NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/26/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers, Blackhawks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 26, 2014
The long weekend is almost at its conclusion, but we’ve got one more NHL game before tomorrow. While we’re kicking back and waiting for that puck to drop in the all-important Western Conference Final Game 4 this evening, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out what’s happening right now.
Martin St. Louis, RW, New York Rangers: The Rangers were able to extend their Eastern Conference Finals lead to 3-1, thanks to a dramatic overtime win last night over the Montreal Canadiens.
St. Louis got to play the hero, scoring the winning goal at 6:02 in overtime to put the Rangers in the W column 3-2. Carl Hagelin (goal, assist) and Brian Boyle (assist) were the game’s other two stars.
Defensively, goalie Henrik Lundqvist was reliable as usual, stopping 27 of 29 shots, including a pretty lucky bouncer with just over three minutes to go in regulation. It would prove to be his 41st Stanley Cup Playoffs win, which ties him for the most victories in franchise history (Mike Richter also has 41).
New York can finish this best-of-seven series tomorrow night in Montreal. They should know not to take anything for granted, though, since they themselves just came back from a 1-3 deficit in the last round.
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Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: Let’s move out west and check out the Blackhawks, who have a major issue on their hands with Kane. He’s been something of a liability in the Western Conference Finals series so far. He hasn’t scored any points just yet and is the unhappy owner of a minus-3 rating.
Kane does have seven shots to his credit, but he’s not getting quality looks at the net. That’s a stark contrast to the last round against the Wild, when he nailed three goals and an assist in six games.
On the other side, the Kings’ opposing line has played very well against Kane and company. Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson had a great outing in Game 3, helping steer L.A. to a 2-1 series lead.
This Game 4 is absolutely crucial to the Blackhawks. If they let another one slip away, they’ll have to win out to make it back to the Finals. Look for a bigger role from Kane here as the team tries to get him going.
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.
Monday, May 26, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014:
New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
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