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Jets know there's work ahead to get deep in playoffs

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 5:47 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets made significant progress in the 2014-15 regular season, but their quick exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs provided a blunt reminder of how far they still have to go.

The Jets set a franchise record with 99 points, experienced a stretch drive to the playoffs and had several young players blossom, but the Anaheim Ducks swept them in their Western Conference First Round best-of-7 series. It was the first playoff appearance for the franchise since 2007, when it was known as the Atlanta Thrashers.

The most pressing issue for the Jets this offseason will be potential roster turnover. Forwards Michael Frolik, Drew Stafford, Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty each can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"The organization was great for me, and I love it here," Frolik said Friday, when Jets players, coach Paul Maurice and general manager Tim Cheveldayoff met with the media. "We've got a great thing going, and I would like to be back, for sure."

Predators captain Weber to miss rest of first round

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 4:52 PM / News

Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks because of a lower-body injury, the Predators announced Friday.

Weber was injured in Game 2 on a hit by Chicago forward Brandon Saad at 9:20 of the second period. Weber appeared unable to put any weight on his right leg as he left the ice. He did not travel to Chicago for Games 3 and 4, and did not play in Game 5.

The Predators trail the best-of-7 series 3-2 with Game 6 on Saturday at United Center in Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2).

Lightning's Cooper a fan of Red Wings' Abdelkader

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 2:54 PM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper goes way back with Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader.

When Abdelkader was playing high school hockey in his hometown, Muskegon, Mich., with Mona Shores High School, Cooper was the coach at Lansing Catholic Central High School. The schools played each other because both are located in west Michigan.

So it isn't a real surprise to Cooper that Abdelkader, 28, has developed into an impact NHL power forward.

Time set for potential Canadiens-Senators Game 6

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 2:48 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time of the potential Game 6 of the series between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, if necessary, has been set for 6 p.m. ET in Ottawa on Sunday, April 26.

In Canada, the game would be televised on CBC and TVA Sports. In the U.S., the game would be televised on NBCSN.

Johnson goals critical as Lightning pull even in series

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 11:56 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

Trailing the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper knew his team needed a spark of some kind.

Enter center Tyler Johnson.

Johnson set up the tying goal and scored his second of the game in overtime as the Lightning rallied for a 3-2 victory that evened the best-of-7 series 2-2.

Johnson got the Lightning started with a 4-on-4 goal with 5:26 left in regulation that cut the deficit to 2-1. He took a pass from Anton Stralman in the neutral zone and, taking advantage of the open ice, raced past Red Wings forward Darren Helm down the left-wing boards, cut to the net and lifted a quick wrist shot from in close under the crossbar and past Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek.

"As soon as we got that first one we grew a couple inches on the bench," Cooper said. "It was like a weight off our shoulders. And clearly the game changed at that moment when we scored that goal. You could tell our guys had a fire in them that was not going to be put out."

Noel: Lightning capitalized on Glendening injury

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 10:08 AM / Lightning vs Red Wings - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings has enlisted the help of Claude Noël to break down the action. Noel will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Noel was coach for the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-2014 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. Noel, a forward during his playing days, had 138 points in 353 regular-season games in the AHL, and he played seven games in the NHL with Washington Capitals in 1979-80.

The Detroit Red Wings appeared to have the perfect formula in place against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Thursday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Thursday, April 23

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 9:00 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations


Down two goals with less than six minutes left in the third period, Tyler Johnson sparked a Tampa Bay Lightning rally with 2-1—3, including the primary assist on the tying goal with 4:09 remaining and the game-winning goal at 2:25 of overtime, to help them defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 and even their series.

* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the Lightning won a Stanley Cup Playoff game in which they trailed by two or more goals in the final six minutes of regulation for the first time in franchise history.

* It was the first time they won a game, regular season or playoffs, in which they trailed by two or more goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation since Dec. 17, 2013 at NYI.

Blackhawks miss chance to eliminate Predators

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 1:53 AM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

NASHVILLE – The Chicago Blackhawks weathered the early storm they expected from the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. But another one, early in the third period, was too powerful to overcome in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series.

The Predators' three goals in the first 3:14 of the third period turned a 1-1 game after 40 minutes into a 5-2 victory for Nashville, which pulled within 3-2 in the best-of-7 series heading into Game 6 at United Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2).

"We just got sloppy," said center Brad Richards, who scored the game's first goal at 13:27 of the first period. "[We] fed a lot of transition, outnumbered rushes, so we've got to get back to being stingier and paying attention to details with the puck."

Start times, TV info set for Saturday, Sunday games

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 12:52 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and national television information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round.

Saturday, April 25

The starting time for Game 6 of the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders has been set for 3 p.m. ET in New York. In the U.S., the game will be broadcast on NBC. In Canada, the game will be televised on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings has been set for 6 p.m. ET in Tampa Bay. In the U.S., the game will be broadcast on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on CBC and TVA Sports.

Kuznetsov proves to be worth wait for Capitals

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 12:50 AM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- So this is why the Washington Capitals spent so much time eagerly awaiting the arrival of Evgeny Kuznetsov.

The 22-year-old center dazzled Thursday, scoring twice, helping set up another goal and displaying a variety of skills that have made him one of the best players in the world in his age group in a 5-1 victory against the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round series at Verizon Center.

Washington leads the best-of-7 series 3-2, and New York will need to find some answers after a line of Kuznetsov, Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera shredded the Islanders for much of the final two periods.

"[Kuznetsov] is growing," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "He's gotten used to the League. The first 40 games, it was a little bit of a mishmash of up, down and not knowing the League quite as well. Maybe not as comfortable in his role. Then you sort of get through there, and there's always a glass ceiling for young players [to break through]. I think he got through that, and you're seeing what he's capable of. He's a terrific player."

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