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Svechnikov joined Cape Breton to get closer to NHL

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Evgeny Svechnikov will do whatever it takes to realize his dream of playing in the National Hockey League.

The 6-foot-2, 199-pound left-handed shot is on that path after finishing his first season in North America as the second-highest rookie scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 78 points in 55 regular-season games. He also had 32 goals, a plus-19 rating with 70 penalty minutes.

Svechnikov is regarded as a power forward but has the creativity and hands to skate the puck through defenders and power his way to the net. Many scouts believe he has a pro-caliber shot.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, May 13

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 2:28 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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STEPAN'S OT GOAL LIFTS RANGERS INTO EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Derek Stepan scored at 11:24 of overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to power the New York Rangers past the Washington Capitals and into the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year and third time in the past four seasons.

* The Rangers improved to 9-5 all-time in Game 7s, including a 7-0 record at home (all since 1992). They are the only team in League history to play at least four Game 7s at home and win each of them.

* Kevin Hayes tied the score at 1-1 with his power-play goal at 6:22 of the second period. The Elias Sports Bureau says the Rangers overcame a deficit (of any margin) to win a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history.

* Since losing to the Capitals in seven games in the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Rangers have won six straight Game 7s. That matches the NHL record set by the Detroit Red Wings from 1949-64 and equaled by the Boston Bruins from 1983-94.

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Resilient Rangers adept at overcoming adversity

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:24 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Challenge the New York Rangers with any type of adversity, any type of style of play, physical or otherwise, and really any type of opponent other than the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, and they will not break.

"You can't ever count this group out regardless of what happens," New York captain Ryan McDonagh said.

No one ever should; the Rangers have proven at least that much in two seasons under coach Alain Vigneault.

They are back in the Eastern Conference Final for a second straight season because for a second straight season they found a way to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the second round.

No team in NHL history had ever done that before.

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Rangers see a lot of themselves in speedy Lightning

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Familiarity won't be an issue for the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, even though they haven't played the Tampa Bay Lightning since Dec. 1.

Former Rangers Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman are now the opponent, and New York right wing Martin St. Louis played into his 13th season with the Lightning before getting traded to New York in March 2014.

Beyond the personnel, watching the Lightning play in the second round against the Montreal Canadiens was, for the Rangers, like seeing a mirror image.

"Speed versus speed," is how left wing Carl Hagelin described what to expect in the Eastern Conference Final, with Game 1 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). "Two fast teams."

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Ovechkin, Capitals edged by Rangers again

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:10 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Alex Ovechkin said the Washington Capitals would win Game 7 against the New York Rangers.

They would not lose a third straight game and squander what was once a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Second Round series, he said.

Ovechkin scored a goal, but the Capitals lost the decisive game Wednesday at Madison Square Garden when Derek Stepan scored 11:24 into overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory.

"Great battle," Ovechkin said. "One shot, one moment. I think we played great in OT; we had chances. But one moment can end the series and end the game. It's over. I wish them luck."

It was the third straight Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance the Capitals were eliminated with a Game 7 loss to the Rangers.

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Lundqvist comes up big again in Game 7 for Rangers

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:03 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist believes having a strong will to win usually leads to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He proved his point Wednesday in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden. The win was New York's third straight against the Capitals after falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. The Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Lundqvist made 35 saves on the way to winning his sixth straight Game 7, tying Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy for the most career Game 7 victories in Stanley Cup history.


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Rangers to play Lightning in Eastern Conference Final

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 12:19 AM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Last season, forward Brian Boyle and defenseman Anton Stralman helped the New York Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Now with the Tampa Bay Lightning, they will try to stop the Rangers from getting back there.

New York advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with a 2-1 overtime win against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay advanced with a 4-1 victory in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

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Rangers D-man Boyle leaves Game 7 against Capitals

Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 11:55 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle left Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at 9:26 of the third period after getting hit by Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik.

Boyle tried to get up twice as play continued but couldn't. He was tended to on the ice, and after skating off went to the dressing room.

Boyle played 25 shifts totaling 17:14. He had one shot on goal and two hits.

The Rangers won 2-1 on Derek Stepan's goal 11:24 into overtime to advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year.

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Blackhawks back in Western Final, will play Ducks

Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 11:40 PM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Anaheim Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time in eight seasons with a 3-2 overtime win against the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at Honda Center on Sunday.

The Ducks are making their first trip to the conference final since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. They will face the Chicago Blackhawks, who they have never played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1 is Sunday at Honda Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Anaheim was led by forwards Corey Perry, whose 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) are the most in the playoffs, and Ryan Getzlaf (two goals, 10 assists).

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Blackhawks win emphasizing speed, skill over size

Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 5:55 PM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Size is a nice characteristic to have in hockey, but the Chicago Blackhawks have proven it's not everything.

The Blackhawks have emphasized speed and skill over size, and they've been successful, winning two of the past five Stanley Cup championships (2010 and 2013).

Chicago is preparing for its fifth Western Conference Final in the past seven seasons and is considered by some as the favorite to defeat the bigger Anaheim Ducks; Game 1 is Sunday at Honda Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). That probably wouldn't have happened a decade ago, when giant men on skates clogged the ice surface, but the NHL and game have changed.

Being small isn't a detriment anymore for guys with great hands and the ability to skate fast.

"I would say if it was like the early 2000s or late '90s, it seemed like it was a bigger man's game and it would be tough for guys [my] size to end up even making the NHL," said 5-foot-11, 177-pound right wing Patrick Kane, who leads the Blackhawks with 13 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4