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No. 1 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks captain came up big in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, notching two assists in 21:33 of action in the Ducks’ 2-1 win. Getzlaf also won 57 percent of his face-offs. His second assist was a beautiful feed to Simon Despres for the one-timer game-winner. Getzlaf has four points in the three games, all assists.
No. 2 Star, Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks goaltender is having quite the series for himself. He stopped 26 of 27 Chicago shots on goal in Anaheim’s Game 2 win. Andersen currently has a .957 save percentage against the powerful Blackhawks in the three games. For the playoffs he has a 1.75 goals against average and .935 save percentage.
No. 3. Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
The scoring winger finally got himself on the scoresheet with the below beautiful spinning blind backhand goal. Kane also had a glorious chance at the end of regulation of Game 3, but just couldn’t convert. A score would have sent the game into overtime.
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The Anaheim Ducks showed no let-down or exhaustion in their 2-1 Game 3 Western Conference Final win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Ducks punched early, got the first goal of the game to settle them down and scored late in the second to pick up the win and a 2-1 series lead.
The previous game went almost the entirety of three overtimes before Chicago’s victory and there were questions about whether Anaheim could come back and produce with a win at Chicago in Game 3.
"This was a character win," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I thought a very good checking game for us, road game. I think, I mean, they're going to get some chances. There's no way you can stop them from getting chances. But I thought we limited their chances on the road. For a tired group, it was a really good game for us."
After the loss Tuesday in Anaheim, the Ducks needed to score first, and they did on a Patrick Maroon tip-in at the 12:55 mark of the first.
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Patrick Kane, we were waiting for you to finally score a goal or at very least get a point this Western Conference Final.
Kane’s lack of production had become a sort of big deal heading into Game 3. And it didn’t take long for him to finally get on the board against the Ducks. Behold the no-look backhand score by the Buffalo native, which knotted the game at 1-1 late in the first period at the United Center.
As we noted before the game, Kane hadn’t notched a point this series and wasn’t really all that effective 5-on-5. Unless Kane was nursing some sort of injury we didn’t know about, you knew he’d at least score ‘a’ goal or ‘a’ point this series.
Kane’s home goals create quite a festive atmosphere in the United Center. He throws up his arms and “Chelsea Dagger” blares from the loudspeaker. The crowd goes crazy. At this stage of Kane’s career and the Blackhawks’ recent run of success, it feels like a spring ritual.
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Where are the stars in the third-round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks?
For two games here are the point totals for the dynamic duos on each team.
Corey Perry: 1G, 0A
Ryan Getzlaf: 0G, 2A (though one was on an empty netter)
Patrick Kane: 0G, 0A
Jonathan Toews: 0G, 1A
You’d think that through almost three full games of hockey, because the last game went to triple-OT, that all four would have scored a little more? Nope, not at all leading into Thursday's Game 3 at the United Center with the series tied at 1-1.
The fact that the Ducks have contained Kane is fascinating. The 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner came into this series averaging over a point-per-game in the playoffs. He’s not even an exact career point-per-game player in the regular season, where checking tends to be a little looser.
“I mean, there's no slowing him down,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It's just delaying it. He's a very good hockey player. He's going to get his chances. You can't slow him down 100%. You just got to acknowledge the fact that when he's out there, be aware.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
The New York Rangers have given up 12 goals in the last two games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Prior to that? They hadn’t given up more than four goals but once, in the second game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1. They had given up one goal in eight of their previous 13 playoff games. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist had a save percentage of .944 entering the series. It’s now down to a mortal .926.
So what happened?
Game 2 was a gong-show. Twelve power plays between the teams turned the game on its ear, and the Rangers couldn’t exactly evaluate what went wrong because if it. Those games happen, and the Lightning simply converted their chances.
Game 3 was a little more concerning. The Bolts won the 5-on-5 possession game in the first and third period. It was more fire-wagon than the Rangers have played or would like to play, which was a function of needing to rally and New York opening up its offense. Tampa Bay’s speed was starting to become a determining factor in the series.
The result? A second straight loss.Fri, May 228:00 PM EDTNY Rangers at Tampa BayPreview Game
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Did Mike Babcock lead the Buffalo Sabres to believe they had a deal for him to become their new head coach? Some in the organization say yes, but general manager Tim Murray isn’t one of them, at least publicly.
Appearing on WGR550 radio with Schopp and The Bulldog Thursday afternoon, Murray refuted the claim that Babcock lied to the Sabres.
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Ducks forward Corey Perry tunes out opposing fan background noise pretty well. In fact, he embraces the boos when he goes to another arena. But hear a television commentator say something insensitive. That crosses the line.
On Wednesday night’s NBC Sports Network broadcast of the Rangers and Lightning Eastern Conference Final Game 3, NBC commentator Mike Milbury said the best way to stop Perry was to hurt him in some "painful and permanent way" though he did also laud Perry and said he'd want Perry on his team.
And Perry, who generally takes the high road when people take shots at him, was not a fan. Via the LA Times:
“Obviously it’s not something that’s been taken lightly,” Perry said. “If somebody said something about his kid that way, how would he feel? It’s kind of my response. It’s all I’m going to say.”
Asked if he would want an apology Perry replied, “Yeah, sure, but it is what it is.”
Also per the Times on possible Milbury discipline:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
We don’t know yet whether the NHL and NHLPA will send its players to the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea, but we now know where nine of the 12 countries participating in the tournament will be grouped.
Group A: Canada, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Korea
Group B: Russia, USA, Slovakia, Qualifer 3
Group C: Sweden, Finland, Qualifier 1, Qualifier 2
The groups are based on the post-World Championship IIHF rankings, which feature Canada, Russia and Sweden as the top three nations. The final three qualifiers will be determined over three stages of qualification beginning in November.
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Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant on Tuesday, and the Ottawa Senators owner and the anonymous donor are resting comfortably as they recover.
“He is stable and he is not talking, but he is responsive, so when people talk to him he understands,” said team president Cyril Leeder, via the Ottawa Citizen. “His colour is improving, so it looks like the liver is functioning the way it should.”
Melnyk released a statement via the Senators on Thursday:
According to doctors, Melnyk will be released within the next two weeks and will be fully recovered in six months time.
More than 500 people applied to be a donor for Melnyk, and while one was found quickly, the great news out of all this is that, according to the Senators, more than 20 of them have chosen to be donors for someone else.