- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy57 mins ago
Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots as the Minnesota Wild eliminated the St. Louis after a 4-1 win in Game 6.
The Wild now move on to Round 2 where they’ll face the Chicago Blackhawks for the third consecutive postseason.
The backbreaking goal was Parise’s first of the game, which came shorthanded 7:56 into the opening period. Blues goalie Jake Allen didn’t look comfortable from the start and Parise’s goal was evident of that.
Those are the kind of road goals that can turn a game, and it certainly did in favor of the Wild.
While Allen recovered and the Blues kept scraping away for a tying goal, St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock did a bench interview with NBC’s Brian Engblom during the second period. When asked if he thought about pulling Allen after that Parise goal, Hitchcock replied, "No. He's a young guy. He's learning. Gotta stick with him.”
Thirty-one real-time seconds later Justin Fontaine doubled Minnesota’s lead:
That was enough for Hitchcock to change his mind and bring on Brian Elliott to finish the game.Sun, Apr 26St. Louis1 - 4MinnesotaGame Recap
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
We expect this type of treatment fromLos Angeles area network television affiliatesbut New York City? Come on guys. It’s not like the Islanders are a novelty.
Check out the above picture (thank you @TomLiodice), and below link, of NBC’s New York affiliate saying if the Islanders beat the Capitals in Game 7, then hello ... Game 8 (S/t Deadspin). Also, there's a bit of a typo at the beginning. Hey we're all human.
And ... there’s a few Islanders fan interviews in there! Which is great, but sadly they're way more vanilla than the face of Islanders fandom:
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Saturday that he’s headed to the IIHF world championships in Prague.
It’s a bit of a surprise, given that Crosby hasn’t appeared in one since 2006 and given that Team Canada has said it wanted to go younger. But, um, we imagine they’ll make an exception here.
Here are some winners and losers in this rather momentous decision for Sid…
WINNER: The IIHF world championships
This tournament means a whole lot to the rest of the world but doesn’t resonate in North America. It’s like the NIT to the Stanley Cup’s March Madness. But having Sidney Crosby in this tournament for the first time since 2006 – when he posted 16 points in nine games – gives this thing a jolt for Canadian and American fans that it otherwise wouldn't have gotten. And by that we mean American fans might try to actually find the games on their cable systems.
LOSER: NHL’s World Cup Of HockeyFri, Apr 24Pittsburgh1 - 2NY RangersGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Each postseason, there are players who have never lifted the Stanley Cup that you quietly hope get a chance to do so.
Some of them are veteran players that have toiled on bad teams during their careers, and finally are in a position to contribute to a championship. Some of them are players who have suffered through injury and tragedy. And some of them are players that, frankly, just need to get that non-championship monkey off their backs.
This week’s edition of the Wysh List, featuring Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski, looks a five (OK, six) players that he’d like to see potentially win their first Cups this postseason.
Who are the players you’re pulling this year to finally get a chance to kiss Lord Stanley?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
When Andrew Hammond grabbed the Ottawa Senators’ starting goaltender job, Craig Anderson couldn’t grab a stick.
His right hand had a deep bone bruise, keeping him out of the lineup. With Robin Lehner injured as well, Hammond was given his shot as a 27-year-old rookie on Feb. 18. He would go on to finish the regular season with a 20-1-2 record, going 14 straight starts without a regulation loss.
Anderson became a forgotten man, a footnote to a folk hero. He wanted to take part in this Senators’ resurgence, but he physically couldn’t; at one point, he was teary-eyed in front of reporters in discussing how the situation was “killing” him.LiveMontreal1 - 0OttawaFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
After the Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers on Friday night, Evgeni Malkin held court with reporters and Mike Johnston spoke at the podium. In both case, for whatever reason, my mindset was the same: Is this the last time I’m seeing these guys with Pittsburgh?
Johnston was brought in to make the Penguins a better playoff team; instead, they existed more quickly than they ever did under Dan Bylsma. Malkin went pointless in the Rangers series, and if the Penguins were really going to shake up the team, it might have been the end of an era for him.
But David Morehouse, CEO and president of the Penguins, said Johnston and Malkin are safe. So is Sidney Crosby, quelling any of that bizarre speculation. And above all, GM Jim Rutherford, the Band-Aid applied to the team after Ray Shero was fired last summer, is back as well.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jiri Hudler, Calgary Flames
The Flames forward was a dynamo against the Canucks in Calgary’s 7-4 come-from-behind series clinching win. He scored two goals and added two assists to help Calgary make the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04. That season the Flames went to the Stanley Cup Final.
No. 2 Star, Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
The star blueliner notched his second game winning goal of the Chicago’s series against Nashville, which sent the Blackhawks into the second round in a deciding 4-3 Game 6 win over the Predators. Keith also played 28:00 and was a plus-2. His goal came at the 16:12 mark of the third period. Check out this sweet goal celebration to the tune of “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis. Maybe you’ve heard of that song a few times most recent springs.
No. 3. Star: Peter Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings rookie goaltender stopped 28 of 28 Tampa shots on goal in a 4-0 shutout of the Lightning. The victory put the Wings up 3-2 in its series at it heads to Detroit for Game 6. It also offered a little redemption for Mrazek after Detroit blew a two-goal third period lead in Game 4Sat, Apr 25Vancouver4 - 7CalgaryGame Recap
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Just as everyone predicted, Karri Ramo was the change the Calgary Flames needed to push them over the edge and into the second round.
Just 7:32 into the game, Bob Hartley made a decision. A decision that could have very easily blown up in his face. He decided to pull starter Jonas Hiller after 2 goals against, and replace him with backup Karri Ramo. The only playoff action Ramo had seen as of late was for five minutes of garbage time of Game 2 when the game was out of hand.
About two minutes after entering the game, Ramo gave up a power play goal to Radim Vrbata, extending the Canucks lead to 3-0.
From the beginning to the series to now, Calgary rookie Michael Ferland had gone from virtual unknown to that guy in the office who talks too loud on his phone (i.e. annoying) to the Canucks. So much so, the always cordial Kevin Bieksa made a comment about him after Game 2:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
The story of Chicago’s series win over Nashville was simple. The Blackhawks had Duncan Keith and the Predators didn't. In the series, Keith, a former Norris Trophy winner, put on a virtuoso performance.
He notched two game-winners – one in overtime in Game 1, and the eventual series winner at the 16:12 mark of the third period of Saturday’s Game 6, a 4-3 Chicago win. He had a goal and two assists in the clincher.
"If you want to get anywhere at this level, I think your best players have to be your best players," said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who had a goal and two assists. "Those are the guys you need to be your best players, and I think they want that more than anything. That's a huge reason why this team's had success in the last number of years."
Here is Keith’s score:
"It was the end of their shift and we'd had some chances before, so they were kind of reeling a little bit," Keith said. "I just wanted to make it count."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Detroit’s series against the Tampa Bay Lightning feels like some weird referendum on Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and coach Mike Babcock's decision to start the rookie. Will it be good Mrazek who shows up, or bad Mrazek? The solid version of the netminder arrived in a 4-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
Mrazek stopped 28 of 28 shots on goal to help give Detroit the victory and a 3-2 series lead against Tampa going into Monday’s Game 6.
"I think maybe Tampa got their first shot after 10 minutes," Mrazek said. "We had good pressure on their D and in their zone, and they couldn't get to our zone."
Babcock could have gone back to Jimmy Howard after Mrazek allowed two late goals to lose Game 4 against Tampa. Instead, he stuck with Mrazek who continued his strange stretch of following up not as prolific starts with excellent starts. After allowing four goals in Game 2, he shut out the Lightning in Game 3. So I guess we're headed for seven games if the pattern continues in Game 6?