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Ducks' third line plays major role in Game 1

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- It's usually forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry who are surrounded by huge postgame media scrums, but the scene was quite different in the Anaheim Ducks' dressing room after a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center on Sunday.

In one corner, there was forward Kyle Palmieri, who hadn't scored in more than six weeks. Across from him was forward Nate Thompson, who missed the first round because of an injury. In between them was Andrew Cogliano, the iron-man forward with a tenacious forecheck.

They comprise Anaheim's third line, which combined for two goals and two assists Sunday. It was a rare occurrence in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Anaheim won without major contributions from Getzlaf or Perry, who appeared on the score sheet in the form of Getzlaf's empty-net assist at 18:42 of the third period.

Lightning aim to protect puck, play tighter D in Game 2

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Coach Jon Cooper wasn't happy Saturday with how the Tampa Bay Lightning played in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

He felt even worse the next day.

"It's funny watching games," Cooper said Sunday. "You can play the game and you can watch it and say ... you look at the game and not think you played very well, and then you watch the tape and it's actually a little better than you thought. But then there's the times that you think you played OK, and you watch the tape and you want to vomit. And that was a little bit how last night went."

Cooper said Saturday that he thought the Lightning played better in the final two periods of the 2-1 loss. But after a second viewing Sunday, he saw something very different.

"For two periods I thought we were a little bit better than we were until I watched the tape," Cooper said. "I think the Rangers played extremely well. But there are so many things ... we just kept stubbing our toe all night. We were just handing them tickets to the movie and we were a turnstile and watching them go by. We can't do that. We can't be giving pucks away, we can't be turning them over, we can't not make them go the 200 feet."

Rangers D-men look to be involved in offensive end

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- It doesn't typically get easier the deeper a team advances into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but life on the ice might be a little simpler for New York Rangers defensemen against the Tampa Bay Lightning than it was against the Washington Capitals.

It appeared that way in the Rangers' 2-1 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, when New York's defensemen, particularly Ryan McDonagh, Dan Boyle and Keith Yandle, were consistently joining the rush, up in the attack, and interchanging with forwards to go deep into the offensive zone.

If they're able to consistently do that for the rest of the series, the Rangers' chances of moving on to the Stanley Cup Final for a second straight season grow exponentially because defensive depth and a blue-line attack can and should be an advantage for them against the Lightning.

"We'll see," Boyle said. "Ask me in about four or five games."

Farrish: Score didn’t reflect Rangers' domination

Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 11:42 PM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For additional insight into the New York Rangers during the Eastern Conference Final series, has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

Dave Farrish didn't feel the score in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final was indicative of how well the New York Rangers played on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Status of search for live liver donor for Eugene Melnyk

Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 10:44 PM / News

OTTAWA –The Ottawa Senators organization is able to pass along the following information regarding efforts to identify a suitable live liver donor for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

- To date, over 500 donor applications have been received by the University Health Network’s (UHN) Donor Assessment Team.

- The UHN and the Senators organization can confirm that more than 12 candidates have been identified and selected to go through the donor screening process at Toronto General Hospital. These candidates are at various stages of the screening process.

- The UHN Donor Assessment Team led by Dr. Gary Levy is continuing to encourage any interested individuals to complete the donor assessment form and to fax them to 416-340-4317. They are working through the weekend and will continually review and prioritize all completed forms as they are received.

Russia to defend World title against Canada

Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 8:12 PM / 2015 IIHF World Championship Staff

Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were part of one of the most famous international showdowns in hockey history, the championship game between Canada and Russia at the 2005 World Junior Championship.

Crosby and Canada defeated Ovechkin and Russia 6-1 that day. Since then, they've faced each other dozens of times during the NHL regular season, as well as in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the 2010 and '14 Olympics. But they haven't met with a championship on the line. That will change Sunday when Crosby and Canada try to dethrone Ovechkin and defending champion Russia by winning in the gold-medal game at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic (2:45 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN). It follows the bronze-medal game between the United States and the Czech Republic (10:15 a.m. ET).

Each player is in Prague because his team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers. Crosby was named Canada's captain shortly after the Pittsburgh Penguins lost in five games in the first round; Ovechkin flew to Prague in time to score a goal and add an assist in Russia's 4-0 semifinal victory against the United States on Saturday after he and the Washington Capitals lost Game 7 of their second-round series in New York on Wednesday.

Crosby had an assist in undefeated Canada's 2-0 victory against the Czech Republic in the first semifinal. Though Crosby hasn't been among the team’s top scorers, Canada has scored a tournament-high 60 goals in winning each of its nine games.

Well-rested Blackhawks eager for Game 1 vs. Ducks

Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 7:57 PM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ANAHEIM – For the better part of a week, observers have been trying to divine how the Chicago Blackhawks will survive the long layoff before the start of the Western Conference Final.

The speculation continued Saturday as the Blackhawks ran through a brisk practice at Anaheim Ice, making final preparations before Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

As the Blackhawks performed some line rushes and took part in a short scrimmage, the hunt was on for signs of rust or ennui in their game. But Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was not worried, even though his team's last game was on May 7, a 4-3 victory against the Minnesota Wild that finished off a second-round sweep.

“We had two really good practices prior to flying out here [Friday],” Quenneville said. “I liked our practice [Saturday]. But we want to play hockey, play real games. I think our team gets measured way better on how we play than practice.”

Toews-Kesler matchup is key in West Final

Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 7:35 PM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- The 2015 Western Conference Final might be the first playoff matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks, but for a couple of the key combatants it will be just like old times.

Jonathan Toews and Ryan Kesler were a featured matchup when the Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks met for three consecutive years in the Stanley Cup Playoffs from 2009-11, and they’ve seen plenty of each other in Canada-United States games at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

They're sure to see a lot of each other during the next two weeks, beginning with Game 1 at Honda Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"Toews is a good player. We always seem to match up against each other," Kesler said Saturday. "So when you play him in the playoffs and you play against the same guy for six-seven games in a row, obviously there’s going to be rivalry there. If I’m playing against him this series, I’m sure we won’t hug each other after draws, let’s just say that."

Veteran Moore plays hero for Rangers in Game 1

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Dominic Moore wore the Broadway Hat signifying the players' choice for the New York Rangers' player of the game. He was also named the first star of the game Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

These accolades, all well-deserved, only came Moore's way because he scored the winning goal for the Rangers on Saturday in their 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

If somebody else scored, that player would have gotten the accolades, but if it were up to Moore's teammates, every story written about the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs would include at least a passing mention of No. 28 in blue, white and red.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 16

Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 5:29 PM / News

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat tied the game at 6:45 of the third period, but Dominic Moore scored the go-ahead goal with 2:25 remaining in regulation to lift the New York Rangers to a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

* Moore, who played with the Lightning from 2010-12, scored his first goal of the postseason (13 GP). His last goal was also a game-winner, on April 11 at the Washington Capitals in New York’s regular-season finale (4-2 W).

* Moore has four career playoff game-winning goals, three in the past two years, in 82 postseason games. He has 11 in the regular season (685 GP), including the first of his career (regular season and playoffs) at Tampa Bay on Nov. 10, 2005, as a rookie with the Rangers.

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