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Chabot: 'Real Flames' showed up in comeback win

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 3:48 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Calgary Flames mantra has been the same all season: They never quit.

The Flames faced a 2-0 deficit in their Second Round Western Conference series on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks. They faced a 3-2 deficit with under a minute to play in the third period of Game 3.

But just as they've done time and again, Frederic Chabot said, Calgary stayed with it.

"Anaheim's top line had another good start and the Ducks found a way to be ahead 3-2 halfway through the second period," Chabot said. "But then the real Flames showed up, they never quit, they kept trying and hitting and forced Anaheim to take some penalties."

Closer Look: Hawks' Toews blanketing Wild's Parise

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 3:30 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Wherever Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise goes, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews likely will follow.

Through the first two games of the Western Conference Second Round series between the Wild and Blackhawks, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville deployed Toews' line against Parise's line on most opportunities.

It's why Toews played against Parise for 18:44 of Parise's 30:23 of even-strength ice time in the first two games at United Center, third-most among Chicago forwards, according to datarink.com. The only Chicago forwards who played more frequently against Parise, right wing Marian Hossa and left wing Brandon Saad, are Toews' linemates.

Wild, down 3-0, focused on Game 4, one at a time

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 2:31 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will look to draw upon their experiences from the regular season as they try to become the fifth team in NHL history to win a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series after trailing 3-0.

With the Chicago Blackhawks in firm control of this Western Conference Second Round series, the Wild have rallied around a common theme from mid-January: They've been here before.

On Jan. 14, under .500 and in last place in the Central Divison, the Wild traded for goaltender Devan Dubnyk; they finished the regular season 28-9-3 to make the playoffs.

Now the Wild will need to rally one more time to join the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2014 Los Angeles Kings as teams to climb out of a 3-0 series hole in the past six years. The Kings did so in the first round against the San Jose Sharks and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

The others to do it are the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Detroit Red Wings.

Game 4 is Thursday at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2).

"I think we can draw from how we did it," Wild forward Kyle Brodziak said. "I think when we were facing what we were facing in the middle of January, if we would've at that point looked at the big picture, I think it would've probably seemed pretty daunting to come back. But I think the way we went about it was important. We just set everything else aside and took it one game at a time.

"When you sit back and you look at the big picture of everything, then you start thinking, you get the negative thoughts of how daunting a task it is. And if you're able to find a way to keep your focus on one thing at a time I think it makes it a little easier for everybody."

Getzlaf has found groove for Ducks on and off the ice

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 1:51 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- There was a time when Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf tried to do too much off the ice.

Looking to fill the leadership void left by defensemen of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, and forward Saku Koivu, Getzlaf struggled to find the balance between on-ice all-star and off-ice veteran.

No more. He's struck that balance.

"When I got here, he did all the really good things … sometimes he focused too much on the team rather than his [own] game," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Now he's got a great balance between the two. I think he's evolved and gotten better at it.

"What he does is natural. It's not just something that he sits at home and thinks, 'This is what I have to do.' What he brings is natural leadership."

Gaudreau's goal sets Flames up for victory in Game 3

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 12:00 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

NHL.com

"Deft, delicate, deadly."

Those words were used by Sportsnet announcers to describe the heroics of Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau, whose goal with 19.5 seconds left in regulation tied Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round.

Forward Mikael Backlund's first Stanley Cup Playoff goal 4:24 into overtime gave the Flames a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, but it was Gaudreau who lit the fuse for Calgary to trim Anaheim's lead in the best-of-7 series to 2-1. After being outscored 9-1 in two losses at Anaheim, Calgary won its first second-round game since 2004, the most recent time it advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

Noel: Textbook win for Blackhawks to take 3-0 lead

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 11:00 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Claude Noel to break down the action. Noel will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Noel was coach for the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-14 and interim coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He also coached many years in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Noel, a former forward, had 138 points in 353 regular-season games in the AHL and played seven games in the NHL with Washington Capitals in 1979-80.

The last time the Chicago Blackhawks won the opening three games of a best-of-7 series was during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they would ultimately win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in franchise history.

Stars captain Benn sidelined through summer: report

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 9:36 AM / News

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Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn could need until November to recover from his second hip surgery in a week, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Benn is expected to need four to five months to recover, but Stars head athletic trainer Dave Zeis told the newspaper it could be as long as five to six months before Benn would be in hockey shape.

Training camp would begin in a little more than four months. The newspaper said Benn "could be ready for the start of the regular season if all goes well."

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 5

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 2:31 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

GAUDREAU, BACKLUND PROVIDE SPARK AS FLAMES RALLY FOR GAME 3 VICTORY

Johnny Gaudreau scored the tying goal with 19.5 seconds left in regulation and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:24 of overtime to rally the Calgary Flames past the Anaheim Ducks, cutting their series deficit to 2-1.
* Via Elias, Gaudreau's goal at 19:40 of the third period was the latest tying goal in Flames playoff history, topping the previous mark set by Robert Reichel at 19:13 of the third period on May 9, 1995 vs. the San Jose Sharks (5-4 OT L).

* Elias also says Backlund (9 GP) is the fourth player in Flames history to score his first career playoff goal in overtime, following Eddy Beers (April 6, 1983 vs. the Vancouver Canucks), Marcus Nilson (April 22, 2004 at the Detroit Red Wings) and Steve Montador (May 9, 2004 at San Jose).

Crawford rebounds vs. Wild after first-round benching

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 1:20 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford is tired of rehashing the Western Conference First Round, when the Chicago Blackhawks' top goalie was benched for four starts. But his earlier problems during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs were a distant memory at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Crawford came full circle after a bumpy start to the playoffs and stonewalled the Minnesota Wild with a 30-save shutout. The Blackhawks' 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round put them up 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, and Crawford has been a big reason for the commanding lead.

"It was a great game for him," said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, who made the decisions to pull Crawford in Game 1 of the first round against the Nashville Predators and bench him in Game 3 for rookie Scott Darling. "It was a goalie win. It was one of those games from the outset that we needed him to be strong and he made some key stops, particularly in that second period and around the net in the third."

Crawford, who had started 57 consecutive postseason games prior to Darling's promotion, has played all nine periods of the first three games of this series. He's shut the Wild out in seven of them, including a difficult third period Tuesday.

Frustration mounts for Wild, down 3-0 to Blackhawks

Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 12:38 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild played perhaps their best game of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 at Xcel Energy Center.

It wasn't enough, though, because Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford shut the door, making 30 saves in a 1-0 win Tuesday that gave Chicago a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series.

As the mountain has grown steeper for the Wild, so has their frustration. Crawford, who was benched for portions of the Blackhawks' first-round series against the Nashville Predators, has rediscovered his game. Now the Wild are one loss away from having their season ended by the Blackhawks for the third straight year.

"Crawford, he's a star against us," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "He's [Martin] Brodeur. He's [Patrick] Roy. He's everybody against us, so we've got to find a way to solve that."


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