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Lundqvist's brilliance keeps Cup in its case 06-11-2014
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 shots and guided the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the L.A. Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday night, narrowing the series deficit to 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final. Lundqvist did everything the Rangers could have asked for and more, shunning the Kings with 15 saves in the third period and just barely keeping pucks from crossing the line despite many close calls. Lundqvist has won eight straight games while facing elimination, including five straight in these playoffs. Coming off three straight shaky performances in the Cup Final, King Henrik played like his dominant self on Wednesday night and the Rangers have life against the feisty Kings. Game 5 goes Friday night from California.
Jonathan Quick and Kings drop Game 4 in NYC 06-11-2014
Jonathan Quick G LA
Jonathan Quick was beaten twice on 19 shots in Game 4 as the Rangers staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over the Kings. Quick played a strong game and so did his team in front of him, but L.A. was unable to squeeze an equalizer past Henrik Lundqvist, so the series will shift back to California. Quick was coming off a 32 save shutout in Game 3 in the home of his favourite boyhood team, the Rangers. But New York struck midway through the first and again in the second, both hard fought goals, to delay the Cup celebration for at least 48 hours.
Jeff Carter and Kings lose nail biting Game 4 06-11-2014
Jeff Carter C LA
Jeff Carter played a spectacular game on Wednesday night, winning 70% of his faceoffs and generating numerous scoring chances in the Kings' 2-1 loss to New York. Carter and the Kings dominated the third period in pursuit of the equalizer, outshooting New York 15-1. Carter and his linemates Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson were the best line on the ice by far, but the trio were unable to beat Henrik Lundqvist. L.A. will try to win on home ice in Game 5 on Friday night.
Martin St. Louis' GWG sends series back to LA 06-11-2014
Martin St. Louis RW NYR
Martin St. Louis' eighth goal of the playoffs stood tall as the game winner on Wednesday night as the Rangers avoided elimination by beating the Kings 2-1 at a rowdy Madison Square Garden. The veteran shovelled home a juicy rebound on Jonathan Quick's doorstep 6:27 into the second period to put the Rangers up 2-0. L.A. would go on to dominate the second half of the game and come within one, but St. Louis' second goal of the series was all Henrik Lundqvist needed to secure New York's first Stanley Cup Final victory since Game 7 at the Garden in 1994.
Rangers shuffle lines to start Game 4 06-11-2014
Brad Richards C DET
Brad Richards was dropped to the Rangers' fourth line on Wednesday night for Game 4, as the struggling veteran is pointless in his past five games. Head Coach Alain Vigneault sent out dummy line combinations for pre-game warmup rushes, and as soon as the game started the Rangers coach initiated a shuffle. Dominic Moore was promoted to center the Martin St. Louis and Chris Kreider line, while Richards was sent down to play with Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett.
Report: Daniel Carcillo won't play Wednesday 06-11-2014
Daniel Carcillo LW CHI
Daniel Carcillo will reportedly not be in the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday.

John Shannon on Twitter
Carcillo is eligible to return after serving his six-game suspension. He has experience overcoming a 3-0 series deficit, but he's also been used sparingly in the playoffs, so this isn't a big surprise.
Falcons sign Denny Urban 06-11-2014
Denny Urban D FLA
The Springfield Falcons have inked Denny Urban to a one-year deal.

Aaron Portzline on Twitter
Springfield is the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Urban had two goals and 19 points in 43 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Dan Bylsma is a finalist with the Panthers 06-11-2014
Dan Bylsma RW ANA
Dan Bylsma is among the finalists for the Florida Panthers' head coaching gig.

Darren Dreger on Twitter
Ron Wilson, Gerard Gallant, Marc Crawford, Tom Renney, and Bill Peters are also still in the running. If Bylsma doesn't end up getting hired by the Panthers, there's still a good chance that the Carolina Hurricanes or Vancouver Canucks will hire him.
Jason Spezza wants the Senators to trade him 06-11-2014
Jason Spezza C DAL
Jason Spezza has asked the Ottawa Senators to trade him.

Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
It wasn't so long ago that the Senators were led by Spezza, Dany Heatley, and Daniel Alfredsson and one-by-one, they have left Ottawa on bad terms. Between Spezza, Ryan Kesler, and possibly Joe Thornton, the market for centers is looking very appealing. We could see some blockbuster trades in the days following the end of the Stanley Cup Final.
Chicago sees Antti Raanta as 2014-15 backup 06-11-2014
Antti Raanta G NYR
The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for Antti Raanta to continue to serve as the team's backup goaltender in 2014-15.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
Raanta gained that role when Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a season-ending injury. The Blackhawks need to re-sign him as he's scheduled to become a restricted free agent, but it looks like they plan to do so and not pursue a veteran backup to take his place.
Rangers have chance to do something special 06-11-2014
Martin St. Louis RW NYR
Martin St. Louis sees the Rangers' 3-0 series deficit as an opportunity to do something special.

New Jersey Online
The Rangers are going to try to become just the second team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final. "We're going to take it one game at a time," St. Louis said. "It's all about momentum and we're looking to grab it tonight." He added that the Rangers are feeling upbeat going into Game 4 on Wednesday.
Tyler Toffoli excited over potential Cup win 06-11-2014
Tyler Toffoli RW LA
Given Tyler Toffoli's lack of experience compared to most of the Kings, he's likely one of the most nervous going into Game 4 on Wednesday.
Toffoli and the Kings have an opportunity to sweep the Rangers and he's been losing sleep over that. "I fell asleep at 9 [on Tuesday night], woke up at 12 and then didn't fall back asleep 'til about 3," Toffoli said. "I was excited. There was a lot of thoughts going through my mind. But today, it's all business. You've got to be focused and ready for the big task at hand." Toffoli has veterans he can draw on to help get through this. He's already accomplished plenty though by scoring seven goals and 13 points in 24 playoff games.
Drew Doughty to play in 75th playoff game 06-11-2014
Drew Doughty D LA
Drew Doughty is getting ready for his 75th career playoff game. Doughty is just 24 years old and is on the brink of winning the Stanley Cup for the second time. He's been a major factor in all of the Kings' recent playoff runs, logging big minutes and recording 49 points in 74 games.
Laich's agent doubts he'll get bought out 06-11-2014
Brooks Laich LW TOR
Brooks Laich's agent, Roly Thompson, would be surprised if his client gets bought out.

CSN Washington
"I'll be honest with you, I have not heard one whisper," Thompson said. "This is not because I represent Brooks, it's just a general statement: He is the glue of the team." Laich has been sidetracked due to groin issues in recent years and would need to pass a physical in order to be bought out. Because the Capitals still have an unused compliance buyout, they could get his entire $4.5 million annual cap hit if they pursued that option. He had just 15 points in 51 contests in 2013-14.
Lundqvist has been great in elimination games 06-11-2014
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
The New York Rangers have won seven straight home contests when facing elimination.

Yahoo! Sports on Twitter
Henrik Lundqvist has been particularly effective in those contests, posting a 0.98 GAA and .967 save percentage. The Rangers have to hope that trend continues as they look to avoid being swept against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
AV thinks Carcillo could help if he plays 06-11-2014
Daniel Carcillo LW CHI
Although Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wouldn't confirm that Daniel Carcillo would return to the lineup on Wednesday, he did praise the forward.

The Bergen Record
"He would bring what he's brought to us all year long, is a real good energy," Vigneault said of Carcillo. "He's been in these situations before. He's been a good player for us. If we do use him tonight, I'm sure he'll be ready." Carcillo was part of the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers squad that overcame a 3-0 deficit. He hasn't been allowed to play in the Stanley Cup Final until now because he was serving a suspension.
Kings look to get off to strong start 06-11-2014
Willie Mitchell D FLA
Getting off to a strong start will be important for the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Katie Strang on Twitter
Although the Kings have already demonstrated that they can overcome a deficit against the New York Rangers, they want to take the Rangers out of this game early. "You don't want to give them any confidence whatsoever," Willie Mitchell said. The Kings are one win away from capturing the Stanley Cup.
Derek Dorsett thinks he'll be in the lineup 06-11-2014
Derek Dorsett RW VAN
As far as Derek Dorsett knows, he'll be in the lineup on Wednesday.

Dan Rosen on Twitter
Dorsett only logged 5:41 minutes in the Rangers' 3-0 loss on Monday. He has an assist in 21 contests in the 2014 playoffs.
Daniel Carcillo's role for Game 4 is unknown 06-11-2014
Daniel Carcillo LW CHI
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wouldn't tip his hand when it came to his lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
Daniel Carcillo is eligible to return after serving his six-game suspension, but it looks like we won't know for sure if he'll play until the pregame warmups. He has two goals and 22 penalty minutes in eight playoff games.
Matt Niskanen watching Pens' coaching search 06-11-2014
Matt Niskanen D WAS
Matt Niskanen, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, will pay close attention to the Penguins' hunt for a new head coach.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Niskanen was close with recently fired bench boss Dan Bylsma. "Dan being dismissed won't affect my decision," Niskanen said. "However, I will pay attention to what the coaching staff is going to look like. It's not the only factor in the decision. But it is a factor." He might end up commanding a salary of around $7 million annually on the open market, which would probably price the Penguins out anyways.
Sean Couturier has abdominal surgery 06-11-2014
Sean Couturier C PHI
Sean Couturier has undergone abdominal surgery.

CSN Philadelphia
Couturier is expected to spend the next five to six weeks recovering, which means that he'll be ready for training camp with time to spare. He had 13 goals and 39 points in 82 contests in 2013-14.
Richards tries to make best of bad situation 06-11-2014
Brad Richards C DET
Brad Richards admitted on Tuesday that his mind was racing with scenarios of what he could have done differently.

The Bergen Record
Richards' Rangers are down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. He hasn't been able to help much has he has no points and a minus-four rating in the finals. "But you have to make the best of it," he said. "The series is not over. We all can't wait to get back on the ice. It's just the waiting and the thinking. We've just got to get back into the battle and see where it goes."
Schneider isn't making playing time demands 06-11-2014
Cory Schneider G NJ
Cory Schneider clarified that he's not making any demands with regards to playing time as a condition for re-signing with New Jersey.

The Bergen Record
Schneider's agent has already begun to talk to the Devils. "People said I was demanding this or that," Schneider said. "It has nothing to do with that. There have been no demands. I think just personally for me I would like the opportunity to be a starting goalie - however many games that may be, however you define a starting goalie. I would just like that opportunity. I think I've at least earned a look and if they agree then we'll go from there." Schneider only ended up playing in 45 games in 2013-14 because of the presence of Martin Brodeur.
Williams: Kings got distracted in 2012 finals 06-11-2014
Justin Williams RW WAS
Justin Williams felt that the Kings got distracted when they got a 3-0 series lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.
"I think potentially, maybe not everyone, but there were some issues that maybe got us sidetracked a little bit," Williams said. "The thought of winning a Cup, being one game away, family issues, ticket issues, all that stuff. That can maybe sidetrack you from the end result." The Kings still ended up winning the Cup in Game 6, but they obviously want to avoid giving the New York Rangers any life if they can help it. The Kings are hoping to learn from the problems they had when they held a 3-0 lead in 2012 to complete the sweep this time around.
Jarret Stoll: The Kings are a united team 06-11-2014
Jarret Stoll C CLB
Jarret Stoll feels that the Kings are a united front.
"Yeah, we all care about each other," Stoll said. "There's no cliques on our team. There's no some guys going off here, some guys going off there. We all do things together on the ice and off the ice. We get together a lot. We all live fairly close to each other down at the beach, five, ten minutes apart. So that helps, getting together, doing things." The Kings have had a lot of success together over the last few years. They've won 10 of their last 11 playoff series and are on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years given their commanding 3-0 lead over the Rangers.
Craig Ramsay is happy with given role 06-11-2014
Dallas Eakins D CAL
Craig Ramsay, who recently joined the Edmonton Oilers to help their defense as an assistant coach, isn't hoping to eventually get a bigger role.

Edmonton Journal
Ramsay previously served as a head coach and associate coach, but at the age of 63, he's happy just working in a supporting role. "I just want to be somewhere where they understand the kind of team they have, where they want to get to, and how they are going to do it," Ramsay said. "I felt good about that." Ramsay previously worked for the Florida Panthers, but he was fired in November when the Panthers wanted to change up their coaching staff.
Turner Elson part of championship Alaska Aces 06-11-2014
Turner Elson LW COL
Turner Elson won the Kelly Cup with the ECHL Alaska Aces

Calgary Herald
Elson had seven goals and 11 points in 20 playoff games with Alaska. He also had two goals and three points in 37 games with the AHL Abbotsford Heat in 2013-14.
John Ramage helps Alaska Aces win Cup 06-11-2014
John Ramage D CLB
John Ramage helped lead the ECHL Alaska Aces to the Kelly Cup.

Calgary Herald
Ramage spent most of the 2013-14 campaign with the AHL Abbotsford Heat, where he had an assist and 46 points in 50 games. He had four goals and nine assists in 20 playoff contests with the Aces. "A great experience," Ramage said. "Any time you can get a championship at any level, it's pretty incredible. To do it the first time - my first time at the pro level, my first year - I feel very fortunate."