Antoine Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second overtime, and the Blackhawks beat the Ducks 5-4 on Saturday night to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece, according to an ESPN.com report.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reverted to his reliable ways after two subpar performances, and Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis emerged from playoff scoring droughts Friday night to help the Rangers shut down the Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Lundqvist stopped 38 shots after allowing 12 goals while losing the previous two games as New York evened the best-of-7 series 2-2 heading back home for Game 5 on Sunday night.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around $71M, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.
Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night, the commissioner said he expects the salary cap to climb five percent from this year's cap figure of $69M.
Former Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.
Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.
Frederik 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.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as head coach
Babcock, 52, joins the Leafs after serving as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 10 seasons.
Under his leadership in Detroit, Babcock posted a 458-223-105 regular season record as he became their franchise leader in games coached (786) and wins. In his time with the Red Wings, the club twice captured the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season champion (2005-06 and 2007-08) and made the playoffs in each of his 10 seasons.
Prior to joining the Red Wings, Babcock spent two seasons with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002-04), where in his first season as head coach he led the Ducks to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Lightning answered every challenge from the Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference finals on Nikita Kucherov's overtime goal.
Kucherov delivered his second winner of the playoffs 3:33 into the extra period Wednesday night, giving his team a 6-5 win and 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series that continues Friday night.
Don Sweeney, who played 16 seasons in the NHL, was named the new general manager of the Bruins on Wednesday.
Sweeney, 48, replaces Peter Chiarelli, who was fired April 15. Sweeney, who has served the past six seasons as the assistant general manager, becomes the eighth GM in franchise history. The 2015-16 season will be his 10th in the Bruins' front office.
Todd McLellan was hired as the new coach of Oilers on Tuesday, according to an ESPN.com report on Tuesday.
"We're not going to talk about playoffs here," said McLellan, sitting beside Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli for the announcement.
The Blackhawks captured a 3-2 triple-overtime win over the Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at the Honda Center on Tuesday night.
Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal at 16:12 of the third overtime.