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Analysis: Elite talent, skill keep Blackhawks rolling

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 4:44 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Someday the top players on the Chicago Blackhawks will reach an inevitable point on the aging curve.

They will slow down and not be as productive. Time will win, even if Marian Hossa is trying to refute that suggestion. It is also possible the core of the Blackhawks will be broken up, or at least altered, because of the salary cap.

For now, the Blackhawks remain the most talented team in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild played pretty well in Game 1 of this Western Conference Second Round series and less so in Game 2, but the talent and skill of the Blackhawks was obvious.

"They have that killer instinct," Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said. "Their top players know how to score. I made a mistake on that first [goal Sunday] and it's in the back of the net."

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Invigorated Jagr powering Czech Republic at Worlds

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 4:40 PM / 2015 IIHF World Championship

Michael Langr - NHL.com Correspondent

PRAGUE -- Nine weeks ago, Jaromir Jagr looked like a second-rate forward of an average NHL team. He played on the third line of the New Jersey Devils, went scoreless for eight games in a row and seemed to lose his motivation on the ice.

Nowadays, the Florida Panthers veteran is proving he's still one of the biggest stars on the world stage. The star wing scored a goal in each of his first two appearances for the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, looking in top form.

In the first two games against Sweden and Latvia, Jagr was one of the best players on the ice. There were moments when he skated past defensemen who were 20 years younger. He created a lot of chances for himself and his teammates, including a highlight-reel run where he split three Swedish players only to be stopped by goaltender Jhonas Enroth.

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Shero named GM of Devils; Lamoriello still president

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 4:37 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ray Shero was named the fourth general manager in the history of the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

Lou Lamoriello, who had served as Devils GM since April 1987, made the announcement. Lamoriello will remain New Jersey's president of hockey operations.

"I think we have to be realistic in life in different areas and be honest, and right now this is the perfect time and the perfect person with great experience [in Shero]," Lamoriello said on a conference call. "Ray has been in a couple of different organizations and had a year off, had a chance to step back and figure what went wrong and what went right and how things could be different."

Shero was GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-14. The Penguins went to the Stanley Cup Final in consecutive seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09, winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

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Perry enjoying playoff success for Ducks

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 4:33 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The memories of past Stanley Cup Playoffs disappointments are still fresh in Corey Perry's head.

The Anaheim Ducks forward took a lot of criticism for his scoreless Western Conference Quarterfinals series against the Detroit Red Wings in 2013, and again when he had two goals in a second round loss to the Los Angeles Kings last season.

But Perry's start to this postseason is 180 degrees from those seven-game nightmares.

"Confidence wise, you don't hear the other side of it," Perry said after practice Monday. "It doesn't weigh on you, as much as you know you say it doesn't, but it definitely does. You start to feel that pressure. That's why I'm here. I have to produce. I have to do the right things."

Perry leads the playoffs with 13 points in six games heading into Game 3 of the best-of-7 second round series at the Calgary Flames on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports). Anaheim leads the series, 2-0.

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Jets name Manitoba Moose as new AHL affiliate

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 1:31 PM / News

WinnipegJets.com

True North Sports & Entertainment Limited today announced its American Hockey League franchise will be called the Manitoba Moose and unveiled the team's primary, secondary and wordmark logos, as well as the home and away jerseys for the 2015-16 season.

In March, True North had announced its plans to relocate the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club from St. John's, NL to Winnipeg, MB for the beginning of the 2015-16 hockey season. The Moose will play their home games at MTS Centre.

The team's new logos feature some slight improvements and modifications, but are based on those used by the Manitoba Moose franchise that previously played in Winnipeg for 15 years between 1996 and 2011 in both the IHL and AHL. As the official affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, the Moose have adopted the colours of the Winnipeg Jets and will wear the Winnipeg Jets home and away jersey templates. Per AHL rules, the Moose will wear their white jerseys at home and dark (navy) jerseys on the road.

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Lightning power play scores four goals in Game 2 win

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 12:02 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

NHL.com

To Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, seeing his power play explode for four goals on four shots Sunday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens was a cure for indigestion.

Tampa Bay entered the game 2-for-34 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the man-advantage and 0-for-16 on the road before going 4-for-8 in their 6-2 win against the Canadiens at Bell Centre. Captain Steven Stamkos also scored his first goal of the playoffs to power the Lightning, who head home for Game 3 (7 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVA Sports) on Wednesday leading the best-of-7 series 2-0.

"I don't know if it was more relief for me that [Stamkos] scored or the power play scored," Cooper said. "It was a whole compilation of Alka Seltzer."

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Noel: Wild must neutralize Blackhawks star players

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 10:22 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Claude Noel to break down the action. Noel will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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 star players for the Chicago Blackhawks certainly rose to the occasion in the clutch during Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at United Center in Chicago.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, May 3

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 2:08 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

SPECIAL TEAMS POWER TAMPA BAY TO 2-0 SERIES LEAD

The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four power-play goals, two by Nikita Kucherov, to take a 2-0 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens.

* The Lightning took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the third time in franchise history; they got both wins on the road for the second time in franchise history. The other instance was April 29 and May 1, 2011 at the Washington Capitals (4-2 W and 3-2 OT W) en route to a four-game sweep in the ESF.

* The Lightning, who were swept by the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round of the 2014 playoffs, improved to 7-0-0 this season vs. Montreal (regular season and playoffs). During the regular season, they became the first team to sweep a season series of at least five games against the Canadiens since 1983-84, when the Buffalo Sabres went 8-0-0.

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Wild pay big price for key mistakes in Game 2

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 1:28 AM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO – Everything was stacking up for the Minnesota Wild at United Center on Sunday until just past the midway point of the Chicago Blackhawks’s 4-1 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round.

Borrowing a page from the Wild’s playbook, the Blackhawks beat them at their own game to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, which shifts to Xcel Energy Center for the next two games. The 2-0 lead Chicago took in the second period was more of a concern after the game.

Instead of the Wild, it was the Blackhawks who played sound defense until capitalizing on a couple of key mistakes. Goals by Chicago captain Jonathan Toews at 12:28 and forward Patrick Kane at 19:40 of the second period put Minnesota in a bad spot heading into the third for the second time in as many games.

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Canadiens must show they can handle adversity

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 12:02 AM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens like to say they have dealt with adversity all season. Every team likes to say it.

But the truth is the Canadiens have not faced any adversity this season. None at all.

They never lost more than three consecutive games.

They were the healthiest team in the NHL.

They were at or near the top of the League standings all season.

The Canadiens shouldn’t have to apologize for any of those things, but the circumstances of their season have not prepared them for what they face now.
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It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday