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Capitals confident with Trotz behind bench for playoffs

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 5:42 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season and failing to advance past the Eastern Conference Second Round in six previous appearances, the Washington Capitals believe they have what it takes to go all the way.

"I think we're optimistic that the style we play is more suited to the playoffs than we've ever had in the past," Washington general manager Brian MacLellan said.

When the Capitals host the New York Islanders in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series on Wednesday, they'll be looking to start writing a new page to their history.

Once regarded as a one-dimensional offensive powerhouse, Washington has earned a reputation across the NHL as a tough, hard-hitting team that's still a scoring threat.

"In the past we were maybe sort of a rush team," forward Brooks Laich said. "I don't think we're as high flying, high octane [an] offense as we once were, but I think we're a lot more difficult to play against this way. It should bode well for a sustained playoff run."


Shanahan says no shortcuts for Maple Leafs rebuild

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 4:22 PM / News

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- When Brendan Shanahan interviewed a year ago for the position of Toronto Maple Leafs president, the reason he wanted the job was to build a team capable of winning the Stanley Cup.

That remains Shanahan's primary goal, and he hopes the organization's restructuring that began Sunday is a major step in that direction.

Shanahan fired general manager Dave Nonis, his coaching staff including interim coach Peter Horachek and assistants Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix, chief pro scout Steve Kasper and director of player development Jim Hughes. Some members of the scouting staff were also let go.

Shanahan said he has no interest in being Maple Leafs GM, and added his plan is not something unique from what the other 29 teams in the NHL are trying to accomplish. It is about drafting, developing and showing patience with players.

"The challenge in Toronto is not coming up with the plan but sticking to the plan," Shanahan said. "That is the hard part. Our vision is to draft and develop our own players. I think every decision we make has to be about building a winning organization that can sustain itself year after year after year through the draft."

Bruins humbled as postseason streak comes to end

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 4:20 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was blunt when asked to assess the season that concluded Saturday because the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins each won their games and eliminated the Bruins from contention for a place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Well, what's failed, F? Because you know, if you don't make the playoffs, you've failed," Rask said at TD Garden on Monday. "You know, it doesn't matter what happened, if you don't make the playoffs you've failed. I mean, if we were to make the playoffs, who knows what could have happened. So the line there is very thin, and we really felt like we had a group of guys to make a good run in the playoffs. But we failed because we didn't make the playoffs and we'll never find out."

The Bruins, who held their breakup day Monday, had good reason to believe they might've had a run in them. Most of the core of the team was part of a Stanley Cup championship in 2011, an Eastern Conference title in 2013 and a Presidents' Trophy win 12 months ago. Boston reached the playoffs seven straight seasons before this one.

Hitchcock not revealing Game 1 goaltender for Blues

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 3:07 PM / Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has kept everyone guessing regarding his starting goalie for Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA, SN360, FS-N, FW-MW, FS-WI).

The veteran coach continued the guessing game Monday, but judging by Hitchcock's comments after practice, veteran Brian Elliott may have the slight edge over Jake Allen as to who starts Game 1 at Scottrade Center.

Elliott, who made 23 saves to defeat the Wild 4-2 in the regular-season finale on Saturday, is 7-2-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .895 save percentage with two shutouts against Minnesota. He was 6-0-0 against the Wild before back-to-back losses against them, 3-1 on March 14 and 6-3 on March 21.

Allen, who is 4-1-1 overall in his past six starts, is 1-0-0 with a 2.38 GAA and .920 save percentage in two appearances (one start) against the Wild.

Kessel, Phaneuf want to return to Maple Leafs

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 2:32 PM / News

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs' two most central figures insist they want to return to the team for the 2015-16 season.

Captain Dion Phaneuf and right wing Phil Kessel made that very clear when Maple Leafs players met with the media for the final time this season at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

"I signed an eight-year contract last year and I love Toronto," Kessel said. "The fans have been great to me and I love the guys and love playing here. I want to be here. Like I said, I love Toronto and I don't want to leave."

"I expect to be back," Phaneuf said. "I signed here for seven years and I want to remain a Toronto Maple Leaf. It is an honor to play in this city for this organization."

Crosby confident in Penguins' chances vs. Rangers

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 2:21 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby is aware of what happened a year ago. He doesn't think it matters.

The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs after trailing the series, 3-1. The series loss led to sweeping change throughout the Penguins organization, from a new general manager and coach to a retooled roster.

Crosby has gone back and watched tape from that series. Other Penguins, such as defenseman Ben Lovejoy, have said it hasn't been mentioned in the locker room. Either way, the Penguins hope the outcome can be different when they play the Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round, starting with Game 1 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ROOT, MSG).

Whether the series last year has been widely discussed amongst the Penguins or not, Crosby thinks they can learn a few lessons to avoid an early exit this time.

Todd Richards to coach U.S. at World Championship

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 2:15 PM / News

NHL.com

Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards will coach the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic next month, USA Hockey announced Monday.

Richards will be joined by Dan Bylsma and Greg Carvel, who will serve as assistants.

Richards has coached the Blue Jackets the past four seasons, leading them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

Canadiens' Pacioretty practices, status uncertain

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 2:13 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec – Max Pacioretty might be ready for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Montreal Canadiens left wing and leading scorer took another step towards a return to the lineup Monday when he practiced with his teammates for the first time since he sustained an upper-body injury April 5.

It was Pacioretty’s third straight day on the ice and he said he was able to skate at 100 percent exertion for the second straight day, though he has not yet been cleared to take contact.

Stars captain Benn to have offseason hip surgery

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 1:28 PM / News

NHL.com

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn will have offseason hip surgery followed by 4-5 months of rehabilitation, according to the Stars website.

Benn played through the injury for most of the season but that didn't stop him from becoming the first player in Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars history to win the Art Ross Trophy. His hat trick in the Stars' season-ending win against the Nashville Predators helped him pass New York Islanders center John Tavares by one point for scoring title.

Benn scored 47 of his 87 points following the All-Star break, and 16 points in the final seven games of the season, to finish with career-highs in goals (35), assists (52) and points in 82 games. He was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending April 12 after scoring five goals to lead the Stars to three straight wins.

Benn, Pavelec and Stone named stars of the week

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKDallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 12.

FIRST STAR – JAMIE BENN, LW, DALLAS STARS

Benn led all players with five goals and 10 points to capture his first career Art Ross Trophy and power the Stars (41-31-10, 92 points) to three consecutive victories. He registered at least three points in all three of his appearances, including 2-1-3 in a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks April 6 and 0-3-3 in a 4-0 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks April 8. Benn closed the season by recording 3-1-4 in a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators April 11, including his second career hat trick and an assist with 8.5 seconds remaining in regulation to surpass New York Islanders center John Tavares (38-48-86) by one point for the scoring title. The 25-year-old Victoria, B.C., native established career highs in goals (35), assists (52) and points (87) while skating in all 82 games this season. That included 12-11-23 in the final 12 games of the campaign, highlighted by five three-point performances.

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