NHL Playoffs Update
Here’s an update on the second round of the NHL playoffs.
Boston Bruins – Montreal Canadiens (series tied 2-2)
This has been by far the most entertaining series in the second round so far. The teams are neck to neck after four games, splitting the home/away games. PK Subban (3G 8A) has been Montreal’s backbone together with goaltender Carey Price (Sv% .929 & GAA 1.99). In game 4 Matt Fraser became the unlikely hero for Boston scoring the game’s only goal in overtime. Fraser was called up from the AHL just a day before the game. Tukka Rask has stellar numbers (Sv% .941 & GAA 1.67) and he’s starting to get some help from the offense. Game 5 in Boston on Saturday.
Anaheim Ducks – Los Angeles Kings (LA leads 2-1)
The battle of southern California just got a lot more interesting with the Ducks’ 3-2 win last night. Corey Perry got his first goal in the series, and that must be a relief for Ducks fans that Perry is back on the score sheet. Frederik Andersen was back in net for Anaheim after seeing Jonas Hiller lose the two first games in the series. Andersen had 22 saves on 23 shots before having to leave the game in the third period with a lower-body injury. The Kings held the Ducks to 22 shots, but Jonathan Quick was unable to shut the door when the Ducks came knocking. Game 4 is in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Penguins – New York Rangers (PIT leads 3-1)
The Penguins are looking to move on to the Eastern Conference final tonight when they host the Rangers. Pittsburgh grabbed a 4-2 win in game 4 in Madison Square Garden, and it looks like the Pens’ superstars are heating up. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist and Sidney Crosby recorded two assists. Jussi Jokinen scored his sixth goal of the playoffs and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had two straight shutouts before letting two pucks past him in game 4. The Rangers continue to struggle on the power play and have gone 36 straight man advantages without scoring. Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin scored for the Rangers. Game 5 tonight in Pittsburgh.
Chicago Blackhawks – Minnesota Wild (CHI leads 2-1)
After winning the two first games rather handily, the Blackhawks stepped on a landmine and lost 4-0 in Minnesota in Game 3. Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his first playoff shutout in eight years and emerging Finnish star Mikael Granlund scored two goals. Ryan Suter keeps logging huge minutes for the Wild (28:45 TOI/G) and Zach Parise leads the team in scoring with 13p (4G 9A) in 10 games. Game 4 in Minnesota Friday night.