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Panthers creating chances, but know they need to 'get more pucks on net' vs Rangers

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The Florida Panthers haven’t had a shortage of shot attempts through the first three games of their Eastern Conference final series against the New York Rangers.

The problem: Far too many aren’t getting to the net.

So while the Panthers are getting pressure on star Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin, they know there’s another level to ...Read more

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Kraken will name Dan Bylsma as next coach, source says

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Moments after another uninspired Kraken loss in Los Angeles in early April, about a half-dozen mostly younger players gathered outside their dressing room for a quick meetup with the franchise’s visiting AHL affiliate coach Dan Bylsma.

The players had all recently played for Bylsma, 53, with the Coachella Valley Firebirds and it was tough not...Read more

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Panthers show 'more urgency' in third period of Game 3 OT loss to Rangers. They need to build on it

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The Florida Panthers were down a pair of goals with 20 minutes left in regulation of Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final series with the New York Rangers on Sunday. Defense lapses — abnormal for this Florida team — had them in need of a major rally to keep themselves in the game heading into the third period.

The Panthers were in need ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: How do you lose a game you dominate? Somehow, Panthers are down 2-1 to Rangers

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Afterward, the Florida Panthers stayed on their bench, waiting and waiting for the New York Rangers winning goal to be ruled official. The Rangers bench had emptied, the players already celebrating in their locker room. The Panthers waited, silent, as if in disbelief at what just happened.

How do you lose a game you’ve ...Read more

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After an afternoon of counterpunching, Rangers find way to floor Panthers with OT knockout blow

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SUNRISE, Fla. – By now, it has become apparent that the New York Rangers’ path to victory against the Florida Panthers in this Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff series will be counterpunching.

So Sunday at Amerant Bank Arena they absorbed, withstood, and then landed the knockout of an Alex Wennberg goal 5:35 into overtime on a ...Read more

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Alexander Wennberg scores game-winning goal in overtime, gives Rangers 5-4 win in Game 3 over Panthers

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Barclay Goodrow was the New York Rangers’ hero in Game 2 after his goal in overtime gave the team a 2-1 victory.

On Sunday, it was Alexander Wennberg who provided the magic in overtime.

Wennberg tipped in the game-winner at 5:35 in overtime to give the Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final ...Read more

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Rangers' 'emotional advantage' pays off in Game 2 overtime winner to even series with Panthers

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NEW YORK — As Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice views it, the team that loses the first game of a playoff series has an advantage when it comes to Game 2. There’s the desire to quickly even the playing field and not fall behind by two games right out of the gate in a best-of-7 series.

So after his Panthers shut out the Rangers to open the...Read more

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Stars' 2 highest paid players are their best players, which is why they lost Game 1

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DALLAS — The head coach thinks it’s too early to “call guys out,” but when you have come this far to reach the Western Conference Finals, you don’t wait for Game 5.

The Dallas Stars are good enough to win the Stanley Cup this spring, but only if their best players play like it.

In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the ...Read more

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No clarity, little subtlety on Avs' Valeri Nichushkin situation: 'What happens here moving forward, that's up to him'

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DENVER — Chris MacFarland and Gabe Landeskog spent nearly an hour taking questions from assembled media Thursday, and there were nearly as many queries about Valeri Nichushkin as there were about the Avalanche captain.

Two integral members of the organization made one thing very clear: The proverbial ball is firmly in Nichushkin’s court.

...Read more

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'A hard style to play against:' Panthers defense thriving in front of Sergei Bobrovsky in playoffs

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NEW YORK — Sergei Bobrovsky, as he has had to do so many times this postseason, found himself waiting for the opportunity to get involved in the action in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday.

For 14 minutes and 23 seconds midway through the second period of the series opener, the New York Rangers did not log a single shot on ...Read more

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Geoff Baker: Hockey's globalization lessening impact of Canada's Stanley Cup drought

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SEATTLE — Now the real fun, or agony depending on one's outlook, begins for fans north of the Canadian border when it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and national pride.

The Edmonton Oilers, who ousted Vancouver in Game 7 on Monday night, will try to become the first Canadian-based team to win the Cup since Montreal did it 31 years ago. ...Read more

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Despite Kings' playoff failure, Jim Hiller passes interim test and wins full-time job

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LOS ANGELES — Jim Hiller finally has had the interim tag removed from his title as Kings coach, with the team saying Wednesday the longtime assistant has been given the job.

The announcement, in a press release from general manager Rob Blake, was not a surprise after Blake and team president Luc Robitaille indicated this month that the Kings ...Read more

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Sergei Bobrovsky shuts out Rangers as Panthers win Game 1 of Eastern Conference final

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NEW YORK — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 23 shots he faced as the Florida Panthers beat the New York Rangers 3-0 on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final at Madison Square Garden.

It’s Bobrovsky’s second career postseason shutout. The other one? May 22, 2023 — exactly one year ago — in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference ...Read more

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Devils will reportedly hire Sheldon Keefe as their coach -- ending all that Mike Sullivan speculation

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PITTSBURGH — The New Jersey Devils will reportedly hire Sheldon Keefe as their next coach, killing any lingering curiosity about whether Mike Sullivan would depart Pittsburgh this summer to go coach the Penguins' Metropolitan Division rivals.

New Jersey's hiring also means that Keefe will not — at least at this time — follow Kyle Dubas ...Read more

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Ted Kulfan's NHL playoff preview: Former Red Wings execs Holland, Nill square off in West final

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DETROIT — Ken Holland and Jim Nill put together rosters that made the Red Wings an NHL dynasty and brought four Stanley Cups to Detroit.

Evidently the two veteran general managers aren't done yet.

Holland's Edmonton Oilers and Nill's Dallas Stars will meet in the Western Conference final beginning Thursday in Dallas. The New York Rangers and...Read more

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Blake Wheeler could be ready to help Rangers in Eastern Conference Final vs. Panthers

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The Rangers will begin their Eastern Conference Final series against the Panthers on Wednesday.

With the much-needed break before Game 1, the Blueshirts could potentially see the return of a key player.

Blake Wheeler told reporters after Sunday’s practice that he is “an option and available” for the series against the Panthers. However, ...Read more

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'We have so much fun': How Panthers are staying composed through tense moments of playoffs

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The Florida Panthers had barely been off the ice a few minutes after clinching their second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Boston Bruins, and Matthew Tkachuk was already racing to get out of TD Garden so the real celebration with his teammates could begin.

He had the itinerary all mapped out.

“Go to the hotel lounge, play some...Read more

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Lundell, Forsling lead Panthers to series-clinching, 2-1 win over Bruins

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BOSTON — With the game tied and barely 100 seconds left on the clock, Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell entered the offensive zone and fired a shot at Jeremy Swayman. The Boston Bruins goaltender, as he has done so often, made the save.

But the puck bounced loose and defenseman Gustav Forsling got the second attempt past Swayman. The ...Read more

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Former Blues coach Craig Berube officially hired to coach Maple Leafs

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ST. LOUIS — Craig Berube has a new home.

Berube was hired by the Maple Leafs on Friday afternoon, as the former Blues coach takes over perhaps the most high-profile job in the NHL. Berube coached the Blues for parts of six seasons before he was fired in December after a 13-14-1 start in St. Louis.

The news was reported earlier on Friday by ...Read more

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Carolina collapses in third period: Rangers eliminate Hurricanes from playoffs in Game 6

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A season that had much success ended in disappointment Thursday for the Carolina Hurricanes, the Canes losing, 5-3, to the New York Rangers at PNC Arena in Game 6 of their Stanley Cup playoff series.

Chris Kreider’s natural hat trick in the third period was the difference, giving the Rangers the lead after the Canes had ...Read more