NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/18/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blues, Rangers, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 18, 2014
It’s day three of the NHL playoffs, and we’ve already seen some spectacular performances out there on the ice. We’re in for another big night this evening, so make sure you clear your schedule and reserve your spot on the couch. In the meantime, here’s a look at what’s happening out there.
Brad Richards, C, New York Rangers: Game 1 of the Philadelphia-New York series was pretty tight until the third period, when the floodgates opened. The Rangers nailed two power play goals in quick succession to put the game away, eventually coming out with a 4-1 victory at home in the opener. Richards was the big star here, tallying a goal and two assists. Martin St. Louis also netted two helpers himself.
Game 2 is Sunday in New York at 12:00 ET. After that it’s off to Philly on Tuesday.
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Alexander Steen, LW, St. Louis Blues: If this game was any indication of how this series is going to go, we’re in for a treat. After a five-goal first period, Jaden Schwartz tied things up at 3-3 for the Blues late in the third. It wasn’t until the third overtime that we finally got a winner on Steen’s wrist shot 26 seconds into the period. This is a big lift to a Blues team that lost their final six games heading into the playoffs.
Tomorrow at 3:00 PM ET is Game 2 in St. Louis. The series moves up to Chicago on Monday.
Paul Stastny, C, Colorado Avalanche: Stastny got to play the hero last night in the other OT playoff game. He scored at 7:27 to give Colorado a 5-4 victory over the Wild, giving him two goals and an assist on the night. Ryan O’Reilly (goal; assist) and Nathan Mackinnon (three assists) played heavy parts in the win as well. It was a big comeback for the Avs, who were down 2-4 late in the second.
Game 2 is tomorrow at 9:30 PM ET, and Game 3 will be Monday.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, San Jose Sharks: Vlasic got his playoffs going with a hot start against the Kings last night, posting a goal and an assist in San Jose’s big 6-3 win. The Sharks rattled off five unanswered goals in the first two periods to jump out to an ultimately insurmountable lead. Raffi Torres (goal) and James Sheppard (two assists) were the other two stars of the game.
Game 2 in this series isn’t until Sunday at 10:00 PM ET. We’ll move on to L.A. on Tuesday for Game 3.
NHL Daily Schedule: There are three more matchups coming tonight; a pair of Game 2s and a Game 1. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Friday, April 18, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (CBC, RDS, CNBC, FS-F)
7:30 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins (TSN, NBCSN, FS-D, NESN)
10:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks (TSN, RDS [JIP], NBCSN, FS-SW, PRIME)
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