NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/19/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Red Wings, Ducks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 19, 2014
It’s the first weekend of the NHL Playoffs, and we’ve got three Game 2 matchups headed our way in the next several hours. Before we find the games on TV and settle in on the couch, let’s take our daily stroll around the league and see who’s making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens: Thanks in large part to Price, the Canadiens are in firm control of their first-round series against the Lightning. He nailed 26 saves on 27 shots in Montreal’s big 4-1 win last night, giving his team a 2-0 lead in the series as they head back home. Rene Bourque (two goals) and P.K. Subban (two assists) were two of the major offensive contributors.
Game 3 is tomorrow at 6:00 ET in Montreal, and Game 4 will be on Tuesday. The Canadiens are hoping they won’t have to return to Tampa Bay until next season.
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Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings-Bruins series is destined to be a classic, and it’s already starting out that way. With Detroit a perennial playoff contender and Boston one of the most talented teams in the league, there’s bound to be plenty of fireworks. We got a tight one last night in the opener, with Datsyuk breaking a scoreless tie deep into the third period. His goal would be the only one of the game, as the Red Wings took a 1-0 victory in Game 1. Jimmy Howard managed 25 saves in the shutout, while Tuukka Rask posted 23 on 24 shots.
Game 2 is tomorrow at 3:00 ET, and we expect nothing less than an all-out battle from these two talented teams.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: Last night’s other Game 2 also resulted in a 2-0 lead. Getzlaf was one of the major contributors, tallying a goal and an assist in the Ducks’ 3-2 win over the Stars. Corey Perry also got a big weight off his shoulders by posting a score himself. He hadn’t managed a goal in the playoffs for nearly three years.
Game 3 in this one will switch over to Dallas on Monday. The Stars need to take a stand in order to prevent the series from slipping away quickly.
NHL Daily Schedule: Three series will be continuing with Game 2s today, so it’ll be another action-packed set. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, April 19, 2014:
3:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (CBC, NBC, RDS)
7:00 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (CBC, RDS, NBCSN, FS-O, ROOT)
9:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (RDS, TSN, NBCSN, FS-N, ALT)
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