NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/14/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blackhawks, Rangers, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 14, 2014
We’ve got a Game 7 and a Game 6 headed our way in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight, and hockey fans are dizzy with excitement. Before we get set and wait on those pucks to hit the ice, let’s take a moment to peruse the headlines and see which players are making news this morning. Here’s the latest.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers: When the Rangers were down 1-3 in their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, all hope looked lost for the deflated and exhausted team. Improbably, however, they managed to rattle off three straight wins to take the series and will be heading to the Eastern Conference Final.
Lundqvist was once again the anchor in the 2-1 win, stopping 35 of 36 shots. Brad Richards notched the game-winner in the second period, with Brian Boyle logging the first score.
This was the first time in Rangers history that the team has won a best-of-seven series after trailing 1-3. It also marked just the second time the team had won a Game 7 on the road.
The Rangers will take on either the Bruins or Canadiens in the final.
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Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: Anther series came to an end last night, but this one took just six games to complete. The Blackhawks finally got a win on the road in their series against the Wild, taking a 2-1 OT victory in Game 6. Kane provided the winning score in the extra period, with goalie Corey Crawford saving 34 of 35 shots that came his way.
The Blackhawks will now wait on the winner of the other series between the Ducks and Kings (Anaheim is up 3-2 in that one). Chicago is likely rooting for a Kings win, as they’ll have home-ice advantage if L.A. can complete the comeback.
Canadiens-Bruins Outlook: Let’s take a look at the first of tonight’s two-game set, which is Game 7 between Montreal and Boston. These two squads have a long history against each other, including nine game sevens all-time. The winner tonight will get a trip to the Eastern Conference Final.
The Canadiens are going into this one as the underdogs, and relishing the role. They’re coming off a dominant 4-0 win during Game 6 and should be loose and confident when they hit the ice.
Meanwhile, the Bruins need to amp their desperation up a notch if they’re going to match the energy level of Montreal. They’ve been up-and-down during this series so far, and will need to find some consistency to prevail. They’ll be looking for help from Reilly Smith, Carl Soderberg and Brad Marchand.
NHL Daily Schedule: Two very important games will be on tap for tonight. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Wednesday, May 14, 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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