NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/29/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Wild, Kings, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 29, 2014
The first round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is winding down, and as a result there’s just one game on the schedule tonight. We’ve still got all kinds of topics to cover, however, as the race toward the finals heats up. Here’s a look at some of the headline-grabbing players out there this morning.
Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Despite a 4-0 lead by the Penguins heading into the third period, Columbus still managed to make things interesting in Game 6 last night. Malkin logged a hat trick, and the Penguins held on 4-3 to take the first-round series 4-2. Matt Niskanen helped out with a pair of assists.
Now, Pittsburgh will sit back and await the outcome of the Rangers-Flyers series. New York currently leads that one 3-2, with Game 6 tonight.
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Zach Parise, LW, Minnesota Wild: Parise had the game of his life last night, right when the Wild needed it. He posted two goals and two assists for a postseason career-high four points in the Wild’s 5-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 6. That forces a decisive Game 7 which will be on Wednesday in Denver. Whoever wins will move on to face the Blackhawks in Round 2.
Mikael Granlund (goal) and Mikko Koivu (two assists) also helped the Wild’s cause.
Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles Kings: What a difference a few days make. After dropping three straight against the Sharks, the Kings have rallied to win three straight and force a winner-take-all Game 7 in their first round. Kopitar was one of the stars in the 4-1 win, with two goals and an assist to his credit. Justin Williams had the same line himself, and net-minder Jonathan Quick contributed 25 saves.
The ultimate game of this first round will be Wednesday night in San Jose. It’ll be interesting to see if the Kings can complete the improbable comeback.
Rangers-Flyers Preview: Let’s take a quick look at tonight’s only game, which is No. 6 in the first-round series between New York and Philadelphia. This one’s been highly competitive, with New York holding a slim 3-2 lead thus far. The Rangers will be attempting to win a series in fewer than seven games for the first time since 2008. The team will be relying heavily on Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis for offensive production, with Brad Richards a key for keeping the pressure on.
Meanwhile, the Flyers aren’t panicking as they enter an elimination game; They’re a seasoned team with a lot of experience in these situations. Captain Claude Giroux will need to guide his team in a high-energy effort here, so look for lots of speed and shot attempts, especially in the early-going.
NHL Daily Schedule: Just one game is on the schedule tonight, as the Rangers try to get out of their first round series against the Flyers. Here’s a look at that game, along with the start time and networks carrying it.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers (RDS, TSN, NBCSN, MSG, CSN-PH)
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