The hiring of coach Mike Babcock by the Toronto Maple Leafs could mean that both Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf will remain with the club next season, while the team may also look at bringing defenseman Cody Franson back into the fold. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to land a first-round pick before the draft. More
Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen said Tuesday that he hasn’t been approached with a single formal offer or proposal regarding an NHL team in the city. Hansen and the city of Seattle came to a deal saying the arena needed an NBA team to get the green light, but Seattle’s mayor said an NHL team would make him reconsider.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could be in the lineup for Game 6 of the Western Conference final. Coach Joel Quenneville said van Riemsdyk skated Monday and Tuesday in the Windy City and Quenneville wouldn’t rule out dressing the rookie blueline.
New Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol owes the University of North Dakota $100,000 after signing an NHL coaching contract in the middle of his deal with the NCAA club. Hakstol is one of only four coaches to ever make the jump directly from the NCAA to NHL, but North Dakota prepared for that with a clause in his 2012 contract.
The Rangers have come back multiple times from 3-1 playoff series deficits in recent years – and after Tuesday's 7-3 romp over Tampa Bay, they've forced a Game 7. If the Lightning don't rediscover their defensive touch, they'll likely suffer an embarrassing series exit at the hands of New York on Friday.
Ben Bishop was looking to redeem himself for two sub-par games with a strong Game 6 Tuesday against the Rangers, but the Lightning goalie surrendered five goals on 26 shots – and even when he made an unreal save – as he did on Derick Brassard in the third period – the Blueshirts quickly scored.
Facing elimination in Tuesday's Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Final series against Tampa Bay, the Rangers needed a big game out of star goalie Henrik Lundqvist. And he started out well, making a stunning stop on Lightning star Steven Stamkos to preserve the Blueshirts' lead.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he didn't see Cedric Paquette leave the ice early during Tuesday's morning skate, but did say the center would be "very questionable" for Game 6 against the New York Rangers. Paquette only has one goal during the post-season, but was heavily relied upon as a defensive center for the Lightning during the regular season.
Matt Beleskey’s overtime goal came so quickly from the start of overtime – just 45 seconds – that some fans in Anaheim weren’t even yet back in their seats, but it’s not the quickest overtime tally in playoff history. Matter of fact, it’s not even the fastest in this post-season.
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