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Even his coach didn't expect much from Simon Despres after a trade to the Ducks, but Despres has quickly become a key playoff cog for Anaheim.
The Blackhawks have a wealth of individual talent, but they haven't figured out how to put that toward consistent power-play success.
If the Lightning are going to survive, Ben Bishop has to recover from allowing 10 goals in two games - just as his opponent Henrik Lundqvist did.
The Rangers came up with quite the elixir to cure what ails them as Henrik Lundqvist rebounded in net and Rick Nash scored twice.
The Rangers got big contributions from their stars as Henrik Lundqvist shut down the Lightning to even the Eastern Conference finals 2-2.
The Ducks' Bob Murray, the Rangers' Glen Sather and the Lightning's Steve Yzerman are finalists for the NHL's GM of the year award.
All eyes will be on Henrik Lundqvist as the Rangers look to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole against the Lightning.
The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Friday.Van Riemsdyk, 23, played 18 games with the Blackhawks to begin the season.
Not many smart Montrealers make it to the NHL via Harvard, but Alex Killorn has never been one to take the road most traveled.
Instead of letting the past determine their future, the Ducks revealed an inner fortitude that now has them halfway to a berth in the Cup finals.
The Ducks handed the Blackhawks their first home loss in these playoffs to take a 2-1 series lead in the West finals.
The Blackhawks shook up their lines for Game 3, adding Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom and dropping Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette.
Rangers D-man Dan Boyle is saving his best for when it matters most, which should surprise no one who knows him.
Mike Babcock's big-money, big-term signing by the Maple Leafs created a small ripple among the Western Conference finalist coaches.
Here's what to watch for heading into Game 3 as the Western Conference finals between the Ducks and the Blackhawks head to Chicago.