NEW YORK -- New York Rangers center Derek Stepan can't help but smile and even laugh as he witnesses the recognition defenseman Ryan McDonagh is starting to receive from the media during the Eastern Conference Final.
Stepan knows why it's coming in droves now: McDonagh's six points against the Montreal Canadiens and eight in his past five Stanley Cup Playoff games (all wins), is a giveaway.
"It's well-deserved," Stepan said.
Vanek was rotating with rookie Michael Bournival on right wing of a line with Brandon Prust and Daniel Briere, meaning there is a possibility Vanek will be scratched for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Vanek is tied for the Canadiens lead with five goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but he has scored in three of his 13 games and failed to register a shot on goal three times, including the 3-1 loss in Game 2 on Monday.
Therrien would not confirm anything and for a second day in row refused to criticize Vanek's play.
"We're in the conference final," Therrien said. "To get here, we needed contributions from everyone. Every player who's played since the start of the playoffs has contributed in some way. That's important in my eyes."
Trotz reportedly met with president Dick Patrick and owner Ted Leonsis. Trotz was fired by the Nashville Predators on April 14 after 15 years.
Canada has a chance to make history at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
In one of four quarterfinal games to be played Thursday, Canada will face Finland (1 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) as it continues its attempt to become the second team to win Olympic and World Championship gold in the same season. The only country to do it was Sweden in 2006.
Canada went 5-1-1 in the preliminary round to win Group A and their 28 goals are the second-most in the tournament. It's a balanced offensive attack that featured six players to have scored at least two goals. Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward and forward Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres tied for the team lead with six goals, and Ward's team-best nine points are one more than Hodgson.
Jacob Trouba's stint with the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship is over due to a mild neck strain, but the Winnipeg Jets said Wednesday the defenseman is expected to be fine for the 2014-15 NHL season.
Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff issued the following statement on Trouba:
Guelph Storm defenseman Chadd Bauman was suspended on Wednesday for the remainder of the Memorial Cup. The decision was made by the NHL Hockey Operations department, which oversees player discipline issues for the Canadian Hockey League during the Memorial Cup.
Baumann was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct after a collision with Val-d'Or Foreurs defenseman Guillaume Gelinas at 7:50 of the third period of the teams' game Monday.
Center Anthony Richard scored off a breakaway 1:15 into the second overtime to give the Val-d'Or Foreurs a 4-3 victory against the Edmonton Oil Kings in round-robin play of the Memorial Cup on Tuesday night at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.
In attendance was Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, who had to be pleased with the effort by Bibeau, a 2013 sixth-round pick (No. 172).
Richard scored his unassisted goal after picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone and speeding into the zone before delivering his first goal of the tournament through the five-hole. Richard shielded the puck from Edmonton defenseman Ashton Sautner, who was closing in fast from behind. It marked Val-d'Or's first lead of the game; the team rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits.
It was the sixth time in Memorial Cup history that a game entered double overtime.
CHICAGO -- Justin Williams is so well-known for something around the NHL he's earned a nickname for it.
"Mr. Game 7" scored the first goal for the Los Angeles Kings and helped set up another when they defeated the Anaheim Ducks in the winner-take-all finale of their Western Conference Second Round series. The designation is well-earned. Williams is 6-0 in Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7s, with six goals and 12 points.
When it's not a Game 7, Williams doesn't earn nearly the same level of attention. He fades off the marquee for the Kings and becomes one of the great role players they have assembled around stars Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick.
Maybe it shouldn't be that way.
Williams is one of the best in the League at winning battles for the puck along the boards, and that makes him an incredibly valuable player.
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