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  • Will Ray Shero hire Dan Bylsma to coach NJ Devils?

    When Lou Lamoriello shocked the world by handing his New Jersey Devils general manager gig to Ray Shero on Monday, one of the first things Shero mentioned on his to-do list was finding the team’s next head coach. 

    Please recall that after Pete DeBoer was fired last season, Lamoriello joined Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in convoluted coaching hydra that managed to inch the Devils closer to mediocrity and farther away from Connor McDavid.

    Is it possible that one of them will remain as the Devils’ head coach? Tom Gulitti has an exclusive chat with Shero and pressed him on it:

    “From my experiences in 14 years as an assistant GM and walking into the situation in Pittsburgh for eight years, there was a coach in place when I went. That was Michel Therrien. I really didn't know Mike or have any preconceived notions and stayed with him and within a couple years went to the finals and Mike and I worked very well together. Then, like with anything, there's change and Dan (Bylsma) and I worked

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  • Will Ray Shero hire Dan Bylsma to coach NJ Devils?

    When Lou Lamoriello shocked the world by handing his New Jersey Devils general manager gig to Ray Shero on Monday, one of the first things Shero mentioned on his to-do list was finding the team’s next head coach. 

    Please recall that after Pete DeBoer was fired last season, Lamoriello joined Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in convoluted coaching hydra that managed to inch the Devils closer to mediocrity and farther away from Connor McDavid.

    Is it possible that one of them will remain as the Devils’ head coach? Tom Gulitti has an exclusive chat with Shero and pressed him on it:

    “From my experiences in 14 years as an assistant GM and walking into the situation in Pittsburgh for eight years, there was a coach in place when I went. That was Michel Therrien. I really didn't know Mike or have any preconceived notions and stayed with him and within a couple years went to the finals and Mike and I worked very well together. Then, like with anything, there's change and Dan (Bylsma) and I worked

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  • Will Ray Shero hire Dan Bylsma to coach NJ Devils?

    When Lou Lamoriello shocked the world by handing his New Jersey Devils general manager gig to Ray Shero on Monday, one of the first things Shero mentioned on his to-do list was finding the team’s next head coach. 

    Please recall that after Pete DeBoer was fired last season, Lamoriello joined Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in convoluted coaching hydra that managed to inch the Devils closer to mediocrity and farther away from Connor McDavid.

    Is it possible that one of them will remain as the Devils’ head coach? Tom Gulitti has an exclusive chat with Shero and pressed him on it:

    “From my experiences in 14 years as an assistant GM and walking into the situation in Pittsburgh for eight years, there was a coach in place when I went. That was Michel Therrien. I really didn't know Mike or have any preconceived notions and stayed with him and within a couple years went to the finals and Mike and I worked very well together. Then, like with anything, there's change and Dan (Bylsma) and I worked

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  • Will Ray Shero hire Dan Bylsma to coach NJ Devils?

    When Lou Lamoriello shocked the world by handing his New Jersey Devils general manager gig to Ray Shero on Monday, one of the first things Shero mentioned on his to-do list was finding the team’s next head coach. 

    Please recall that after Pete DeBoer was fired last season, Lamoriello joined Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in convoluted coaching hydra that managed to inch the Devils closer to mediocrity and farther away from Connor McDavid.

    Is it possible that one of them will remain as the Devils’ head coach? Tom Gulitti has an exclusive chat with Shero and pressed him on it:

    “From my experiences in 14 years as an assistant GM and walking into the situation in Pittsburgh for eight years, there was a coach in place when I went. That was Michel Therrien. I really didn't know Mike or have any preconceived notions and stayed with him and within a couple years went to the finals and Mike and I worked very well together. Then, like with anything, there's change and Dan (Bylsma) and I worked

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  • NHL Three Stars: Capitals shut down Rangers in Game 3

    No. 1 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    The Caps goalie made 30 saves to win Game 3 against the New York Rangers, 1-0. It’s his second career shutout, with his first coming two years ago to the day. 

    No. 2 Star: Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals

    Beagle scored his first of the playoffs after a strong forechecking sequence by the Capitals, banging the puck in off of defenseman Keith Yandle for the game’s only goal.

    No. 3 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    The Rangers goalie did all he could with 21 saves in the Game 3 loss.

    Honorable Mention: Troy Brouwer and Andre Burakowsky picked up helpers on the Caps’ goal. … Rick Nash had 15 shot attempts for the Rangers. 

    Did You Know? Lundqvist is the first Rangers player to appear in 100 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

    Dishonorable Mention: Rick Nash had no goals despite 15 shot attempts. … Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play.

     

     

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  • Braden Holtby, Capitals win Game 3 over Rangers

    The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers played an energetic and entertaining Game 3. In the end, it was a fluky goal and a brilliant goalie that made the difference. 

    Jay Beagle scored off the skate of Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle at 7:31 of the second period, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves as the Capitals topped the Rangers, 1-0 on Monday night.

    The Capitals’ fourth line accounted for the game’s only goal.

    Evgeny Kuznetsov began the play with a dump in off the end boards before making a change. Troy Brouwer barreled in on Marty St. Louis and Dan Girardi on the forecheck, helping to force a turnover that trickled to Andre Burakovsky, who fed Beagle for a chance that Henrik Lundqvist fought off. 

    "He made a good blocker save," said Beagle. "I just tried to come back around and got a little lucky."

    Beagle circled the net after getting his own rebound, and banked the puck off Yandle’s skate for his first of the playoffs.

    “We’ve been really stressing about getting in on the

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  • Ray Shero, Lou Lamoriello and end of Devils hockey as we knew it

    On April, 30, 1987, Lou Lamoriello was named the third general manager in New Jersey Devils history. Just over 28 years later, they have a fourth. 

    In the span between Lamoriello taking over the Devils and relinquishing his job to former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, New Jersey has experienced (in particular order):

    - Three Stanley Cups, won in the span of eight seasons.

    - Five conference championships.

    - Nine division titles.

    - Three major work stoppages.

    - Four ownership groups.

    - Moving to a new arena.

    - The franchise-shifting thievery of Scott Stevens from the St. Louis Blues, as compensation for Brendan Shanahan.

    - The drafting of Martin Brodeur and Scott Niedermayer, both as the result of trades.

    - Twenty-one head coaches named to the job, including Jacques Lemaire and Lamoriello himself three times.

    - The establishment of the team’s defensive philosophy, which would be its calling card for over two decades.

    - One 17-year, er, 15-year contract to a player now in Russia.

    - The

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  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015 schedule, TV listings

    The NHL has released the schedule for its 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which get underway on Wednesday, April 15. Because, really, what better way to celebrate Tax Day than to watch a bunch of millionaires trying to hit their playoff bonuses …

    The action begins with the Ottawa Seantors visiting the Montreal Canadiens; the New York Islanders at the Washington Capitals; the Chicago Blackhawks at the Nashville Predators; and the Calgary Flames at the Vancouver Canucks. 

    For the first time in their deal with NBC, the NHL will have playoff games on USA Network. In the first round, the Canadiens/Senators, Capitals/Islanders, Ducks/Jets and Canucks/Flames will all be on USA. Characters welcome!

    Here’s the Eastern Conference schedule:

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    And here’s the Western Conference schedule: 

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  • NHL Three Stars: Jamie Benn wins Art Ross; Stone, Sutter clutch

    No. 1 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars 

    Benn had a hat trick and added an assist to win the Art Ross and the game, 4-1, over the Nashville Predators.

    No. 2 Star: Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Sutter had both goals in the Penguins’ 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, punching their ticket for the postseason. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators

    Mark Stone scored two goals in the Sens’ 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, clinching a playoff spot.

    Honorable Mention: Kevin Hayes and Dominic Moore each had a goal and an assist in the New York Rangers’ 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals. … The Winnipeg Jets scored four goals in the third period to defeat the Calgary Flames, 5-1. Adam Pardy and Tobias Enstrom were a plus-5. … The Los Angeles Kings scored four straight goals to defeat the San Jose Sharks, 4-1. Four in a row against the Sharks. Huh. … Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. … The Montreal

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  • Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015 brackets are set; who has best path?

    It took the full 82 games – thanks, Ottawa Senators’ miracle rally – but the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff brackets are finally set. 

    Remember: The two winners of each divisional series face each other. No reseeding! 

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Atlantic Division

    Montreal Canadiens (50-22-10, 110 points) vs. Ottawa Senators (43-26-13, 99 points)

    The Cinderella Sens get a chance to knock off Carey Price and the Canadiens.

    Tampa Bay Lightning (50-24-8, 108 points) vs. Detroit Red Wings (43-25-14, 100 points)

    The Yzerman Cup! The Red Wings legend’s Bolts face his former team in what could be Mike Babcock’s swan song as coach.

    Metro Division

    New York Rangers (53-22-7, 113 points)  vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (43-27-12, 98 points)

    A rematch from last postseason, when the Rangers eliminated the Pens in the divisional final.

    Washington Capitals (45-26-11, 101 points) vs. New York Islanders (47-28-7, 101 points)

    The Capitals are trying to win their first Stanley Cup; the Islanders are trying to send off Nassau

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