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The puck drops at 1:15pm and is on NBC, CBC and TVA.
Feel free to discuss the game as it plays out.
Also, in the World Championship, it is the USA vs. Russia on the semi-finals and the game can be streamed at NBC Sports Live Extra. The game starts a 1:15pm plus NBCSN will show it at 11:00pm tonight if interested.
It also looks like some of the Comcast Sports Networks have picked up the USA/Russia game, so check your guide to find the channel.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
And now, as Sather nears the end of his career, there is great success again. And perhaps more glory.
From the beginning to the end, or wherever he is at this moment, he’s done it his way. First, he built the fastest, most talented team in hockey and coaxed and prodded that group to five Cups in seven years. Nobody, really, played the way Oilers played, because nobody could and only Sather seemed to imagine the game played at that speed.
Now, he has built the Rangers in a completely different way, a team that is a complete contradiction of the way teams are supposed to be built in the salary cap era.
Maybe only Sather could see this as well.
The Rangers, for starters, aren’t built through the draft at all, at least not their own draft. A major part of the strength of their team has been acquiring undervalued young assets drafted by other teams — Ryan McDonagh, Derrick Brassard, Kevin Hayes — and turning them into very good to excellent NHLers.
New York doesn’t have a true No. 1 centre like Chicago, Pittsburgh or Los Angeles. They have Derek Stepan, a nice player, a reliable two-way player, but not a point-per-game player. In all, 28 NHL centres had more points this season, although most played more than the 68 games Stepan did.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Mostly quiet since he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks last summer, the controversial John Tortorella popped up the day before an Eastern Conference final between two other teams he has coached.
Appearing on ESPN, “Torts” was asked about the current struggles of Martin St. Louis, his captain when they won the Stanley Cup together with the 2003-04 Lightning.
“Don’t you dare count him out,” said Tortorella. “When it gets to a bigger stage, and it’s getting bigger and bigger … Marty was sat out the last game, missed a few shifts … I just know him too well. He is chomping on the bit.
“I think he is going to make a big difference here. He always plays better on the bigger stage. With all the things going on around him, he’s going to have questions asked about him, he sat out a few shifts, the Tampa-Stevie Yzerman thing, his age, all that … he thrives on that. I think he’s going to be a wild card for the Rangers, as far as stepping up his play.
continued plus more ECF talk...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
This is neither about the past in Tampa Bay nor the future that is so uncertain. This is simply about the present for Marty St. Louis, and how much the 39-year-old winger will be able to contribute to the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final against the Lightning.
Nostalgia can wait, and so must sentiment. But if St. Louis is unable to elevate his game dramatically over where it was for much of the last round against the Capitals, then Alain Vigneault won’t have the luxury of waiting very long before replacing the winger with J.T. Miller on the top-gun unit with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash, as the coach did over the final 10:03 of regulation in Game 7 against Washington.
Though the decision to bench the slam-dunk future Hall of Famer must have been one of the most difficult — if not the most difficult — call Vigneault has had to make (and may have to make again) since taking over behind the New York bench two years ago, the coach framed it matter-of-factly when asked about it following Friday’s practice.
via the the NHL's YouTube channel,
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
- Boyle placed himself in a vulnerable position.
- The Rangers player materially change his body and head position immediately prior to the hit delivered by Orpik.
- Orpik attempted to hit squarely through his opponent's body and did not "pick" Boyle's head.
These circumstances as listed in rule 48.1 subsections (i) (ii) and (iii) qualifies this hit as unavoidable and therefore "legal."
Watch the hit below....
NEW YORK (May 13, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and television information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals.
NBC Sports in the U.S. and CBC and TVA Sports in Canada provide exclusive national television coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals. All times listed are ET and subject to change.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Stephane Matteau was in the house because, well, of course he was for a Game 7 on Broadway, and of course this winner-take-all between the Rangers and Caps would go to overtime.
Twenty-one years later, 21 years after the last time the Rangers played an OT Game 7, a new hero etched his name in franchise lore, and it was No. 21, Derek Stepan who put an end to this second round by burying a rebound at 11:24 to propel his team to a 2-1 victory Wednesday.
“Individually, it’s a really cool moment for me,” Stepan told The Post minutes after his shot was heard ’round the hockey world. “But it’s also really cool just to be part of this group.”
This group — these Rangers — are now the first team in NHL history to overcome 3-1 series deficits in back-to-back-years, duplicating their Round 2 feat against Pittsburgh a year ago with this charge out of that hole that germinated with last Friday’s Game 5 victory in which Stepan first set up Chris Kreider’s tying goal with 101 seconds remaining in regulation and then spoon fed Ryan McDonagh for the winner in OT.
Those were big moments for No. 21, who hadn’t been able to elevate his game and put the same kind of offensive-zone stamp on the game in the playoffs that he had for so much of his five-year career.
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
With their 2-1 OT win over the Washington Capitals tonight, the Rangers move on and will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.
added 11:03pm, Derek Stepan's OT goal is below...
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