NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/23/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Canadiens, Sharks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 23, 2014
We’re coming off a pretty busy four-game set in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, and we’ve got three more to look forward to this evening. Before we get settled in and wait for those pucks to drop, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens: For a moment there, it looked like the Tampa Bay Lightning might actually force a Game 5 against the Canadiens. Pacioretty had other ideas, however, as he scored the game-winner at 19:17 in the third to give Montreal a first-round sweep.
The Canadiens will now sit back and relax while they wait for their second-round opponent. That’ll be either Boston or Detroit. The Bruins lead 2-1 right now.
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Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins: Speaking of the Bruins, they didn’t have much trouble with the Red Wings last night. Montreal will want to take some heavy notes on Rask, who tallied a shutout on 23 saves as Boston took Game 3 3-0. Patrice Bergeron (goal; assist) and Dougie Hamilton (goal) were the other two stars of the game.
The Bruins can negate Detroit’s speed by playing a deliberate, puck-control game. Look for a lot of that strategy in Games 4 tomorrow and 5 Saturday.
Martin St. Louis, RW, New York Rangers: After letting a two-goal lead slip away in Game 2, the Rangers needed a strong showing on Philly’s ice last night. They got it, thanks to a solid team-wide effort in a 4-1 win. St. Louis notched a goal and an assist, as did defenseman Dan Girardi. Rick Nash also pitched in with a pair of helpers himself.
The teams have a couple of days to wait for Game 4 on Friday, then they’ll return to New York for Game 5 Sunday.
Patrick Marleau, C, San Jose Sharks: The Sharks are now firmly in control of their series against the Kings. Marleau has been absolutely stellar in the first three games, including a game-winning OT goal last night (and an assist) to help San Jose gain a 3-0 edge over L.A. Tomas Hertl set the stage in the third as he tied things up at 3-3 before Marleau’s score put it away.
Game 4 is tomorrow night in L.A., and the Sharks will be going for a clean sweep. If necessary, Game 5 would be on Saturday.
NHL Daily Schedule: A half-dozen teams will be in action tonight, so there will be plenty for hockey fans to do. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets (CBC, RDS, NBCSN, ROOT, FS-O)
8:00 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars (TSN, CNBC, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW)
9:30 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks (CBC, RDS, NBCSN, FS-WM, CSN-CH)
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