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Ramsay: Blues need to start fast against Blackhawks

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 12:43 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the series.

Ramsay played in more than 1,000 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres before going on to coach the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. In the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the Flyers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Final. Ramsay was most recently an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

ST. LOUIS -- If the St. Louis Blues are going to forget about their season-ending six-game losing streak and start strong against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, CSN-CH, FS-MW), Craig Ramsay said it has to start with the opening faceoff, literally.

Ramsay said the Blues need to get the puck early, get it deep, and get their cycle game going to gain confidence against Chicago.

"It's not just the centerman; it's the two wingers too," Ramsay told NHL.com. "Everyone [on St. Louis] is trying to win the first faceoff so they can get the puck and get it into the Chicago end. If they can do that, one of the things St. Louis is capable of doing very well is running cycles. They can get the puck in deep and they can keep it, and that's what they have to do against Chicago, make them go backwards and make them chase them around in the offensive zone.

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Murphy: Goaltending could make the difference

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 12:29 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL assistant coach Gord Murphy to break down the action. Murphy will be checking in throughout the series.

Murphy enjoyed a 14-season career as an NHL defenseman before spending seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets and most recently serving as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

For Gord Murphy, the difference in the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, which starts Thursday (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS, CSN-PH, MSG), is goaltending, and how the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist will be the biggest difference-maker.

"I can see it going seven games, and with New York's home-ice advantage and Lundqvist, that is the deciding factor," Murphy told NHL.com.

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Brendan Lemieux living up to family name in Barrie

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Brendan Lemieux is a regular chip off the old block.

The son of former NHL player and three-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux considers himself a playoff performer. In other words, he's a forward who can make the big play and score the big goal when needed.

Sound familiar? It should. Claude ended his career tied for third with Joe Sakic on the all-time NHL list with 19 game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for three different teams.

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Getzlaf leaves Ducks' game with facial injury

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 1:38 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Captain Ryan Getzlaf left Game 1 of the Anaheim Ducks' Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday when he took a puck to the face with 16 seconds left in regulation.

His status was not immediately known, but coach Bruce Boudreau said after Anaheim's 4-3 victory that he doesn't think it is serious.

"I think he's going to be OK, but he's probably going to have a little nasty cut on the side of his mouth," Boudreau said. "As far as I know, nothing else is there. But I'll know more tomorrow."

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Briere gives another vintage playoff performance

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 12:45 AM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TAMPA -- Daniel Briere did it again.

One of the top Stanley Cup Playoff performers of his generation, Briere was a constant threat in his first postseason game in a Montreal Canadiens uniform and set up an overtime goal by Dale Weise in a 5-4 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series on Wednesday night.

The assist gave Briere 110 points in 109 career playoff games.

"I thought I had some chances where I could've closed the game," Briere said. "So you just have to stay focused. I had the feeling that something good was going to happen. Our line had too many scoring chances that at some point we were going to get a good result."

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Lightning's Palat suffers upper-body injury in Game 1

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 12:35 AM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Ondrej Palat left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Palat played one shift to begin the third period before leaving with the score tied 2-2.

The Canadiens won the game 5-4 in overtime.

Palat missed the final game of the Lightning's regular season Sunday with an injury after putting together one of the best seasons of any first-year player in the NHL with 23 goals, 36 assists and a team-leading plus-32 rating in 81 games.

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Lightning's Killorn impressive in loss to Canadiens

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 12:14 AM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Alex Killorn nearly helped the Tampa Bay Lightning steal Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Killorn, playing in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff game, scored at 7:11 of the third period to even the score 3-3. Later in the third, he carried the puck down the left side of the ice into the Montreal zone before feathering a precise pass across the ice to Steven Stamkos, who tapped in his second goal of the game to even the score again at 4-4.

Montreal, which outshot Tampa Bay 44-25, won the game 5-4 in overtime on Dale Weise's first career playoff goal. Game 2 will be played Friday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, CNBC, FS-F) at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Goaltender matchup: Inside Quick vs. Niemi

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 5:27 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the competition intense and often 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 First Round: Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.

Much like many goaltending coaches will do before a playoff series, NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted 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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Returning Maurice set to point Jets in right direction

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 5:09 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The decision for Paul Maurice to remain behind the Winnipeg Jets bench was an easy one for the veteran NHL coach.

The one big hurdle for Maurice was family considerations, because his wife and children did not accompany him to Winnipeg after he replaced Claude Noel on Jan. 12.

But when the Jets offered Maurice a four-year contract extension earlier this week, the decision to uproot and head to Winnipeg turned out to be an easy one for his wife and children as well.

"They all smiled and said, 'Let's go,'" Maurice said in a conference call Wednesday.

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Canada names Tippett as World Championship coach

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:57 PM / News

NHL.com

Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on Wednesday was named coach for the Canadian National Team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship next month in Minsk, Belarus.

The announcement was made by Hockey Canada in collaboration with general manager Rob Blake. New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer and Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice will serve as associate coaches. The World Championship will take place May 9-25.

"As a coaching staff, we are looking forward to the challenge of representing Canada at the World Championship," Tippett said in a statement. "Hockey Canada has had a great season this year, so we look forward to capitalizing on that momentum in Belarus. I am looking forward to working with Peter, Paul and all of our players and staff, as we assemble a team that will play a good brand of Canadian hockey and make Canadians proud."

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