NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/11/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Ducks, Bruins, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 11, 2014
We’ve got a pair of big-time games coming up in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs today, which means hockey fans will be glued to the TV. Before we settle in and wait for the on-ice action to begin, let’s take our daily look at some of the key players from around the league who are making headlines this morning.
Carl Soderberg, C, Boston Bruins: Prior to Game 5, the Bruins had been on a 0-for-10 power play run in the series against the Canadiens. That all changed last night, when Boston’s unit nailed two goals within 32 seconds to help propel the team to a 4-2 win at TD Garden.
Soderberg finished with a goal and two assists, while Loui Eriksson posted a score and helper of his own. Tuukka Rask held down the defense, logging 29 saves on 31 shots.
Boston now leads this best-of-seven series 3-2, and can potentially move on by winning tomorrow night at Bell Centre.
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John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks: In one of the most intriguing stories of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau gave Gibson the start last night in the Ducks’ Game 4 against the Kings. The youngster responded perfectly in his playoff debut, notching 28 saves in a 2-0 shutout that evened the series at two games apiece. Corey Perry posted a pair of saves while Devante Smith-Pelly and Ryan Getzlaf added goals.
This has been an odd series so far. The road team has won every game, and there are plenty of intriguing storylines woven throughout. We’ll get our next chapter tomorrow night at Honda Center as we see how this story plays out.
Penguins-Rangers Outlook: Kicking off tonight’s playoff action will be Game 6 between the Penguins and Rangers. New York was on the brink of elimination in Game 5, but was able to find some long-dormant offense (not to mention power play potency) to snag a 5-1 victory and pull to within 2-3 in the series.
It’s another must-win game for the Rangers this evening, as the series shifts back to New York. Key here will be linemates Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello, who combined for six points in Game 5 and finally brought some life to an anemic offense. Henrik Lundqvist will have to be rock-solid as well if the Rangers want to stand a chance of winning. He gets the unenviable task of trying to stop Evgeni Malkin, who has three goals and three assists in this series alone.
NHL Daily Schedule: Four teams will be out on the ice today, and for one team (the Rangers), it’s a must-win scenario. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Sunday, May 11, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
9:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks (TSN, CNBC, RDS2)
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