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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/17/14

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Canadiens, Penguins, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

April 17, 2014

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After a (seemingly longer) two-day wait, the NHL playoffs are officially off and running--er, skating. There’s plenty more action to come over the next two days as the first-round series get going. With that said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there in the NHL.

Dale Weise, RW, Montreal Canadiens: Weise doesn’t often get to play the hero, but he was the man last night in the opening-series Game 1 in Tampa Bay. He tallied the game-winning goal in overtime, helping the Canadiens get a victory 5-4 in the only matchup to go extras last night. Lars Eller, Thomas Vanek, Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec each had goals as well.
Game 2 of the Canadiens-Lightning series will be in Tampa Bay tomorrow night. Game 3 is Sunday evening in Montreal and Game 4 is set for Tuesday night.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/17/14

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Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: After the Ducks built up a 4-0 lead in the second period, it seemed they’d be cruising to an easy victory over the Stars. Dallas managed to mount a comeback bid, however, which ultimately fell short. Getzlaf posted a goal and an assist in the 4-3 win to give Anaheim an early lead in the series. Kyle Palmieri, Mathieu Perreault and Matt Beleskey also scored.
Game 2 in this opening series will be tomorrow night in Anaheim. The matchup moves to Dallas Monday and Wednesday.

Matt Niskanen, D, Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins got off to a solid start with a victory over the Blue Jackets last night, but they nearly let the game get out of hand. Columbus jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the second period on a Derek MacKenzie goal, but Pittsburgh stormed back on three unanswered scores. Niskanen assisted on one goal and scored another in the second to make it 3-3, then Brandon Sutter tallied the game-winner in the third.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Pittsburgh, then things move to Columbus on Monday and Wednesday.

NHL Daily Schedule: We’ve got four first-round games to look forward to tonight, so it’ll be a busy evening for the NHL. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Thursday, April 17, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at NY Rangers (RDS, TSN, CNBC, CSN-PH, MSG)

8:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (CBC, RDS2, NBCSN, CSN-CH, FS-MW)

9:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (RDS, TSN, CNBC, FS-N, ALT)

10:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks (CBC, RDS2, NBCSN, FS-W, CSN-CA)

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