NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/3/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers, Blackhawks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 3, 2014
Round 2 in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs continued last night with a pair of riveting games. We’ve got two more to look forward to today, as one series gets started and another continues. In the meantime, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the notable players.
Benoit Pouliot, LW, New York Rangers: The Rangers’ not-so-secret-weapon of the Benoit Pouliot/Derick Brassard/Mats Zuccarello line came through for them once again in Game 1 against the Penguins last night. Brassard nailed a clutch goal in overtime to give New York a 3-2 victory and first blood on the road in the series. Pouliot also scored the game’s first point and assisted on the game-winner. Also of note, Dan Girardi had a pair of assists while Henrik Lundqvist posted 34 saves.
The Rangers had a 2-0 lead after the first period, but Pittsburgh tied it up in the second. The third period went scoreless and forced overtime.
Game 2 of what should be a very competitive series is tomorrow at 7:30 ET.
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Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: This one looked like it’d be a blowout, then it turned tight, then it turned into something of a blowout again. The Blackhawks built up a 2-0 lead after one period in their first game against the Wild, but Minnesota stormed back to tie it up at 2-2 in the third. That would be as close as they’d get, as Chicago peppered in three more goals before the final horn, taking a 5-2 win and Game 1 of the series.
Kane notched a pair of goals in the third, while Marian Hossa (goal; two assists) and Bryan Bickell (two goals) were the ‘Hawks’ other two stars.
Game 2 will be tomorrow in Chicago at 3:00 PM ET.
Ducks’ Personnel for Game 1: Yesterday during interviews, we didn’t get much of a hint as to who will be in net for the Ducks’ Game 1 against the Kings today, but we did get indications on a couple other pieces to Anaheim’s puzzle. Both Mathieu Perreault and Emerson Etem should be good to go for the opener, but it remains to be seen how much ice time either will get.
As for the goalie decision between Frederik Andersen and Jonas Hiller, not even the team will know that until after today’s morning skate. Stay tuned.
NHL Daily Schedule: Four more teams will be in action today as the second round continues. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, May 3, 2014:
12:30 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (CBC, NBC, RDS)
8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)
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