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Wild advance, set for rematch against Blackhawks

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 7:02 PM / Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

The Minnesota Wild advanced to the Western Conference Second Round by eliminating the St. Louis Blues with a 4-1 victory Sunday in Game 6 of their first-round series.

Forward Zach Parise had three goals and four assists against St. Louis, including two goals in the clinching win.

Minnesota will face the Chicago Blackhawks in a rematch of their 2014 second-round series, which Chicago won 4-2.

The Blackhawks advanced to the second round by eliminating the Nashville Predators with a 4-3, Game 6 victory at United Center on Saturday. They have made it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs each of the past three seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2013, when they defeated the Wild in five games in the first round.

The Blackhawks won the first three games against the Wild this season, but Minnesota allowed one goal in winning each of the last two after acquiring goalie Devan Dubnyk in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 16.

Capitals, Islanders meet in first Game 7 of 2015

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 5:26 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The Washington Capitals play host to the New York Islanders in the first Game 7 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday, April 27 (7:30 p.m., ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA2). The Capitals and Islanders will meet in a Game 7 for the first time since their thriller dubbed the 'Easter Epic' on April 18, 1987. The Islanders captured that Patrick Division Semifinal series when Pat LaFontaine scored 8:47 into the fourth overtime period to decide the longest Game 7 in NHL history.

The winner of Monday's game will face the Metropolitan Division champion New York Rangers in the Second Round.

Blues' Allen pulled from game in second period

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 4:53 PM / Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen was pulled from Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday after the Minnesota Wild took a 2-0 lead with 8:41 left in the second period.

Brian Elliott replaced Allen after Wild forward Justin Fontaine scored on a wrist shot through Allen's five-hole from the right hash marks.

Start time set for potential Montreal-Ottawa Game 7

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 3:54 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time of the potential Game 7 of the series between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, if necessary, has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Montreal on Tuesday, April 28.

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

Boudreau sees similarities between Ducks, Flames

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 3:14 PM / Ducks vs Flames - 2015 SCP Second Round

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

The Anaheim Ducks and coach Bruce Boudreau might as well be looking into a mirror when they scout the Calgary Flames, their opponent in the Western Conference Second Round.

Anaheim has made a living on resiliency this season, but so has Calgary.

The Ducks were an NHL-best 12-23-0 in the regular season when trailing after two periods while Calgary was third at 10-20-4. That carried into the first round, when the Ducks won three of their four games against the Winnipeg Jets when trailing after two periods while Calgary was 2-1 in such situations against the Vancouver Canucks.

"They've been doing it all year," Boudreau said of Calgary on Sunday. "They're a team that never quits. The minute you think you've got them they apply an awful lot of pressure … we know their capabilities and we know the fact they never quit. It's going to be a 60-minute game on both sides."

Penguins' injured players focused on next season

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 2:36 PM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis had a very slight hope of playing in the Stanley Cup Final.

The New York Rangers eliminated the Penguins in five games during the Eastern Conference First Round, which thwarted that hope. But the 36-year-old, who was placed on injured reserve Nov. 19 with a potentially career-ending blood clot in his lung, said he hopes to resume his career next season.

"If you ask me I thought I was going to play again this year," Dupuis said Sunday during the Penguins' final media availability of the season. "Obviously I'm going to say I'm going to play next year, yes. But it's not up to me right now. I have more tests to be done and hopefully the results come back positive."

Dupuis wasn't the only key player to miss time for injuries during the regular season or the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Crosby, Malkin have no interest in leaving Penguins

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 1:56 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Forward Evgeni Malkin plans to finish his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Malkin said Sunday he has no intention to leave the Penguins. Despite the Penguins losing in five games to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round, Malkin believes the proper pieces are in place for the Penguins to remain a Stanley Cup contender.

"I like this city," Malkin said Sunday during the Penguins' final media availability of the season. "I'd like to stay here. I have a house here. My parents love to stay here. We won one time, a Stanley Cup [2009]. Me and [Sidney Crosby], and [Marc-Andre Fleury], I believe we can do it again."

Penguins captain Crosby joining Canada for Worlds

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 1:13 PM / News

Hockey Canada announced Sunday that Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Crosby and Pittsburgh were eliminated in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers on Friday. The World Championship begins May 1 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The Penguins captain joins a list of forwards already committed to play for Canada that includes Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars).

Five reasons Blackhawks advanced to second round

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:48 PM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

The Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games, but their Western Conference First Round series went the distance in terms of drama and ice time.

The Blackhawks eked out three one-goal wins, including two in overtime games that totaled 68:49 beyond regulation. It took more than seven regulation periods for the Blackhawks to oust the Predators from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a Game 1 win in double overtime and Game 4 win in triple overtime.

Even discounting an empty-net goal for the Predators at the end of their 5-2 victory in Game 5 at Bridgestone Arena, Chicago was outscored 21-19 and needed each goalie to step up. Nashville lost captain Shea Weber to a lower-body injury in Game 2 and had center Mike Fisher for two-plus games, but the Predators still put more shots on goal in four of the six games.

How did Chicago win? Here are five reasons the Blackhawks advanced to the second round:

Five reasons Canucks were eliminated from playoffs

Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:27 PM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

The Vancouver Canucks surprised a lot of preseason prognosticators by finishing second in the Pacific Division one season after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Once the playoffs started, however, things felt all too familiar.

Vancouver struggled to convert scoring chances, especially close to the net, came unraveled on the road and lost its Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames in six games, leaving the Canucks 3-14 in the playoffs since Game 5 of their loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

Here are five reasons the Canucks were eliminated:

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