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Russia routs U.S., Canada edges Czechs at Worlds

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 5:16 PM / News


Linemates Alex Ovechkin, Viktor Tikhonov and Sergei Plotnikov combined for four goals and eight points when Russia earned some measure of revenge against the United States in a 6-1 victory in preliminary-round action of the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Minsk Arena in Belarus on Monday.

Russia was beaten by the United States, 8-3, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 World Championship. Led by Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals, Russia is unbeaten in three games this year and sits atop the Group B standings. Russia is seeking its first gold medal since the 2012 WC.

"We played very aggressive hockey, and scored another early goal even though we've not had much chance to rest," Russian coach Oleg Znaroks told the IIHF website. "A win's and win and I'm happy for the guys."


Bernier, Gunnarsson have successful surgeries

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 4:34 PM / News


Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson each underwent successful surgeries at the end of the season, the team announced Monday.

Bernier had surgery to repair a sports hernia, while Gunnarsson had hip surgery. They are progressing well and along with forward Joffrey Lupul (knee meniscus surgery) are expected to be fully recovered for the start of training camp in September.

Bernier was eighth in the NHL with a .923 save percentage despite facing the seventh-most shots in the League. He was 26-19-7 with a 2.68 goals-against average in his first season with Toronto.


Penguins, Rangers vie for East Final berth in Game 7

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 4:29 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round


NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers will decide their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Tuesday night in Game 7 at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center (7 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Final and face the winner of the Second Round series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

These teams have never met in a series-deciding showdown but are no strangers to Game 7s in recent years.

The Rangers will be contesting a Game 7 for the fifth time in their past seven playoff series since 2012. Having eliminated the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games in the First Round, New York will attempt to post Game 7 wins in consecutive series for the second time in that span; they defeated the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.


Game 7 has been winning proposition for Rangers

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 2:50 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- If Game 7 is becoming old hat to the New York Rangers, winning them isn't.

The Rangers will be looking for their fifth straight Game 7 victory since 2012 when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). It's their sixth Game 7 in their past nine Stanley Cup Playoff series dating back to 2009.

New York previously beat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 on April 30 to advance to play the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round series.

"We have a lot of guys in the room that enjoy the challenge and just the excitement of it," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. "I feel like everyone doesn't really feel the pressure of Game 7 because either you play your best or you're going home. You kind of just get to leave it all out there and see what happens. We've had some big moments and big plays at key times in other Game 7s, and that's what it takes."


Signings roundup: Wolf agrees with Flames

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:37 PM / News


The Calgary Flames on Monday signed forward David Wolf to a one-year contract, worth $775,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the American Hockey League level.

Wolf, 24, is a native of Dusseldorf, Germany, who has spent the past three seasons with the Hamburg Freezers of the German League (DEL).

In 48 games this season, Wolf scored 14 goals and 40 points and had a plus-14 rating. He has 44 goals and 115 points in 154 career games with the Freezers.


Starting times set for remaining Round 2 games

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:10 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and television information for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round.


Oilers sign Lander to contract extension

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 12:20 PM / News


The Edmonton Oilers on Monday agreed to terms with center Anton Lander on a one-year contract extension.

Lander, 23, was a second-round selection (No. 40) by the Oilers in the 2009 NHL Draft. He has two goals and eight points in 94 career NHL games.

He split the season between the Oilers and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons. He appeared in 27 games with the Oilers, and had one assist and four penalty minutes.


Quenneville's lineup changes spark Blackhawks

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:53 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville takes a fair amount of criticism from Chicago Blackhawks fans for the tinkering he does with his lineup, but it seems to work more often than not.

The most-recent evidence occurred Sunday night at United Center, when more tweaks by Quenneville sparked a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their Western Conference Second Round series.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 heading back to Minnesota for Game 6 on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center (9 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS2), but it could've been a much different story were it not for some lineup changes paying off.

After watching his team stumble through a first period with six shots and trailing 1-0 at intermission, Quenneville went back to a familiar combination of forwards to spark the offense. Starting the second, he reunited a top-line combination that did a lot of damage in the regular season by putting left wing Patrick Sharp back with center Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa.


Toews delivers in big spot for Blackhawks again

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:41 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- The lasting image for the Chicago Blackhawks in their Game 4 loss to the Minnesota Wild in this Western Conference Second Round series was captain Jonathan Toews showing the rarest hint of frustration, banging his stick sharply while he slumped back to the bench after being negated by Minnesota's stifling defense.

Forty-eight hours later, the lasting image for the Blackhawks was of Toews being mobbed by teammates after he scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory in Game 5 at United Center on Sunday night that again gives Chicago control of the best-of-7 series.


Penguins must put back-to-back losses behind them

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 12:06 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't fared too well when forced to close out a series in a Game 7 on home ice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in recent years.

They'll need to do that Tuesday in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Penguins appeared to unravel at the most inopportune times, taking undisciplined penalties and getting caught up in a few unnecessary skirmishes, on the way to a 3-1 loss against the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. What once was a 3-1 lead in this best-of 7 series is completely gone after the Penguins dropped their second straight game.

Pittsburgh will host New York in a winner-take-all finale Tuesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN).

Among the nine penalties called against the Penguins, three were roughing minors. There was also one for too many men, and James Neal received a 10-minute misconduct with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.

"Frustration is a tricky word; if it leads to uncharacteristic things, like uncharacteristic play and penalties, then it's bad," Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "But you saw we had real desperation to be aggressive and go after them.

"Our compete level was really high when we were down 2-0. We had a really good push in the second half of the first period and were battling like heck to get back in the hockey game and couldn't score. We were pushing really hard and [Marc-Andre Fleury] played well the rest of the game. We need a better start so we don't cross that bridge again. We need to just lay it all on the line."

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