NHL News 4/3/16: Red Wings Edge Leafs, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Daily Schedule and More
April 3, 2016
After a very busy day of NHL action yesterday, the league is taking it relatively easy today with just five games on the schedule. Let’s visit with some of today’s headlines and key players before we settle in for those.
Mike Smith, G, Arizona Coyotes: Down at Gila River Arena in Glendale last night, the Coyotes surprised the Capitals with a 3-0 shutout.
Smith came up with saves on all 31 shots, while Shane Doan, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Brad Richardson each scored. All the goals came in a pivotal third period.
The Caps have already locked up the best record in the NHL, and they were likely tired after playing their third game in four nights.
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Ryan O’Reilly, C, Buffalo Sabres: The Rangers’ playoff hopes were dampened yet again last night at Madison Square Garden, thanks to a 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
O’Reilly scored twice in the first period, and Buffalo held on to take the road victory.
NY goalie Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots. Antti Raanta came on to make 14 saves on 15 shots.
New York still needs to win a game in order to secure a playoff berth, something they haven’t been able to do lately.
Mike Green, D, Detroit Red Wings: Green came up big for the Red Wings last night at Air Canada Centre against the Maple Leafs. He scored and had an assist in the 3-2 victory.
Brad Richards also put up a goal and a helper here to keep the Red Wings’ playoff hopes alive. They can clinch a spot by winning their final three games in regulation.
Matt Murray, G, Pittsburgh Penguins: Murray logged a shutout yesterday at Barclays Center against the Islanders, helping the team to a 5-0 victory on 24 saves.
Both Matt Cullen and Tom Kuhnhackl had a goal and an assist, while Phil Kessel scored his 26th on a power play in the third.
The Pens have now solidified a playoff slot for the 10th straight year, and lead the Rangers by three points in the Metropolitan.
NHL Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action.
Sunday, April 3, 2016:
12:30 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Chicago Bulls (NBC, TVAS, SN)
5:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins (CSN-PH, ROOT)
8:00 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche (NBCSN)
Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets (FS-N, SN)
9:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks (FS-SW, PRIME, FS-SD)
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