NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/9/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Bruins, Ducks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 9, 2014
We’ve got a potential elimination game on tap for tonight in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as a very intriguing Game 4. Before we get settled in and wait on those pucks to drop, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins: This Bruins-Canadiens series is getting pretty interesting. It took an overtime period (though not too far into it) to decide last night’s victor, with that honor going to Boston on a Matt Fraser goal at 1:19 into the extra period. Tuukka Rask was solid as usual in the 1-0 shutout, logging saves on all 33 shots he faced.
On the other side, Carey Price had a nice game with 35 saves, but his offense couldn’t muster any firepower to help him out.
Game 5 of this 2-2 series is tomorrow in Boston. Game 6 will be Monday in Montreal.
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Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim Ducks: From the very start, Game 3 between the Ducks and Kings was a slugfest. Anaheim eventually came out on top 3-2, dragging to within 1-2 in the series. Selanne had a goal in the second period, with Corey Perry and Ben Lovejoy scoring as well.
The Ducks’ win broke a six-game win streak by the Kings, who previously had been on quite a run. Anaheim’s next goal will be to assert themselves once again and even up the series on the road. That opportunity will come in Game 4, which is tomorrow night at Staples Center in L.A.
Penguins-Rangers Outlook: It’s been a rough series for the Rangers so far (and a pretty rough postseason in general, to be honest). After a tiring first round against the Flyers and a brutal stretch of games with little time to rest, they’re now on the brink against the Penguins tonight, who are threatening to be the first team to advance past the second round of the playoffs.
Pittsburgh is sitting pretty at the moment, heading into a home game against a Rangers offense that’s been an epic postseason failure on scoring opportunities and can’t get any production from their well-paid stars. To put things in perspective, New York is now a mind-boggling 0-for-36 on power play attempts, which is tied for the NHL postseason record with the Anaheim Ducks of 2007.
If the Rangers want to stay in this, someone has to step up and generate some offense. Many fingers are pointing at Rick Nash, who now has gone 14 straight playoff games without scoring, but the blame rests with the whole team. 15 shots on goal (which is what they had in Game 4) isn’t going to cut it.
NHL Daily Schedule: Tonight, the Rangers will try to wake up on the road and stave off elimination, while the Wild will try to even their series. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Friday, May 9, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
9:30 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)
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