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No. 1 Star: Matt Beleskey, Anaheim Ducks
Thanks to Beleskey, the Ducks handed Chicago their first overtime loss of the playoffs. Starting the game on the fourth line, Beleskey was elevated back to his normal position between Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler by the time OT rolled around. Just 45-seconds into the extra frame, Beleskey sent a fat rebound past a sprawling Corey Crawford.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
To be cliché, Toews singlehandedly put the Blackhawks on his back and willed them to even the score against Anaheim. In a span of 1:12 late in the third, Toews scored 2 goals that brought Chicago within a goal and tied the game for the ‘Hawks. The latter came with 38-seconds left on the game clock. Frederik Andersen is still trying to figure out how that second one went in.
No. 3 Star: Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks
The Lilliputian defenseman for the Ducks showed his offensive prowess with a goal and an assist in the win. He now has 10 points in 14 playoff games for the Ducks, and is a plus-7. His goal was a laser from the blueline off of a face-off win by Ryan Getzlaf:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau calmed down his wild band of Ducks in the break between the third period and overtime of Game 5.
"I said, it’s our turn. Don’t be upset and hang your heads. Get angry. Get mad that we sort of pissed it away a little bit," Boudreau said. "Just come back and play the way you did in the first period and things will work out."
The Anaheim Ducks were able to extinguish Chicago’s comeback effort in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final in a 5-4 overtime win. The Blackhawks scored two goals in the final two minutes of regulation, but the Ducks were the aggressor early in the extra session, mostly because of Boudreau's Patches O'Houlihan-type speech.
Matt Beleskey scored the overtime winner on a rebound off a shot by Ryan Kesler for the Ducks just 45 seconds into the extra session.
Chicago forced the extra 45 ticks on the clock with a furious third-period rally led by their captain.
With 1:50 left in the third period, Jonathan Toews put the score at 4-3 with a one-timer blast.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
What is it about the Anaheim Ducks and scoring goals and bunches super quickly? In Game 4 at Chicago, the Ducks scored the second-fastest three goals in NHL history in 37 seconds.
The Ducks got their scoring on the board quickly in Game 5 at Anaheim with two goals in 32 seconds.
First, at the 5:10 mark of the first period, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler fired a wrister past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford. This put the game at 1-0. Behold …
Then check out this nifty deflection by Ducks forward Ryan Kesler on a knuckling shot by Jakob Slifverberg. And it was 2-0 Ducks after this score.
Meanwhile, Chicago didn’t register a shot on goal until Jonathan Toews fired one at Andersen with 3:40 left in the first.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi is cool speaking in public. He says he likes to cliff-dive. Give him a microphone and make him sing in public? Watch him squirm.
He had to do this as part of a losing bet with Anaheim mayor Tom Tait over the second-round playoff series between the Ducks and Flames. And sing he did, and by sing, we mean … looked a little lost during Idina Menzel’s song “Let it Go” from the film “Frozen.”
The above video shows this event happening at chambers Monday. Probably the best part involves Nenshi wearing an old schook Mighty Ducks third jersey. Never mind, there are a lot of great parts.
Per the Calgary Herald
Donning an older-style Ducks jersey, Nenshi was joined a capella band The Heebee-jeebees as he kicked off his performance. They were later joined by REVV 52, On Cue, the Calgary Children’s Choir, the Cowtown Opera, beatboxer James “Peterpot” McInnis and the Stampede Showband.
“It takes a community to embarrass a mayor,” Nenshi said afterwards.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
NEW YORK – There was a time, not so long ago, when playing the New York Rangers meant having a good portion of your shots blocked. That was back when the Rangers had John Tortorella, a volcano that had taken on human form, as their head coach.
But times have changed. The current incarnation of the Rangers was 18th in blocked shots in the 2014-15 regular season. Their opponents in the Eastern Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning, were 20th, blocking an average of 13.4 shots per game.
The Lightning’s highest total of the Final was 17 blocks, which they achieved in Games 1 and 2 at the Garden. But in their 2-0 Game 5 victory, they dropped down and blocked 24 Rangers shots, helping to slow down an offense that had tallied 10 goals in their last two games against goalie Ben Bishop.
For Lightning winger Brian Boyle, who played on those Tortorella teams in New York , blocked shots are the catalyst for offensive frustration.Tue, May 268:00 PM EDTNY Rangers at Tampa BayPreview Game
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And before the pivotal Game 5 Monday night contest in Anaheim, the teams rested. Well, more like recovered in regards to the Blackhawks and Ducks, who have so far played a bruising rough n’ tumble series.
On Sunday, after Chicago's Game 4’s double-overtime victory, the Ducks received the simple instruction from coach Bruce Boudreau:
“I told them to get away from it today,” he said. “I said, Go home. Don't sit on the couch or anything. Get some movement and exercise in. But have a good day with your families, not think about the game, then come back tomorrow refreshed, all excited to play Game 5 in front of our home fans.”
The Blackhawks also didn’t skate on their travel day back to Anaheim.
At the moment, this war of attrition hits the final stage, and both teams are trying to find some sort of edge.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
Prior to Sunday night's game, very few players were in the same stratosphere in terms of minutes played as the Chicago defense.
In terms of minutes per game, Chicago's top-four ranked second, eighth, 11th, and 14th among playoff players in terms of minutes per game at 5-on-5, which is crazy. . And granted, that comes with the caveat that Chicago is obviously playing a ton of overtime this postseason — 151:38 to be exact, a little more than two-and-a-half extra games — but nonetheless, there's a lot of work being given to what are, essentially, just four guys.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
NEW YORK — Steven Stamkos stood at the podium after Game 5 with a relaxed look on his face. Gone are the days when speculation was rife that he was injured, contributing to his goal drought in Tampa’s first eight games of the postseason.
Stamkos wasn’t hurt, as he contended during Round 1 into Round 2. But even a multiple Rocket Richard Trophy winner can go through battles with confidence. And while it certainly helped that the Lightning came back in their series against the Detroit Red Wings, it feels good for the Tampa captain to know he’s contributing in victories now.
The Lightning won Game 5 against the New York Rangers 2-0 Sunday night, putting them a win away from advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final since 2004. Stamkos scored a power play goal late in the second period to put Tampa up 2-0 and put the game effectively out of reach given the Rangers’ inability to breach Ben Bishop, who made 26 saves.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
No. 1 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning goalie made 26 saves for the shutout, as Tampa defeated the Rangers 2-0 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, taking a 3-2 series lead.
No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos scored a goal for the fourth straight game and added an assist on Valtteri Filppula’s goal. He now has seven points in his last four games.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The Rangers goalie made 20 saves in the loss, doing what he could as his offense dried up.
Honorable Mention: Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov had the assists on Stamkos’s goal. Anton Stralman had the big pass to set up the Filppula goal.
Did You Know? Bishopimproved to 11-2-0 with 3 shutouts in 13 career decisions vs. the Rangers.
Dishonorable Mention: The Rangers were 0-for-4 on the power play despite having scored two goals on the man advantage in each of the previous three games. … Marc Staal took two minor penalties and was a minus-1.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
NEW YORK – After shutting out the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was asked about a significantly more painful moment before the Sunday night contest at MSG.
Did he take a puck to a “delicate region” during warm-ups?
“You hit the nail on the head there,” he told Scott Oake of Hockey Night In Canada, as millions of fans wince simultaneously.
Bishop took a Nikita Nesterov shot to the lower extremities, crumpled to the ice and left warm-ups. What di Nesterov say after seeing Bishop in pain? "Sorry bro."
“His close ones, that he’s close to in life, were probably a little nervous,” said coach Jon Cooper.
But his starting the pivotal game was in never in doubt, and Bishop shut out a Rangers team that hung 10 goals on him in the last two games. Which naturally means someone else will have to smack a puck at his under carriage before Game 6, because hockey is nothing if not a superstitious sport.