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Brodeur's son Jeremy signs with Oshawa Generals

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 12:04 PM / News

NHL.com

Goaltender Jeremy Brodeur, another of the sons of New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, has signed with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, the club announced Thursday.

"I am really excited and honored to have signed with an organization like the Oshawa Generals," Brodeur, 17, said. "I want to work really hard this summer on and off the ice to be in top shape come main camp. I am going to do as much as I can to help this team be as successful as possible."

Brodeur, an eighth-round pick of Oshawa in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, followed in the footsteps of brother Anthony by playing at Shattuck St. Mary's, where he went 22-4-0 in 26 appearances with a 2.18 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and four shutouts.

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Canadiens prospect Bozon returns to ice after illness

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 11:52 AM / News

NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon returned to the ice Thursday, two months after being released from the hospital after a long battle with acute bacterial meningitis.

A third-round pick (No. 64) in the 2012 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old forward posted pictures and video on his Twitter and Instagram accounts of him skating in an unnamed arena and doing stickhandling drills.

"Wow great feeling to be back on the ice!!! #firstime #bozysback" was the message that went along with the series of photos and video.

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Fiala showed his best regardless of the opposition

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The meteoric rise of Swiss-born left wing Kevin Fiala with Swedish team HV71 could not be ignored during the second half of the 2013-14 season.

In addition to playing in the Swedish Hockey League, he also represented Switzerland in four major international events: the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August, the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in December and January, the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in April and the IIHF World Championship in May. He had at least one point in each tournament, including four goals, nine points and a plus-4 rating in five games in the Under-18s, when he was named one of the top three players on his team.

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Dorsett: Rangers must put Game 1 in rearview mirror

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 2:00 AM / Player's Blog with the Rangers' Derek Dorsett

Derek Dorsett - Special to NHL.com

New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

LOS ANGELES -- When you a lose a game like we lost tonight, the best thing to do is get back to the hotel and keep things light, hang out with the boys and try not to talk about the game.

We'll have a team dinner like we usually do after every game. We'll have a hospitality room, so some guys will play Xbox. We need to keep it light, but at the same time we will be thinking about what we could have done differently.

We had a good start tonight. We did everything we wanted to do in the first period. Even our second period was pretty good. We knew they were going to make a push, and they pushed us hard in the third. We got caught on our heels.

But we made it through the third, and then anything can happen in overtime, so the guys stayed positive in the locker room. We were ready to hit the ice for overtime.

But obviously when you get off to a 2-0 lead, you think you're going to get a better outcome than we did tonight.

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Rangers rue missed opportunities in Game 1 loss

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:54 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis refused to admit what appeared obvious to others Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"I don't feel we gave it away," St. Louis said.

If that's the case, the narrative should be that the Los Angeles Kings came back and took away what, for a short while anyway, was looking like a sure thing for New York.

The Rangers had built a two-goal lead with 4:57 remaining in the first period, but the Kings rallied to tie it before seven minutes elapsed in the second period. Justin Williams scored the winner 4:35 into overtime to lift Los Angeles to 3-2 victory at Staples Center and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

"I wouldn't say, 'Gave one away,'" said Rangers forward Carl Hagelin, obviously sticking with the narrative. "I think when you're up 2-0 … their first goal gave them momentum. I think it would have been a different game if they didn't get that goal. But again, we can't get too down on ourselves. We showed all year that we're a close-knit group. We always come back strong."

Maybe the Rangers will come back strong, but they'll have two days to digest what could have been, and maybe should have been, Wednesday.

Game 2 isn't until Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

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Lewis: Not an ideal showing, but Kings will take win

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:51 AM / Player's Blog with the Kings' Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

LOS ANGELES -- That definitely was not the way we want to come out and start a game. The New York Rangers came out flying tonight and I think we were sitting back on our heels.

Once we kind of got into it we established our game better. I think we've got a lot of veteran guys who talk on the bench and talk in the dressing room between periods, and they were letting everyone know to calm down and to get back to the way we know how to play.

I think [Kyle Clifford]'s goal was a huge goal for us. It was a real confidence boost after we got down. It was big for him too to come up big for us. We got that first goal, and then we got it going a little bit better.

Drew [Doughty] scored to tie the game with a great goal. He's one-of-a-kind. Not many people can make that kind of play.

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Kings win opener without their 'A' game

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:50 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The New York Rangers did not get schooled in the faceoff circle. They did not get dominated at even strength, at least for the first two periods.

They did not get shackled by the Los Angeles Kings' pressure-packed approach to playing without the puck and they were able to create odd-man rushes and breakaways and great scoring chances.

They also did not win Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings shrugged off a sluggish start before asserting control and winning 3-2 in overtime Wednesday.

"It was not a good hockey game for us," Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell said. "We kind of got away with one. [Goaltender Jonathan Quick] was outstanding to let us find a little bit of legs. We still didn't have great legs out there. I think maybe the trainers put gumboots in our stalls instead of skates [Wednesday]. Sometimes there's no rhyme or reason behind us. We just battled and relied on our goaltender way too much. We need to be better than that next game."

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Emotional Doughty sets tone for Kings in Game 1

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 1:21 AM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Drew Doughty was incensed midway through Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Kings defenseman was butt-ended by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider against the half wall late in the second period and Doughty was outraged that a penalty wasn't called. It didn't help that teammate Mike Richards was penalized for slashing Rangers center Derick Brassard a moment later to give the Rangers a power play.

Doughty was seen on the bench shouting at the referee and pointing to the end of his stick.

"Yeah, I didn't really control my emotions too well at that point," Doughty said. "It's just part of the game. Stuff happens by accident. It was just heat of the moment. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, stuff like that is going to go down."

Doughty was very much like rest of the Kings in what ended as a 3-2 overtime win at Staples Center: He started slow and made a big miscue but got stronger as the game progressed and turned in another stunning goal that shows why many think he is the best defenseman in the NHL.

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Clifford's goal changed momentum in Kings' favor

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 12:39 AM / Winning Ingredients

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Not much was going right for the Los Angeles Kings in the first period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on Wednesday.

The New York Rangers already had scored two goals during a 102-second span in the first period, including a gift of a second goal that came while the Kings were on the power play. On that play Rangers forward Carl Hagelin broke in alone but was stopped by goalie Jonathan Quick. However, the rebound clanked off the skates of backchecking defenseman Slava Voynov and trickled into the net.

It was not the start the Kings envisioned. They were tired, having played overtime in Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks three nights earlier. They were facing an uphill battle, and as defenseman Willie Mitchell so eloquently said, they appeared to be skating in rubber boots, not ice skates.

All of that changed 2:30 later when the Kings got a goal from the most unlikely of sources: Forward Kyle Clifford. It started a three-goal rally that ended with the Kings winning the opener of the best-of-7 series 3-2 on an overtime goal by Justin Williams.

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Bettman: NHL enjoying one of its best seasons

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 8:38 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Noting the NHL's theme that the 2013-14 season is like no other, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday the League is nearing the completion of its best season.

"By almost any measure, this may have been the most successful season on and off the ice in League history," Commissioner Bettman said during his press conference prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

"There has been a lot written, discussed and debated about the road we took to get to this point, where we are today, but I'm always one to look forward. Our objective was, and always is, to make a great game even greater, to give our fans the best sports experience and entertainment possible and the best opportunities to connect with our game. The 2013-14 campaign accomplished that objective."

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