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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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Five Questions: Bruins' Iginla set to chase elusive Cup

Jarome Iginla won't dare talk about it yet, not before playing his first game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Boston Bruins, but he knows his best shot to win a championship might be right now, this spring, with the deepest team he's ever pla...

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Rangers' McDonagh healthy, ready to face Flyers

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh spent the past two weeks playing the role of observer, a dichotomy to his reputation of an iron man, when an injured shoulder sustained on April 1 against the Vancouver Canucks forced him to th...

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Sharks' Hertl hoping to make impact against Kings

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl may be an NHL rookie from the Czech Republic, but no one has to tell him about the heated rivalry that exists between his team and the Los Angeles Kings. In a Dec. 19 game against the Kings at Sta...

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Capitals' Oates wants to see Ovechkin's game evolve

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As reasons for the Washington Capitals' exclusion from the Stanley Cup Playoffs are bandied about, many will inevitably circle back to Alex Ovechkin. The electric superstar forward has long been a lightning rod for criticism, ...

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Tortorella: 'Stale' Canucks must add element of youth

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella said he didn't plan to lobby for his job when he met with new president Trevor Linden this week, but he certainly didn't pull any punches when speaking to the media Monday about the present stat...

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NBC broadcasters enjoy rivalry aspect of playoffs

Since rivalries drive interest, it's no surprise the NBC Sports Group is thrilled with the eight matchups it will broadcast in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "This is probably going to be the best playoffs we've had, and we've ha...

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Bruins' Chiarelli built winner using Red Wings' model

BOSTON -- Long before Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager of the Boston Bruins, he admired the way the Detroit Red Wings went about their business. Chiarelli, who started in his current role prior to the 2006-07 season, even tried to s...

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As Predators coach, Trotz was Nashville institution

The Nashville Predators literally might not be the Nashville Predators without Barry Trotz. Trotz helped pick the team name. He also helped pick the carpeting in the team's office. He was hired on Aug. 6, 1997, exactly 14 months and four days ...

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X-Factor: Brassard could hold key for Rangers

The emergence of Derek Stepan as a top center and Brad Richards' return to form after a difficult 2012-13 season gives the New York Rangers a prominent duo centering their top two lines heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But it has been the...

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Why the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup

The 2013-14 Boston Bruins are better than the team that lost the 2013 Stanley Cup Final in heartbreaking fashion. In fact, these Bruins are playing better hockey than the 2011 edition, which defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to clai...

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Krejci becomes focal point of Bruins' playoff attack

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci has a simple answer for the origins of his pass-first mentality. "You know when you pass the puck as a kid, you have friends. When you don't pass the puck, then you don't have friends," said Krejci, w...

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Why the Ducks will win the Stanley Cup

The Anaheim Ducks have spent their 20th season in the NHL celebrating an anniversary in style, and they will finish the campaign with a Stanley Cup parade to cap the festivities. This is the best team in franchise history. The Ducks are deep an...

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Ducks' Selanne embraces playoffs curtain call

ANAHEIM – For a few lucky Anaheim Ducks fans, patience paid off after a recent game. More than an hour after Anaheim lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Honda Center on March 10, loyal Ducks fans milled about the north side of the building, hopi...

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Why the Avalanche will win the Stanley Cup

Patrick Roy’s incredible resume as a Hall of Fame hockey player includes twice leading an NHL team on an unexpected run to capture the Stanley Cup and twice helping the Colorado Avalanche to win the NHL's coveted championship trophy. Roy is in...

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Foundation pays dividends for Avalanche's Varlamov

DENVER -- Even new Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy wasn't certain what to expect from goalie Semyon Varlamov this season. "There were a lot of question marks, and I think he responded to all the question marks," Roy said. "He worked so har...

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X-Factor: Wild's Haula needs to provide depth up front

Erik Haula's rookie season didn't get off to the best of starts. The 23-year-old spent much of the first half of this season in the American Hockey League and struggled through a 12-game scoring drought in December and January shortly after bei...

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Why the Wild will win the Stanley Cup

Last season, the Minnesota Wild's first Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in five years was a short one when they lost in five games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild team that lost in the opening round last season...

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Goalie quartet has helped pave Wild's way to playoffs

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo has preached taking it one game at time to his team throughout the season. The team's goaltenders have had no choice but to accept the message as gospel. In a roller-coaster season where the W...

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X-Factor: Blackhawks need Bickell's best to repeat

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell has big shoes to fill. They happen to be his own. "I don't just want to be a one-hit wonder," Bickell told NHL.com. Bickell soared up the charts last season with his performance in the Stanley Cup Pla...

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Why the Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup

These aren't your typical Detroit Red Wings of yesteryear preparing to represent Hockeytown in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Still, every current player, no matter how young or old, maintains the championship state of mind on which this franch...

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X-Factor: Red Wings need Nyquist to extend heroics

All season, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has begged his young players to grab hold of something in order to make a statement at a time when the team was ravaged by injuries. Swedish sensation Gustav Nyquist took that message to heart. ...

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X-Factor: Wisniewski pacing Blue Jackets' back line

When the Columbus Blue Jackets signed James Wisniewski to a six-year contract in 2011, the expectations were he would play a significant role in the top defensive pair. But that wasn't exactly the case after he struggled with suspensions and in...

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Rangers hope slow start is in St. Louis' rear-view

Following the first trade of his 15-year NHL career, Martin St. Louis figured there would be a tough transition. During 13 memorable seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he won the Stanley Cup, a Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuabl...

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Why the Rangers will win the Stanley Cup

For the eighth time in the past nine seasons, the New York Rangers are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But, in all that time, they've never advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. That's about to change. For much of his first season behind the Rangers ...

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More mature Price at top of game for Canadiens

There was a time in Carey Price's life when he thought none of this would be happening. The starting goaltender and undisputed most valuable player of the Montreal Canadiens has lived through a lifetime's worth of experiences in his seven NHL ...

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X-Factor: Nichushkin finds comfort level with Stars

The Dallas Stars are young, fast and dangerous. It begins with their top-line punch of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, but there are more reasons why Dallas is back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years. One is right wing Va...

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Cup contenders Blues, Blackhawks clash early

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks have been two of the top teams in the NHL all season, but a late-season slide by both will result in one of them being out of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs after the first round. St. Louis and Chicago...

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Why the Canadiens will win the Stanley Cup

Perhaps no team filled as many holes in their lineup so well at the NHL Trade Deadline as the Montreal Canadiens, and that is a big reason they will win the 25th Stanley Cup in franchise history this June. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevi...

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