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Mike Babcock career timeline

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 2:36 PM / News

A look at the career of Mike Babcock, who was named coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday:

1986 -- Graduated with a degree in physical education from McGill University, where he played defense and served as captain of the hockey team. He also did some post-graduate work in sports psychology at McGill.

1987-88 -- Served as player-coach of the Whitley Warriors of the British Premier League. He had 34 goals and 132 points in 36 games; the Warriors finished two points out of first place.

1988-91 -- Coached at Red Deer College. His team won the Alberta College championship in 1989, and he was named coach of the year.

Foligno named sixth captain in Blue Jackets history

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 2:36 PM / News

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Nick Foligno was named the sixth captain in the history of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

The Blue Jackets had five captains since joining the NHL as an expansion franchise for the 2000-01 season but were without one the past three seasons. That was in part because leaders were still emerging from a crop of young players but also there was the lingering distaste after the past two captains, Adam Foote and Rick Nash, orchestrated trades to get out of Columbus and relinquished their captaincies.

Blue Jackets management took its time in selecting a sixth and Foligno was introduced Wednesday.

Three keys for Lightning, Rangers to winning Game 3

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 1:24 PM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are confident they can skate with and beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. They proved it in a 6-2 win in Game 2 on Monday.

It was the third straight Game 2 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs that the Lightning have won by a four-goal margin.

The Rangers are confident they can rebound from what captain Ryan McDonagh referred to as a selfish, embarrassing and uncharacteristic effort in Game 2 with a strong performance in Game 3 on Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

It was the Rangers worst loss since a 5-1 loss to the Lightning on Nov. 17.

"We got beat 6-2, and that's something that doesn't happen to us very regularly," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, "so I think our guys are going to respond well tonight."

Noel: Blackhawks special teams critical in Game 2

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 12:41 PM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

For additional insight on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final, has enlisted the help of Claude Noel to break down the action. Noel will be checking in throughout the series.

Noel was coach for the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-14 and interim coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He also coached many years in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Noel, a former forward, had 138 points in 353 regular-season games in the AHL and played seven games in the NHL with Washington Capitals in 1979-80.

The Chicago Blackhawks won the special teams battle and received the secondary scoring required for success in the playoffs in a 3-2 triple-overtime victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center on Tuesday.

The victory evened the best-of-7 series 1-1. Game 3 is Thursday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Claude Noel said he felt the Blackhawks were able to immediately dictate play in the early stages after scoring two power-play goals within the first seven minutes of the first period. Chicago finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage while Anaheim went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Flyers sign Russian defenseman Medvedev

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 12:39 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-3, 187 lb free-agent defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Medvedev, 32 (8/27/1982), is a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia. He comes to North America for the first time after a long professional career in his home country. He has played in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) since its inception in 2008 and spent three seasons prior to that playing in the KHL’s predecessor, the Russian Elite League.

For the past eight years, Medvedev has played for Ak Bars Kazan, the last seven of which have come as a member of the KHL. He has appeared in 373 career games for the team, recording 37 goals and 128 assists for 165 points, along with 408 PIM and a +100 rating.

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Crawford comes up big for Blackhawks in Game 2

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 12:00 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

There was a time early in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Corey Crawford lost his job as starting goaltender of the Chicago Blackhawks. After the first two games of the Western Conference First Round, Crawford was replaced by Scott Darling after putting up a 6.75 goals-against average and .809 save percentage.

Crawford took back his job when he won in relief of Darling in Game 6 of the first round. He's been solid ever since, but never better than in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

After Chicago finally finished off Anaheim with Marcus Kruger's goal at 16:12 of the third overtime to win 3-2 and even the best-of-7 series 1-1, Crawford was given a championship belt the Blackhawks use to honor their player of the game. Though Crawford passed it on to Kruger, his 60 saves qualified him as championship material.

"He could have kept it," Kruger told the Chicago Sun Times. "He deserves it. He was great tonight. He gave us a chance. We're happy to have him."

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 8:48 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations


Marcus Kruger scored at 16:12 of triple overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 to even the Western Conference Final at one victory apiece.

* Game 2 required 116:12 of total elapsed time and was the longest game of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chicago also played in the previous longest game of this postseason, April 21 in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round vs. the Nashville Predators (3-2 3OT W). Brent Seabrook scored at 1:00 of the third overtime to end the game (101:00 of total elapsed time).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks won two games in a single postseason that required at least three overtime periods for the first time in franchise history. The last team to do so was the Ducks, who won two such games in 2003.

Blackhawks show character in marathon Game 2 win

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 4:11 AM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ANAHEIM -- Character can't be awarded. It must be earned.

The Chicago Blackhawks have earned their share of character while making five trips to the Western Conference Final and claiming the Stanley Cup twice during the past seven seasons. They put every ounce of that hard-earned character on display Tuesday, outlasting the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in triple overtime in an instant classic of a Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center.

Shaw's head-butt goal remarkable, but disallowed

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 3:17 AM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- It might be one of the most remarkable disallowed goals in NHL history.

Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks looked more like a soccer player than a hockey forward early in the second overtime Tuesday when he headed the puck into the net against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the 2015 Western Conference Final at Honda Center.

The puck popped up in the air during a goalmouth scramble, and Shaw purposely used the crown of his helmet to propel the puck past Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen for what he momentarily thought was the game-winning goal.

The play initially was ruled a goal on the ice and several Blackhawks players celebrated, but after a review it was disallowed.

Crosby says McLellan 'really good' coach: report

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 11:46 PM / News

Sidney Crosby said he was impressed by coach Todd McLellan, who was hired by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

McLellan was coach and Crosby was captain of Canada, which won the IIHF World Championship gold-medal game in Prague on Sunday.

"He was really good. The whole staff was really organized," Crosby told on Tuesday. "We had to adjust a little bit playing on the big ice, and all the European teams know how to use it to their advantage and how to play on it. But everything was pretty clear-cut as far as exactly what we needed to do. Nothing surprised us."

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