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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 27, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE D2 D2 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015 winnipegfreepress. com NHL REPORT AT A GLANCE BEST- OF- SEVEN Conference finals WESTERN CONFERENCE Anaheim ( 1) vs. Chicago ( 3) ( Ducks lead series 3- 2) Monday Result Anaheim 5 Chicago 4 ( OT) Today’s Game Anaheim at Chicago, 7 p. m. Saturday Game x- Chicago at Anaheim, 7 p. m. EASTERN CONFERENCE N. Y. Rangers ( 1) vs. Tampa Bay ( 2) ( Series tied 3- 3) Tuesday Result NY Rangers 7 Tampa Bay 3 Friday Game Tampa Bay at NY Rangers, 7 p. m. x — if necessary TUESDAY Rangers 7 at Bolts 3 First Period 1. NY Rangers, Brassard 7 ( Miller, Boyle) 3: 36. 2. NY Rangers, Yandle 2 ( Brassard, Nash) 15: 30. 3. Tampa Bay, Callahan 1 ( Stralman, Bishop) 17: 20 ( pp). Penalties — Staal NYR ( stick holding) 13: 03, Kreider NYR ( cross- checking) 17: 00, Stepan NYR ( cross- checking) 17: 00, Stamkos TB ( cross- checking) 17: 00. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Kucherov TB ( hooking) 6: 35, Morrow TB ( hooking) 17: 20. Third Period 4. NY Rangers, Miller 1 ( Brassard, Nash) 3: 02. 5. NY Rangers, Sheppard 1 ( Moore, Glass) 6: 00. 6. NY Rangers, Brassard 8 ( Miller, Nash) 7: 14. 7. Tampa Bay, Kucherov 8 ( Johnson) 7: 50. 8. NY Rangers, Nash 5 ( Yandle, Miller) 10: 21 ( pp). 9. Tampa Bay, Kucherov 9 ( Johnson, Nesterov) 13: 21. 10. NY Rangers, Brassard 9 ( unassisted) 18: 19 ( en). Penalties — Nesterov TB ( slashing) 9: 08, Girardi NYR ( delay of game) 15: 36. Shots on goal by NY Rangers 711 16 — 34 Tampa Bay 16 13 10 — 39 Goal — NY Rangers: Lundqvist ( W, 11- 7- 0); Tampa Bay: Bishop ( L, 11- 8- 0). Power plays ( goal- chances) — NY Rangers: 1- 3; Tampa Bay: 1- 3. Referees — Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen — Steve Miller, Pierre Racicot. Attendance — 19,204. LATE MONDAY Hawks 4 at Ducks 5 ( OT) First Period 1. Anaheim, Fowler 2 ( Thompson, Cogliano) 5: 10. 2. Anaheim, Kesler 6 ( Silfverberg, Beauchemin) 5: 42. 3. Anaheim, Vatanen 3 ( Getzlaf) 14: 37. Penalties — Seabrook Chi ( crosschecking) 10: 18. Second Period 4. Chicago, Teravainen 2 ( Vermette, Sharp) 1: 11. 5. Chicago, Seabrook 5 ( Teravainen, Sharp) 19: 35. Penalties — Beauchemin Ana ( tripping) 5: 46, Bench Chi ( too many men) 9: 57. Third Period 6. Anaheim, Maroon 6 ( Vatanen, Getzlaf) 14: 45. 7. Chicago, Toews 6 ( Hossa, Keith) 18: 10. 8. Chicago, Toews 7 ( Shaw, Seabrook) 19: 22. Penalties — Stoner Ana ( hooking) 1: 43. Overtime 9. Anaheim, Beleskey 7 ( Kesler, Silfverberg) : 45. Penalties — None. Shots on goal by Chicago 3 13 12 0 — 28 Anaheim 11 5 8 4 — 28 Goal — Chicago: Crawford ( LO, 7- 4- 0); Anaheim: Andersen ( W, 11- 3- 0). Power plays ( goals- chances) Chicago: 0- 2; Anaheim: 0- 2. Referees — Eric Furlatt, Brad Watson. Linesmen — Derek Amell, Brian Murphy. Attendance — 17,286. ST. LOUIS — After careful deliberation, the St. Louis Blues are sticking with veteran coach Ken Hitchcock for another season. The Blues and Hitchcock on Tuesday announced a one- year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. “ This is unfinished business for me,” Hitchcock said. “ I don’t want to coach to coach, I want to coach to win. I couldn’t find a better spot.” Both Hitchcock and general manager Doug Armey referred to the term “ detoxing” since the Blues were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Instead of sweeping personnel changes, they promise increased commitment. Armstrong said he wouldn’t break up the core group that’s been in place for several seasons, including captain David Backes, T. J. Oshie, Alex Pietrangelo and Patrik Berglund, just to make a change. “ There is value if we get better players in return,” Armstrong said. “ No trade is better than a poor trade. We’re going to explore improving our team, but it has to make sense.” Heading the list of the off- season objectives is re- signing Vladimir Tarasenko, among the NHL goal- scoring leaders, to a long- term deal. Hitchcock appeared glum at the news conference after the Blues were eliminated in six games by the Minnesota Wild. He was all smiles on Tuesday. “ The emotion when the series was over was ‘ Get me away from here,’ ” Hitchhcock said. “ There was a time when you’re not really sure, then it got over- ridden by passion to coach and teach.” Hitchcock said the half- ice game that works so well in the regular season won’t work in the playoffs. He wants to see more “ reckless” play. “ I really believe in the group, but I also believe if we don’t make the internal changes that are necessary, we’re going to get passed,” Hitchcock said. “ The four fastest teams in the NHL are playing right now. “ If Doug doesn’t change anybody, we can do that.” Hitchcock took over as Blues coach during the 2011- 2012 season. He has led St. Louis to an NHL- best 175- 79- 27 regular- season record since then. The post- season has been a different story. Under Hitchcock, the Blues have made it past the first round of the playoffs just once in four tries, and never past the second. This season, they had the third- best record in franchise history ( 51- 24- 7, 109 points) but lost in the first round to lower- seeded Minnesota in six games. The Blues were among several teams who met with Mike Babcock, the former Detroit coach, before he signed with Toronto for a reported $ 50 million over eight years. Armstrong hesitated briefly before responding to a question whether he’d known all along that Hitchcock was the man he wanted. “ We got pulled into the wake of another boat,” the GM said. “ We were fine going down the river at our own pace. As uncomfortable as it was for fans to wait, it was the comfort level this organization needed.” Hitchcock, 63, is the NHL’s fourthwinningest coach with a record of 708- 429- 185. He reached the 700- win milestone on March 12. He has the highest winning percentage of any Blues coach in the history of the franchise. Hitchcock has coached in the NHL for 18 seasons with Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis, making the post- season 13 times. He led Dallas to the 1999 Stanley Cup championship. He won the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach in 2012. He is second all- time in wins among Blues coaches with 175, trailing only Joel Quenneville, who had 307. — The Associated Press Blues changing, but sticking with Hitch Bench boss wants more ‘ reckless’ play By Jim Salter JEFF ROBERSON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ken Hitchcock’s mood has lightened considerably since the Blues were eliminated. C HICAGO — Anaheim stars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are drawing a lot of attention in the Western Conference final. But when the Ducks’ defencemen join the attack, it presents a big problem for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ducks got four points from their defencemen in Monday night’s 5- 4 overtime win that moved them within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals. It was their best total since their defencemen accounted for six points in a 6- 1 victory over Calgary in Game 1 of their second- round series on April 30, according to STATS. “ The main thing that we’ve had throughout the playoffs is we’ve had scoring from all four lines and we’ve also had people on the back end who can pitch in every once in a while,” defenceman Cam Fowler said Tuesday before the Ducks departed Southern California for Game 6 in Chicago. “ I think it puts more pressure on other teams defensively when they know there’s not just going to be three forwards they have to worry about; they have to worry about the second wave coming in, which might be a fourth defenceman. That changes things a little bit.” Fowler and Sami Vatanen scored in Anaheim’s fast start in Game 5. Vatanen also had an assist on Patrick Maroon’s goal in the third. Anaheim leads the NHL with 42 points from defencemen in 14 playoff games, compared to 31 for Chicago in 15 games, says STATS. “ It’s been really essential. But it’s happened all year,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “ No one knew about it all year because nobody knew who Sami Vatanen or Hampus Lindholm were. They had an inkling of who Cam Fowler was. None of these guys were really on the radar as far as offensive defencemen. “ But they’re good puck- moving guys and they create offence. If you look at their numbers, they’re all up there. Five out of the six, anyway, are always up there in the scoring for defencemen.” The performance in Game 5 ran their total for the series to 13 points. If Anaheim’s defencemen fill up the score sheet again tonight, that could spell the end for Chicago. But the seasoned Blackhawks are promising a fight to the finish. “ There’s a lot of history here that we’ve collected over seven years. A lot of positive things,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “ I think we all came out of last night’s game with an anger and a real sour taste in our mouth.” The Blackhawks trailed the Kings 3- 1 in the Western Conference finals a year ago, and came all the way back to force a memorable Game 7 that ended on a deflected overtime goal by Los Angeles defenceman Alec Martinez. Chicago rallied from a 3- 1 deficit against Detroit on its way to the 2013 Stanley Cup title. “ It’s something we know we’ve done before,” forward Brandon Saad said. “ When we’re in tight situations like this, we have a veteran group that has been through it and we know how to win games. We got to take care of tomorrow.” While the series has included three overtime games and alternating victories for each side, a big key tonight could be the start. The team that scored first has won each of the first five games. The Ducks outscored the Blackhawks 3- 0 in a dominant first period in Game 5. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews forced overtime with a pair of dramatic goals in the final two minutes of regulation, but Matt Beleskey got the win for Anaheim with his seventh goal of the playoffs just 45 seconds into the extra session. The Blackhawks felt they had the Ducks on the run at the end of regulation, but overtime was over before they were able to get another crack at Frederik Andersen in a shaky stretch for the young goaltender. — The Associated Press By Jay Cohen MARK J. TERRILL / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILES Anaheim Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler ( right) celebrates with Jiri Sekac after scoring against the Blackhawks in Game 5. Ducks’ D- men hard to handle Forming ‘ second wave’ for Hawks to deal with D_ 02_ May- 27- 15_ FP_ 01. indd D2 5/ 26/ 15 10: 32: 07 PM

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