NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/15/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Kings, Canadiens, Tomorrow's TV Schedule and More
May 15, 2014
After last night’s Game 7 and Game 6 from the two remaining series in the second round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, it’s time to start looking forward to the Conference Championships. We’ve got some very intriguing matchups that will play out in the days ahead, but in the meantime let’s take a moment to check out some of the players who are making headlines around the league.
Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals last night by taking care of their rival Bruins last night, earning a load of league respect in the process.
Pacioretty nailed a goal, as did Dale Weise and Daniel Briere. Defensively, Carey Price was strong in net, logging 29 saves on 30 shots in the 3-1 victory.
It’s a big turnaround for Montreal, who trailed 2-3 after losing Game 5, but they were able to nab the final two games of the series to take the win and advance.
They’ll host the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday.
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Jake Muzzin, D, Los Angeles Kings: There’s just one more second-round series happening right now, thanks to a Game 6 extension from the Kings. L.A. held off Anaheim in a 2-1 victory last night, which forces a decisive Game 7 to go to the Western Conference Finals and take on the defending champion Blackhawks.
Muzzin managed a goal in the win, as did Trevor Lewis. Goalie Jonathan Quick made 21 saves on 22 shots. The deciding Game 7 will be tomorrow night at Honda Center, and it should be another good one in this Freeway Series.
Flyers Injury Notes: The Flyers have been done in the playoffs for a while, but they’ve got a trio of players who are making headlines with their injury situations. First off, winger Tye McGinn went under the knife for wrist surgery following his team’s first-round loss to the Rangers. He’s got a six-week recovery timetable before he’s back to full health.
Nicklas Grossmann is also coming off surgery (ankle) and he has a 6-8 week window.
Finally, there’s Steve Downie. He had surgery on his ear yesterday, which was intended to correct issues he’s had with hearing loss. Downie’s also had some concussion issues, and the two conditions are more than likely related. We’ll keep you posted on his health.
NHL Daily Schedule: The NHL won’t be active tonight, but will pick back up again tomorrow with Game 7 between the Ducks and Kings. The conference finals begin this weekend. Here’s a look at the upcoming games.
Friday, May 16, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)
Saturday, May 17, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, NBC, RDS)
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