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Ducks win, go up 2-1 on Blackhawks

Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal to break a 1-1 tie in the second period as top-seeded Anaheim bounced back from Tuesday night’s triple-overtime loss, which included two power-play goals for Chicago. Ryan Kesler’s two holding penalties contributed to more than nine power-play minutes for the Blackhawks, but the Ducks’ penalty killers kept most of Chicago’s opportunities to the...

Mike Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Mike Babcock is switching one Original 6 NHL franchise for another after being hired Wednesday to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs announced the hiring, ending months of speculation about Babcock’s future with the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he spent the past 10 seasons and won a Stanley Cup in 2008. Marcus Kruger deflected Brent Seabrook’s shot 16:12 into the third overtime, and the visiting Chicago Blackhawks evened the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2. Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa scored power-play goals in the opening...
San Jose Mercury News May 20, 2015

Report: Mike Babcock not coming to Sharks

Detroit Red Wings reportedly losing their prized coach, but destination won't be San Jose

Edmonton Oilers will compensate Sharks for Todd McLellan hire. But what exactly will that be?

It was already well known before Tuesday afternoon that Todd McLellan would become the Edmonton Oilers' next coach. The bigger question for the Sharks was what kind of compensation they would receive from the Oilers for hiring McLellan. After McLellan's… Continue Reading →

Sharks reportedly receive permission to speak with Dan Byslma

The Sharks have reportedly received permission to talk with former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma for their vacant head coaching job. ESPN’s Craig Custance tweeted Monday that the Sharks can now interview Byslma, who was an assistant coach for Team… Continue Reading →
San Jose Mercury News May 18, 2015

Edmonton Oilers expected to name Todd McLellan their new coach

Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan expected to be formally announced as the Edmonton Oilers new coach on Tuesday
San Jose Mercury News May 18, 2015

Pizarro: Sharks help build community playground in San Jose

Community volunteers -- with help from the San Jose Sharks Foundation and KaBOOM -- spent six hours Friday assembling a Sharks-themed playground in San Jose.

Ducks top Blackhawks in West finals opener

Andersen kept Anaheim in the Western Conference finals opener while his teammates got rolling. Hampus Lindholm, Nate Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Ducks beat the Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 1 on Sunday. Andersen had to be stellar under a heavy barrage of high-quality shots from the Blackhawks, who had won five straight postseason games heading into their third straight conference finals. Anaheim scored midway through the first period when Silfverberg made a sharp pass to Lindholm, and the defenseman put a big shot through traffic for his second goal of...
San Jose Mercury News May 17, 2015

Mike Babcock visiting San Jose to discuss Sharks job, according to Michigan web site

Source says Sharks one of four teams that asked permission to speak with Red Wings coach about to become a free agent

Rangers beat Lightning in East finals opener

Rangers beat Lightning in East finals opener NEW YORK — The New York Rangers aren’t the same team the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated in the regular season. Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play, the defense limited the Lightning’s high-powered offense and the Rangers defeated goaltender Ben Bishop and the Lightning 2-1 on Saturday to move three wins away from a return to the Stanley Cup finals. The winning goal came just 30 seconds after Moore stepped out of the penalty box, and it capped another nail-biter for the Rangers, who have played 15 consecutive one-goal games in the...

Players on opposite site of trade to meet in East finals

There was no bigger deal at the NHL trading deadline in 2014 than team captain Martin St. Louis going from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers in exchange for team captain Ryan Callahan. Callahan has yet to score a goal in the postseason and had an appendectomy early this week. St. Louis not only hasn’t scored in the playoffs, but New York head coach Alain Vigneault benched him in the third period of Game 7 against Washington on Wednesday.

What to expect in NHL conference finals

Of the four possible final-round matchups, it’s easy to guess which two teams the NHL would like to see vie for the Stanley Cup. Gary Bettman & Co. just might get the big-market, Original Six showdown between New York and Chicago that would maximize ratings, interest and intrigue, but nothing is guaranteed if the first two rounds of the playoffs are any indication. Nearly 64 percent (44 of 69) of all playoff games this postseason have been tied or within one goal entering the final five minutes of regulation, including all three Game 7s. The Ducks are here for the fourth time overall,...

Rangers use OT goal to advance to East finals

Rangers use OT goal to advance to East finals NEW YORK — Derek Stepan scored 11:24 in overtime Wednesday as the New York Rangers — once down 3-1 in the series — beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 in Game 7 to reach the Eastern Conference finals. Stepan’s wrist shot from the left wing made the Rangers the first team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in successive years, with New York having done so against Pittsburgh in the second round in 2014. “We have a good group that keeps their wits about them and keeps calm,” said Stepan, who was mobbed by his teammates along the glass as...

Lightning move on, eliminate Canadiens

Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Steven Stamkos scored his third goal of the playoffs for the Lightning, who closed out the second-round series in six games after Montreal fought off elimination in Games 4 and 5. The Lightning, who won nine of 11 meetings against the Canadiens this season including the playoffs, will face the New York Rangers or Washington Capitals in the conference finals. Price, a leading candidate for league MVP, played well...

Rangers beat Capitals, force Game 7

Chris Kreider scored in the first minute and the final second of the opening period, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the third, and the New York Rangers held on to edge the host Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday night and force a Game 7 in the second-round playoff series. Corey Perry scored in a goalmouth scramble 2:26 into overtime and host Anaheim won Game 5 to advance to the Western Conference finals. ... Matt Beleskey got the tying power-play goal early in the third period for the Ducks, who will face the Chicago Blackhawks for a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals. ... Perry limped...

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