NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/22/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Stars, Blackhawks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 22, 2014
The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs were pretty busy last night, with four games on the schedule. We’ve got four more to look forward to tonight as the matchups roll on, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines this morning.
Paul Martin, D, Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins grabbed the advantage 2-1 last night in their series against the Blue Jackets, thanks to a team-wide effort. Martin snagged a pair of assists in the 4-3 win, a game which saw Columbus up by two goals at two different points. Martin now has six helpers in the series so far.
Game 4 in this one will be tomorrow night in Columbus, then the series will flip back to Pittsburgh for at least one more game on Saturday.
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Mikael Granlund, C, Minnesota Wild: You’ll be seeing Granlund’s goal on highlight reels for weeks to come. He somehow found the net while in mid-air and falling down during OT of the Wild’s 1-0 victory over the Avalanche. Darcy Kuemper held down the fort on the other side with 22 saves in the shutout.
That gives Colorado a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4, which is on Thursday. Game 5 will be Saturday.
Kari Lehtonen, G, Dallas Stars: Lehtonen was the big hero of last night’s Game 3 against the Ducks, logging a shutout in Dallas’ first victory of the series. He stopped 37 shots that came his way in the 3-0 win, which narrows Anaheim’s edge to 2-1. Jamie Benn, Ryan Garbutt and Valeri Nichushkin each scored a goal.
Let’s check out the upcoming schedule for the Ducks-Stars series. Game 4 is tomorrow and Game 5 is Friday. If necessary, Game 6 is Sunday and a potential Game 7 would be Tuesday.
Corey Crawford, G, Chicago Blakhawks: The defending Stanley Cup champs hadn’t started out their opening round series against the Blues so well (losing the first two games), but they partially redeemed themselves yesterday. Crawford recorded a shutout in the 2-0 Chicago victory, stopping all 34 pucks that came his way. Jonathan Toews scored in the first period and Marcus Kruger added an empty-netter at the end of the game.
This is the first game to be decided in regulation so far this series, but it’s been close all the way. Game 4 is tomorrow in Chicago and Game 5 will be back in St. Louis on Friday.
NHL Daily Schedule: Eight teams will be out on the ice tonight, so it should be a pretty active evening. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, RDS, NHLN-US, FS-F)
7:30 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings (TSN, NBCSN, NESN, FS-D)
8:00 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers (TSN2, CNBC, MSG, CSN-PH)
10:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (CBC, RDS [JIP], NBCSN, CSN-CA, PRIME)
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