NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/23/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Canadiens, Weekend TV Schedule and More
May 23, 2014
We’re cruising through the conference finals in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and coming off another exciting game last night. We’ve got another day to wait before the postseason kicks back up again for the weekend, but in the meantime there’s plenty to talk about. Here’s our daily look around the league.
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Montreal Canadiens: Heading into last night’s Eastern Conference Final Game 3, the New York Rangers were riding high with a 2-0 lead. Montreal promptly deflated that lead with a 3-2 overtime victory that gave them some new life in the series. Galchenyuk scored promptly as the OT period began (at the 1:12 mark) following a late third-period goal by the Rangers’ Chris Kreider that tied the game up at two goals apiece.
The rookie Dustin Tokarski did pretty well in net for the Canadiens, making 35 saves on 37 shots in his second straight start following a knee injury to No. 1 net-minder Carey Price.
We’ve got a series now, and a pivotal Game 4 will be on Sunday night in New York.
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Jaroslav Halak, G, New York Islanders: Elsewhere in the Big Apple, Halak signed a four-year, $18 million contract with the Islanders yesterday, finally giving him some stability that he’s lacked recently. He came over to the Isles earlier this month in exchange for a fourth-round pick, and now presumably will serve as New York’s starting goaltender next season.
Halak played pretty well in 2013-14, with a 2.25 GAA and .921 save percentage during his 52 appearances.
Andrew Shaw, C, Chicago Blackhawks: Good news for the Blackhawks this morning. Yesterday, we learned that Shaw would be traveling with the team to Los Angeles for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals tomorrow, and will be playing in that game.
It seems likely that Shaw will find his way into the third line, which is good news for Chicago, as that’s been a point of weakness for them over the first couple of games in this series against the Kings. He’s also noted for his energy and intensity when he’s out there on the ice, which could help get the defending champs over the hump in a close game.
We’ll see what effect he has on the team when Game 3 drops tomorrow night.
NHL Daily Schedule: The playoffs don’t pick back up again until Saturday, which starts a two-game weekend. Here’s a look at that schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, May 24, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings (CBC, NBC, RDS)
Sunday, May 25, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
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