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ICYMI: Thursday, April 30

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

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TRENDING:

Goaltender matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Holtby
Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalie matchup for Game 1 of the 2015 Western Conference Second Round between Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby.

Dubnyk's arrival changed Wild's outlook, season
Devan Dubnyk's arrival with the Minnesota Wild changed their outlook and sparked a run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

First round of playoffs revealed these 16 things 
The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs enter the second round Thursday, but before the eight teams begin their battle for the final four spots, let's take a look back at a first round that featured two series that went the distance and one that ended in four games.



NEWS:

Blackhawks, Gustafsson agree to terms
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Erik Gustafsson on a two-year contract.

Canucks sign forward Labate to contract
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forward Joseph LaBate.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge update
Hockey fans submitted more than 800,000 brackets in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung, up 71% from last year.

Stanley Cup to guest star on CBS drama 'Elementary'
The Stanley Cup will serve as a special guest star on the CBS show "Elementary" on Thursday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from Red Wings-Lightning game played on Wednesday, April 29.

FEATURES:

Canadiens X-factor Markov important to power play
Andrei Markov's contributions are important for the Montreal Canadiens to get their power play up and running against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Crosby seeks Triple Gold as Canada captain at Worlds
Sidney Crosby is captain as Canada tries to win its first IIHF World Championship since 2007.

Blackhawks' Keith excels even as ice time climbs
Duncan Keith
Defense - CHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 7
SOG: 19 | +/-: 3
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith keeps his level of play high no matter how high his ice time goes.

Hart finalist Tavares still reeling from Islanders loss
The pain of losing Game 7 against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round on Monday will haunt New York Islanders captain John Tavares throughout the offseason, but he will at least be rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas in June.

Lightning X-factor Boyle key on faceoffs, penalty kill
Brian Boyle's value to the Tampa Bay Lightning has been emphasized in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as he win faceoffs, kills penalties and provides the odd goal.

Five reasons Red Wings were eliminated from playoffs
An inability to slow Tyler Johnson and missed opportunities to close the series are two reasons the Detroit Red Wings lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Coburn's knuckler lifts Lightning into second round
It was defenseman Braydon Coburn stepping up in Game 7 to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Five reasons Lightning advanced to second round
Resiliency and strong performances by goalie Ben Bishop and "The Triplets" line helped the Tampa Bay Lightning advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Noel: Experience paid off for Lightning in Game 7
Claude Noel says the experience the Tampa Bay Lightning have gained in the Stanley Cup Playoffs helped them get past the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7.

Boudreau, Ducks hope to learn from playoff failures
The Anaheim Ducks and Bruce Boudreau hope lessons learned from prior postseason failures translates into their second-round matchup against the Calgary Flames.

Swift Current prospect DeBrusk creating own niche
Jake DeBrusk doesn't spend as much time in the penalty box as his father, Louie DeBrusk, but he's been the go-to player for the Swift Current Broncos.

Red Wings disappointed after early playoff exit
For the third time in four years, the Detroit Red Wings are going home after a first-round loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They lost 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 on Wednesday.

Lightning take on Canadiens, with Bishop this time
The Tampa Bay Lightning would like nothing more than to carry their regular-season domination of the Montreal Canadiens through the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Canucks' aim: Get better while getting younger
The Vancouver Canucks' management team is committed to making the team younger during its second offseason in charge, but only if it makes the club better as well.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Flames forward Shore expected to play Game 1
Flames forward Drew Shore will likely play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday at Honda Center, coach Bob Hartley said.

Ducks get center Thompson back for series opener
Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames on Thursday at Honda Center.

Blackhawks brace for challenge from Dubnyk-led Wild
Devan Dubnyk
Goalie - MIN
RECORD: 4-2
GAA: 2.32 | SVP: .913
The Chicago Blackhawks are bracing for their toughest challenge yet from the Minnesota Wild, who now have Vezina Trophy finalist Devan Dubnyk in goal.

Lightning put little stock in regular-season sweep
The Tampa Bay Lightning will not hang their hat on a 5-0-0 regular-season record against the Montreal Canadiens as they start their playoff series.

Blackhawks forward Versteeg questionable for Game 1
Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg missed practice Thursday and is questionable for Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild.

Capitals want to continue physical game vs. Rangers
The Washington Capitals would like nothing more than to continue their hit parade against the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Thursday.

Capitals focused on containing Rangers' speed
There's no secret what the Washington Capitals need to do from the outset in Game 1 against the New York Rangers.

Penguins' Crosby named captain for Canada at Worlds
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named captain for Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Forsberg, Ekholm, Hertl to compete at Worlds
Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm of the Nashville Predators will play for Sweden. Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will skate for the Czech Republic.

Rangers' Klein returning to lineup for Game 1
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will return to the lineup for Game 1 against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Rosen's mailbag - April 30, 2015
NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen answers fans questions in his weekly mailbag.

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