NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/17/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Kings, Injuries, Today's TV Schedule and More
May 17, 2014
We’ve got a quick turnaround between rounds today in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The East will be getting started in the coming hours, which will open the floodgates of the final games before the Cup series. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings: After all the build-up to the winner-take-all Game 7 between the Ducks and Kings last night, it really ended up being a one-sided affair. The Kings ran away with the win 6-2 at Honda Center behind a strong offensive effort and equally solid defensive stand.
Quick anchored things with a 25-save performance on 27 shots, while the other two stars Mike Richards and Justin Williams each pitched in a goal and an assist. Williams now has six career Game 7 goals (tied with Wayne Gretzky for second all-time).
The Kings now move on to face the Blackhawks in their Western Conference Final series. It’s their third straight conference final.
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Pens Make Moves: During a press conference yesterday, the Penguins announced that they’ll be heading into the 2014-15 season with some changes in their organization. The team fired GM Ray Shero, but will be retaining coach Dan Blysma, according to president David Morehouse.
In the meantime, assistant GM Jason Botterill will serve as interim GM, and his name remains in the running for a possible promotion to the full position.
Once a new general manager is hired, the front office and coaching staff will undergo a complete evaluation, so don’t take Bylsma and company off the hot seat just yet.
Pittsburgh was bounced from the postseason by a lower seed for the fifth consecutive season this year and haven’t found much success since winning the Cup in 2009.
Around the League: We’ve got a few news items today that fit in the “random” category, so we’ll put them here. First we’ll start with a couple of Bruins injuries.
Zdeno Chara has a fractured finger on his left hand, but he won’t be getting surgery. It’s believed he suffered the break during the team’s second-round series against the Canadiens, but he won’t divulge exactly when.
Then there’s Matt Fraser, who played through a broken right foot in this postseason. He might need to go under the knife, though. We’ll keep tabs on him as new info becomes available.
Elsewhere, the Sabres’ Zenon Konopka has been suspended 20 games for violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy. He’s an unrestricted free agent this off-season, so whichever team picks him up will have to sit him. Konopka supposedly took DHEA to earn the suspension.
NHL Daily Schedule: We’re getting right to it today, with the first game of the conference championship series. Here’s a look at today’s schedule, along with the start time and TV networks carrying the matchup.
Saturday, May 17, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, NBC, RDS)
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