NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/1/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers, Kings, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 1, 2014
There’s just one game on the NHL schedule tonight, but after those three Game 7s last night we could all use a bit of a breather. Before we get settled in for the first game of the second round in these 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news out there. Here’s the latest.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers: Maybe the Rangers don’t realize that they can win a series in fewer than seven games. They did just that--once again--last night, marking the third straight time they’ve won their opening series in seven games. They’re now 6-0 at Madison Square Garden in Game 7s.
New York took out a pesky Flyers team 2-1 last night, thanks to a stout performance by Lundqvist (26 saves on 27 shots). Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot scored the goals for the Rangers.
Now New York will move on to face the Penguins in the second round. That series begins rather quickly--Game 1 will be tomorrow night.
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Nino Neiderreiter, RW, Minnesota Wild: It doesn’t get much closer than this. Neiderreiter and his teammates gave a Minnesota fan base a sorely-needed playoff series victory, the first time that’s happened since 2003.
The Wild overcame four one-goal deficits during the game, forcing overtime where they earned a 5-4 win. Neiderreiter did his part with two goals and an assist. Jared Spurgeon scored the game-tying goal.
Next up for the Wild is a second-round matchup against the defending champion Blackhawks. That one starts tomorrow night as well.
Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles Kings: With the Kings down 0-3 to the Sharks after Game 3 in their first-round series, if you’d have said L.A. would come back to win, no one would have believed you. That’s exactly what happened, though, and the Kings became just the fourth team in league history to win a playoff series after falling behind 0-3.
Kopitar was big in the 5-1 win, providing a goal and an assist. Net-minder Jonathan Quick warded off 39 shots and allowed just one score from the Sharks.
L.A. moves on to face the Ducks in the second round. That one gets started on Saturday night.
NHL Daily Schedule: Just one game is on the schedule tonight as we kick off the second round of the playoffs. Here’s a look at that one, along with the start time and TV networks you can catch the matchup on.
Thursday, May 1, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
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