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Blackhawks face major challenge after two OT losses

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks have the type of composure and swagger befitting a team that has won the Stanley Cup twice since 2010. Now they need to show their thick skin and resiliency as well. The Blackhawks were hoping to win at least...

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Blues use smarts rather than emotion to win Game 2

ST. LOUIS -- They saw their captain down, victimized by a hard, high and illegal hit into the end boards. This was not good, not ever. The St. Louis Blues' players don't want to trade the skill, size, strength and heart of David Backes for anyo...

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Pavelski continues to play big role in Sharks' success

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings were the best possession team in the NHL this season. Teams generally create more shot attempts per minute after offensive-zone faceoffs, especially faceoff wins, than at any point during a game, and the Kings are...

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McCarthy: First goal, beating trap keys for Lightning

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, NHL.com has enlisted the help of longtime NHL assistant/associate coach Kevin McCarthy to break down the action. McCarthy will be ch...

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Canadiens know perils of coming home with 2-0 lead

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Three years ago, the sixth-seeded Montreal Canadiens came home with a 2-0 series lead against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Bell Centre was rocking when the Canadiens and Bruins took to the ice for...

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Pearn: Kings need fewer turnovers, more zone time

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Perry Pearn to break down the action. Pearn will be checking in throughout the series. ...

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Lightning hope to have Palat to challenge Canadiens

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to have rookie forward Ondrej Palat back in the lineup when they play the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN). The C...

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Rangers show physical side in Game 1 win vs. Flyers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- On paper, the Eastern Conference First Round series between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers looked like a classic matchup. Until the opening faceoff Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the series appeared to h...

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Red Wings grab series lead on Datsyuk's 'dagger'

BOSTON -- Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal Friday in a memorable Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. After playing 56-plus minutes of taut, low-risk hockey, the game was turned on its heels by a moment of she...

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Howard helps Red Wings steal home-ice edge

BOSTON -- It was mayhem at TD Garden late in the third period Friday night during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. During the last ice-maintenance timeout in regulation, the se...

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Lightning face tough task after two home losses

TAMPA -- After two losses at home and with the next two games to be played in front of one of the NHL's most raucous crowds, the Tampa Bay Lightning have their work cut out for them. "We've got nothing to lose right now. We're down 2-0 and we'r...

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Sharks get boost from return of Hertl and Torres

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks had been waiting all season to have rookie forward Tomas Hertl and veteran Raffi Torres in the lineup together for a game. That finally happened Thursday, and the timing couldn't have been better for the Sharks. ...

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MacKinnon takes first Stanley Cup Playoffs in stride

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Patrick Roy has been watching the Nathan MacKinnon show for three years, two in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and as Colorado Avalanche coach since training camp, and it never gets old. "I've been impressed with him...

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Ramsay: Fine line for Blues defending stretch passes

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the serie...

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

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...

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Versatile Bennett providing shot in arm for Penguins

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 posi...

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Colliding in playoffs fulfills Smith brothers' dream

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 ...

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Rookie year going right for Blues prospect Rattie

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 Chica...

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Blues' Schwartz a disrupting force for opponents

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...

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Kings pay big price for slow start in Game 1

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...

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Blues' Miller snaps out of slump in Game 1

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...

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Rangers' fourth line shuts down Flyers' Giroux

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 Squa...

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Three keys for Lightning and Canadiens in Game 2

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 con...

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McCarthy: Lightning must beat Canadiens' forecheck

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, NHL.com has enlisted the help of longtime NHL assistant/associate coach Kevin McCarthy to break down the action. McCarthy will be ch...

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Goaltender matchup: Inside Howard vs. Rask

Goaltending plays an integral part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the competition intense and often so even, the men protecting each goal often are the difference in a series. NHL.com decided to break down perhaps the most interesting goaltendi...

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Puck management focal point of Kings-Sharks series

SAN JOSE -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter said there are a lot of similarities between his team and the San Jose Sharks. One of those similarities is their desire, and ability, to possess the puck. This Western Conference First Round se...

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Ramsay: Blues need to start fast against Blackhawks

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the serie...

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Murphy: Goaltending could make the difference

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL assistant coach Gord Murphy to break down the action. Murphy will be checking in throughou...

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Brendan Lemieux living up to family name in Barrie

Brendan Lemieux is a regular chip off the old block. The son of former NHL player and three-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux considers himself a playoff performer. In other words, he's a forward who can make the big play and score the b...

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Briere gives another vintage playoff performance

TAMPA -- Daniel Briere did it again. One of the top Stanley Cup Playoff performers of his generation, Briere was a constant threat in his first postseason game in a Montreal Canadiens uniform and set up an overtime goal by Dale Weise in a 5-4 v...

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Lightning's Killorn impressive in loss to Canadiens

TAMPA -- Alex Killorn nearly helped the Tampa Bay Lightning steal Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Killorn, playing in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff game, scored at 7:11 of...

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Goaltender matchup: Inside Quick vs. Niemi

Goaltending plays an integral part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the competition intense and often so even, the men protecting each goal often are the difference in a series. NHL.com decided to break down perhaps the most interesting goaltendi...

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Returning Maurice set to point Jets in right direction

WINNIPEG -- The decision for Paul Maurice to remain behind the Winnipeg Jets bench was an easy one for the veteran NHL coach. The one big hurdle for Maurice was family considerations, because his wife and children did not accompany him to Winni...

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Sakic 'very proud,' seeks more from Avalanche

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Joe Sakic had one goal in mind when he accepted the position as Colorado Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations in May: Bring the franchise back to the elite status it had when he twice won the Stanley Cup as ...

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Robidas tasked with helping Ducks beat former team

ANAHEIM -- Stephane Robidas was huddled with coaches at the end of Anaheim Ducks practice Tuesday. It was the day before their opening game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it was easy to surmise that Robidas was giving a tutorial on how to def...

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Rangers-Flyers pits Tampa Bay champs as rivals

Ten years ago this week, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards started a march through the Stanley Cup Playoffs that brought the Cup to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time in franchise history. "After you win a Cup you t...

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2014 Stanley Cup Playoff predictions

The puck drops on the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday. Members of NHL.com and NHL Network staff have determined how each first-round series will play out, predicted which teams will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, which franchise will be par...

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Jackets believe Bobrovsky can conquer playoff stage

PITTSBURGH -- Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has earned accolades throughout his four years in the NHL. Winning a Stanley Cup Playoff game has not been one of them. That could change Wednesday when he starts Game 1 of an Eastern ...

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Quenneville spreads wealth with Blackhawks' offense

CHICAGO -- It looks like Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is going to experiment with his team's wealth of talent to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Quenneville rolled out some interesting new forward lines Tuesday during an hour-long ...

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2013-14 NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Awards

With the 2013-14 regular season now in our rearview mirror, it's time for our team of NHL.com Fantasy Hockey insiders to reflect on the players that have defined the fantasy landscape -- for better or worse. Our fantasy experts -- Matt Cubeta, ...

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