Cross Checks

Ducks' Andersen stays cool under pressure
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ANAHEIM -- Frederik Andersen is a rookie no more.OK, officially he still is, but the young goalie for the Anaheim Ducks looked and played like a seasoned veteran Wednesday night, stopping 32 shots in his first NHL playoff appearance to help the top-seeded Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal.

Rapid Reaction: Ducks 4, Stars 3
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ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks nearly took their unfinished business too lightly Wednesday night.After building a four-goal lead midway through the second period against the visiting Dallas Stars, the Ducks were forced to hang on for the final six minutes before pulling out a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal at Honda Center.

Watch: Parise happy to start on the road
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Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise talks playoff jitters, beating Semyon Varlamov and meeting Ilya Bryzgalov before Game 1 of his team's series against the Colorado Avalanche.

Derick Brassard will play Game 1
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers center Derick Brassard left practice early for the second consecutive day, though he insists he will be ready to play Game 1 of the team’s first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Where have you gone, Ohio?
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Ohio's NHL Drought: The Blue Jackets are in Pittsburgh Wednesday night for Game 1 of their first-round series. Not only are they looking for their first-ever postseason win, but state pride is also on the line.

Miller gets yet another chance with Rangers
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault seemed to backpedal a bit Tuesday from his statements earlier this month, when he questioned prospect J.

Rangers' Brassard exits practice with injury
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers can breathe easy knowing they will have defenseman Ryan McDonagh back in the lineup when their first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers begins.

Trotz ready for next coaching challenge
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Barry Trotz might need a new phone battery by the end of this week.Text messages and voice mails have been flowing in since the announcement Monday that he was no longer going to coach the Nashville Predators following 15 seasons (17 years) with the organization.

Trotz spent a lot of time in Music City
Face of Franchise: Barry Trotz was fired by the Predators Monday after coaching the franchise’s first 15 seasons. He was the longest tenured of ANY coach from the start of a current NHL franchise.

3 stars: Lindback, Gibson, Johansen
From the official NHL release:LINDBACK, GIBSON AND JOHANSEN NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEKNEW YORK (April 14, 2014) – Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson and Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 13.

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