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Wild coach Mike Yeo signs contract extension

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 10:05 PM / News

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild and coach Mike Yeo have agreed to a multiyear contract extension, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Saturday. Terms were not disclosed.

"I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey," Yeo said. "Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season. We are all motivated to reward them."


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Kings can't avoid Kane, even on off day

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 9:57 PM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Kings are getting tired of talking about Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and the new line combination that's given them problems in Games 5 and 6 of the Western Conference Final.

In fact, the Kings on Saturday were tired of talking about the Blackhawks in general. They've lost two straight games to the defending Stanley Cup champions to let a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series slip away, forcing Game 7 on Sunday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

It will be the third straight series the Kings have played a Game 7, making them the third team in NHL history to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs that way, the first to do it with every deciding game on the road.


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Seven questions for Blackhawks-Kings Game 7

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 8:36 PM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

Shawn P. Roarke and Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writers

CHICAGO -- Game 7 is the only fitting ending to this unforgettable Western Conference Final between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks.

The best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series is tied 3-3 with the deciding game Sunday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Everything is on the line for these teams, who have been equals of each other in almost every available metric. Like great heavyweight boxers, they have spent the first six rounds probing the opponent's weaknesses and defending their shortcomings as best as possible.

Some knockout punches have been landed, for sure. Los Angeles scored six straight goals in Game 2 to even the series, playing 22 minutes of superior hockey out of 60 that night. The Kings followed with two wins to take a stranglehold on the series, but the Blackhawks have found ways to get up and inflict damage of their own.

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Canadiens face contract decisions on Subban, others

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 7:30 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens' leadership group could have an entirely different look next season.

Captain Brian Gionta and alternate captain Andrei Markov are eligible to become unrestricted free agents July 1, and the possibility exists neither will be back with the Canadiens.

Gionta, 35, and Markov, 36, are nearing the ends of their respective careers, and their next contract would remain on a team's salary cap even if they retire because they are 35 or older.

Gionta recognized he probably will need to take a pay cut from his salary of $5 million per season, but he expressed a desire to return to Montreal. He said there haven't been any talks with general manager Marc Bergevin but hopes that happens soon.

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Blackhawks, Kings each have good Game 7 history

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 6:37 PM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks each have some history on their side as they prepare for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, to be played Sunday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Not only will the Blackhawks have more than 21,000 fans rooting them on, they'll have the precedent of 91 wins by home teams in 155 Game 7s since the best-of-7 format was adopted in 1939. That includes Chicago's 2-1 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, the Blackhawks' most-recent Game 7.

The Blackhawks are 6-5 in Game 7s, 5-2 at home. They've won their past four Game 7s in their building since losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1971 Stanley Cup Final at Chicago Stadium.

Los Angeles has won two Game 7s in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, each on the road and each in convincing fashion. The Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-1 to complete a comeback from a 3-0 series deficit in the Western Conference First Round, then knocked off the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 in the second round to advance to the conference final.

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Canadiens' Vanek heading for free agency July 1

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 6:12 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The moment Thomas Vanek has been waiting for has almost arrived.

Vanek has made no effort to hide his intention to hit the unrestricted free agent market on July 1. He said so more than a year ago, when he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres. He still feels the same after being traded to the New York Islanders and then to the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL Trade Deadline in March.

Going on an extended run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Eastern Conference Final with the Canadiens has done nothing to change Vanek's mind that he will begin taking offers to sign with the team of his choosing as of July 1.


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Rangers overcame tough start to get to Cup Final

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 3:11 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- This was Alain Vigneault letting his hair down for a few moments.

His tie was still done up and his shirt was still crisp, as if it had been recently pressed, but the New York Rangers coach was very much at ease and even somewhat giddy as he stood at the podium in the press conference room at Madison Square Garden late Thursday.

Vigneault was fielding questions following the Rangers' 1-0 series-clinching win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. He had already answered two questions before hearing the third.

Now Vigneault was laughing.

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Hawks, Kings vie for Western supremacy in Game 7

Winner will face Eastern Champion New York Rangers in 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 2:47 PM / Blackhawks vs Kings - 2014 Western Conference Final

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- A berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final is on the line Sunday night when the Chicago Blackhawks play host to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at United Center (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS). Sunday's showdown will mark the seventh Game 7 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying the single-year playoff record set in 1994 and matched in 2011.

The Blackhawks-Kings winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and hold home-ice advantage against the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers in the best-of-seven series for hockey's ultimate prize that begins Wednesday, June 4.

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Top prospects Bennett, Kapanen survive Combine

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 2:09 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Forwards Samuel Bennett of the Ontario Hockey League's Kingston Frontenacs and Kasperi Kapanen of KalPa in Finland's SM-liiga certainly had their share of good and bad moments during the fitness stage of the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine at Toronto International Centre on Saturday.

The good news is that both blue chip prospects completed all the required tests in the morning. The bad news is they each "lost it" after undergoing the grueling VO2 Max bike test that measures the endurance capability of a player's heart, lungs and muscles.

"The bikes were interesting," Bennett said. "I didn't really hear the people shouting at me too much. I was more focused on my burning legs. I guess they were there to motivate and it helped a little."

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Kane's sublime setup helps Chicago stay alive

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 2:13 AM / Winning Ingredients

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored the game-winner Friday in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final with an unbelievable individual effort. But that goal, which gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings and forced a Game 7, wouldn't have come without an equally sublime play from the superstar forward almost five minutes earlier.

Kane's exquisite assist on defenseman Duncan Keith's goal, which made it 3-3 with 8:26 remaining in regulation, was the turning point of the game -- and perhaps the series.

Game 7 is Sunday in Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).


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