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The three home teams will try to even up the series at 2-2 tonight.
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from Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News,
It is clear through three games that the Rangers intend to bump, harass, slash and aggravate Flyers captain Claude Giroux every chance they get. So, how are they doing?
Last night marked the 13th consecutive game Giroux did not score a goal against the Rangers, who took a 2-1 series lead with a suffocating 4-1 victory. Giroux drew a couple of penalties on the Blueshirts and chipped in his second assist of the playoffs. He even got his first shot on goal, on his 62nd shift of the series, but he again did not get one past Henrik Lundqvist.
"He's a good goalie," Giroux said. "We knew that coming in the series, and we just need to keep shooting the puck, and they're going to start going in."
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- David Backes did not skate with the team today but Ken Hitchcock said...
via Mark Lazerus tweet,
"He’s not going to play unless he’s healthy. You never know, he could be skating in another rink. Lot of rinks in Chicago."
So going by Hitchcock's remark, Backes is a game time decision.
Hitchcock also menioned Brenden Morrow is out for the series. Morrow was seen wearing a walking boot today.
- The Anaheim Ducks announced Teemu Selanne will be a healthy scratch for the Ducks tonight.
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* Right now the Broad Street Bullies are being bullied by the non-Smurf Rangers.
* Put it another way, as I predicted before the series, one major advantage New York has over Philly is in the area of coaching.
* Say this for the Bruins; when they finally get serious against the well-coached Red Wings, it was for the most part; series over.
* Did Brad Marchand fake that "injury?" If so, then shame on the Bruins; times ten.
Starting in 1949...
NEW YORK (April 23, 2014) -- Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today. The Lightning is the first club to boast multiple Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.
Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:
MONTREAL ADVANCES AFTER LAST-MINUTE WINNING GOAL
Max Pacioretty scored the series-clinching goal with 42.6 seconds left in regulation to propel Montreal into the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pacioretty scored the second-latest series-clinching goal in regulation time in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Carolina's Eric Staal scored with 32 seconds left in the third period of Game 7 versus New Jersey in 2009.
* Pacioretty’s goal -- his first career Stanley Cup Playoff tally -- also marked the second time in franchise history a player scored a series-clinching goal in the final minute of regulation. Mats Naslund scored in the final minute of the third period in Montreal’s 1-0 win over Boston in Game 5 of their first-round series in 1985.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
This team has stayed largely intact for five or six years, led by a core that has grown up together and lifted the Stanley Cup together but now must consider the possibility it will be broken up in order to fix the weaknesses that led to this stunning playoff deficit.
General Manager Dean Lombardi carefully lifted this team out of the rubble of failure and away from the negative influences of a losing culture, nurturing a group he assembled by emphasizing scouting and deliberate player development. He was rewarded with a team that formed a strong bond and exhibited good, self-policing chemistry.
Key players Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty and Voynov were the product of drafting and development. So were role players Trevor Lewis, Dwight King, and, more recently, Jake Muzzin. Using draft picks and new assets, Lombardi traded for Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Later, he added Robyn Regehr. Willie Mitchell was a smart free-agent signing.
But while it's great that they get along and sacrifice for each other, their struggles against the Sharks suggest this mix needs some stirring and new ingredients.
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