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Farrish: Penguins must stick to strategy in Game 5

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 4:18 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, NHL.com 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 Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers have been close through four games in the Eastern Conference First Round, as in an inch here and a bounce there kind of close. They've played four one-goal games, but the Rangers have the Penguins on the ropes with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Despite the two-game hole and being on the brink of elimination, former NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish thinks it would be a mistake if the Penguins change their game plan or panic heading into a must-win Game 5 on Friday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, ROOT, MSG).

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Oilers captain Ference has tips for kids to go green

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 4:12 PM / NHL Green

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- What began as Andrew Ference's personal project quickly spread to players throughout the NHL, and eventually to the League itself. The Edmonton Oilers captain said his parents grew up on farms, and though they were not environmentalists they did things a certain way.

It's that upbringing that has made Ference conscious of how his actions affect the planet. On Thursday, a day after Earth Day, Ference spoke with a group of children at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store about a variety of topics, from his work with the NHL Green Initiative to things they can do in their everyday lives to make a difference.

"Kids get it. The way they see the world is more black and white," Ference said. "It's just, this makes sense, this doesn't. That's what a lot of this is.

"Being an environmentalist, or whatever you call it, a lot of stuff now, especially with the technology, it's common sense stuff. Do you want to waste a lot of stuff, or do you not want to, and do the exact same thing?"

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Defenseman Gill retires after 16 NHL seasons

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:18 PM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Hal Gill, who played 16 NHL seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, has announced his retirement.

Gill was an eighth-round pick (No. 207) of the Boston Bruins in the 1993 NHL Draft. He played 1,108 games for the Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Five reasons Jets were eliminated from playoffs

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:16 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

Once the sting of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Anaheim Ducks wears off, the Winnipeg Jets can begin to prepare for what could be a bright future.

The franchise reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007. A month-and-a-half stretch run and four games against elite competition in the Western Conference First Round can provide an effective, if painfully blunt, blueprint for a growing team.

A stretch drive to the playoffs is one thing; the Jets learned that a best-of-7 series is a different experience altogether.

Here are five reasons the Jets were eliminated:

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Start times, TV info set for Saturday playoff games

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:56 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and national television information for two potential 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round games scheduled for Saturday, April 25.

The remainder of Saturday's schedule will be announced later this evening.

· The starting time for the potential Game 6 of the series between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, if necessary, has been set for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT in Chicago. In the U.S., the game would be televised on NBC. In Canada, the game would be televised on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

· The starting time for the potential Game 6 of the series between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, if necessary, has been set for 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT in Calgary. In Canada, the game would be on CBC and TVA Sports. In the U.S., the game would be televised on NBCSN.

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Chabot: Jets' playoff push hurt them vs. Ducks

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:22 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference First Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets, NHL.com 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.

When teams squeak into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, fighting through the last portion of their schedule to clinch a postseason berth, it can give them momentum when playoff hockey begins.

It also can create a late-season grind, and that's something Frederic Chabot said finally might have caught up to the Winnipeg Jets in their Western Conference First Round series four-game loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

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Anderson, penalty kill helped extend Senators' season

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:13 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Instead of packing to go home for the summer, the Ottawa Senators were packing for another trip to Montreal on Thursday.

The Senators avoided being swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday with a 1-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens. They trail the best-of-7 series 3-1 and will have a chance to get more momentum on their side in Game 5 on Friday at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

"Live another day. We're not eliminated," Senators coach Dave Cameron said Thursday. "We're not packing our bags. We're going to Montreal and now we have a series."

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Oilers' Ference talks McDavid, locker room leadership

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 1:24 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ference grew up just outside of Edmonton. His formative hockey years were spent watching the Edmonton Oilers cement their dynasty in the late 1980s. So when Ference had an opportunity to sign with his hometown team and play in the arena where he grew up watching from the stands, he jumped on it, calling it a fairytale.

The fairytale will soon be adding a new character, and Ference, like many of his teammates and Oilers fans, isn't hiding his excitement.

The Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery this past Saturday for what has been one of the most hyped drafts in recent memory. The presumptive first pick, forward Connor McDavid, could become the next great hope for Oilers hockey.

"The thing about playing hockey in Canada, it's not just a big day for me personally but for our city," said Ference, who said he watched the draft lottery show on TV. "Our city the last few years has been miserable. We've lost way too much. We haven't been competitive enough.

"To have that and the positivity that comes with that, the anticipation that comes with that, you go out, and you talk to friends in the city and people that are fans of the team and there's genuine excitement. That's good."

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Five reasons Ducks advanced to second round

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 1:04 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

The Anaheim Ducks were supposed to have their hands full with the physicality and puck-possession game of the Winnipeg Jets. Many observers predicted a long series in the Western Conference First Round.

Few, if any, predicted four straight wins. But the Ducks pulled off the only sweep of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday when they again found an extra gear against the Jets, who played the first playoff games in Winnipeg since 1996.

It wasn't as easy as it sounds. Anaheim led for 38:26 for the best-of-7 series, the least amount of time a team has led in a four-game sweep, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But the Ducks earned extra days of rest with their first sweep since 2006. They will face the winner of the series between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames.

Here are five reasons the Ducks advanced to the second round:

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Chlapik making mark in QMJHL with skill, hockey IQ

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Filip Chlapik is forever grateful that his father took him aside during his youth hockey days to have a little heart-to-heart after he told his father of his urge to be a goaltender.

Nothing against the masked men, but Milan Chlapik envisioned his son excelling in another area on the ice; mainly center.

"I was a big fan of Tomas Vokoun and loved to watch him when I was younger," Filip Chlapik said. "But my dad told me, 'No way. You're going to be a forward.'"

He made the right choice.

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He's a special guy. Obviously we are lucky to have him. Just his talent, I'm not surprised anymore. You get to see this guy every practice, and you know what he's able to do. Obviously, it's pretty special for a guy that young to score a hat trick in playoffs, this type of a game too. Really happy for him.

— Predators goalie Pekka Rinne on Filip Forsberg, whose hat trick led Nashville to a Game 5 win vs. Chicago on Thursday