NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/20/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 20, 2014
We hockey fans are out of luck tonight, as the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are taking a bit of a breather. The action will pick back up again tomorrow, but in the meantime there’s plenty to check out. Let’s take our daily stroll around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers: Before these Eastern Conference Finals began, if you had said the Rangers would be leaving Montreal with a 2-0 series lead, most people wouldn’t have believed you. That’s exactly what’s happening, however, as New York bagged another win in Game 2.
To get there, they had to overcome an emotionally-charged Canadiens team who were still stinging from the loss of their starting goalie Carey Price (he’s out for the series with a leg injury). His counterpart Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant in keeping the Rangers grounded after an early onslaught, stopping 40 of 41 shots in the 3-1 victory.
Offensively, Ryan McDonagh had a goal and an assist, with Derek Stepan helping out on a pair of assists himself.
Game 3 will be on Thursday back at Madison Square Garden in New York. In the meantime, the Canadiens have got to find a way to solve Lundqvist, as he’s been putting the Rangers on his back recently.
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Alex Ovechkin, RW, Washington Capitals: That sound you heard yesterday was a collective sigh of relief from Capitals fans everywhere. After a scary collision in the World Championship Sunday, he’s reportedly doing okay and won’t miss much time after the Belarus game.
Ovechkin suffered a knee injury in the collision, but didn’t suffer any tears or damage. The team is hopeful he’ll be able to return for Thursday’s matchup, which begins the quarterfinals.
Blues Extend Elliott: In contract news, we’ve got a development taking shape over in St. Louis. The Blues announced yesterday that they’d signed net-minder Brian Elliott to a three-year, $7.5 million extension. He’ll team with Jake Allen for this upcoming 2014-15 campaign, which means the odd man out is Ryan Miller, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Miller was just 2-4 in the playoffs with a 2.70 GAA and .897 save percentage.
NHL Daily Schedule: There aren’t any games scheduled for today, but things will be picking back up again tomorrow. Here’s a look at that schedule, with the start time and TV networks carrying the game.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014:
Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)
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