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Senators season ends with excruciating loss

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 11:35 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

OTTAWA – There were two games where the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens turned.

The Senators put themselves in a great position to win those two games, lost them both and now their storybook season is over.

Ottawa outshot Montreal 43-20 in Game 6 on Sunday but lost the game 2-0 and the series 4-2.

While Game 6 clinched the series, it could be argued it was lost for the Senators in a 2-1 loss in Game 3 when Canadiens forward Dale Weise scored the tying goal at 14:13 of the third period and the winner at 8:47 of overtime.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, April 26

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 11:30 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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PRICE BACKSTOPS MONTREAL INTO SECOND ROUND

Carey Price stopped 43 shots to backstop the Canadiens into the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Canadiens improved to 3-0 in Game 6s where they had originally held a 3-0 lead in the series. Montreal won the other two instances on April 12, 1973 at BUF (4-2 W in CSF) and April 14, 1988 at HFD (2-1 W in CQF).

* Price made his fifth career postseason shutout and his first of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Price improved to 4-2 this postseason with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

* Price's 43 saves were the most he has made in his five postseason shutouts, which also established a new career-high in non-overtime playoff games. Price made 48 saves on May 1, 2014 at BOS (4-3 2OT W) and 49 saves on April 23, 2011 at BOS (2-1 2OT L).

* With five career postseason shutouts, Price moved into a tie with Gerry McNeil and Patrick Roy for fourth on the franchise's all-time playoff shutouts list. Kenneth Dryden and Jacques Plante share the franchise's all-time lead with 10 each.

Hitchcock, Blues exit playoffs early again

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 8:23 PM / Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The St. Louis Blues have been at the top of the League standings in the regular season for each of the past four seasons, but exited the Stanley Cup Playoffs prematurely again.

The Blues were defeated by the Minnesota Wild 4-1 at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, to lose the best-of-7 series 4-2, the third straight season they've been eliminated in the first round.

St. Louis finished with 14 goals in the series and four of them came in their four losses.

Sunday, Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves, allowing a T.J. Oshie goal.

Blues goalie Jake Allen, who had been strong through the first four games of the series, allowed two goals before being pulled from the game in favor of Brian Elliott.

The past four seasons in coach Ken Hitchcock's tenure, the Blues are 10-17 in the playoffs with one series victory.

Wild advance, set for rematch against Blackhawks

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 7:02 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Sean McCullen - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Minnesota Wild advanced to the Western Conference Second Round by eliminating the St. Louis Blues with a 4-1 victory Sunday in Game 6 of their first-round series.

Forward Zach Parise had three goals and four assists against St. Louis, including two goals in the clinching win.

Minnesota will face the Chicago Blackhawks in a rematch of their 2014 second-round series, which Chicago won 4-2.

The Blackhawks advanced to the second round by eliminating the Nashville Predators with a 4-3, Game 6 victory at United Center on Saturday. They have made it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs each of the past three seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2013, when they defeated the Wild in five games in the first round.

The Blackhawks won the first three games against the Wild this season, but Minnesota allowed one goal in winning each of the last two after acquiring goalie Devan Dubnyk in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 16.

Capitals, Islanders meet in first Game 7 of 2015

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 5:26 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

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NEW YORK -- The Washington Capitals play host to the New York Islanders in the first Game 7 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday, April 27 (7:30 p.m., ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA2). The Capitals and Islanders will meet in a Game 7 for the first time since their thriller dubbed the 'Easter Epic' on April 18, 1987. The Islanders captured that Patrick Division Semifinal series when Pat LaFontaine scored 8:47 into the fourth overtime period to decide the longest Game 7 in NHL history.

The winner of Monday's game will face the Metropolitan Division champion New York Rangers in the Second Round.

Blues' Allen pulled from game in second period

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 4:53 PM / Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round

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St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen was pulled from Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday after the Minnesota Wild took a 2-0 lead with 8:41 left in the second period.

Brian Elliott replaced Allen after Wild forward Justin Fontaine scored on a wrist shot through Allen's five-hole from the right hash marks.

Start time set for potential Montreal-Ottawa Game 7

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 3:54 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time of the potential Game 7 of the series between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, if necessary, has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Montreal on Tuesday, April 28.

In Canada, the game would be televised on CBC and TVA Sports. In the U.S., the game would be televised on NBCSN.

Boudreau sees similarities between Ducks, Flames

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 3:14 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

The Anaheim Ducks and coach Bruce Boudreau might as well be looking into a mirror when they scout the Calgary Flames, their opponent in the Western Conference Second Round.

Anaheim has made a living on resiliency this season, but so has Calgary.

The Ducks were an NHL-best 12-23-0 in the regular season when trailing after two periods while Calgary was third at 10-20-4. That carried into the first round, when the Ducks won three of their four games against the Winnipeg Jets when trailing after two periods while Calgary was 2-1 in such situations against the Vancouver Canucks.

"They've been doing it all year," Boudreau said of Calgary on Sunday. "They're a team that never quits. The minute you think you've got them they apply an awful lot of pressure … we know their capabilities and we know the fact they never quit. It's going to be a 60-minute game on both sides."

Penguins' injured players focused on next season

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 2:36 PM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis had a very slight hope of playing in the Stanley Cup Final.

The New York Rangers eliminated the Penguins in five games during the Eastern Conference First Round, which thwarted that hope. But the 36-year-old, who was placed on injured reserve Nov. 19 with a potentially career-ending blood clot in his lung, said he hopes to resume his career next season.

"If you ask me I thought I was going to play again this year," Dupuis said Sunday during the Penguins' final media availability of the season. "Obviously I'm going to say I'm going to play next year, yes. But it's not up to me right now. I have more tests to be done and hopefully the results come back positive."

Dupuis wasn't the only key player to miss time for injuries during the regular season or the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Crosby, Malkin have no interest in leaving Penguins

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 1:56 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Forward Evgeni Malkin plans to finish his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Malkin said Sunday he has no intention to leave the Penguins. Despite the Penguins losing in five games to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round, Malkin believes the proper pieces are in place for the Penguins to remain a Stanley Cup contender.

"I like this city," Malkin said Sunday during the Penguins' final media availability of the season. "I'd like to stay here. I have a house here. My parents love to stay here. We won one time, a Stanley Cup [2009]. Me and [Sidney Crosby], and [Marc-Andre Fleury], I believe we can do it again."

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