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Your Frank J. Selke Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK -- Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," the National Hockey League announced today.

All three were Selke finalists in 2013-14, when Bergeron, Kopitar and Toews finished 1-2-3, respectively, in balloting. This marks the first time in 18 years that the same trio has swept finalist berths for a trophy in consecutive seasons: Paul Kariya, Adam Oates and Teemu Selanne were the top three contenders for the Lady Byng Trophy in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Montreal and Anaheim will try to sweep their series tonight while Pittsburgh and St. Louis will try to even their series at 2-2.

Full schedule is below and feel free to discuss the games tonight.

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Video- Up Close Action From The NHL Playoff Games On Tuesday

via the NHL YouTube channel,

Sights and sounds from Tuesday night's playoff games.

 

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Connor McDavid’s Father Sets The Record Straight

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

There were those around the hockey world who watched Connor McDavid walk down the studio hall with a camera in his face after Edmonton won the draft lottery and determined that the serious look on his face meant he was disappointed that his destiny was to go to the Oilers.

His dad said he’s absolutely sure that was not the case.

“To be honest, he was a little bit in shock,” said Brian.

“He would have had the exact same expression on his face if the winner had been Buffalo, Toronto or Arizona. The reality is that his future had just been decided by bingo balls.”

Brian said he was aware of certain members of the media who reacted by suggesting maybe Connor would pull an Eric Lindros and decide he didn’t want to go where he was picked. He said these media members neither know his son nor, obviously, his history.

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The Life Of A Hockey Analyst During The Playoffs

from Neil Best of Newsday,

It was 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center and Joe Micheletti was present and accounted for, as usual, coffee cup in hand, as usual.

Normally this would not be news because announcers usually attend playoff teams' morning skates. But many journalist friends who passed by asked him how he was feeling.

That is because Micheletti, MSG's Rangers analyst, had worked a triple-overtime game between the Predators and Blackhawks on Tuesday night in Chicago, gotten to bed at 2:30 a.m. Central Time and had a wakeup call at 4:30.

That sort of turnaround is manageable for one night. But Micheletti has been at this for a week, working both Blackhawks-Predators for NBC and Penguins-Rangers for MSG -- including going from a double-overtime game in Nashville to a game in New York.

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Dan Carcillo On Steve Montador

from Dan Carcillo of The Players' Tribune,

It was early Sunday afternoon, and I was taking off my shoes in our players’ lounge when I kept hearing my phone buzz. Someone was calling repeatedly. I immediately got an uneasy, sick feeling when I looked at the screen and saw who was calling. It was my close friend Missy. She was hysterical.

“Steve’s gone,” she said.

My best friend in hockey, Steve Montador, was found dead in his home at age 35. Steve was a 12-year NHL vet who battled addiction at certain points in his career before getting sober. Since he walked away from the game due to concussions in 2013, he was struggling to figure out what to do next. But I was still in complete shock and disbelief. For some reason, I started getting dressed for the pre-game skate. As a hockey player, you’re just taught to push through the pain, no matter what. I started putting on my skates when I glanced across the room and saw the stall Monty used to sit in when we played together. I heard his deep, hearty laugh.

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added 2:41pm, video of Carcillo on Montador is below, also in the article.

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The Pressure Is On In St. Lous

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Hitchcock must find solutions or face the consequences. Core players on this roster must elevate their play or face the consequences.

This team entered the playoffs with great expectations. Tom Stillman’s ownership group spent to the salary cap on this roster.

General manager Doug Armstrong assembled a Hall of Fame braintrust to run the hockey operation. With input from his many aides, he made several moves to beef up the front lines and the back lines.

Clearly the Blues have enough talent to win a Stanley Cup. But actually winning the Cup takes tremendous focus, poise and effort.

The Blues have been lacking on those fronts too often in this series, which is why they sit in such a precarious position.

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Derick Brassard A Key For The New York Rangers

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Last season, he chipped in 12 points, including two game-winners during the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup finals. This season, the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead Monday night and are preparing for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Already, with the Rangers again picked by many to make a long playoff run, Brassard leads the way with two goals in three games.

It's not just his offense that makes the nifty center with the quick release so impressive. In fact, coach Alain Vigneault starts answering the question about Brassard's evolution as a complete player before it is fully asked.

“He’s become a very dependable two-way hockey player,” Vigneault said Tuesday. "His knowledge of the game has really improved, his confidence. He’s going up against all the top lines in the league, and he’s doing a real good job for us and we need that. We needed that evolution, and we got it from him.

"I would say it’s probably a process of a normal young player that’s got a lot of upside offensively but needs to learn to become an effective NHL player, and that’s what Brass has done."

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NHL Short Notes

TUESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
DETROIT 3, Tampa Bay 0 – DET leads 2-1
Washington 2, NY ISLANDERS 1 (OT) – series tied 2-2
CHICAGO 3, Nashville 2 (3OT) – CHI leads 3-1
CALGARY 3, Vancouver 1 – CGY leads 3-1
 
SEABROOK LIFTS BLACKHAWKS IN TRIPLE-OVERTIME THRILLER
Brent Seabrook scored 60 seconds into the third overtime period to power the Blackhawks to a 3-1 series lead over the Predators in the longest game thus far in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
 

 
* The Blackhawks have contested the last three triple-overtime games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs – also April 17, 2014 at STL (100:26, 4-3 L in Game 1 of FR) and June 12, 2013 vs. BOS (112:08, 4-3 W in Game 1 of F).

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Is Something Wrong With Steven Stamkos?

Watching the game last night, Stamkos just didn't appear to be on his 'A' game.

Not sure what it is but the Lightning need him to be better than he was last night.

via Scott Cullen of TSN,

Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay’s marquee player had team-worst possession stats (3 shot attempts for, 10 against, 23.1%) and his line, with wingers Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn, was controlled by the Red Wings’ line of Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar.

via Gary Shelton of SaintPetersBlog,

“They fed off the building, the intensity,” said Lightning center Steven Stamkos. “We didn’t play well. Just looking at our effort in games one and game two compared to tonight, we were missing something.”

Stamkos played 16:47 last night during 19 shifts, was -1 and had two shots.

For the series his TOI is 17:09, is even in +/- and has two assists.

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