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Addition of Coburn paying off for Lightning in playoffs

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 6:07 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TAMPA -- When Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers in the early morning hours of the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2, he wasn’t just adding a solid veteran.

He was giving Lightning coach Jon Cooper a prime top pairing on defense.

The addition of Coburn allowed Cooper to play Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman together on his top pair, but the combination lasted four games together before Coburn broke his foot, costing him six weeks of action.

Without Coburn to play with Jason Garrison on the second pair, Cooper preferred to split Hedman from Stralman. But Cooper said he knew what the Lightning had in Coburn right away.

"He did impress in those first four games, and for me he’s done nothing but make our general manager look good in that trade," Cooper said. "He’s kind of rounded out our top four, he’s given us another big-body defender, somebody that sticks up for his teammates."

Islanders remove Nassau Coliseum ice for last time

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 5:44 PM / News

The New York Islanders removed the ice from the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday for the final time.

Eight days after the Islanders' season ended with a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series, Coliseum workers melted the ice and dismantled the boards and glass from the only home the team has known.

The Islanders, who have played at the Coliseum since entering the NHL in 1972, are moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season.

Rangers' inability to score has them chasing Capitals

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 4:10 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The New York Rangers know they played a great road game in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

They also know they lost the game, and control of the best-of-7 series, at least temporarily.

The Rangers have left themselves with little margin for error because of an inability to score goals. They were shut out in Game 3, losing 1-0 on a fluky goal from depth forward Jay Beagle.

It was the only time the Rangers have been shut out this postseason, but they hadn't scored many goals in the previous seven games. In fact, they've managed to score more than two goals on two occasions. Not surprisingly, as a result, all eight games they have played have been decided by one goal.

"I like a lot of parts of our game, but obviously we haven't been able to put the puck in the net, and that is something we have to improve on," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday after a crisp afternoon practice at Verizon Center.

Lightning feel need to remain more desperate team

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 3:32 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Corey Long - Correspondent

TAMPA -- If the Tampa Bay Lightning want to end their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens without a return to Bell Centre in Montreal, they will have to continue to play desperate hockey.

Lightning forward Tyler Johnson said the up-and-down emotional ride that was their first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings has them better prepared for what to expect from the Canadiens in Game 3 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, USA).

"There were a couple of times in that Detroit series that we had an emotional win and the next game we didn't play as well," Johnson said. "So we want to take things one game at a time and keep an even keel. It doesn't matter what you did in the last game; it only matters what you do in the next game."

Farrish: Rangers must win battle of wills with Capitals

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 2:00 PM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

or additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, 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.

After finishing third in the NHL with 3.02 goals per game, the New York Rangers are averaging 1.88 goals in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games, one reason why they trail the Washington Capitals 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Second Round, and the League's best road team was shut out away from Madison Square Garden for the second time all season in a 1-0 loss in Game 3.

The theme of each game in the series has been the Capitals weathering the Rangers' aggressive start before pushing back behind Braden Holtby's superlative goaltending. At this time of year it's a matter of will, and for the Rangers to win Game 4 of the best-of-7 series Wednesday at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2), they will have to be the ones creating screens in front of the Capitals' net and getting secondary scoring chances.

Beagle finally rewarded in Capitals' Game 3 win

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 12:50 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle prides himself on more than scoring goals, but hitting the post was getting old.

Until he finally scored.

"I've always said, when you're getting chances you're doing the right things," Beagle said. "When you're not getting the chances, you have to tweak something, and finally I got a nice bounce to go in. It obviously felt nice."

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, May 4

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 12:34 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

WASHINGTON 1, NY Rangers 0 – WSH leads series 2-1


Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced and Jay Beagle scored the only goal of the game at 7:31 of the second period to lift the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 series lead against the New York Rangers.

Canadiens aim to avoid 'stupid' penalties in Game 3

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 9:35 PM / Canadiens vs Lightning - 2015 SCP Second Round

Sean Farrell - Correspondent

The Montreal Canadiens have some extra time to come up with a winning game plan against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Coach Michel Therrien has until Wednesday to figure out how to end the Canadiens' seven-game losing streak against the Lightning. Montreal hasn't defeated Tampa Bay since it completed a four-game sweep in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs; the Lightning won all five games in the regular season and the first two of this series.

"We understand we're in a tough position right now," Therrien said on a conference call from Tampa on Monday. "This is not the perfect scenario and this is certainly not something that we anticipate, but we showed a lot of character through the course of the season. We've got a lot of adversity, and the one thing that I respect about my team is that they always respond the right way, and we've got to take one game at a time and our main focus is going to be on Wednesday night."

Chabot: Flames' goalie change forced teams to adjust

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 8:36 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.

With the Calgary Flames looking to swing momentum in their favor, coach Bob Hartley elected to start goalie Karri Ramo in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

With Ramo, who plays a much more aggressive style than Game 1 starter Jonas Hiller, the Ducks had to make an adjustment. But so did the Flames, according to Frederic Chabot.

"It's not really easy to do, when you have two goalies of very different styles it's tougher to make an adjustment and it showed early in the game" Chabot said. "With Ramo Calgary has to protect his back side. He's pretty good on the shooter, but he will challenge open chances more than the average guy, so they have to make sure they try to eliminate weak-side chances."

New GM Shero recognizes Devils need more offense

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 7:30 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

New general manager Ray Shero has every intention of making the New Jersey Devils the perennial Stanley Cup contenders they were for so long under Lou Lamoriello.

He plans to get there by adding more firepower.

"[Creating more offense] is going to be a goal," Shero said Monday after he was named to his position. "We would like to augment our defense with a little more offense."

Shero, who was GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins for eight seasons before he was fired last May, realizes there's work to be done in New Jersey. The Devils have failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three seasons.

One of Shero's top priorities will be to hire a coach.

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