NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/25/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blackhawks, Rangers, Upcoming TV Schedule and More
May 25, 2014
The 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs action continued last night, and we’re getting another dose of on-ice fun this evening. Before the Eastern Conference Finals get going again, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out the latest happenings.
Jeff Carter, C, Los Angeles Kings: Who knew that Carter’s line would have such a profound impact on the Kings’ playoff run? They did it again last night, wrestling away a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks and taking control 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals.
Carter himself nailed a goal and two assists, helped out by linemates Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli. Drew Doughty was also a big contributor in this one, posting a goal and an assist of his own.
On the other side, the Blackhawks certainly had their chances. Jonathan Toews notched a pair of first-period goals that put Chicago up 2-1 after the opening frame. The defending champs wouldn’t get on the board again until late in the third on a score by Patrick Sharp, however.
Game 4 is tomorrow night in L.A., and it’s a very important one for both teams.
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Derick Brassard, C, New York Rangers: The Rangers are in dire need of good news right now, and it looks like they might be getting a little bit tonight. Yesterday, Brassard was quoted as saying that he will be playing in tonight’s Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. He was injured in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference Finals series and hasn’t been back since.
With New York down both Daniel Carcillo (suspension) and Derek Stepan (injury) for tonight’s game, Brassard’s presence will be more than welcome out on the home ice. He says he’s 100 percent now, so we’ll see how that translates to the game.
As for the aforementioned Stepan, he was in the hospital as late as yesterday morning following surgery on his broken jaw, and this will be his first missed game in his four-year NHL career. That’s 348 combined appearances.
NHL Daily Schedule: The playoffs pick back up again tonight, which continues the schedule through this long weekend. Here’s a look at that schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Sunday, May 25, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
Monday, May 26, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)
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