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Inside the numbers on longest game of 2015 playoffs

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 11:56 AM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville probably best summed up the longest game to date in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I don't think I've ever played a game this late. Ever," Quenneville said.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook ended it when his one-timer from the blue line got past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne for the game-winner 1:00 into triple overtime to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory against the Predators in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series.

The Blackhawks, who lead the best-of-7 series 3-1, will look to close the series in Game 5 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, CSN-CH, FS-TN).

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, April 21

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 9:00 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning goal one minute into the third overtime period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators and a 3-1 series lead.

* The clubs also required double overtime in Game 1, when defenseman Duncan Keith provided the winning goal at 7:49.

* Chicago has been involved in each of the last three triple-overtime games. The last such game was on April 17, 2014 in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series at STL, when Blues forward Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into the third OT (100:26). Before that, Andrew Shaw scored the winning goal at 112:08 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. BOS on June 12, 2013.

* Seabrook scored his third career playoff game-winner, all of which have come in overtime. The Elias Sports Bureau says his three overtime winners are tied with Jeremy Roenick for second on the franchise's all-time Stanley Cup Playoffs list, one back of Patrick Kane.

Disappointed Predators turn focus to Game 5

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:37 AM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

CHICAGO – The Nashville Predators don't have a lot of time to get over another heartbreaker.

The Predators are on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing 3-2 in triple overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round. Brent Seabrook's goal 60 seconds into the third OT put Chicago ahead 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. The Predators will try to stay alive by winning Game 5 on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, CSN-CH, FS-TN).

It was the second time in the series that the Predators came up a goal short in a multiple-overtime game. They lost 4-3 in double overtime in Game 1 despite outshooting the Blackhawks 54-42. This time, the Predators outshot the Blackhawks 52-48 but were unable to solve rookie goaltender Scott Darling in extra time.

Canucks forward Burrows taken to hospital

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 1:35 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows was transported from Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary in an ambulance following the morning skate in preparation for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames.

Burrows appeared to injure himself during the morning skate, leaving before his teammates and being followed to the dressing room by medical personnel.

Miller replaces Lack for Canucks against Flames

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 12:54 AM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller replaced Eddie Lack to start the second period of Game 4 in their Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

Lack allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period after allowing seven goals in the first three games. The Canucks lost Game 1, won Game 2, and lost Game 3 of the best-of-7 series.

Calgary won the game 3-1, with all the scoring in the first period. Miller made 15 saves in the final two periods.

Backstrom, Ovechkin step up for Capitals

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 12:11 AM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

David Satriano - Staff Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Nicklas Backstrom said the Washington Capitals' top players, himself included, needed to produce offensively for them to get back into their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Islanders.

That's exactly what happened Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.

Alex Ovechkin scored in regulation and Backstrom scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 4 to give Washington a series-tying 2-1 victory.

Game 5 in the best-of-7 series is at Verizon Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

Ducks know they can't keep relying on comebacks

Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 7:22 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

WINNIPEG –- The Anaheim Ducks are playing a dangerous game and they know it.

The Ducks are ahead 3-0 in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Winnipeg Jets despite trailing in the third period of each game.

The fact the Ducks have been able to come back in the third period should come as no surprise considering they were the best team in the NHL when it came to winning games they trailed after two periods. They won 12 of those 35 games in the regular season, a winning percentage of .343, considerably higher than the League average of .206. But even then, the odds were against the Ducks winning those games.

They've won three in a row against the Jets, but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knows this is not a trend that can continue, especially not Wednesday when they try to close out the series at MTS Centre in Game 4 (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W).

Datsyuk, Hudler, Kopitar voted Lady Byng finalists

Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 7:00 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

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NEW YORK -- Forwards Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Bruins captain Chara has fracture in fibula

Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 6:19 PM / News

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula.

He does not need surgery, the Bruins said. He reportedly will not be able to play for Slovakia in the 2015 IIHF World Championship, which begins May 1.

Farrish: Rangers' backcheck gives Penguins problems

Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 6:04 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins 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.

The New York Rangers' speed up the ice is a staple of their game and noticeable whenever they're playing well. But it was New York's speed on the back check in Game 3 Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center that caught the attention of former NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish.

Farrish said the Rangers were dominant in the first two periods en route to a 2-1 win and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series in part because they were so quick on the back check that it disabled any rush up the ice the Penguins were hoping to have.

"Their back pressure was really incredible and they didn't give Pittsburgh really anything at all off the rush," Farrish said. "It caused the Penguins to turn the puck over at the blue line or just inside the blue line when they were looking for help. I thought that was a big part of the game."

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