- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins
Murray was fantastic for the Penguins as they beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. The 21-year-old goaltender stopped 47 shots, including 19 in the third period. The rookie has now won five of his first six Stanley Cup playoff starts.
No. 2 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The Washington captain did all he could to help the Capitals come back from a 3-0 third period deficit. His wrister midway through the final period broke Murray's shutout bid as Ovechkin finished with 18 shot attempts, nine hits and a goal and an assist.
No. 3 Star: Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Hagelin's third goal of the playoffs would stand as the game winner following a third period Capitals rally. The Swedish forward now has three goals and five points in his last four games.
Honorable Mention: Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period to help the Penguins pounce early ... According to the AP, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby played in their 108th playoff game, moving past Mario Lemieux for second on the franchise's list behind Jaromir Jagr's 140.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed a 2-1 series over the Washington Capitals with a nail-biting 3-2 win in Game 3 Monday night.
Washington fired 49 shots on Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray, but the 21-year-old netminder stood tall and stopped 47 of them while Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period to help give the Penguins a jumpstart on the Capitals.
The Capitals peppered Murray with 21 shots over the final 20 minutes while trying to claw back from a 3-0 deficit. Only Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams managed to beat him during a furious late rally.
Murray improved his even strength save percentage to .956 in six playoff games. That should keep the Marc-Andre Fleury — who served as Pittsburgh’s Game 3 backup — quiet for now.
Despite outshooting them in the first period, the Capitals fell into a quick hole in the span of 60 seconds. Hornqvist opened the scoring by registering his fourth of the playoffs after tipping home Trevor Daley’s shot from the point 6:37 into the game.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
"It makes me laugh a little bit. I mean, that's awesome to hear. I would love to make that kind of impact. I don’t know if it’s realistic, but I'm definitely looking to help the game grow ... We’ll see what happens here in the next couple of months."
That was what Amanda Kessel told us back in March.
What she was talking about are the inferences made to her being the 'Connor McDavid of women's professional hockey.'
Back in March, Kessel, 24, was coming off of a national championship win with the University of Minnesota. She was arguably the most sought after undrafted free agent among the professional ranks; finishing her collegiate career with 248 points in 136 games played. She also has experience at the international level as a part of the U.S. national team: 10 games in the U-18 World Juniors accumulating 30 points total; 10 games and 18 points at Women's World; and five games during the Sochi Olympics where she scored six points on the way to a silver medal.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
What was hyped as the Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin series has quickly turned into a second-round matchup highlighted by controversial hits.
One day after Brooks Orpik was handed a three-game ban for his hit head on Olli Maatta, the Pittsburgh Penguins could be without defenseman Kris Letang for at least Game 4 after his late check on Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals Monday night.
Johansson enters the Penguins zone and dishes off a pass. As he’s getting himself upright, Letang comes in late and lays a shoulder/elbow to the Capitals forward’s chest/head area. The head doesn’t appear to be the principle point of contact, but the hit is late and Letang launches himself upward.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition."
Who wins the Calder, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association?
Why Shayne Gostisbehere deserves the Calder
The NHL says:
Gostisbehere, a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, led rookie defensemen in goals (17), assists (29), points (46), power-play goals (8), power-play points (22) and game-winning goals (5) while playing in 64 contests. He also scored four overtime goals, setting a League record for any rookie while matching a single-season record for any defenseman. Gostisbehere posted a 15-game point streak Jan. 19 – Feb. 20 (5-13—18), an NHL record for a rookie defenseman as well as a franchise record for any rookie. He is Philadelphia’s first Calder Trophy finalist since 1993-94 (Mikael Renberg) and is vying to become the first player in team history to capture the award.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Finn Dowling calls the black cat that ran onto the ice at SAP Center during warmups before Game 1 between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks the ‘world’s luckiest cat.’
This was meant in two respects. For one the 2-3 month old kittenthat inexplicably entered the building was saved by the Sharks organization and turned over to Humane Society Silicon Valley where Dowling works. But also, the cat turned into the team’s good luck charm in their 5-2 comeback win over Nashville.
“What sort of a cat is she? She’s the sort of cat that helps hockey teams win games,” Dowling said.Tue, May 39:00 PM EDTSan Jose at NashvillePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Throughout this controversial season for the Chicago Blackhawks, there’s been talk about fans who may have left the fold and talk of that talk being poppycock public posturing.
So it was interesting to see Monday’s farewell note from Hockeenight, one of the most popular and hilarious Blackhawks fan blogs. (And a collection of writers who have previously worked on our Eulogys.) Here’s what they wrote:
The last year brought rape allegations, revenge porn, homophobic slurs, and countless dudebros defending the indefensible simply because the perpetrators happened to play sports for a team they supported. What had once been a pleasure became a labor.
And this year had a “staying together for the kids” feel to it. We didn’t recap at all, until we saw where we could provide a little levity to some friends going through a tough time, but I’m sure you’ll agree that our hearts clearly weren’t in it. And you guys deserve better.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
One of John Tortorella’s favorite conspiracy theories is that the Pittsburgh Penguins get preferential treatment from the NHL when it comes to suspensions. Like, for example, when then-Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik laid out Marian Gaborik in 2012 with a knee-on-knee hit.
“I wonder what would happen if we did that to their two whining stars over there. I wonder what would happen?” said Tortorella. “It’s one of the most arrogant organizations in the League. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens. It’s ridiculous. But they’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they? Starting with their two [expletive] stars.”
Fast forward to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it’s another coach slyly making that claim.
Ironically, he’s the guy currently coaching Brooks Orpik.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
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• Today marks the 49th anniversary since Toronto’s last Stanley Cup championship.
• The Washington Capitals were outplayed in the opening two games by the Pittsburgh Penguins. What’s in store for Game 3? [Washington Post]
• Through two games, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have been quiet. [Pens Initiative]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that defenseman Olli Maatta, last seen struggling to leave the ice after Brooks Orpik’s head shot, will not play in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Sullivan didn’t say if it’ll be Derrick Pouliot or Justin Schultz replacing him in the lineup, but the Penguins told the Tribune-Review they’re ready:
“We've been working hard, the guys that haven't been playing,” Schultz said after Sunday's practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. “Obviously, it's different being in a game situation, but you have to get ready. It's playoff time. If I have to go, I'll be ready.”
“We have a lot of depth,” defenseman Kris Letang said. “We have two guys who are practicing every day in Schultz and Pouliot. They're pretty good players. Whoever comes in, I'm pretty sure they'll accomplish a great job and help our team to succeed.”