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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/5/14

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

May 5, 2014

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The second round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continues to chug along, and we’ve already seen some amazing things out on the ice. We’ll be getting even more action to come, with two more games on the schedule tonight. In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines today.

Bryan Bickell, LW, Chicago Blackhawks: Bickell apparently knows when to turn it on. He’s now got a five-game points streak to his credit, following a goal and two assists yesterday during Chicago’s 4-1 win over the Wild in Game 2 of their second-round series.
Marian Hossa also had a big game, providing three assists, and Brandon Saad rounded out the game’s stars with a two-goal performance himself.
The defending champion Blackhawks are now 2-0 in the series, which will move to St. Paul, Minnesota tomorrow night for Game 3. The Wild have a 3-0 record so far in the playoffs this year on their home ice.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/5/14

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Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh Penguins: After dropping Game 1 at home against the Rangers on Friday, the Penguins needed a solid performance in Game 2 to reassert themselves. That’s exactly what they got, too.
Fleury was rock-solid, stopping all 22 shots that came his way in the 3-0 shutout, while teammate Kris Letang provided the offense with one goal and two assists. The Rangers certainly had their chances in this one, especially early. They had three power play opportunities in the first seven minutes of the game, but couldn’t convert on anything. They’re now laughably futile on power plays, coming up empty on their last 29 consecutive chances (dating back to Game 2 of their first-round series against Philadelphia).
Game 3 has a quick turnaround; It’s tonight in New York.

Boston-Montreal Outlook: One interesting facet of the Bruins and Canadiens’ Game 3 tomorrow will be seeing how Montreal responds to adversity. They blew a 3-1 lead in the third period (the final 10 minutes, in fact) to drop Game 2 on Saturday, letting a prime chance to take control of the series slip away.
Canadiens fans should be hoping the team has a short memory and can get back on track tomorrow night as the series shifts to Montreal. The home team will want to get off to an early start in that one like they’ve done in the two previous games (outscoring Boston 4-1), but will want to focus most on puck possession and maintaining the lead in general, as they’ve been outscored 2-7 in the third period of those two games.

NHL Daily Schedule: Two second-round series continue tonight as the playoffs churn on. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Monday, May 5, 2014:

7:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)

10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)

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