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Crosby, Getzlaf and Giroux voted Hart Trophy finalists

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 11:00 AM / 2014 NHL Awards


NEW YORK – Forwards Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Hart Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. 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.


Penguins, Rangers collide after even season series

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 9:47 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman and Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Staff Writers

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won all four Stanley Cup Playoff series they've played against the New York Rangers. They'll try to make it 5-for-5 when they meet in this year's Eastern Conference Second Round.

The Penguins had a few days to rest after finishing off the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday to win their first-round series in six games, though they blew multiple-goal leads in each loss and nearly saw a 4-0 lead completely vanish in Game 6 (a 4-3 win). The Rangers played Games 6 and 7 of their first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers on back-to-back nights; they advanced by outlasting the Flyers 2-1 at home Wednesday.


Fans raise close to $200,000 for charity with beards

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 9:45 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs


EAST AURORA, N.Y. -- NHL fans across North America have come together this playoff season to raise over $197,000 in the first round of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs. The sixth annual Beard-A-Thon®, proudly presented by Just For Men, encourages hockey enthusiasts to grow their own playoff beards for the 2014 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, or pledge their favorite NHL players. In addition to participating in a great hockey tradition, beard growers are raising money for charities across the nation in a one-of-a kind way.

In the past five seasons, over 30,000 fans have participated in the Beard-A-Thon® program, raising over $2.5 million for charity. This season, the goal is to raise an additional $1 million for NHL team charities.

Currently, Boston Bruins fans have led the way, raising over $67,000 for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation and the Boston Bruins Foundation. Fans of the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Los Angeles Kings combined have raised over $71,000 for local charities.


X-Factor: Physical Coyle a difference-maker for Wild

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 9:43 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

DENVER -- If Charlie Coyle plays the way he knows he can play, which is the way he played against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round, he'll be the Minnesota Wild's answer to left wing Bryan Bickell of the Chicago Blackhawks in their Western Conference Second Round series.

The St. Louis Blues didn't have a big, physical, grinding, fast and offensively capable wing in their group of top-six forwards to match the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Bickell in the first round. Bickell eventually wore down the Blues and had two goals and an assist during the final three games of the series, all Chicago wins.

Coyle can match Bickell, especially when he's playing on the first line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. He's 6-3, 221 pounds and he has speed, skill and, now, enough confidence to use his big body to create havoc.


Failures on power play contribute to Sharks' demise

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 3:23 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks thought they had solved their season-long power problems after they bolted to a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings.

They scored a power play in each of those victories and again in a 6-3 loss in Game 4. But over the final three games of what proved to be an epic collapse against the Kings, the Sharks went 0-for-15 on the power play.

The Sharks saved the worst for last. They went 0-for 6 on the power play Wednesday night in a 5-1 loss to the Kings in Game 7 at SAP Center. Four of those power plays came in the second period when the game and series was still up for grabs.


Wild's Niederreiter raises bar with Game 7 heroics

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 3:16 AM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

DENVER -- Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo commented Wednesday morning that forward Nino Niederreiter has "been biting off a little bit more every game."

He swallowed the Colorado Avalanche whole Wednesday night with a season-changing performance in Game 7 at Pepsi Center.

Niederreiter scored a game-tying goal in the third period and the overtime winner 5:02 into the extra session to give the Wild a 5-4 come-from-behind victory and their first series win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2003.


Wild unsure of starting goalie vs. Blackhawks

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 3:07 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

DENVER -- The Minnesota Wild might have a new starting goaltender for Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

It's the same goalie who started Game 1 of the first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche.

Ilya Bryzgalov was forced into Game 7 on Wednesday at Pepsi Center with 8:13 remaining in the third period because starting goalie Darcy Kuemper couldn't continue because of an undisclosed injury. Bryzgalov made one save in 13:15 of work between the end of regulation and 5:02 of overtime before Nino Niederreiter scored to give the Wild a series-clinching 5-4 come-from-behind win.

Coach Mike Yeo did not have an update on Kuemper's condition following the game. Minnesota opens its series in Chicago on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).


Spitfires' Ho-Sang makes name with flair for dramatic

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Windsor Spitfires forward Joshua Ho-Sang won't ever forget the day he put a smile on the face of winning honorary coach Jason Spezza following a picturesque move for the ages.

He was only 15 years old.

"For that moment in time, I had one of the best players in the NHL in awe, and that's something I'll never forget," Ho-Sang told NHL.com.

The smooth approach and countless dekes before roofing his attempt inside the short side post proved to be the clincher in a 10-9 shootout victory at the inaugural Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Cup at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, in August 2011. The coaches for the game were Spezza and Luke Schenn.


Inability to hold leads costs Avalanche

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:55 AM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- In the end, the Minnesota Wild did to the Colorado Avalanche what had been done to them earlier in their Western Conference First Round series.

The difference Wednesday at Pepsi Center was that the Wild's 5-4 overtime win came in Game 7 to send the Avalanche home for the summer.

The Avalanche took 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 leads and couldn't hold any of them. Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon tied the game with 2:27 to play in the third period and Nino Niederreiter beat goalie Semyon Varlamov on a 2-on-1 rush at 5:02 of overtime.

The Avalanche pulled out overtime wins in similar fashion in Games 1 and 5, the latter to grab a 3-2 series lead.

"It's heartbreaking, but I guess you have to take a learning experience out of it," said Avalanche center Matt Duchene, who had two assists in his second game back after missing the final eight regular-season games and first five Stanley Cup Playoff games with a knee injury. "It should never have gone into overtime. I think we all feel that way. It's a terrible feeling right now."


Sharks devastated after blowing 3-0 series lead

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:44 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks' history has been marked by huge disappointments, bitter losses and failed quests to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

The Sharks added another chapter, maybe the worst in franchise history, to that ongoing saga Wednesday night at SAP Center, completing one of the biggest collapses in NHL history.

San Jose suffered a 5-1 to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series and became the fourth team in League history to take a 3-0 lead and fail to advance.

"Every year you lose is pretty low, but this one is a type of series that will rip your heart out," Sharks forward Logan Couture said. "It hurts. It's going to be a long summer thinking about this one and what we let slip away. Personally, myself, I didn't play the way I wanted to. I'm one of the guys that's counted on big-time to be successful, and I didn't get the job done when we needed to."

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said the series loss clearly marked the low point in his six seasons with San Jose, and he took responsibility for the collapse.

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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness