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Flyers owner Ed Snider clarified that while Flyers GM Ron Hextall will be patient with the team's young players, he still intends to contend in the short-term.

"The bottom line is, that patience was misinterpreted to mean that he was going to be patient with the team in and of itself," Snider said. "Which he's not. He's going to do everything in his power to produce a winner as soon as possible, which means it could be trades, it could be coaching, it could be all kinds of things." Philadelphia has missed the playoffs in two of its last three years. It had a 33-31-18 record in 2014-15, which led to the firing of head coach Craig Berube.
May 5 - 11:11 AM

Rick Nash had a team-high seven shots on goal Monday night, but couldn't score in the Rangers' 1-0 loss to Washington.

Nash has just one goal in eight playoff games. That's in stark contrast to his 42 markers in the regular season. Postseason goal droughts have become the standard for Nash though as he has six goals in 49 career playoff games compared to 378 in 862 career regular season contests.
May 5 - 10:54 AM

Henrik Lundqvist is the first Rangers player in franchise history to participate in 100 postseason contests.

Lundqvist reached that mark in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. He has a 2.19 GAA and .923 save percentage in his 100 career playoff games. He's also just the 10th goaltender to ever reach the 100-contest mark with a single franchise.
May 5 - 10:51 AM

The New York Rangers won just 18 of 58 faceoffs in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Derek Stepan was among those that struggled on the draw as he went just 3-for-16. His faceoff success rate has consequently dropped to 43.3% in the playoffs. This isn't a new problem for Stepan though as he won just 44.1% of his draws in the regular season. The Rangers are down 2-1 in their series against Washington.
May 5 - 10:49 AM

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien wasn't happy with Brandon Prust's comments about referee Brad Watson.

Prust claimed that Watson was provoking him and that the referee likes to "play God." Therrien said that he feels what happens on the ice should stay on the ice. "We'll take care of that internally," Therrien said, referring to Prust's comments. For better or worse, his comments have become a distraction with Montreal behind 2-0 in its series against Tampa Bay.
May 5 - 10:44 AM

Pavel Jenys has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Jenys had 15 goals and 45 points in 63 OHL games in 2014-15. He was taken in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 5 - 10:39 AM

Justin Fontaine (leg) is questionable for Game 3 on Tuesday.

Fontaine missed Game 2 due to the ailment. He has a goal and an assist in six playoff games this year.
May 5 - 10:37 AM

The Wild need more from Mikko Koivu in the playoffs.

Koivu has a goal, four points, and a minus-three rating in eight postseason contests. He was held off the scoresheet in the Wild's 4-1 loss to Chicago on Sunday. With Minnesota now down 2-0 in the series, the team captain feels Minnesota needs to play better defensively and if it does that will lead to offensive production as well.
May 5 - 10:35 AM

Thomas Vanek thinks the Wild have deviated too much from their game in their second round series against Chicago.

"You don't beat teams by playing their way, especially not Chicago," Vanek said. "If you play their way, it will look like we did [Sunday] night. We have to find our game here quickly, and I'm sure we will." The Wild are set to play in Game 3 on Tuesday. It's a vital contest for them as Chicago already has a 2-0 series lead. The silver lining is that the Wild are back in Minnesota so they'll have the luxury of home ice.
May 5 - 10:32 AM

Darnell Nurse has been summoned by AHL Oklahoma City.

That will give Nurse an opportunity to extend his 2014-15 campaign after his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were eliminated by Connor McDavid's Erie Otters in the OHL playoffs. Oklahoma City, which is Edmonton's AHL affiliate, is getting ready for the second round of the postseason. Nurse is a top-tier defensive prospect and was taken by Edmonton with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
May 5 - 10:20 AM

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland recently had a conversation about Babcock's future.

Babcock's contract is set to expire on June 30th and if he wants, he can walk as a free agent and likely get substantial offers from a variety of teams. Among the squads that are believed to be interested in his services are Philadelphia, Edmonton, Buffalo, and Toronto. "We talked about his situation, and now, we need a little time — I'm going to use the word 'stew' — to stew over what we talked about," Holland said of his conversation with Babcock. "Then, in a few days, we'll talk again. And eventually, that will lead to some decision. I don't have a handicap on the situation." Is hoping that this is concluded, or at least close to a resolution by the end of May.
May 5 - 10:16 AM

Even with his team up 2-0 in the second round series, Jonathan Toews doesn't want to assume that Chicago will eliminate Minnesota.

"I think we were saying before the series [that], in a way, a lot of people look at us as the team that's expected to win this series. We're not thinking that way at all. We're thinking we need to work for every chance, every bounce we're going to get," Toews said. "We've shown that so far and we know that there's still a long ways to go, a lot of work left to do and a lot of room for improvement as far as our game goes. We like where we're at right now, but we know that this series is long way from being over." Chicago is set to play in Game 3 on Tuesday. With the series moving to Minnesota, it will be a difficult contest for the Blackhawks, but a win Tuesday night would put Minnesota on the ropes.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 5 - 10:10 AM

Don't expect Mark Giordano (biceps) to return before the end of the week.

Giordano is only able to take limited contact at this time and hasn't started firing slapshots. The team captain hasn't played since Feb. 25 due to the injury. It's not surprising that he's not ready yet, although Calgary might not survive the week as its down 2-0 in its second round series against Anaheim.
May 5 - 10:05 AM

Sam Bennett will play in his 10th career NHL game on Tuesday and this will consequently count as the first season of his entry level contract.

For the purposes of Bennett's contract, both regular season and playoff games are being counted. It's unusual to see a player burn the first season of his deal due to playoff action as typically talented youngsters get a nine-game trial at the start of a campaign and from there they either stick with the team or get returned to the juniors for the rest of the season to avoid triggering the start of his entry-level deal. In Bennett's case, he didn't make his debut until April 15. Still, the Flames don't mind going the unconventional route as Bennett has been a net positive in the playoffs.
May 5 - 10:03 AM

Mikael Backlund hasn't found the back of the net in the 2015 playoffs.

It's not for lack of trying as he has 26 shots on goal in eight contests. "Well … that's the only way you're going to score is if you shoot pucks," Backlund said. "That's what I've been trying to do. The chances have been there, we just haven't capitalized yet." Calgary is down 2-0 in its second round series against Anaheim, so this would be a great time for Backlund to break out of his slump.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 5 - 9:57 AM

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