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Blackhawks have 'a little bitter taste' after 3OT loss

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 4:33 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- At a time when a less experienced team might dwell on missed opportunities and be shattered after losing a Stanley Cup Playoff game in triple overtime, the Chicago Blackhawks are taking a more ho-hum approach by holding their heads up and talking at length about the opportunity in front of them.

There wasn't a shred of noticeable panic, heartbreak or devastation Friday, when defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, forwards Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp, goalie Corey Crawford and coach Joel Quenneville met the media at the Blackhawks' hotel 13 hours after Alexander Steen scored early in the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series.

Game 2 is Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). The Blackhawks haven't won in four games at Scottrade Center this season, but a victory Saturday means they will steal home-ice advantage in the series before it shifts to United Center for Game 3 on Monday.

"We're in good shape and we're ready to go," said Crawford, who made 48 saves in Game 1. "We have that hunger, a little bitter taste. I think we had a chance to win that hockey game being up in the third period. [We] had a couple opportunities, a bunch of opportunities in overtime. We're ready to go for Game 2."

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Texas Stars' Morin voted AHL's most valuable player

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:28 PM / News

NHL.com

Texas Stars center Travis Morin on Friday was voted the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the American Hockey League's most valuable player for the 2013-14 season.

The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league's 30 cities.

Morin, a ninth-round pick (No. 263) of the Washington Capitals in the 2004 NHL Draft, is in his fifth season with the Stars, an affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

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Versatile Bennett providing shot in arm for Penguins

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:10 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett's second NHL season did not go as planned.

Bennett was expected to play second-line left wing alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal entering training camp. After Jussi Jokinen won the position, Bennett was expected to bring much-needed offensive production to Pittsburgh's bottom six throughout the regular season. After Bennett was sidelined through 61 games with multiple injuries, he was expected to bolster its struggling third line upon return.

The last expectation partially became reality.

The 22-year-old forward began the Stanley Cup Playoffs as Pittsburgh's first-line right wing, but will most likely move to third-line left wing for Game 2 of its Eastern Conference First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (7 p.m., ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FS-O, ROOT) at Consol Energy Center.

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Colliding in playoffs fulfills Smith brothers' dream

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 1:56 PM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Growing up, Boston Bruins forward Reilly Smith and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith would often gang up on their older brother, current National Lacrosse League player Rory Smith, because as Brendan explained Friday, "He's got that extra-human strength."

When Reilly and Brendan would fight one another, Rory would be in charge of breaking up the tussle.

Rory won't be able to step in Friday night when the Bruins and Red Wings play Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, FS-D, NESN). Instead, Rory and their parents will get to watch Reilly and Brendan fulfill a childhood dream of squaring off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Rookie year going right for Blues prospect Rattie

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 12:26 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Peruse the leading statistics lists for the American Hockey League and you'll see multiple mentions of 20-year-old forward Ty Rattie, whose 29 goals for the Chicago Wolves rank seventh in the league, third among AHL rookies and at the top of Chicago's roster in just his first professional season.

"Ty has always been that special guy that knows how to score goals," said Kevin McDonald, assistant general manager for the St. Louis Blues, the Wolves' NHL affiliate. "It's such a unique skill and he has so much creativity with the puck. There are times when he gets the puck in the offensive zone and it's just like watching magic happen."

Selected by St. Louis at No. 32 in the 2011 NHL Draft, Rattie starred for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League and was named league playoff MVP in 2013. Advancing to the professional ranks this season, Rattie enters the final weekend of the AHL regular season with 46 points in 70 games for Chicago.

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Blues' Schwartz a disrupting force for opponents

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:57 AM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger might have had time in the neutral zone to turn and go up the left-wing wall had St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz not been closing so quickly. He was, and in a flash Schwartz stripped puck from Kruger and took it into the attacking zone, leading to the game-tying goal Thursday in the first period of their Stanley Cup Playoffs opener.

Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson could have had some space to collect the puck and make a move out of the corner in Chicago's defensive zone had Schwartz not been pinching hard up the wall. Again, he was, and that quick decision created the turnover that led to Schwartz's game-tying goal late with 1:45 left in the third period.

"Fall asleep, he's going to catch you every time," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Schwartz. "He did it five or six times again [Thursday night]."

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Kings pay big price for slow start in Game 1

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:42 AM / Sharks vs Kings - 2014 SCP First Round

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings gave up 10 goals in seven games last season in their second-round victory against the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They gave up half that many in the first 36:29 Thursday night in a 6-3 loss to the Sharks in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.

San Jose jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Joe Thornton, Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau. The Sharks made it 5-0 in the second period when Raffi Torres and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored.

What went so wrong for a Kings team that allowed just 2.05 goals per game during the regular season, the fewest in the NHL?

"I think we weren't ready to start," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "Sloppy play. Turnovers. Bad changes. Odd-man rushes. We probably gave up more odd-man rushes in the first period than we have in the past I don't know [how many games]. When you give a team like that opportunities on the odd-man they're going to make you pay, and that's what they did. It was more of the same in the second."

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Blues' Miller snaps out of slump in Game 1

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:25 AM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- When Patrick Kane's shot went through Ryan Miller's pads for the Chicago Blackhawks' third goal of the first period against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series on Thursday night, it was a rude reminder of what the Blues' goalie had been going through the past couple weeks.

Miller was 0-5-0 with a 3.82 goals-against average and a save percentage of .856 in his final five starts in the regular season. Those were not exactly the kind of numbers the Blues were looking for.

Kane's goal came on Chicago's seventh shot of the game and gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

But Miller was flawless for the rest of the game. Enough was enough. He stopped Chicago's final 35 shots, including some dandy saves along the way, and helped the Blues to a 4-3 triple-overtime victory.

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Rangers' fourth line shuts down Flyers' Giroux

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 11:18 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers knew entering Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers that slowing down Claude Giroux would be critical. In their 4-1 win against the Flyers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers did more than slow down Philadelphia's captain and leading scorer; they stopped him in his tracks.

New York gave the NHL's third-leading scorer absolutely nothing, rendering him a non-factor in a game that saw him collect more penalties than shots. It marked the second time all season that Giroux was held shotless and pointless. His linemates didn't fare much better, thanks in large part to the Rangers' fourth forward line.

"We didn't support each other as well as we wanted to," Giroux said of his line's play. "We did a lot of good things, but we did a lot of wrong things too. We're going to look into it and be ready for Game 2."


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Three keys for Lightning and Canadiens in Game 2

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 7:37 PM / Lightning vs Canadiens - 2014 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TAMPA -- One of the biggest reasons NHL teams rely so much on video is that it unmasks all bias. What you see on video is what you get, and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not like what he saw.

Cooper walked into his postgame press conference after his Lightning lost 5-4 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series on Wednesday and said he felt his team didn't play that badly. In spite of the Lightning being outshot 44-25, Cooper wondered if the disparity in scoring chances was anywhere near as dramatic, guessing it wasn't.

Cooper walked into his press conference after practice Thursday and had an entirely different view of the game. He explained that sometimes he can feel his team played poorly during a loss but afterwards on video he'll see a lot of the positives that he missed live come to light.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round