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Canadiens agree to terms with defenseman Beaulieu

Saturday, 06.13.2015 / 8:45 PM / News

MONTREALNathan Beaulieu will be looking to earn a little more action when training camp kicks off in September.

Four years after being nabbed in the first round at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Nathan Beaulieu has earned a permanent spot in the Canadiens dressing room. Having spent parts of the last three seasons trekking back and forth between Montreal and Hamilton, the 22-year-old blue-liner has finally left the AHL in the rearview mirror and is now focused on making his mark with the big club.

“It took a lot of patience. It was a journey. I had to play a little time in the American League and I had to grow aspects of my game. It was a process and I feel like now I’ve grown into an NHL player,” shared Beaulieu via conference call from his home in London, ON, after inking a two-year deal with the Canadiens. “The biggest thing I learned is the focus you have to have, shift in and shift out. Every time you step on the ice, you have to be prepared and you have to be on your game. You can’t get away with having a lackadaisical shift.

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Lightning goalie Bishop starts Game 5; Drouin in

Saturday, 06.13.2015 / 8:25 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop started Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena.

Bishop took part in warmups, and after the morning skate said he was progressing from an undisclosed injury that prevented him from playing in Game 4. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy, 20, made his first Stanley Cup Playoff start and made 17 saves in a 2-1 loss that tied the best-of-7 series 2-2.

Ducks get permission to speak with MacLean: report

Saturday, 06.13.2015 / 7:37 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks have been granted permission by the Ottawa Senators to speak with Paul MacLean about their vacant assistant coaching job, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported Saturday.

MacLean was fired as Senators coach on Dec. 8 after an 11-11-5 start. He was 114-90-35 from 2011-14 with Ottawa before being replaced by Dave Cameron.

Anaheim, which lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final in seven games, fired assistant coach Brad Lauer last Tuesday.

Ducks' Thompson to miss 5-6 months after surgery

Saturday, 06.13.2015 / 9:34 AM / News

Anaheim Ducks forward Nate Thompson had successful surgery to repair two labral tears in his shoulder and will miss the next 5-6 months, the Ducks announced Friday.

Thompson, 30, had five goals and 18 points in 80 regular-season games in his first season with the Ducks. He had two goals and six points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Manchester tops Utica in Game 4 of Calder Cup Finals

Friday, 06.12.2015 / 10:01 PM / News

Nic Dowd scored two goals to help the Manchester Monarchs to a 6-3 victory against the Utica Comets in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals in Utica, N.Y., on Friday.

Manchester, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can win the first Calder Cup in franchise history with a victory in Game 5 at Utica on Saturday (7 p.m. ET).

Blackhawks not concerned with Kane's scoring slump

Friday, 06.12.2015 / 8:16 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

TAMPA -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane has the most points on his team in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and is tied for the team goal-scoring lead.

Yet, his "struggles" were a primary topic of conversation when the Blackhawks arrived here for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning (8 p.m.ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) at Amalie Arena. The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.

Kane had an assist in Game 4, a 2-1 win by the Blackhawks at United Center, which was his first point of the series. He has not scored a goal since Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

Jackman moves on after Blues opt not to re-sign him

Friday, 06.12.2015 / 5:15 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- For the first time since being selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 1999 NHL Draft, defenseman Barret Jackman faces the prospect of playing for someone else in 2015-16.

Jackman, 34, will become an unrestricted free agent after being informed by the Blues that they will not re-sign him before free agency begins on July 1.

Jackman was the 17th player drafted in 1999. He spent his entire NHL career with St. Louis and is the city's longest-tenured professional athlete. But with the Blues having failed to advance past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third year in a row, changes were expected; with the emergence of younger defensemen, Jackman will have to explore other options after completing a three-year, $9.5 million contract.

"I think I saw it coming," Jackman said Friday. "They really like the way [Petteri] Lindbohm has played, and [Robert] Bortuzzo has earned a spot too. So I knew I'd be on the outside looking in."

Garrison: Off days provide chance to relax with family

Jason Garrison - Special to

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging for periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final. In this edition, he explains the importance of having days off throughout the Final.

BRANDON, Fla. -- Two days off between games in this Stanley Cup Final gives us a lot of time to unwind and just get away from everything for a bit. We all need it. It helps.

We flew home on Thursday, and I probably walked in my door around 1:30 or 2 p.m. I had family that was in Chicago flying back here a little later in the day, so I got home and just cleaned up a little bit, unpacked and relaxed before everybody got in.

I had a massage appointment. Let's call it a sports massage appointment. We have a team masseuse, but at that time of the day they're busy and they've been traveling, so I have somebody I see on a regular basis.

Anyway, that was later in the day, and then my family got in. I had my aunt and uncle in for Game 2, and now they're back along with my cousin and good friend. My dad and sister get in tonight. More family friends are also coming in.

High-scoring Lightning trying to win Cup with defense

Friday, 06.12.2015 / 4:02 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BRANDON, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are two victories from becoming the first team to win the Stanley Cup in the same season in which they led the NHL in scoring since the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins.

The irony is that the high-scoring Lightning are trying to win the Cup with defense.

"Obviously scoring goals is a lot more fun than keeping them out of the net," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "But keeping them out of the net is what is going to get you the big shiny trophy at the end. They're realizing that.

"If each team is going to get limited chances, I like our odds with anybody we play."

Coyotes issue statement regarding legal actions taken against City of Glendale

Friday, 06.12.2015 / 4:00 PM / News

The Arizona Coyotes issued the following statement today:

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