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Ramsay: Kreider didn't mean to crash into Price

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, 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 most recently was an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

Craig Ramsay believes goalies should be protected. He's not a fan of any player who maliciously runs into a goalie.

But Ramsay doesn't think New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider fits the mold of a player whose intentions are to injure goaltenders.

In breaking down the Rangers' 7-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, Ramsay told NHL.com that he doesn't think Kreider had any ill intentions when he went barreling feet first into goalie Carey Price early in the second period Saturday.


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Canadiens' Price uncertain for Game 2 vs. Rangers

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- On the southeast corner of Bell Centre stands a photo of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price that is six or seven stories high.

He is larger than life here. And a cornerstone. And possibly injured.

One game into the Eastern Conference Final, Price's health has become the biggest story in the series. And how he might have been injured, if indeed he is, ranks a close second.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien would not confirm Sunday that Price will play in Game 2 of the series against the New York Rangers on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

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Rangers mourn with St. Louis at mother's funeral

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

MONTREAL -- Less than 24 hours after beating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, reality punched back at the New York Rangers and perspective ruled the day.

Instead of practicing Sunday, the Rangers traveled to Laval, Quebec, to attend the funeral of Martin St. Louis' mother, France, who passed away on May 8 from a heart attack. She was 63 years old.

Players, coaches, management and other staff members all went to be there for their mourning teammate, who has played through grief and has four points, including two goals, in four games (all wins) since his mother died.

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Capitals' Ovechkin sustains injury at Worlds

Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 4:57 PM / News

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sustained an injury to what appeared to be his right knee while representing Russia in a game against Germany on Sunday at the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Minsk Arena.

Ovechkin took a hit from a Germany's Marcus Kink at the Russian blue line and was down for two minutes before heading to the dressing room without putting any pressure on his right leg.

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Worlds: Ovechkin injured; U.S. beats Finland

Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 4:57 PM / News

NHL.com

Russia lost forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals to injury, but used a big third period to beat Germany 3-0 on Sunday and remain unbeaten at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

Ovechkin appeared to injure his right knee on a hit by German defenseman Marcus Kink at the Russian blue line in the second period. He reportedly stayed down for about two minutes and was unable to put any weight on his right leg as he was helped from the ice at Minsk Arena.

"We are aware that Alex Ovechkin sustained an injury during today's game vs. Germany," the Capitals said in a statement. "Our medical staff is working with Ovechkin and Team Russia to gather additional information at this time."

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Guelph's Rychel comes full circle at Memorial Cup

Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 10:38 AM / Prospects

Ed Klajman - NHL.com Contributor

LONDON, Ontario – For someone who is technically a Memorial Cup rookie, forward Kerby Rychel has a lot of valuable experience to draw upon when it comes to junior hockey's championship tournament.

The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, selected in the first round (No. 19) of the 2013 NHL Draft, was 11 years old when he attended the last Memorial Cup held in London in 2005. He witnessed an all-time classic when Sidney Crosby played his final games in junior hockey, representing the Rimouski Oceanic, and the London Knights won that franchise's first title led by future Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry and a number of other players who are now in the prime of their NHL careers.

Four years later, Rychel was in Rimouski, at the Memorial Cup held there, taking morning skates with the Windsor Spitfires. He was able to do that because the Oceanic was and still is managed and co-owned by his father Warren, who played for five different NHL teams over a 12-year career. The young Kerby was overjoyed to see the powerhouse Spitfires win the Memorial Cup that season.

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Goaltender matchup: Inside Quick vs. Crawford

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 11:34 PM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the competition intense and so even, the men protecting each goal often are the difference in a series. NHL.com broke down the compelling Western Conference Final matchup between 2012 Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and defending Cup champion Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Much like many goaltending coaches will do before a playoff series, NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, used the 360 Save Review System software from Double Blue Sports Analytics to chart every goal scored against each goalie in this matchup this season, and he came to some interesting conclusions about their strengths and weaknesses.

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Guelph tops Edmonton in Memorial Cup

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 11:06 PM / Prospects

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Kerby Rychel and Tyler Bertuzzi each scored two goals to lead the Guelph Storm to a 5-2 victory against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday at the Memorial Cup in London, Ontario.

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Rout by Rangers brings Canadiens 'back to earth'

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- It is a mantra repeated in locker rooms around the NHL throughout the season. Whether a team has won three straight games or lost five in a row, every team is always trying to find the same equilibrium, and they all use the same terms to describe it.

Never too high. Never too low.

The Montreal Canadiens entered the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers coming off a massive high, beating the archrival Boston Bruins in their building in Game 7 to earn the right to play the game they played Saturday afternoon.

The Canadiens, it would appear, were a little too high.

The Rangers were the sharper team right from the drop of the puck and were rewarded for it in a 7-2 blowout win in Game 1 of the series at Bell Centre, stealing the home-ice advantage from the Canadiens.

"You never want to lose a game, but it's going to bring us back to earth," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We, as a group, have to be ready to compete and play every night if we want to have a chance to win.

"So we put that game behind us, we've got to move forward, but that's a good lesson."

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Lundqvist earns first win in Montreal in five years

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist skated onto the Bell Centre's frozen stage Saturday for the first time in more than two years with a bleak history to his credit in the Montreal Canadiens' raucous arena.

Lundqvist entered Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final with a 4-5-2 record, a 3.87 goals-against average and .876 save percentage in Montreal. But the Rangers' 7-2 win consigned those bad numbers to the history books.

"I'm going to be honest with you, I felt good coming into the game and, yeah, you guys like to talk about it, you like to ask me about it," said Lundqvist, who made 20 saves in his first start in Montreal since Jan. 14, 2012. "I haven't played here in a while, but it's still the same game. Last time I played here, we had a different team, and I think I've grown as a goalie as well."

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