NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/4/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Penguins, Bruins, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 4, 2014
We’re just getting through the first weekend of the second round in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and already we’ve seen some amazing things out on the ice. We’ll be keeping it up today with two more games, but in the meantime let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins: At the 6:30 mark in the third period yesterday, the Canadiens had to have been feeling pretty confident. They’d just nailed one to give their team a 3-1 lead over the Bruins in Game 2 of their best-of-seven second-round series, and were in great position to steal both road games at TD Garden.
Then the rest of the third period happened.
Boston put up four unanswered goals in the remainder of the game, surging to a 5-3 victory and evening the series at 1-1 heading over to Montreal. Bergeron was one of the big contributors here, notching a goal and an assist on four shots. Reilly Smith would come up with the game-winner, while Tuukka Rask held down the fort on defense with 25 of 28 stopped shots.
The series heads to Montreal now, with Game 3 on Tuesday at 7:00 PM ET.
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Marian Gaborik, RW, Los Angeles Kings: The Kings were able to strike first in their second-round series against the Ducks, thanks to a huge effort from Gaborik. He nailed a pair of goals--including the game-tying goal and the game-winner in overtime--and added an assist in the 3-2 L.A. victory.
Jonathan Quick held things together in front of the net, corralling 33 of 35 shots headed his way.
With an early 1-0 lead, the Kings will be looking to keep it rolling in Game 2 tomorrow night at Honda Center (10:00 PM ET).
Brooks Orpik, D, Pittsburgh Penguins: Now let’s visit with the Penguins and check out one of their injury concerns in detail. Here’s what we know with Orpik: He took to the ice during the team’s skate yesterday, but his status is still up in the air for tonight’s Game 2 against the Rangers at Consol Energy Center. The bad news is that he technically hasn’t rejoined the team, and when he was skating yesterday it was with a group of Penguins who aren’t expected to hit the ice tonight.
Orpik has been out for three consecutive playoff games, and is in danger of missing a fourth. The 33-year-old hasn’t seen any ice time since leaving practice early on April 25. The Pens could definitely use his presence on defense. He’s a veteran leader and a very physical player who provides a big lift to his squad when he’s out there.
NHL Daily Schedule: Two more games are on tap for 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.
Sunday, May 4, 2014:
3:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks (NBC, RDS, TSN)
7:30 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
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