- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marian Gaborik, Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings fought off elimination by doubling up the San Jose Sharks 6-3 and forcing a Game 5 Saturday night at SAP Center. Gaborik and Williams each scored a pair, while Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown recorded two points apiece.
No. 2 Star: Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild
Granlund may have set up Jared Spurgeon's opening goal of the game, but his heroics in the final minute are what helped the Wild edge the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 and even their series 2-2. Leading by a goal and trying to withstand Colorado's desperate attempts to tie the game, Granlund blocked three shots to help preserve the Game 4 victory:
No. 3 Star: Jarome Iginla, Boston Bruins
Iginla scored his first career playoff overtime goal as the Bruins came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Boston now leads the series 3-1 and can close things out Saturday at TD Garden.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Jarome Iginla’s first career playoff overtime goal 13:32 into the extra period gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night and put them a win away from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Despite the surprising news just before puck drop that the flu would relegate Jimmy Howard to backing up Jonas Gustavsson, the Red Wings came out flying in the first period and were rewarded with a 1-0 lead, thanks to new daddy Niklas Kronwall’s power play goal.
Detroit kept the pressure on in the second period as Kronwall’s great game didn’t end with his goal.
Early in the period as the Red Wings controlled play, Kronwall carried the puck to Tuukka Rask’s right and fed Justin Abdelkader in front, whose backhand attempt was then blocked by Matt Bartkowski. Still in stride, the puck popped up to Kronwall behind the net, who then served fellow new daddy Pavel Datsyuk on a platter for a 2-0 lead.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
On Tuesday, Joey Hishon was skating with the Colorado Avalanche’s Black Aces in Cleveland. Afterward, he was called into the coach’s office and given the news that he was being called up to the NHL.
“I can’t even explain the emotion,” said Hishon on Wednesday after practicing with the Avalanche. “Very anxious, very excited.”
The call-up meant much more than the team needing a new body in the lineup. Thursday’s Game 4 between the Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild will be Hishon’s first NHL game. It’s a debut that’s years in the making and one that was in serious doubt at one point in time.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The day the Stanley Cup is presented is the best and worst day on the hockey calendar.
It's the worst because it signals the end of another NHL season and we then have to deal with three months of finding other things to do with our lives. It's the best because the Cup presentation ceremony -- from the tradition of booing Gary Bettman to the captain's first raise to the ensuing on-ice player parade -- is emotional and can't not put a smile on one's face.
What we see on the ice those nights has evolved over the years. As YouTuber lostcanuck shows, the on-ice tradition of presenting and celebrating with the Cup has changed a lot since the Toronto Maple Leafs won it in 1949:
• Taking off the top half of the Cup to celebrate just is not as cool as lifting the entire thing over your head. (Could you fill the bottom portion with booze, though? That could be a gamechanger.)
• Nowadays, the Cup is brought to center ice by one of its handlers and placed on display with a nice NHL table skirt. Back in the day, it appears the league used to borrow one of your grandparents' card tables.
No. 1 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
The Sharks forward recorded a two point night with a goal and an assist as San Jose beat the Los Angeles Kings in overtime 4-3 to take a 3-0 series lead. After Tomas Hertl's goal midway through the third period tied the game, it was Marleau who ended things 6:20 into the extra period:
No. 2 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Rask stopped 23 shots as the Bruins shutout the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. The shutout was the fourth for Rask in his playoff career. Patrice Bergeron assisted on Dougie Hamilton's opening power play goal and later added an empty-netter, while Jordan Caron scored his first goal since Oct. 5.
No. 3 Star: Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
It was looking like the Los Angeles Kings were going to fight off falling behind 0-3 to the San Jose Sharks when Jeff Carter tipped home a power play goal early in the third period for a 3-2 lead. The Staples Center was alive with hope.
Then it all came crashing down eight minutes later when Tomas Hertl scored after four whacks in front of Jonathan Quick to tie the game. In overtime, it was Patrick Marleau scoring his 60th career playoff goal to give San Jose a 4-3 win and commanding 3-0 series lead:
The Kings now must regroup for Thursday's Game 4 and hope to make history with a comeback in the series. But improvements need to be made if they're to have any chance.
Jonathan Quick has an .840 even strength save percentage through three games. Only Ilya Bryzgalov is worse (.818). Jeff Carter finally broke through with a goal, but when Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis are your leading goal scorers (two apiece), that's not going to help you beat the Sharks.
Daniel Carcillo last scored a playoff goal on April 26, 2011 when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Three teams later, you can excuse the Rangers forward if he felt a little exuberant after scoring a goal during New York's 4-1 win over the Flyers in Game 3. It wasn't just a big goal for Carcillo, who was making his 2014 playoff debut, it was also one for his team.
Aside from scoring in a big spot, Carcillo felt a bit of redemption.
Minutes earlier, Carcillo took a hit up high from Matt Read that went uncalled. He then found himself in the penalty box with 11:24 to go in the third period and the Rangers up 3-1. New York would kill it and not long after Carcillo would close out Game 3.
Steve Mason was well enough to back up and later replace Ray Emery for the Flyers. It'll probably be his net here on out as Philadelphia attempt to even the series Friday night in Game 4.
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• Here is your all-important Patrick Kane playoff mullet update. Some decent business up front. So much party in the back. [@ChrisKuc]
• Daniel Alfredsson is out for Game 3 tonight against the Boston Bruins with a sore back. Joakim Andersson draws in. [MLive]
• Doing something he's done a few time this season, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper popped into Steven Stamkos' media scrum on Monday. [Sun]
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Craig Berube accumulated nearly 3,200 penalty minutes during an NHL career that last 1,052 games. He earned all that time in the penalty box protecting each and everyone of his teammates. So, in 1990, when Berube saw his goaltender, Ron Hextall, get run by some young punk on the Chicago Blackhawks named Jerey Roenick, he knew what he needed to do.
Berube, however, didn't get his chance during the ensuing melee. He wouldn't get back at Roenick until the 2003-04 season.
Back when I played for the Hawks, I ran Ron Hextall in the crease and Holmgren wasn't very happy with me. Sent Berube out to teach me a lesson.
Tomas Hertl introduced himself to much of the hockey world back in October, where in his third NHL game he scored four goals against the New York Rangers and sent Marty Biron into the broadcast booth.
The hockey world then fell in love with the 20-year old San Jose Sharks rookie after his post-game interview where he described his memorable night with a simple: "This is dream!"
Hertl further endeared himself to us while he was going through rehab for a knee injury that cost him almost three months of the season. While working out in a local pool,he made some friends who helped remind him that "fun must be always :-))"
The latest tale in Hertl's life involves his continuing education about the culture on this side of the pond, specifically that of the restaurant/arcade chain Dave & Buster's, with help from roommate Matt Nieto.