who was selected 17th overall by Ottawa last June. "We have something special from this team every night and it was my turn tonight. I capitalized on the opportunity."

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Storm seek Memorial Cup title against Oil Kings

Saturday, 05.24.2014 / 12:08 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Guelph Storm were the best team in the Ontario Hockey League this season. They're looking to expand that title to the Canadian Hockey League.

Guelph beat the host London Knights 7-2 on Wednesday to finish round-robin play at the 2014 Memorial Cup unbeaten, and in three games outscored its opposition 18-7.

The Storm advanced to the championship game Sunday (4 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, Sportsnet), where they will face the Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, Sportsnet).

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Edmonton advances to Memorial Cup final

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 11:54 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Curtis Lazar scored at 2:42 of the third overtime to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 victory against the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Friday in the semifinal game of the 2014 Memorial Cup at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Edmonton faces the Guelph Storm in the championship game Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Lazar, a 2013 first-round pick (No. 17) of the Ottawa Senators, got to the front of the Val-d'Or net and tipped a low shot from the left point by Cody Corbett past the outstretched pad of Foreurs goaltender Antoine Bibeau.


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Kings, Blackhawks know each other well

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- There are few surprises between the two teams in the 2014 Western Conference Final.

They have played each other too often in too many big games to have secrets from each other. If there were a hidden wrinkle or two introduced by the Los Angeles Kings of the Chicago Blackhawks, it has been observed and game-planned against by the other.

The teams are tied at one win apiece in this best-of-7 series with Game 3 at Staples Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS).


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Budaj still held in high regard by Montreal teammates

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien and his staff knew there would be some politics involved when they decided to turn to rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski to take over the starting duties for the injured Carey Price prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

One of the most popular players in the Canadiens' dressing room is backup goaltender Peter Budaj, who has remained a backup while Tokarski became the toast of the NHL, at least for now. If someone wanted to coax a member of the Canadiens, just about any one, to start belting out compliments, the easiest way to do it would be to ask him about Budaj.

Therrien knew this, so before telling the hockey world that Tokarski would be his man for the foreseeable future, he had to know his decision would work in the room.


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Canucks introduce Jim Benning as new GM

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 5:43 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Trevor Linden and Jim Benning hadn't spoken since they were teammates on the Vancouver Canucks in 1988-89, but it didn't take long to realize they were on the same page about fixing the current edition of the franchise.

Linden introduced Benning as the Canucks' new general manager on Friday, a move many predicted soon after general manager Mike Gillis was fired in early April and Linden took over as president of hockey operations the next day. However, Linden insisted he didn't make up his mind until reconnecting with Benning.


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Kings' offense thriving due to success on faceoffs

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Most of the talk after Game 2 of the Western Conference Final has been about the offensive explosion by the Los Angeles Kings, who tied a franchise Stanley Cup Playoff record with five goals in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks.

What might be overlooked is what helped lead to those goals.

In a series between two puck-possession teams, the Kings simply had the puck more in Game 2 because they won 43 faceoffs to Chicago's 27. That bodes well for Los Angeles going into Game 3 on Saturday night at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). The best of-7-series is tied 1-1.

The Kings have strength down the middle with Anze Kopitar, who won 15 of 21 faceoffs in Game 2, and Jarret Stoll, who won 14 of 22 primarily against Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus and Marcus Kruger.


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Rangers' Stepan out indefinitely with broken jaw

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers center Derek Stepan sustained a broken jaw in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, coach Alain Vigneault said Friday.

Stepan was scheduled to have surgery Friday night. His status for Game 4 Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) won't be known until Saturday at the earliest, according to Vigneault.

The Rangers lead the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.  

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