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Hurricanes' Semin to have wrist surgery

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 9:56 AM / News


Alexander Semin soon will have surgery on his wrist, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News and Observer on Monday.

Semin played three of the Hurricanes' seven games in April and sat out the final two.


Penguins recall Vokoun from AHL conditioning stint

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 9:15 AM / News


Goaltender Tomas Vokoun was recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday following a conditioning assignment with its American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Vokoun played two games over the weekend, going 1-1-0 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.

He sat out the entire season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his pelvis during training camp.


X-Factor: Brassard could hold key for Rangers

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:50 AM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The emergence of Derek Stepan as a top center and Brad Richards' return to form after a difficult 2012-13 season gives the New York Rangers a prominent duo centering their top two lines heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But it has been the play of Derick Brassard which has helped put the Rangers on the fast track.

Acquired in the trade which sent Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, Brassard enjoyed great success last year in his first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, leading New York with 12 points in 12 games.

A repeat performance could help lead the Rangers past the first round of this year's playoffs.


Why the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:48 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

The 2013-14 Boston Bruins are better than the team that lost the 2013 Stanley Cup Final in shocking fashion.

In fact, these Bruins are playing better hockey than the 2011 edition, which defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to claim the organization’s first Stanley Cup since 1972.

Last spring, the Bruins were 76 seconds away from forcing a Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final only to see a comeback of epic proportions by the visitors turn a one-goal deficit into a 3-2 victory in a stunning 17-second span.

This spring, the Bruins are better than the team that trudged silently off the ice, casting furtive glances back at the improbable pig pile of Hawks at the other end of the TD Garden, cursing what could have been.


Krejci becomes focal point of Bruins' playoff attack

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:46 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci has a simple answer for the origins of his pass-first mentality.

"You know when you pass the puck as a kid, you have friends. When you don't pass the puck, then you don't have friends," said Krejci, who played youth hockey in his native Czech Republic before he joined the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

For the past several seasons, Krejci's desires have extended well beyond expanding his circle of friends. He's been driven to become one of the best two-way centers in the NHL, playing for a championship-caliber team. Nowhere has his desire manifested itself more than in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Why the Ducks will win the Stanley Cup

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:45 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Anaheim Ducks have spent their 20th season in the NHL celebrating an anniversary in style, and they will finish the campaign with a Stanley Cup parade to cap the festivities.

This is the best team in franchise history. The Ducks are deep and talented at every position. They do not have two all-time great defensemen like the 2006-07 team which won the Cup, but the Ducks are much deeper up front and boast plenty of potential Hall of Fame talent to claim a second championship in franchise history.

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were a key part of the title run seven years ago, and they are among the top duos in the NHL. Perry has won the Hart Trophy and Getzlaf is a likely finalist this season. They've each won two Olympic gold medals and winning the Cup for a second time would help make them both likely candidates for eventual Hall of Fame enshrinement.


Ducks' Selanne embraces playoffs curtain call

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:42 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM – For a few lucky Anaheim Ducks fans, patience paid off after a recent game.

More than an hour after Anaheim lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Honda Center on March 10, loyal Ducks fans milled about the north side of the building, hoping to get autographs from departing players.

Teemu Selanne, the popular veteran forward, stopped and signed, parking close to the loading dock.

There was just one slight problem.

"I blocked the intersection," Selanne said with a laugh. "The one bus came there and the driver was yelling, 'What are you doing?' [I said], 'Don't worry about it.' "

After 21 years, more than 1,400 games played and thousands of autographs signed, Selanne can block an intersection here or there, especially when he is once again giving back to the fans.


Why the Avalanche will win the Stanley Cup

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:41 AM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Patrick Roy’s incredible resume as a Hall of Fame hockey player includes twice leading an NHL team on an unexpected run to capture the Stanley Cup and twice helping the Colorado Avalanche to win the NHL's coveted championship trophy.

Roy is in his first season as a coach at the NHL level, but he's accumulated lots of playoff experience in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With the help of a talented collection of forwards and one of the best young goaltenders in the League, Roy is in position to lead the Avalanche to a third Cup victory in franchise history.

Like the Montreal Canadiens teams in 1986 and 1993, which featured Roy in net, the Avalanche will need their goaltender to lead the way. Semyon Varlamov was a potential star while playing for the Washington Capitals, but he had a breakout season in 2013-14 under the tutelage of Roy and goaltending coach Francois Allaire.


Foundation pays dividends for Avalanche's Varlamov

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:39 AM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Even new Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy wasn't certain what to expect from goalie Semyon Varlamov this season.

"There were a lot of question marks, and I think he responded to all the question marks," Roy said. "He worked so hard. He was really determined to turn things around and play with consistency, and that's what he's been doing. He was very determined to make a turn here, and he did. I appreciate what he’s been doing since the start of the year. He’s been a difference maker."

Crediting Roy and veteran goalie coach Francois Allaire for tweaking his style and raising his confidence level, Varlamov has put together the best season of his six-year NHL career. He established a career high for wins (41), eclipsing by one the single-season franchise record Roy set in 2000-01 when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup for the second time, and he held opponents to two goals or fewer 30 times.


X-Factor: Wild's Haula needs to provide depth up front

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:32 AM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Erik Haula's rookie season didn't get off to the best of starts.

The 23-year-old spent much of the first half of this season in the American Hockey League and struggled through a 12-game scoring drought in December and January shortly after being called up by the Minnesota Wild.

He was a healthy scratch in consecutive games in mid-March, but since being reinserted into the lineup on March 22, Haula has slowly started finding his stride. Lately, he has been deployed in the middle and if he can provide some much-needed depth at center, the Wild might find enough chemistry up front to get past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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