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Playoffs set stage for Maple Leafs prospect Carrick

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 2:31 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

If you're not familiar with Sam Carrick already, you will be soon.

The second-year center is turning heads in his first full American Hockey League season, scoring 14 goals and 35 points in 62 games with the Toronto Marlies during the regular season. Six of his goals were game-winners, and he also led all Marlies forwards at plus-17.

Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round (No. 144) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Carrick spent four years in the Ontario Hockey League with Brampton before spending most of his first pro season in the ECHL.

He made his AHL debut with the Marlies on March 2, 2013, and had four points in 19 games down the stretch. He also appeared in five Calder Cup Playoff games last spring.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round tests fans' brackets

Half-Million entries received in Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 2:15 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK – After two weeks of multi-goal comebacks, last-minute goals and overtimes in an exciting and unpredictable First Round, the race to win the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Can-Am Spyder remains wide open. Of the half-million entries submitted on NHL.com, 72% chose a team that advanced to the Second Round as their Stanley Cup champion.

The opening round concluded with 10 entrants tied for first place, having correctly picked the winning team for all eight First-Round series and the exact number of games for seven of those winners to capture their series. Underscoring the competitive balance that makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs so compelling, fewer than 1% of the more than half-million entries on NHL.com correctly predicted the winning team for all eight First-Round series. None of the brackets had all eight winners and the exact number of games for each series – a proposition with 16.8 million unique combinations.

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Goalie matchup: Crawford vs. Bryzgalov/Kuemper

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 12:32 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the competition intense and so even, the men protecting each goal often are the difference in a series. NHL.com decided to break down perhaps the most interesting goaltending matchup in the Western Conference Second Round: Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ilya Bryzgalov and Darcy Kuemper of the Minnesota Wild.

Much like many goaltending coaches will do before a playoff series, NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, used the 360 Save Review System software from Double Blue Sports Analytics to chart every goal scored against each goalie in this matchup this season and came to some interesting conclusions about their strengths and weaknesses.

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Bergeron, Burns and Keith named finalists for NHL Foundation Player Award

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 11:00 AM / 2014 NHL Awards

NHL.com

NEW YORKBoston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, San Jose Sharks forward Brent Burns and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith are the three finalists for the 2013-14 NHL Foundation Player Award, presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community," the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL clubs submitted nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the finalists were selected by a judging panel. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year's recipient. 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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Hradek to host live online Face Time chat Friday

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 10:40 AM / Edward Jones Face Time

NHL.com

NHL Network host and hockey analyst E.J. Hradek will interact with fans in an online Face Time chat Friday at 1 p.m. ET. Hradek will take questions from fans and share his views about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Missed out on last Friday's chat? Register here to participate in today's. Learn more and access complete chat archive at facetime.nbcsports.com.

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Price, Subban help Canadiens steal Game 1

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 1:19 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens left TD Garden on Thursday after their fifth win in five games played in these Stanley Cup Playoffs knowing they stole one.

They also know it doesn't matter. A victory does not require style points to count.

The Canadiens did not deserve to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in double overtime, not after being outshot 51-33 and spending massive stretches of the game hemmed in their zone.

After 10 days of waiting and practicing since their first-round sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Canadiens were under siege for much of the night but came out victorious in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round Series, stealing the home-ice advantage and perhaps demoralizing the Bruins in one fell swoop.

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Five reasons why the Kings advanced

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 7:35 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Saying that a feat is the least improbable of the group when it has happened four times in NHL history might seem strange, but what the Los Angeles Kings accomplished in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs might not be as crazy as it seems.

The Kings were able to shrug off a 3-0 deficit in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks and complete an improbable four-game winning streak to advance to the second round. That San Jose won the first three games by a combined margin of 17-8 might seem to make it even more unlikely.

The truth is, the series had already turned for Los Angeles by the time Patrick Marleau scored in overtime for the Sharks in Game 3. The players in the Kings dressing room already believed they had fixed much of what ailed them early in the series, and they were confident they could rally.


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Five reasons why the Sharks were eliminated

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 7:10 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Quite possibly the most interesting offseason in the history of the San Jose Sharks has begun.

That it started in the first week of May instead of sometime in June is part of the reason the Sharks will be an intriguing team to monitor in the coming days and weeks. The other is obviously the way their 2013-14 season ended.

The Sharks were a dominant team in the regular season, with 111 points, and by most advanced metrics were one of the top three or four teams in the NHL. They also took a 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series.

Unfortunately for San Jose, the opponent was another one of the top teams in the League, and the Los Angeles Kings came all the way back to win the series in seven games. The final blow came Wednesday at SAP Center, when the Kings scored the final five goals in a 5-1 victory.

What went wrong for the Sharks? How did San Jose look so dominant then so meager? While fans and media might be calling for changes within the organization, deciding which parts actually need fixing is going to be a challenge.

The Sharks have to figure that out this offseason. Here are five reasons that process is starting now and not in June.

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Canucks fire coach Tortorella, assistant Sullivan

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 6:50 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Trevor Linden insists he didn't come into his new job as Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations with his mind made up about John Tortorella, but it didn't take long for him to figure out he had to fire his coach.

Linden's first big move in his new role was to dismiss Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan on Thursday after their first season.

"I tried to talk myself out of this," Linden said. "This is not something I came in looking to do. It was just the right thing to do. When a new (general) manager comes in I want to have full flexibility and create a new vision together."

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Sharp certain goals on way for Blackhawks

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 6:35 PM / Blackhawks-Wild Series Blog - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp wasn't going to be denied.

In a Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues full of scoring chances thwarted and shots missed, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading scorer from the regular season scored a breakaway goal in the third period of Game 6 at United Center.

After blocking Kevin Shattenkirk's shot, Sharp bolted for the neutral zone behind the Blues defenseman. He took a short pass from teammate Patrick Kane, zeroed his focus on St. Louis goalie Ryan Miller, and hit the afterburners.

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