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Rangers lament missed opportunities on power play

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 5:23 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Early in Game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Rangers appeared on their way to capturing a 2-0 series lead in their Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series. But as the game wore on, they struggled to capitalize on their opportunities and the Flyers made the most of their own, scoring four unanswered goals to win 4-2 and tie the series 1-1 before Game 3 on Tuesday in Philadelphia (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN2, MSG, CSN-PH).

It was a startling turnaround considering the Rangers led 2-0 8:22 into the game. They scored two goals on their first four shots and a power play that scored twice in their 4-1 victory in Game 1 got another goal after the Flyers began taking undisciplined penalties.

But the Rangers faltered on the man advantage after the first period, going 1-for-6 for the game.


Blackhawks' Seabrook suspended three games

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 2:37 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended for three games for interference and charging against St. Louis Blues forward David Backes during Game 2 of the teams' First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in St. Louis on Saturday, April 19, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:09 of the third period. Seabrook was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for charging.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=606797&lang=en.


Blackhawks' Seabrook to have phone hearing Sunday

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 11:10 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will have a phone hearing Sunday for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes in Game 2 of their Western Conference First Round series on Saturday.

Seabrook received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09 of the third period for his hit on Backes, who was helped off the ice and was unable to return to the game. The Blues scored the tying goal with Seabrook in the penalty box and won the game 4-3 in overtime.


Blackhawks face major challenge after two OT losses

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 10:06 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks have the type of composure and swagger befitting a team that has won the Stanley Cup twice since 2010. Now they need to show their thick skin and resiliency as well.

The Blackhawks were hoping to win at least one of the first two games at Scottrade Center in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues. Instead, they fly home down 0-2 following back-to-back 4-3 overtime losses.

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored a power-play goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation Saturday to tie the game and defenseman Barret Jackman won it for St. Louis with a seeing-eye slap shot through Chicago goalie Corey Crawford's legs 5:50 into overtime.

Not only is this Chicago's second straight overtime loss to start the series, the Blackhawks are in the 0-2 hole because they couldn't hold one-goal leads late in the third period of both games.


Blues use smarts rather than emotion to win Game 2

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 9:25 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- They saw their captain down, victimized by a hard, high and illegal hit into the end boards. This was not good, not ever.

The St. Louis Blues' players don't want to trade the skill, size, strength and heart of David Backes for anyone, but they had no choice with 4:51 remaining in regulation of Game 2 on Saturday. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook delivered the hit that forced both players to leave the game, one by way of injury and the other by way of a major penalty and a game misconduct.

The Blues, now pulsating with emotion, raw and potentially overwhelming, then saw 5:00 go onto the scoreboard clock above center ice, signaling a long power play and a chance at redemption.

Would the Blues forget about trying to score the game-tying goal and go chasing after revenge? Or would they calm down, use the time smartly, work the puck around and make the Blackhawks pay for Seabrook's untimely charge?

The Blues chose door No. 2. They chose wisely.


Blues captain Backes leaves Game 2 after hit

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 7:28 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock did not have a full update on the status of captain David Backes following the 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Scottrade Center.

"How do you think he is?" Hitchcock said of Backes. "Not great. We'll let the League deal with it."

Backes was hit high by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook with 4:51 remaining in regulation. Seabrook appeared to make contact with Backes' head.


Pavelski continues to play big role in Sharks' success

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 7:06 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings were the best possession team in the NHL this season. Teams generally create more shot attempts per minute after offensive-zone faceoffs, especially faceoff wins, than at any point during a game, and the Kings are among the League's best at winning draws.

Ceding a faceoff in the defensive zone against the Kings is akin to yielding set pieces to the best soccer teams in the world. The San Jose Sharks are well aware of Los Angeles' prowess, but they have something few teams possess to combat this situation.


McCarthy: First goal, beating trap keys for Lightning

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 5:29 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, NHL.com has enlisted the help of longtime NHL assistant/associate coach Kevin McCarthy to break down the action. McCarthy will be checking in throughout the series.

McCarthy played in more than 500 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins, then spent a decade as an assistant and associate coach with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was a member of the staff that led the franchise to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006. He joined the Flyers as an assistant during the 2009-10 season and stayed in Philadelphia until October 2013.

If there is one person who can relate with Lightning coach Jon Cooper right now, it would be Kevin McCarthy.

Canadiens know perils of coming home with 2-0 lead

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 5:21 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Three years ago, the sixth-seeded Montreal Canadiens came home with a 2-0 series lead against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Bell Centre was rocking when the Canadiens and Bruins took the ice for Game 3.

But instead of riding the momentum of winning the first two games of the series on the road, the Canadiens lost Game 3, 4-2, and Game 4, 5-4 in overtime. Boston won two of the final three games to advance, and Montreal was left wondering what happened to the "commanding" 2-0 series lead they had.

The Canadiens now have plenty of different players on their roster and a different coach. But for those who remain, it was a valuable lesson that can be applied to Games 3 and 4 of their 2014 Eastern Conference First Round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Montreal leads the best-of-7 series after winning the first two games in Tampa Bay, including 4-1 on Friday. Game 3 is Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN).

"It's big, it's huge, but at the end of the day, we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said Saturday. "We won two games in their building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. So we need to make sure that tomorrow night is our focus and we have to do the things that have made us successful in the first two games and make sure we stick with that."


Pearn: Kings need fewer turnovers, more zone time

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 5:06 PM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Perry Pearn to break down the action. Pearn will be checking in throughout the series.

Pearn has spent the past 18 seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and a second tenure with the Jets in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

SAN JOSE -- The towels move in unison. The giant Shark head descends from the ceiling. Smoke fills the area where it is going to end up on the ice.

SAP Center is one of the loudest buildings in the NHL, and fans of the San Jose Sharks get worked into a frenzy even before the opening faceoff. The Sharks went on the attack early against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of this Western Conference First Round series, and they fed off the energy created by both their play and the fans in a raucous atmosphere.

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