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No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Montreal eliminated the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 thanks to a 2-0 win Sunday night. Price made 43 stops, including 9 in the final 3:14, for his first shutout of the playoffs. He’s currently second among goaltenders with a .957 even-strength save-percentage through the first round.
No. 2 Star: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Parise scored the opening goal and the insurance marker as the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 to advance to Round 2. His first goal came shorthanded and from a tough angle, beating Jake Allen to open the scoring:
No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Dubnyk continued his amazing run since January by stopping 30 shots in Game 6 and 67 total in the final two games of the series. Minnesota will now face the Chicago Blackhawks for the third straight year.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Only one team during the 2014-15 NHL regular season and playoffs had avoided being shutout before Sunday. The Montreal Canadiens made sure to finally add the Ottawa Senators to that list.
The Canadiens advanced to the second round after a 2-0 win in Game 6 against the Senators Sunday night. Montreal now waits to play the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Detroit Red Wings series.
After storming out to a 3-0 series lead, the Canadiens failed to close out Ottawa in Games 4 and 5, thanks to some stellar netminding from Craig Anderson. In Game 6, Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring 13:26 into first period and never looked back:
Once the Canadiens grabbed the lead, they sat on it. Over the game’s final 40 minutes, Montreal recorded only six shots, while the Senators pressed for an equalizer, throwing 30 at Carey Price, who stopped them all and finished with 43 saves.
The even strength scoring chances differed by a wide margin beginning in the second period. Here’s what it looked like in graph form, via War on Ice:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Ottawa Senators are playing for their season in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens. Down 1-0 in the second period, Jean-Gabriel Pageau thought he had tied the game after pouncing on a loose puck in front of Carey Price, but a quick whistle cost them a goal:
That’s a bad call, for sure, and referee Chris Lee knew it. He was in a tough position to spot the puck squirting out, and Lee was already raising his arm to blow the whistle as soon as Mark Borowiecki’s shot hit Price.
The blown call would cost Ottawa as they fell 2-0 to Montreal, ending their season in six games.
"I think the referee there just had bad puck luck," said Senators coach Dave Cameron afterward.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs 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 didn't help the Blues.
While Allen recovered and the Blues kept scraping away to get back into the game, 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 Daddy10 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 Daddy11 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 Hockey
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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 Daddy12 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.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 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 Daddy23 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