NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/7/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Wild, Canadiens, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 7, 2014
We’ve seen some pretty amazing things in this 2014 NHL Stanley Cup run, and we’re sure to get plenty more before the trophy is handed out. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the headlines and noteworthy happenings around the league as we get set for tonight’s Round 2 matchup. Here’s the latest.
P.K. Subban, D, Montreal Canadiens: Subban has had a monster playoffs so far, and his solid run continued last night. He posted a goal and an assist (his fifth multi-point game of the postseason), helping his team to a 4-2 win and a 2-1 series edge over the Bruins.
Subban has 11 points in the playoffs so far, which leads all defensemen. Helping out last night were Carey Price (26 saves), Dale Weise (goal; assist) and a host of other Canadiens.
A pivotal Game 4 in this series will be tomorrow in Montreal. The Series moves back to Boston on Saturday.
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Mikael Granlund, C, Minnesota Wild: The Wild showed their home crowd that they’re not finished in their second-round playoff series against the defending champion Blackhawks last night. The game was scoreless heading into the third period, when the floodgates opened and Minnesota nailed four goals to take it 4-0 and bring the series to 1-2 in favor of Chicago.
Granlund nailed a pair of goals, with Ilya Bryzgalov anchoring the defense on 19 saves. Erik Haula and Zach Parise also scored in the shutout.
The Wild will definitely benefit from the home crowd on Friday when the series moves on to Game 4. Game 5 is back in Chicago on Sunday.
Penguins-Rangers Outlook: Since there’s just one game on tonight, we might as well start looking forward to it. It’ll be a big Game 4 between the Penguins and Rangers, and with Pittsburgh up 2-1, they’ve got the opportunity to step on the gas and get a stranglehold on this series.
The pressure rests firmly on New York here. Down in the series and playing at home, they’ve got some obstacles to overcome if they want to win the game and even things up. The proverbial elephant in the room is their inept power play situation. They haven’t scored with the man advantage since way back in Game 2 of the first round against the Flyers (that’s an 0-for-34 stretch). Luckily for them they got a much-needed day off yesterday after jamming five games into a seven-day period.
They certainly looked exhausted in Games 2 and 3, getting shut out in both and their main (and highest-paid) offensive playmakers nowhere to be found.
Will that be enough to get them going? We’ll have to see. If they drop another one tonight, this series is effectively over.
NHL Daily Schedule: We’ve got just one game up for tonight, so it’s something of a breather in terms of volume. Here’s a look at the start time and where you can catch the game.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014:
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
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