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Capitals facing poor Game 7 history at home

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 8:06 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Washington Capitals couldn't end their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Islanders, losing 3-1 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday. The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3, and Washington will host Game 7 on Monday at Verizon Center, but that might not be a good thing.

Washington is 3-9 in Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 2-7 at home. Since 2008, they are 1-4 on home ice.

"Winning is hard," Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin said. "It's not going to be easy. It's going to be a seventh game Monday and it's going to be fun. I think our fans are going to give us very good confidence."

Braden Holtby, who made 35 saves Saturday, was in goal for Game 7 when the Capitals lost to the New York Rangers 5-0 at home in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the last time they played a Game 7.

"We have a different team now," Holtby said.

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Farrish: Extra rest will help Rangers in next round

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 7:44 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

The New York Islanders earned the right to play another game with their 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals at Nassau Coliseum, but former NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish said the New York Rangers also have to consider themselves big winners on Saturday.

While the Islanders and Capitals engage in what will likely be another physical game in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series on Monday at Verizon Center, the Rangers will get to relax, watch, heal any lingering injuries and know that no matter who they play in the second round they should be the fresher, healthier team.

"It really is [a big advantage]," Farrish said. "Game 7 is going to be a takeoff of [Game 6] I think, so it's going to be just as physical, if not more physical, and then the winner will turn around and start probably two or three days later [against the Rangers]. That's a huge advantage for the Rangers."

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Canadiens may shuffle lines to seek offensive boost

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 4:14 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens do not want to play another home game in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More importantly, they don't want to be thinking about it either.

The Ottawa Senators have climbed back into the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Canadiens by avoiding elimination in two straight games and now trail 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre (6 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports).

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, asked Saturday about the potential for some line changes in Game 6 from coach Michel Therrien, said that might be welcomed.

But he had to catch himself from making an admission he didn't quite want to make heading into a game when the Canadiens can eliminate their opponents.

"When you play the same team seven [times]," Pacioretty began, before catching himself, "or however many times in a series in a row, things get repetitive and you get maybe a little bit comfortable. So I think it's important for us to get a little bit out of our comfort zone. And when we do try new things make sure we get a little energy and focus on having fun playing together."

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Rutherford, Johnston returning for Penguins: report

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 3:30 PM / News

NHL.com

General manager Jim Rutherford and coach Mike Johnston will return for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015-16, CEO David Morehouse told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Saturday.

The Penguins did not secure a place in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs until the final day of the regular season, then lost to the New York Rangers in an Eastern Conference First Round series in five games.

"I know there's been a lot of speculation out there, but [co-owners] Ron [Burkle] and Mario [Lemieux] never once considered a change," Morehouse told Jason Mackey of the Tribune-Review. "Jim Rutherford's our general manager, and Mike Johnston's our coach."

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Five reasons Penguins were eliminated from playoffs

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 11:20 AM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

After earning a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the final day of the regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins' stay was cut short. Pittsburgh struggled in the final two weeks leading into its Eastern Conference First Round Series against the New York Rangers and carried a bulk of its issues into the postseason.

The Penguins did play competitively in their five playoff games, each decided by one goal.

With a few adjustments, Pittsburgh might have upset the Presidents' Trophy winners. Instead, the Penguins lost a second playoff series to the Rangers for the second straight season.

Here are five reasons the Penguins were eliminated:

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Jagr named to Czech Republic roster for 2015 Worlds

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 10:54 AM / News

NHL.com

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr is part of the Czech Republic roster for the 2015 IIHF World Championship set to take place in Prague and Ostrava beginning May 1, according to a release on the IIHF website.

Jagr, who earlier this month signed a one-year contract with the Panthers for the 2015-16 season, had 17 goals and 47 points in 77 games for the New Jersey Devils and Panthers in his 21st NHL season.

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Five reasons Rangers advanced to second round

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 9:32 AM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers did what they were expected to do in the Eastern Conference First Round, which was advance against the Pittsburgh Penguins with little adversity.

That doesn't mean it was easy to eliminate the Penguins in five games. The Rangers won four games each by a 2-1 score and all five games were decided by one goal.

Here are five reasons the Rangers advanced to the second round:

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, April 24

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 1:51 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

HAGELIN'S OT GOAL LIFTS RANGERS INTO SECOND ROUND

Carl Hagelin scored at 10:52 of overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a Game 5 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins and into the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Rangers clinched a series in overtime for the first time since May 11, 1997 (Game 5 of ESF at the New Jersey Devils; GWG: Adam Graves). The last time they accomplished that feat at Madison Square Garden was May 27, 1994 (Game 7 of EF vs. New Jersey; GWG: Stephane Matteau). Via Elias, New York has clinched 10 all-time series in overtime -- three on home ice.

* Hagelin has scored each of his playoff game-winning goals against the Penguins. He also had the decisive goal in Game 6 of their second-round matchup last year, when the Rangers erased a 3-1 series deficit en route to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

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Fleury's heroics not enough to save Penguins

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 12:47 AM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury did everything he could to help the Pittsburgh Penguins extend their season against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

As he did throughout the series, Fleury again proved to be quite the obstacle for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers, who averaged 3.02 goals per game during the regular season, third in the NHL.

Fleury was rock-solid in each game. But that wasn't enough to overcome his team's offensive shortcomings in the five-game series loss to the Rangers, capped by a 2-1 overtime defeat on Friday. Fleury allowed two goals in four of the five games, including the last two, each of which the Penguins lost in overtime.

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Pressure shifting to Canadiens after two losses

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 12:17 AM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was calmly answering questions about their predicament following a second consecutive loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday in their Eastern Conference First Round series.

The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 but have scored one goal on 74 shots in the two losses and three times on 123 shots in the three games since goaltender Craig Anderson took over for Andrew Hammond.

Subban did not seem overly concerned.

"It takes a lot to make me uncomfortable," he said. "You'd have to put some bugs, insects in my underpants to make me uncomfortable."

As Subban continued speaking, goaltender Carey Price was talking to the media in another corner of the Canadiens dressing room.

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