NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/28/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Canadiens, Caps, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 28, 2014
It’s been a whirlwind round in the conference finals of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs so far, and we’ve got plenty more action to come. Before we get settled in for tonight’s game, let’s take a look around the league and see which players and events are making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Rene Bourque, RW, Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens came into last night’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 needing to produce more on offense, and well, they produced more on offense. They pulled to within 2-3 in the series with a crazy 7-4 victory at Bell Centre.
In an occurrence that pretty much no one expected, Montreal chased the Rangers’ defensive anchor Henrik Lundqvist in the second period as part of their offensive antics. Bourque was the big star here, notching a hat trick with two second-period scores and one in the third.
This win is huge for the Canadiens; They’ll now have some hope heading into Game 6. The series is following a trend for now: The Rangers haven’t been able to win a series in fewer than seven games since 2008 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Montreal, meanwhile, has been able to come back from a 1-3 deficit two times in their franchise’s history, the most recent being in 2010 against the Capitals.
New York will be aiming to end the series on their home ice at Madison Square Garden tomorrow. If they can’t, Game 7 will be Saturday in Montreal.
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Capitals New Faces: Yesterday was a big day for the Capitals organization. The team held a press conference at Verizon Center to introduce their two new pieces: head coach Barry Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan.
The new guys come in to replace former head coach Adam Oates and former GM George McPhee, who were part of a 38-30-14 campaign in 2013-14 and failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. They finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
Trotz comes over to DC after 15 years with the Predators. He ranks third in wins with a single franchise and is 15th on the NHL victories list as a coach.
MacLellan is now the sixth GM in franchise history and has spent 13 years with the Capitals. He won a Stanley Cup with the Flames back in ‘89 and played through a 10-year journeyman career in the NHL.
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.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)
Thursday, May 29, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers (NBCSN, CBC, RDS)
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