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Galchenyuk’s OT Goal Lifts Canadiens over Rangers

Galchenyuk’s OT Goal Lifts Canadiens over Rangers

Scott Levy/NHL/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal 1:12 into overtime as the Montreal Canadiens topped the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Canadiens still trail the series 2-1, but they can pull even with a Game 4 win at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 35 shots for Montreal while filling in for the injured Carey Price. He was playing in only his second career NHL playoff game, but after Thursday’s performance he seems to be embracing the challenge.

“I did everything I could.” said Tokarski. “I played the same game all the way. I felt more comfortable as it went along.

“So glad we overcame that late bounce and got the winner.”

Daniel Briere scored with 3:02 remaining in the third period to give Montreal a 2-1 lead. After the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Kreider scored to tie the game at 2 with 29 seconds to play.

The Rangers had their five-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 1-1 in overtime in these playoffs.  The Canadiens are 3-1.

“We played really well, but we just have to forget about it, move on, and get ready for the next one,” Lundqvist said after stopping 22 of 25 shots.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: Montreal Canadiens 3 – New York Rangers 2 OT (Rangers lead series, 2-1)

MLB: Miami Marlins 4 (25-23) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (20-24)

Cleveland Indians 8 (23-25) – Baltimore Orioles 7 (23-22) 13 Innings

San Francisco Giants 2 (29-18) – Colorado Rockies 2 (26-21) suspended

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (26-22) – Boston Red Sox 2 (20-26)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (20-28) – Oakland Athletics 2 (30-17) 11 Innings

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (20-26) – Washington Nationals 1 (24-23)

New York Mets 5 (21-25) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (25-23)

Atlanta Braves 5 (26-20) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (28-20)

Texas Rangers 9 (23-24) – Detroit Tigers 2 (27-16)

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (26-21) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (18-31)

Chicago White Sox 3 (24-25) – New York Yankees 2 (24-22)

Chicago Cubs 5 (17-28) – San Diego Padres 1 (21-27)

Seattle Mariners 3 (23-23) – Houston Astros 1 (17-31)

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Carter’s Hat Trick Helps Kings Even Series with Blackhawks

Carter’s Hat Trick Helps Kings Even Series with Blackhawks

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Another day, another comeback playoff win for the Los Angeles Kings.

Jeff Carter netted a hat trick as the Kings rallied to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to even the NHL Western Conference final at a game apiece.

Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin each added goals in the Kings’ five-goal third period to help Los Angeles become the first road team to win in Chicago this postseason.

The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Carter helped ensure it would go on to be a difficult night for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“Just sticking with what we need to do,” Carter said. “You know, we got a good group of leaders in our room. We’ve been through comebacks and whatnot a lot lately. Obviously, not something we want to do. But we stick with it, grind it out, get the job done.”

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, including a stop on Brent Seabrook with the Blackhawks going for a 3-0 lead in the second period.

Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored goals for the Blackhawks, who won 3-1 in Game 1.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series will be played on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

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Rangers Top Canadiens 3-1, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Rangers Top Canadiens 3-1, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Francois Lacasse/National Hockey League/Getty Images(MONTREAL) — Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference final series.

“I thought we played well, and the only reason we lost was Lundqvist,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. “He stole that game.”

The Canadiens found out before the game that star goalie Carey Price will miss the remainder of the postseason with a lower body injury.  In a surprising move, Dustin Tokarski started the game over backup Peter Budaj.

Ryan McDonough, Rick Nash, and Martin St. Louis all scored on Tokarski to help New York took a commanding lead in their best-of-seven series.

Max Pacioretty scored 6:14 into the first period to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.  McDonough answered with his own goal 17 seconds later to tie the game, and that was all the momentum the Rangers needed.

“We knew they were going to come hard, but we put ourselves in a tough spot there by not getting pucks out,” Lundqvist said. “They were all over us.

Game 3 will be played on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Crawford Leads Blackhawks to 1-0 Series Lead

Crawford Leads Blackhawks to 1-0 Series Lead

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) — Duncan Keith scored the go-ahead goal twelve minutes into the second period, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated Los Angeles, 3-1 on Sunday. The win gave the defending champs a 1-0 series lead. 

“I think (he) just keeps getting better and better,” said teammate Jonathan Toews. “As a team we have to give raising our level of play as the stage gets bigger and bigger. I think if anyone is doing that, it’s (him).”

The Chicago netminder leads the NHL with a 1.90 goals against average and a .933 save percentage during the postseason. Crawford has allowed just one goal in each of his last three games.

Chicago opened the scoring on Brandon Saad’s power play goal late in the first and looked to have a 2-0 lead after the puck trickled into the back of the net off the skate of Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov. However, upon video review, officials ruled that Toews made incidental contact with goalkeeper Jonathan Quick and waved off the goal.

That allowed Tyler Toffoli a chance to things up five minutes into the second period. As LA looked to take a lead, Crawford came up with multiple big saves before Keith netted his third of the playoffs. Toews would add another goal in the third to give the Blackhawks a two-goal advantage.

Quick made just 17 saves in the loss, even though his team outshot the Hawks 26-20. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks improved to 7-0 at home in the playoffs. Game 2 is set for Wednesday night in Chicago.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Indiana Pacers 107 – Miami Heat 96 (Indiana Leads Series, 1-0)

NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Los Angeles Kings 1 (Chicago Leads Series, 1-0)

MLB: Washington Nationals 6 (23-20) – New York Mets 3 (20-23)

Philadelphia Phillies 8 (19-22) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (19-23)

Oakland Athletics 13 (28-16) – Cleveland Indians 3 (19-25)

New York Yankees 4 (23-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-25) – Game 1

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (18-25) – New York Yankees 3 (23-20) – Game 2

Houston Astros 8 (16-28) – Chicago White Sox 2 (21-24)

Kansas City Royals 8 (22-21) – Baltimore Orioles 6 (22-20)

Seattle Mariners 6 (21-22) – Minnesota Twins 2 (21-21)

Chicago Cubs 4 (15-27) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (27-17)

Atlanta Braves 6 (23-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (23-21)

Texas Rangers 6 (21-23) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (23-22) 

San Francisco Giants 4 (28-17) – Miami Marlins 1 (23-22)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (24-19) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (19-26)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (18-28) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (23-22)

Colorado Rockies 8 (25-20) – San Diego Padres 6 (21-24) – 10 Innings

Detroit Tigers 6 (27-12) – Boston Red Sox 2 (20-23)

NASCAR: Sam Hornish Jr. won the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.

Indy500: Ed Carpenter won the pole for next weekend’s race.

Golf: Brendon Todd won the HP Byron Nelson Championship for his first PGA TOUR title.

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Selanne Likely Calling it a Career

Selanne Likely Calling it a Career

Anaheim Ducks/NHL(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — It sounds like it’s finally time for Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne to hang up his skates.

The 43-year-old Selanne, who is also known as the “Finnish Flash,” has previously said he will retire this summer, and after the the teams 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals, it seems like he’ll keep his word.

“I’ve been flirting with this decision for a long time, but the passion and the fun always brought me back,” Selanne said. “I still love this game, and I still know I can play, but it is better this way than having different situations, and that’s why I think it is the right time.”

Selanne has played 21 NHL seasons and is 15th all-time on the NHL’s scoring list with 1,457 points and 11th all-time with 684 goals.

Selanne played in 64 games for the Ducks this season scoring nine goals and dishing out 18 assists.

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Rangers Dominate Canadiens In Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals

Rangers Dominate Canadiens In Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals

Francois/Getty Images(MONTREAL)  — The New York Rangers came to play Saturday.

Seven different Rangers scored en route to a 7-2 domination of the Montreal Canadiens Saturday, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Martin St. Louis, who attended his mother’s wake on Friday and will be at her funeral on Sunday, scored 4:35 into the game to get the Rangers on the board.

“It was an emotional time for everyone, but the guys have been behind me and supported me,” St. Louis said. “My teammates are behind me and supporting me, and their effort was unbelievable.

“We feel really close right now and we’re trying to keep feeding off that.”

Rick Nash, who led the Rangers in goals in the regular season, scored his first goal of the postseason in the win.

“We’re all happy to see Nasher score because he’s taken a lot of heat,” Rangers center Brad Richards said. “That’s a little weight off his back.”

Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves for the Blueshirts earning his first win in Montreal since March 17, 2009.

Game 2 is Monday night in Montreal. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Kings Rout Anaheim in Game Seven

Kings Rout Anaheim in Game Seven

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Justin Williams scored four and a half minutes in to the start of Game Seven and the Los Angeles Kings never looked back. Six different players scored as the Kings polished off the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 to advance to their third straight Western Conference Finals.

“I think we just focused on trying to have a good start,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. “If you score the first goal it’s been an advantage in this series.”

So far in the NHL Playoffs, the team that scores first has won 25 of 26 games. Los Angeles has also won six straight games this postseason when facing elimination, including rallying from down 3-0 in their opening round series with San Jose.

The Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period and added another goal thanks to Anze Kopitar just two minutes into the second. That chased rookie goalkeeper John Gibson but a change in net did not deter Los Angeles. Marion Gaborik would eventually score on Jonas Hiller to make the score 5-0 before Anaheim finally got on the board thanks to Kyle Palmieri.

Jonathan Quick allowed just two goals and made 25 saves in the win. Los Angeles will face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks for the second consecutive season. The Kings hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2012.

Friday’s game also marked the end of the career of Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne. Affectionately known as “The Finnish Flash”, Selanne played 15 of his 21 season with the Ducks and helped bring the franchise its only championship in 2007. Both teams stayed on the ice following the game as fans in Anaheim saluted the soon-to-be retired forward.

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Canadiens Bounce Bruins from Playoffs with 3-1 Game 7 Victory

Canadiens Bounce Bruins from Playoffs with 3-1 Game 7 Victory

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) —  The Montreal Canadiens are heading to the Eastern Conference finals.

Dale Weise, Max Pacioretty, and Daniel Briere all scored goals as the Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Bruins came into the playoffs as the defending Eastern Conference champions and the NHL’s top team in the regular season.  They took a 3-2 series lead after Game 5, but were unable to close out their heated rivals.

“You have an opportunity to get one step closer to the Stanley Cup,” said Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban. “We deserve it. We played hard. Nothing has come easy for us all year.”

Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who will face the New York Rangers in the conference finals. Game 1 will be played on Saturday in Montreal.

“Carey Price was outstanding. Gave them a chance to win every night,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the goalie who backstopped Canada to Olympic gold in February. “You play the way he did, it gives his team a lot of confidence and one of the keys to their success.”

It’s just the second time since 1993 that the Canadiens have reached the third round of the playoffs.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat 96 – Brooklyn Nets 94 (Heat win series, 4-1)

San Antonio Spurs 104 – Portland Trail Blazers 82 (Spurs win series 4-1)

NHL Playoffs: Montreal Canadiens 3 – Boston Bruins 1 (Canadiens win series, 4-3)

Los Angeles Kings 2 – Anaheim Ducks 1 (Series Tied 3-3)

MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (21-18) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (17-21)

Detroit Tigers 7 (24-12) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (20-18)

Kansas City Royals 3 (20-19) – Colorado Rockies 2 (23-19)

Washington Nationals 5 (21-19) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (16-27)

Chicago White Sox 4 (20-22) – Oakland Athletics 2 (25-16)

San Francisco Giants 10 (26-15) – Atlanta Braves 4 (22-17)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (18-23) – Seattle Mariners 0 (20-20)

New York Yankees 4 (20-19) – New York Mets 0 (19-20)

Houston Astros 5 (14-27) – Texas Rangers 4 (20-21)

Boston Red Sox 9 (20-19) – Minnesota Twins 4 (18-20)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (17-22) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (23-15)

Cleveland Indians 15 (19-21) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (20-21)

Miami Marlins 13 (21-20) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (22-20)

Chicago Cubs (13-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-20) Postponed due to inclement weather

San Diego Padres (19-21) at Cincinnati Reds (17-20) Postponed due to inclement weather

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Kane’s OT Goal Vaults Blackhawks into Western Conference Finals

Kane’s OT Goal Vaults Blackhawks into Western Conference Finals

Bruce Kluckhohn/National Hockey League/Getty Images(ST. PAUL, Minn.) —  Patrick Kane lives for the dramatic moments.

Kane scored the game-winning goal 9:42 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Game 6 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.

“He’s a special player, and guys have that instinct, have that knack of finding pucks, wanting to be out there, wanting to score,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Kris Versteeg scored 1:58 into the first period to set the tone for Chicago.  Corey Crawford made 34 saves, but in the end, the story was all about Kane’s heroics.

“We probably didn’t play our best tonight, but just finding a way to win is something this team has done for many years now,” Kane said. The 25-year-old now has four playoff overtime game-winning goals in his career.

Erik Haula scored a goal during the second period to tie the game at 1, but it wasn’t enough as the Wild were eliminated from the playoffs.

“We really believe that we were capable of doing more than just winning this game,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “Our guys did everything that we asked and they laid it on the line, and that’s what hurts.”

The Blackhawks will face either the Anaheim Ducks or the Los Angeles Kings in the next round.

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Rangers Rally to Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Rangers Rally to Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Elsa/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) —  Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves as the New York Rangers topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored goals for the Rangers, w…

Smith-Pelly Scores Twice to Lead Ducks to Victory, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Smith-Pelly Scores Twice to Lead Ducks to Victory, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals to help lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinal.

Anaheim has now won three in a row and has a 3-2 series lead.

The game was tied at a goal apiece early in the second period when the 21-year-old Smith-Pelly scored two times in less than two minutes.

“We’re just having a lot of fun,” Smith-Pelly said. “This is what you dream about, playing in the playoffs.”

The Ducks would add one more to take a 4-1 lead, but Kings winger Marian Gaborik scored two goals to whittle Anaheim’s lead to one with 5:48 remaining. Ducks rookie goaltender John Gibson refused to let the Kings score from there finishing the night with 39 saves.

“We were talking about how we have to get to Gibson, and if we do, things are happening,” Gaborik said. “If we get shots through and try to go to the net, rebounds are there, and we got some chances. We have to keep doing that and we have to clean a lot of stuff up. We’re coming home. We’re confident we can win and come back here.”

That chance will come Wednesday night. The puck is set to drop in Los Angeles at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Canadiens Blow Out Bruins to Force Deciding Game 7

Canadiens Blow Out Bruins to Force Deciding Game 7

Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens blew out the Boston Bruins 4-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference seminfinal Monday, to force a decisive Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night.

Carey Price made 26 saves and Max Pacioretty scored only his second goal of the playoffs in the win.

“I was just waiting for my time to pitch in offensively,” Pacioretty said. “Obviously you wanted it to happen more often in the playoffs, but it’s two do-or-die games where I’ve scored a goal so I feel confident that I’m helping the team.

“You want to feel you’re helping the team win and I think I did that tonight,” he continued.

Although Boston didn’t score it had its fair share of chances to do so.

“We had more lines going than we’ve had this whole series,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “We spent a lot of time in the offensive zone, but if you hit posts and miss open nets. …You’ve got to bury those chances. Tonight they came back to haunt us.”

That means for the ninth time in their playoff histories, the Bruins and Canadiens will play in a do-or-die Game 7.

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Toews Lifts Blackhawks Over Wild to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Toews Lifts Blackhawks Over Wild to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Jonathan Toews knocks a bouncing puck past Ilya Bryzgalov early in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks the lead for good as they beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Sunday, in Game 6 of the Western Confe…

St. Louis Scores Early to Lead Rangers to a Game 7

St. Louis Scores Early to Lead Rangers to a Game 7

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Martin St. Louis’ mother may not be with us, but that doesn’t mean she was forgotten on Mother’s Day.
St. Louis, whose mother passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, scored the 3:34 into the game to start the New York Range…

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers 101 – Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Series tied, 2-2)
Indiana Pacers 95 – Washington Wizards 92 (Pacers lead series, 3-1)
NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers 3 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Series t…

Welcome to the Playoffs: Gibson Blanks Kings in Postseason Debut

Welcome to the Playoffs: Gibson Blanks Kings in Postseason Debut

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — John Gibson may have been nervous but he didn’t play like it.
Gibson, who made his NHL playoff debut on Saturday night, stopped all 28 shots that he faced to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the Los An…

Bruins Break Power-Play Drought to Take 3-2 Series Lead Over Canadiens

Bruins Break Power-Play Drought to Take 3-2 Series Lead Over Canadiens

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Bruins broke an 0-for-39 postseason power-play goal streak against the Montreal Canadiens en route to winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal Saturday night, 4-2.
The Bruins now lead the serie…

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