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Capitals force Game 7 with Tampa Bay after 3-0 win






NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will decide the Eastern Conference Final in Game 7 Wednesday night at AMALIE Arena in Tampa (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Eastern Conference Final has required a seventh and deciding game.


The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights in a best-of-seven series beginning Monday, May 28.


If the Lightning advance, they will host Game 1 against the Golden Knights at AMALIE Arena in Tampa. If the Capitals advance, they will play Game 1 on the road against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


While the Lightning and Capitals never have met in a winner-take-all contest, and have not played one in the 2018 postseason, Game 7 is familiar territory for both.


* The Lightning will contest a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in the past four years, having defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 in 2015 and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016.


* Four Lightning players have tallied a game-winning goal in a Game 7 (Braydon CoburnDan GirardiAlex Killorn and Chris Kunitz). It was Kunitz who scored at 5:09 of double-overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference Final.


* Six Lightning players have at least five career Game 7 wins: Anton Stralman (7-1), Ryan McDonagh (6-1), Girardi (6-2), Kunitz (6-3), Coburn (5-2) and Ryan Callahan (5-2). All have recorded Game 7 wins over the Capitals with other teams.


* The Capitals will play in their 11th Game 7 since the beginning of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most among all teams in that span.


* Washington forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are set to make their 11th career Game 7 appearances, one shy of Boston’s Zdeno Chara (12) for the most among active NHL players. In addition to Chara, only five other players in NHL history have appeared in more Game 7s: Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13), Glenn Anderson (12), Ken Daneyko (12) and Stephane Yelle (12).


* Washington forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who enters Wednesday’s game on a nine-game point streak (6-8–14, May 3-21), tallied the game-winner in the Capitals’ most recent Game 7 victory, a 2-1 decision over the New York Islanders in the 2015 First Round.


Game 7 Trends


Of the 171 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:


* The team that scores first is 127-44 (.743), including a 1-1 record in 2018.

* Home teams own a 100-71 (.585) advantage, including a 1-1 record in 2018.

* Forty-one have required overtime (24.2%). Home teams have a 21-20 edge.


NHL sets dates for Stanley Cup Final; Game 1 is May 28



NEW YORK (May 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Monday, May 28. Additionally, Stanley Cup Final Media Day will be held on either Saturday, May 26 or Sunday, May 27, in the host city for Game 1.


The Stanley Cup Final will match the winner of the Eastern Conference Final, either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Washington Capitals, against the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights.


The club which earned the greater number of points in the 2017-18 regular season standings will have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finaland will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. The other club will host Games 3 and 4 and, if necessary, Game 6. The Lightningcollected 113 points during the regular season, most among the remaining teams, followed by the Golden Knights (109), and Capitals (105).


The start time for all Stanley Cup Final games will be 8 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Group has exclusive coverage of the Final in the U.S., while Sportsnet and TVA Sports have exclusive coverage throughout Canada.


A complete schedule for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final will be released following Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, May 23.



(all start times 8 p.m. ET)


Game 1     Monday, May 28

Game 2     Wednesday, May 30

Game 3     Saturday, June 2

Game 4     Monday, June 4

Game 5*    Thursday, June 7

Game 6*     Sunday, June 10

Game 7*     Wednesday, June 13


* = If necessary


NHL announces Blue Jackets to take on Sabres in 2018 Kraft Hockeyville USA game in Preseason matchup




Clinton, New York to Host September 25, 2018 NHL Preseason Game


NEW YORK / TORONTO – Clinton, New York, the winner of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018, will host the Buffalo Sabres® and Columbus Blue Jackets® NHL preseason game on September 25, 2018, Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The central New York historic village earned its designation as this year’s most spirited hockey community in America, $150,000 in rink upgrades and the opportunity to host the NHL matchup after amassing the most votes in the online Kraft Hockeyville USA™ 2018 contest.


“The Buffalo Sabres are excited to participate in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA game,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. “Playing in front of Clinton’s passionate hockey community in a rink like the ones many of our players grew up skating in will be a great experience for our players. We look forward to putting on a great show for the NHL fans of Central New York.”


“Our game is built on the foundation of local communities and its continued growth is a testament to the individuals and families who love and support hockey in those communities,” said Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson.  “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA is a wonderful celebration of hockey’s grass roots and our club is thrilled to be going to Clinton, New York to play the Buffalo Sabres this September.”


Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 will go toward improvements to several features.


Since launching in 2006, Kraft Hockeyville™ has positively impacted more than 80 communities with over $4 million in rink upgrades across the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets to the preseason game are free and awarded to the winning community. Details on how to get tickets will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 can also be found on Facebook(KraftHockeyvilleUSA), Twitter (@HockeyvilleUSA), and Instagram (KraftHockeyvilleUSA). Fans can join the conversation using #HockeyvilleUSA.




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NHL 2018 GM of the Year Finalists: Jets’ Cheveldayoff, Golden Knights’ McPhee, Lightning’s Yzerman




NEW YORK – Kevin Cheveldayoff of the Winnipeg Jets, George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2017-18 NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the National Hockey League announced today.


Voting for this award was conducted among the NHL general managers and a panel of League executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.


Following are the finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, in alphabetical order:


Kevin Cheveldayoff, Winnipeg Jets

Under Cheveldayoff’s leadership the Jets enjoyed their finest regular season (52-20-10, 114 points) and have advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Winnipeg set club records for regular-season wins and points, and ranked second in the NHL’s overall standings. Hired as Jets GM when the club relocated from Atlanta, Cheveldayoff retained key Thrashers (Dustin ByfuglienToby EnstromBryan LittleBlake Wheeler) and drafted 11 of the 24 players who have appeared for the club in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including top picks in six consecutive NHL Drafts: Mark Scheifele (2011), Jacob Trouba (2012), Josh Morrissey (2013), Nikolaj Ehlers (2014), Kyle Connor (2015) and Patrik Laine (2016). The first-time GM Award finalist further bolstered the squad with the 2017-18 trade deadline acquisitions of Paul Stastny and Joe Morrow, who have scored four game-winning goals in the postseason (Stastny 3, Morrow 1).


George McPhee, Vegas Golden Knights

McPhee built a Golden Knights team (51-24-7, 109 points) that made history by becoming the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four North American pro sports leagues to start from scratch and win its division. Vegas added to its list of accomplishments in the postseason, becoming just the third club in NHL history to win multiple playoff series in its inaugural season. Featuring a roster assembled by McPhee largely from the NHL Expansion Draft — conducted less than three months before training camp opened — Vegas started the season 8-1-0. They posted their 34th victory on Feb. 1 to set the NHL record for wins by a team in its inaugural season with 32 games remaining. Eleven Golden Knights players recorded career-best point totals, including the team’s top five scorers: William KarlssonJonathan MarchessaultDavid PerronReilly Smith and Erik Haula. McPhee was a finalist for the GM Award in 2009-10 with the Washington Capitals.


Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Yzerman is the architect of a Lightning team that set franchise records for wins (54) and points (113), captured its first division title since 2004, and is competing in the Conference Finals for the third time in four seasons. Yzerman made several player acquisitions through free agency and trades, adding to a talented roster of homegrown players that includes 100-point scorer Nikita Kucherov, captain Steven Stamkos, Norris Trophy finalist Victor Hedman and Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy. Yzerman traded for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and signed free agents Chris Kunitz and Dan Girardi last summer, and acquired Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller at the trade deadline in February. The eight-year Lightning GM is a finalist for the award for the third time, capturing the trophy in 2014-15 and finishing second in the voting in 2010-11, his first season in Tampa Bay.

2018 NHL Awards Finalists (in alphabetical order)

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)

Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils

Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers

Jordan Staal, Carolina Hurricanes


Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie)

Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders

Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks

Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes


Frank J. Selke Trophy (top defensive forward)

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings


Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player to his team)

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche


Jack Adams Award (top head coach)

Jared Bednar, Colorado Avalanche

Bruce Cassidy, Boston Bruins

Gerard Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights


James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman)

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators


Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (player best combining sportsmanship and ability)

Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers

William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights

Ryan O’Reilly, Buffalo Sabres


Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights

Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers

Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets


King Clancy Memorial Trophy (humanitarian award)

Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild


NHL General Manager of the Year Award

Kevin Cheveldayoff, Winnipeg Jets

George McPhee, Vegas Golden Knights

Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning


Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the players)

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers


Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)

Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning


The winners of the NHL’s regular-season statistic-based awards also will be recognized in Las Vegas. Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavidcaptured his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin claimed his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings earned his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who played at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.


In addition, the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award will be presented for the first time at the 2018 NHL Awards. Named after a hockey legend, the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award recognizes an individual who – through the game of hockey – has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society. This award aims to recognize community heroes who seize everyday opportunities to make better people through hockey. A committee, including O’Ree himself, will narrow the field down to three finalists from all submitted nominations before opening online voting to the public from May 25 to June 1.


2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu

The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots as well as concerts and special events. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.


A full lineup of presenters and entertainment will be announced at a later date. Fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.


NHL fines Capitals’ Kempny for illegal cross-checking





Michal Kempný

NEW YORK – Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny has been fined $2,419.35, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final in Tampa on Sunday, May 13, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced recently.


The incident occurred at 6:55 of the third period. Kempny was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.


The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


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