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More defensive miscues cost Kings in Game 5

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 3:05 AM / Ducks vs. Kings - 2014 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- The answer was simple and succinct.

"I made a bad play."

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez didn't shy away from the mistake he made in Game 5 of this Western Conference Second Round series that led to a second goal by Anaheim Ducks forward Devante Smith-Pelly in 83 seconds, and Martinez conveyed his point in a concise manner.

The Ducks had just gone ahead in a game they would win 4-3. Honda Center was buzzing from Smith-Pelly's first goal, which was originally credited to Mathieu Perreault.

Martinez had the puck and was not being pressured. He tried to move it to Marian Gaborik along the left wall, but Ryan Getzlaf intercepted and released Smith-Pelly in alone on net with a perfect saucer pass.

It was a great play by Getzlaf to anticipate Martinez's move; it was a better pass from the Ducks captain. It was also a costly mistake in a game when a few such issues ended up damaging the Kings, who again controlled the puck for long stretches but failed to convert that into a victory. The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2, with Game 6 on Wednesday at Staples Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

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Five Questions: Lundqvist on success under pressure

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 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 New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist:

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Sure, he'd rather be up in a Stanley Cup Playoff series, playing with a lead, with confidence and with the knowledge that win or lose, there will be a tomorrow. But if that were the case, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist wouldn't be referred to as the NHL's best goalie when facing elimination.

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Canadiens' Subban ready for another Game 7

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 1:00 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- P.K. Subban remembers it well.

His 22nd birthday still a few weeks away, Subban's play in the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins was his coming out party in the NHL and capped off a tremendous rookie season and even better playoffs that ended in overtime of Game 7.

It was when the Montreal Canadiens defenseman first established himself as Public Enemy No. 1 in Boston, when he showed the NHL the tremendous skills he had in his wide and varied tool box, and when he first displayed how confident he was to use them.

Now, three years later, a matured and seasoned Subban will go back to Boston for Game 7 of this Eastern Conference Second Round series on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) after Montreal evened this best-of-7 series at three games apiece with a 4-0 victory at Bell Centre on Monday night.

Game 7 will take place a day after Subban's 25th birthday, when he will attempt to finish what he started in 2011.

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Bruins quickly shifting focus to Game 7

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 12:22 AM / Bruins vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP Second Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci and left wing Milan Lucic have converted on dozens of odd-man rushes over the past four seasons.

One minute into Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens, those two forwards had a chance to put the home team back on their heels at Bell Centre on Monday night.

Krejci, the Bruins' leading scorer in the regular season with 69 points, led a 2-on-1 into the Montreal zone and slid the puck over to Lucic, a 24-goal scorer this season, with Canadiens goaltender Carey Price a little slow tracking the pass. Of course, it didn't matter where Price was because Lucic fanned on the shot.

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Rangers' Lundqvist fined for unsportsmanlike conduct

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 8:15 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during Game 6 of the Second Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in New York on Sunday, May 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. No penalty was assessed to Lundqvist.

The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Seven questions for Rangers-Penguins Game 7

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 7:40 PM / Penguins vs Rangers - 2014 SCP Second Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins have played four series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs prior to their 2014 Eastern Conference Second Round matchup.

But when they play Game 7 on Tuesday, it will be the first time the teams will take a series the distance (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

It's the first time since 1939 the Rangers have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 like they have in this series. However, it's the second time since 2011 the Penguins have gone from up 3-1 in a series to facing a seventh game.

In each of those series, the Rangers and Penguins came out on the losing end.

What can they do to change their fates in their head-to-head Game 7 in 2014? Here are seven questions that could provide an answer:


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Ramsay: Wild must stop Blackhawks' stretch passes

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 6:33 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks, 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 was most recently an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

The Minnesota Wild are perfect at Xcel Energy Center in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with five wins in five games.

If they want to stay that way and extend their season by at least one more game, longtime NHL coach and player Craig Ramsay said the Wild need to make two relatively minor adjustments against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of their Western Conference Second Round series Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS2).

"They have to make it difficult on the goalie by getting someone in front of him," Ramsay told NHL.com, "and they have to be aware of those stretch passes."


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Five things Wild must do to force Game 7

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 6:02 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2014 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are not ready to start their summer vacation. Yet, the Wild know if they don't find a way to win their next two games, the ugly specter of almost four months without meaningful hockey will become a reality.

The task starts Tuesday with Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center in this entertaining Western Conference Second Round series (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS2). Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can book passage to a second straight Western Conference Final with a victory Tuesday, or Thursday in Game 7 if it becomes necessary.

It is a tough position to be in, but one which the Wild are intimately familiar. In the first round, against the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota dropped the first two games on the road, won the following two home games and then was relegated to the brink of elimination after losing Game 5 on the road. It has been the same path to a do-or-die Game 6 against the Blackhawks.

Can the Wild fashion a Game 6 victory at Xcel Energy Center against the defending Stanley Cup champions to force a winner-take-all Game 7 like they did against the Avalanche?

That question will be answered Tuesday night, but Minnesota's best chance for a positive outcome -- and another Stanley Cup Playoffs game on Thursday -- will only happen if they accomplish these five things:

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Russia routs U.S., Canada edges Czechs at Worlds

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 5:16 PM / News

NHL.com

Linemates Alex Ovechkin, Viktor Tikhonov and Sergei Plotnikov combined for four goals and eight points when Russia earned some measure of revenge against the United States in a 6-1 victory in preliminary-round action of the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Minsk Arena in Belarus on Monday.

Russia was beaten by the United States, 8-3, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 World Championship. Led by Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals, Russia is unbeaten in three games this year and sits atop the Group B standings. Russia is seeking its first gold medal since the 2012 WC.

"We played very aggressive hockey, and scored another early goal even though we've not had much chance to rest," Russian coach Oleg Znaroks told the IIHF website. "A win's and win and I'm happy for the guys."

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Bernier, Gunnarsson have successful surgeries

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 4:34 PM / News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson each underwent successful surgeries at the end of the season, the team announced Monday.

Bernier had surgery to repair a sports hernia, while Gunnarsson had hip surgery. They are progressing well and along with forward Joffrey Lupul (knee meniscus surgery) are expected to be fully recovered for the start of training camp in September.

Bernier was eighth in the NHL with a .923 save percentage despite facing the seventh-most shots in the League. He was 26-19-7 with a 2.68 goals-against average in his first season with Toronto.

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