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NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Kings, Stanley Cup Finals TV Schedule and More
June 5, 2014
The 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are off and running, but we’ve got two more days to wait until Game 2 drops. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about from around the league, so let’s take our daily look at the NHL and see who’s making headlines out there right now. Here’s the latest.
Justin Williams, RW, Los Angeles Kings: At 15:03 in the first period of Game 1 last night in the Stanley Cup Finals, it seemed the Rangers were well on their way to stealing one in Los Angeles. The Kings, however, had other ideas. They took an 0-2 deficit and turned it into a 3-2 overtime win after Williams’ goal at 4:36 in the extra period. So far this postseason, Williams has provided eight scores and two game-winners for L.A. That’s all part of a whopping 20 points in the playoffs.
Also scoring for the Kings were Kyle Clifford and Drew Doughty, who made a highlight-reel goal in the second to tie it up. In all, the Kings out-shot the Rangers by a margin of 43-27, which included an ugly New York drought in the third period.
This early lead bodes very well for the Kings: They’ve won six straight series after taking a 1-0 lead in Game 1. More specifically, the 0-2 comeback in the game was their fourth victory this postseason after being down by that margin.
Game 2 will be Saturday, and the Kings will be looking to defend their home ice once again and head to the Big Apple with a 2-0 lead under their belts.
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Johnny Oduya, D, Chicago Blackhawks: Now let’s move on to the Blackhawks, who were sent home by the aforementioned Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Yesterday, we learned that defenseman Johnny Oduya was injured in that Game 7 loss. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was quoted as saying “I’m not sure he would have been in the next round,” which makes the situation sound at least relatively serious.
We really didn’t get any sort of clarification from Coach Q yesterday as far as what was bothering Oduya, so we’ll just have to play guessing games for now. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that he’s got an entire off-season to heal up. Oduya is coming off a 16-point, plus-11 regular season with seven more points in the playoffs.
2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule: Now that the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are off and running, let’s check out the upcoming schedule and see what we can be expecting from the series.
Game 1 @Los Angeles: Wednesday, June 4 (NBC) Kings Up 1-0
Game 2 @Los Angeles: Saturday, June 7 (NBC)
Game 3 @New York: Monday, June 9 (NBCSN)
Game 4 @New York: Wednesday, June 11 (NBCSN)
Game 5 @Los Angeles: Friday, June 13* (NBC)
Game 6 @New York: Monday, June 16* (NBC)
Game 7 @Los Angeles: Wednesday, June 18* (NBC)
(*Games 5-7 if necessary)
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