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Predators expect Laviolette to improve offense

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

The idea of hiring Peter Laviolette as the Nashville Predators' second coach seemed like a natural fit to general manager David Poile.

The two worked together for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with Poile as general manager and Laviolette as an assistant coach. Poile was impressed with Laviolette's preparation and game plans and liked Laviolette's experience and motivational abilities.

Yet Poile wanted to do his homework. It was 17 years since he hired a coach and he wanted to get it right. So Poile spoke with some who played for Laviolette with the Carolina Hurricanes, who he coached to the 2006 Stanley Cup, and the Philadelphia Flyers, who he brought to the 2010 Cup Final. Poile spoke to Predators center Matt Cullen, who won the Cup with Laviolette in Carolina.

Poile might have ended his search where he started. The Predators announced Laviolette on Tuesday as the successor to Barry Trotz, who coached the team for its first 15 seasons. Poile, the third-longest tenured general manager in the NHL, said his confidence in the hire was about as high as any decision he had ever made.

"Peter is a very successful coach," Poile said. "Am I glad that we have that an experienced coach who won a Stanley Cup? Yes, sir. That's good. All of the criteria is great. Again, I think I knew all that but I wanted to check it out with other people, other players. Again, I just did my due diligence. This is arguably the most important decision we're making this offseason."

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Frustrated Ducks vow to be better in Game 3

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 5:58 PM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Getzlaf sounded like he was channeling "The Incredible Hulk," the 1970s television show in which the main character's famous line is, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

The Anaheim Ducks captain said Monday night he was "ticked off" after a Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their Western Conference Second Round series. That frustration hadn't waned much a day later. Ticked?

"I'm not allowed to use other words," Getzlaf said. "Yeah, I'm still mad. I want to win, and when we don't win, I get mad. That's the nature of my well-being, I guess."

Anaheim's frustration was palpable after Los Angeles protected the house area like a security guard in a 3-1 win that gave it a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

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Penguins' Letang finding form 3 months after stroke

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 5:06 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- That defenseman Kris Letang has keyed the Pittsburgh Penguins in their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers isn't entirely surprising.

Letang has provided a spark on Pittsburgh's vaunted rush, much as he has throughout his NHL career. The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 heading into Game 4 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Letang had three points in Game 2, including the game-winning goal, before finishing Game 3 with a plus-1 rating and 24:31 in ice time, which ranked second on the team.

What is surprising is he's doing it slightly more than three months after having a stroke.

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Lightning sign Vasilevskii to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 4:54 PM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Starting times set for Round 2 games on Saturday

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 11:05 AM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced updated start time information for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round games scheduled for Saturday, May 10.

The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Boston. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and RDS.

The starting time for Game 4 of the series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT in Los Angeles. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on TSN and RDS.

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Babcock, Cooper, Roy voted Adams Award finalists

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 11:00 AM / 2014 NHL Awards

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings, Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

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Five questions: Flames' Treliving eager to get started

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving:

Before spending the previous seven seasons as the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving lived a minor-league life with major-league aspirations.

Treliving, who was hired by the Flames last week, played in the International Hockey League, the American Hockey League and the ECHL.

Once he was done playing in 1996, Treliving, 26 years old at the time, founded the Western Professional Hockey League, which later merged with the Central Hockey League. Treliving was the president of the CHL for seven seasons.

Even during his time working with Coyotes GM Don Maloney, Treliving was in charge of Phoenix's AHL affiliate, currently the Portland Pirates and formerly the San Antonio Rampage.

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Kings' Doughty roughed up, but excels anyway

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 2:55 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- They hit him. They tripped him. They slashed him. They ran him.

For Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, it was another night of being a marked man, a target for all sorts of confrontational behavior, and the Anaheim Ducks tried to lessen the impact made by one of the most influential players in the world at his position.

It didn't work.

Doughty was sporting a fat lip when he addressed reporters after a 3-1 victory Monday, but the smile was genuine. He and the Kings came to Honda Center twice in the past three days and have left with not only two victories but a firm grip on this Western Conference Second Round series.

"We could only dream of this, really," Doughty said. "We knew it was going to be tough to do. They might say we don't deserve it or whatnot, but it doesn't matter. We're up 2-0 going back to Staples and it's exactly what we planned."

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Penguins' Fleury focused after back-to-back shutouts

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 12:42 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- As Marc-Andre Fleury sat at his locker, smiling on occasion as the questions came fast and furious, he certainly didn't seem like a player who had just won his second straight shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Pittsburgh Penguins' 29-year-old goalie appeared content to maintain the focus that enabled him to stop 57 straight shots in recording back-to-back wins on consecutive nights to help the Penguins to a 2-1 lead in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers. Game 4 is Wednesday in New York (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Fleury made 35 saves in a 2-0 victory Monday in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden, becoming the first Pittsburgh goalie with consecutive playoff shutouts. It's a feat he wasn't aware of and one that, to him, won't mean much if he isn't raising the Stanley Cup to end the season.

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Rangers remain confident after Game 3 loss

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 12:05 AM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- On paper at least, the New York Rangers appeared to do enough to earn a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Monday night.

Despite losing 2-0 on Monday to fall behind 2-1 in the best-of-7 series, New York outshot the Penguins 35-15, enjoyed long stretches of puck possession and swarmed around Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Even the Rangers' dormant power play, which went 0-for-5 and has now failed to score on 34 straight attempts, showed signs of life.

In the end, two opportunistic Penguins goals and Fleury's standout play proved to be the difference. But the strides the Rangers made in this game weren't lost on coaches and players.

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