NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/10/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers, Wild, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 10, 2014
Last night’s games showed just how fickle the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs can be, with postseason dreams able to be crushed within the space of a single play. That said, we’ve got some additional playoff action to look forward to today, so before those pucks drop let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Derick Brassard, C, New York Rangers: There’s the Rangers offense--it was lost for a while. Brassard led the charge last night in a dominant 5-1 win over the Penguins in Game 5, posting two goals and an assist in the much-needed victory. That keeps the Rangers’ still-dim hopes of advancing alive, now that they’ve pulled to within 2-3 in the series.
Mats Zuccarello also had a big game on the same line alongside Brassard, notching three assists. Defensively, Henrik Lundqvist came up strong with 31 saves on 32 shots.
Oh yeah, and New York finally broke their record-tying streak of futility on the power play after an 0-for-36 drought.
Game 6 is in New York tomorrow.
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Jared Spurgeon, D, Minnesota Wild: this Wild-Blackhawks series has gotten very interesting. Minnesota came up with a 4-2 win last night against Chicago, evening the series at two games apiece and sending things back to the Windy City with renewed hope. Spurgeon notched a goal and an assist in the win, with Nino Niederreiter netting the eventual game-winner.
Ilya Bryzgalov had some early hiccups in goal, but calmed down in the second and clamped the Blackhawks offense. He finished with 18 saves.
Game 5 is tomorrow at the United Center in Chicago, and it should be another good one.
Canadiens Need Production From Stars: Montreal’s two best offensive players certainly haven’t been acting like it during these playoffs. Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais have had to deal with a lot of extra defensive pressure in this Bruins series, sure, but still haven’t been able to come up with the type of production that’s expected of them. Combined, the two have just one even-strength point through eight playoff games. That stat stands in stark contrast to the 79 points they mustered throughout the regular season.
The lack of scoring has led to some lineup-tinkering over the past couple of games, including moving Thomas Vanek and replacing him with Brendan Gallagher. The top trio combined for just four shots on goal in Game 4, a 0-1 Canadiens loss.
We’ll get to see if they can come through in Game 5 today, and we may even see some further lineup tinkering by the time the team hits the ice. This road matchup in Boston is absolutely crucial, with the winner taking control of the series 3-2.
NHL Daily Schedule: Four more teams will be in action today as the playoffs wear on. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, May 10, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
9:30 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)
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