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No suspension for Vancouver's Burrows

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 3:15 PM / Department of Player Safety News

Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows will not be suspended for Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced. In Game 3 on Sunday, Burrows received an instigator penalty at 18:35 of the third period in an incident with defenseman Kris Russell.

Any instigator penalty in the last five minutes of a game carries an automatic suspension, subject to review by the Department of Player Safety, as outlined by Rule 46.22. The suspension can be lifted if the incident is deemed not related to the score, previous incidents in the game or prior games, retaliatory in nature, or "message sending."

Playoff game starting times set for Thursday

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 2:07 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and national television information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round games scheduled for Thursday, April 23.

· The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Washington, DC. In the U.S., the game will be televised on CNBC. In Canada, the game will be televised on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

· The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT in Nashville. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on SN 360 and TVA Sports.

Weise's heroics spark Canadiens to Game 3 victory

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 2:07 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise is developing a reputation for delivering in the big moments of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Weise added two more postseason goals to his resume Sunday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Weise's second goal at 8:47 of overtime gave Montreal a 2-1 win and a 3-0 lead against Ottawa in the best-of-7 series but it was his first goal with 5:47 left in regulation that proved to be the game's turning point.

Canadiens forward Brandon Prust gathered the puck to Craig Anderson's right. Looking for Weise in front of the net, Prust's pass attempt deflected off Anderson's pad and into Weise's waiting glove. Weise dropped the puck in front of his stick and fired a shot into the open net.

Top four a consensus in mock drafts

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

With the balls bouncing in favor of the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Draft Lottery, one of the bigger pieces of the puzzle for the 2015 NHL Draft has been set into place.

The draft lottery set the order for the first 14 selections for the 2015 draft, to be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. It also allowed for draft experts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale to make their predictions for how those teams could select.

Both writers agreed that the Oilers would select center Connor McDavid from the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League with the No. 1 pick.

Adam Kimelman's 2015 mock draft part III

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Kimelman's Draft

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

The unquestioned top talent available in the draft; could he do for the Oilers what Sidney Crosby did for the Pittsburgh Penguins? McDavid’s 120 points were nine less than the Ontario Hockey League leader despite playing 21 fewer games. He also excelled against older top competition playing for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, tying for the tournament scoring lead.

Mike G. Morreale's 2015 mock draft part III

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Morreale's Draft

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

McDavid, regarded as the top draft prospect since Sidney Crosby, has game-changing potential. He was third in the Ontario Hockey League in the regular season with 120 points despite playing 47 games. He’s been even better in the OHL playoffs; he had 11 points in a four-game sweep of London and leads all players in goals and points.

Winnipeg fans ready to bring back the whiteout

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

WINNIPEG – There's snow in the forecast here Monday.

How appropriate.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are returning to Winnipeg for the first time in 19 years, and there's a whiteout in the air.

When the Winnipeg Jets host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series at MTS Centre on Monday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, PRIME), nearly two decades of pent-up playoff fanaticism will be unleashed

Anticipation here is high. And just like his fellow residents, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman can't wait.

"We've waited about two decades for this, 19 years to be exact, to celebrate our Jets in the playoffs," Bowman told last week. "The excitement's pretty thick in the air. You can really feel it across the city."

Bowman, 43, said he was in the crowd at the old Winnipeg Arena in 1996, the last time the Jets were in the playoffs, attending one of the home games of their first-round series loss to the Detroit Red Wings. He cut up some white garbage bags back then to make homemade pompoms as part of the whiteout, a playoff tradition that began in Winnipeg and has since been adopted in other NHL cities.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, April 19

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 2:30 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

Sam Bennett scored the eventual game-winning goal at 2:14 of the third stanza – the first goal of his NHL career – to propel the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 18 years, 303 days old, Bennett became the second-youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal. Jarome Iginla holds the franchise record when he scored on April 23, 1996 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (2-1 3OT L) at 18 years, 297 days old.

Senators, down 3-0 to Canadiens, staying optimistic

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:33 AM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Sean Farrell - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators dug themselves out of a big hole with a spectacular stretch run to make the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Three games into their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Senators are down in another hole and need to win four straight games to keep their season going.

Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson put as positive a spin as he could on what he and his teammates need to accomplish to overcome Montreal's 3-0 series lead in the wake of the Canadiens' second straight overtime win, 2-1 in Game 3 at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.

Weber's absence hurts Predators in Game 3 loss

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 8:24 PM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Nashville Predators struggled to slow down the Chicago Blackhawks without defenseman Shea Weber in a 4-2 loss in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series.

Weber left Game 2 with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not make the trip to Chicago for Games 3 and 4.

Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series and was able to capitalize against Nashville's top defense pairing of Roman Josi and Seth Jones, who was promoted in Weber's absence.

The Blackhawks scored three times in the second period to grab a 4-2 lead, and Jones and Josi were on the ice for the first two, as well as Andrew Desjardins' first-period goal.

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I'm a hockey player and that's what I love to do. That is what I am here for. Everything else is just a side note.

— Oilers forward Connor McDavid on moving beyond the anticipation of his long-awaited arrival in the NHL