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Scheduled puck drop is just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.
The series is tied at two games and tonight's game will be played at Madison Square Garden.
Feel free to discuss the game.
from Bill Beacon of the CP at MetroNews,
Junior hockey was the high point for Esposito, who had 39 goals and 98 points in his first season. His stock dropped when he fell to 79 points in his draft year. He slipped again to 69 the following season, but had his moment at the world junior championship in Ottawa where he scored the game winner in the final for Canada.
Since then, a succession of injuries, including two torn ACL ligaments, a torn MCL and a hip problem, have stalled his career and dropped him into obscurity. Last season, he played one game for Fort Wayne of the ECHL and then was waived and didn’t play again.
“It was a tough year mentally and physically,” the 26-year-old said. “I’ve been through a lot over the last few years, so I took the year off.
“I started training about two months ago and I’m looking to go back and play in Europe again next year.”
Pittsburgh traded him to Atlanta and he spent time in the Florida and Dallas organizations before he was released in 2012. He played a year in Finland, another in Italy and another in the Austrian league, not scoring many goals on any stop.
“You have to learn to accept things,” he said. “Everyone’s destined for something in life.
“It’s too bad I never got to step on the ice in the NHL. You never want to say never, but you have to be realistic and come to terms with it. There’s something else waiting out there and hopefully I get to achieve something else.”
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
This is where we are heading into Sunday’s Game 5: All square in the Eastern Conference final with everything on the line. Two wins from the Stanley Cup final or two losses from a summer of regret.
"I think the harsh reality is some guys in this room may never get a chance to get this far again," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said Sunday morning. "Hopefully everyone does, but you never know in this sport. It's so tough to get here. ... There's really no place to hide right now.
"We have to find a way to respond, to play a lot better than we did last game and to get ourselves that much closer to the final."
To date, this has been a highly unpredictable series. Tight-checking in Game 1, a parade to the penalty box in Game 2, scoring bonanza in Game 3 and Rangers blow out in Game 4.
After Tampa made its way here on Saturday, the players were treated to a video and strategy session. The message? Let's focus on playing some defence in addition to the dazzling offence.
from Today's Slapshot,
Marc Crawford, head coach of the ZSC Lions of the National League A, took some time to email with Sean Tierney and had some interesting thoughts on the process of coaching, Auston Matthews and analytics. His answers are presented as-is.
ST: Rumours have swirled about the possibility of Auston Matthews playing in the NLA next season, possibly for your ZSC Lions. In your opinion, what are the advantages of playing internationally for a draft-eligible star like Matthews? Could a teenager succeed playing against men in the Swiss league?
MC: Auston Matthews is an outstanding young Hockey player and everyone involved with the ZSC Lions is so excited about seeing him play in Zurich.
There is no doubt that he can play and excell [sic] in the Swiss NLA and I believe it is the perfect training ground for young athletes. He will be coached by an NHL coach he will be challenged by playing against men in a fast skating, highly skilled league. He will learn what it is like to play the systems that will be utilized as he continues to rise up the hockey ranks.
He is a wonderful young man who wants to improve and we have an excellent record of development.
Ron Kenins developed with us and this year Jonas Sigenthaler and Denis Malgin both will get drafted because of our program.
from Aaron Elstein of Crain's New York Business,
If you've followed the Rangers' quest for the Stanley Cup, then you've had a few options if you've wanted to watch.
You could buy a ticket, though the cheapest seats for playoff games at Madison Square Garden cost around $400.
You could watch on TV from home, which would require forking over about $100 a month for a cable package, depending on the plan.
Or you could watch the games online. For nothing.
It takes only a few minutes of surfing the Internet to find a live Rangers game courtesy of someone who is streaming the NBC Sports cable network and Mike Emrick's electrifying play-by-play for free.
These pirate sports sites—some of which even make money from advertising—are taking advantage of technology that's making it easier to live-stream high-definition TV feeds, enabling them to expand their audiences beyond diehard fans willing to put up with choppy video and erratic sound. In short, the same kind of bandits who attacked movies and music are now assaulting the multibillion-dollar world of sports.
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Home Team in Caps
CHICAGO 5, Anaheim 4 (2OT) – series tied 2-2
BLACKHAWKS OUTLAST DUCKS, EVEN SERIES IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
Tied 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Blackhawks and Ducks each scored three times in a frenetic third period to set the stage for Antoine Vermette’s game-winning goal at 5:37 of double-overtime. With the victory, Chicago remained perfect in overtime during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (4-0) and evened their Western Conference Final series with Anaheim at two games apiece.
* The Blackhawks improved to 4-0 in overtime games during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, all of which have required at least two overtime periods. In addition to Game 4, the others included April 15 at NSH (4-3 2OT W in Game 1 of FR), April 21 vs. NSH (3-2 3OT W in Game 4 of FR) and May 19 at ANA (3-2 3OT W in Game 2 of WCF).
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Eastern Conference final may be level at two-all with Sunday’s Game 5 coming up at the Garden, but make no mistake, this series between the Rangers and Lightning has been marked by peaks and valleys.
The tempo and tenor of one game has been dramatically different from the one preceding it. There have been a multitude of forced errors and unforced ones, all though a creation of both teams’ skill, speed and willingness to go for it.
The Rangers have looked overwhelmed at times, even during most of the second period of Friday’s 5-1 victory in Tampa. But the Blueshirts were able to maintain their poise while under pressure, perhaps a byproduct of Game 4 representing the team’s 73rd playoff game over the last four springs.
They’ve seen it all.
But they haven’t seen the caliber of elite talent the Lightning bring to the rink every night. Indeed, what is now a sprint to two for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup has — goaltending aside for the moment — evolved into a battle between Tampa Bay’s formidable top-end players and the Blueshirts’ formidable depth.
Tampa Bay is not considered a great sports market. We're a melting pot, with fans from all over the country who have not lost their hometown allegiances. We become a good sports market when one of our teams gets really good and following that team becomes the cool thing to do.
Right now that team is the Lightning. Going to Lightning games, following this playoff run is chic. Maybe it could change someday if the Rays get to another World Series or the Bucs get good again.
Until then, the Lightning is Tampa Bay's favorite son.
-Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times where you can read more on the Lightning and other Tampa Bay teams.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Has anybody paid attention to the Hawks’ resolve over the last seven seasons? They don’t cave in. There don’t go away without a fight. They have been known to heal themselves.
Not even that three-goal barrage could kill them.
“I think a lot of teams wouldn’t feel too good about themselves,’’ said Toews, who had a goal and an assist. “I think we did a great job of just collecting ourselves and staying calm and knowing it is what it is and you can’t change that. You’ve got to move forward and you’ve got to find a way to get yourself back in the game.
“…I think we had the character and poise to relax and calm ourselves down and make a game of it and find a way to get back into it.’’
This is the franchise that roared back from a three-games-to-nothing deficit in 2011 to take No. 1-seeded Vancouver to a seventh game, before losing in overtime. In 2013, the Hawks were down three games to one to Detroit and won that series. Doubt them at your own risk.
Lots of people, including some players, had painted Game 4 as a must-win game for the Hawks. No. Whether they won or lost, they would to go to Anaheim for Game 5 and give themselves every opportunity to win. That’s how they operate.
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