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via Matt Larkin tweets,
Per a source close to the DOPS, perception was Kris Letang slash was more accidental, that stanchion made stick twist.
Right hand did not aim, and stick caught Stalberg with shaft, not blade, which suggests not aimed/intentional. Hence no suspension.
You can watch the swing below if you wish.
Not only do the Blues hold a 3-1 series edge on the defending Stanley Cup champions after their 4-3 victory, they carry the confidence of a group that has passed several difficult tests against a superior team.
-Jeff Gordon of the St, Louis Post-Dispatch where you can read more on the Blues.
from Zach Braziller of the New York Post,
Nick Mangold roots for the Rangers like he’s playing center for the Jets. He goes after the opposition, only verbally.
For the second time this year, the Jets center attended a Rangers game, and harassed the opposing team like a diehard sitting in the upper deck six beers deep....
Mangold, 32, was specifically going at Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet and star center Sidney Crosby, pointing at them, a source said, and was seen leaning over the railing to talk trash. When approached by The Post afterward and asked about it, Mangold walked away, waved his hand and said: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
BLUES SWEEP TRIP TO CHICAGO, PUSH DEFENDING CHAMPS TO BRINK . . .
The Blues overcame a 2-1 deficit for the second straight game – powered by 2-1—3 fromVladimir Tarasenko – to pick up their second straight win at United Center and push the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks to the brink of elimination.
* The Blues earned consecutive postseason victories at United Center for the first time since Games 3 and 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Quarterfinals. Only one team has earned back-to-back playoff wins in Chicago since (34 GP): the Coyotes in the 2012 CQF.
* Via Elias, the Blues overcame a deficit to win in consecutive playoff road games for just the second time in franchise history. They also achieved the feat in the 1969 Semifinals, when they rallied to win Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles to advance to their second straight Stanley Cup Final.
* Tarasenko, who matched a career high for points in a postseason game (also Game 2 of 2015 FR vs. MIN: 3-0—3), has scored 13 goals in 17 career playoff contests (13-3—16). He has collected at least one point in eight of his last 10 outings vs. CHI dating to Feb. 8, 2015 (9-4—13).
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mike Sullivan has done just about everything right since taking over as Penguins coach in mid-December, turning a middling hockey club into a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
Tuesday night, after the Penguins beat the New York Rangers, 3-1, in Game 3 in their Stanley Cup playoff series, Sullivan seemed smarter than ever.
Sullivan can thank Matt Murray and one of the Penguins’ best defensive efforts of the season.
You say you saw this coming? You had Murray — the youngest goaltender to start a playoff game in Penguins history — outplaying Rangers great Henrik Lundqvist with his 113 games of postseason experience? You had the Penguins’ defense smothering the Rangers from one end of Madison Square Garden to the other, holding them to 17 shots on net and blocking 15 more? You had the Penguins’ penalty-killers stopping all four of the Rangers’ power plays?
You should buy a lottery ticket.
Game highlights are below...
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,
The series is only four games old and it feels like it has been going on for a month.
So what's next? What happens now?
Now end it.
Game 5 is Thursday night at Amalie Arena. It should be the last game of the series. For the Lightning, it better be. It needs to be.
"We have a chance to put this away at home," Lightning center Tyler Johnson said. "That's why what we will try to do."
Forget trying. Just do it. Yeah, sure, the fourth win is always the toughest on to win in a series. That's the cliché, right? You'll hear it a thousand times in the next 24 hours.
"The next game," defenseman Braydon Coburn said in a rocking Lightning locker room, "is the biggest game."
You'll also hear how the Red Wings will be desperate. How their season is on the line. How no dog is more dangerous than a cornered wounded dog or some such nonsense.
To heck with all that.
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
No griping or whining at the officials. No retaliatory or antagonistic pokes or chops at their combatants. No baffling breakdowns in their own zone.
It was just about playing hockey for the Ducks and they turned in a masterful Game 3 on Tuesday night, fulfilling their intent to make it a tight and tough playoff series with the Nashville Predators.
Jamie McGinn, Rickard Rakell and Chris Stewart scored goals and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots for his second career playoff shutout in the Ducks’ convincing 3-0 victory at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville still holds a 2-1 lead in the series, but the Ducks have an opportunity to tie it in a pivotal Game 4 on Thursday night.
“This is a resilient group and we never doubted our ability,” Stewart said. “We didn’t make it easy on us. At the end of the day, it’s a race to four. It’s 2-1 now and we got one more to play before we go home.”
Game highlights are below...
from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,
It's not supposed to happen like this, not to the Blackhawks, the Stanley Cup champions in three of the last six seasons.
They are not supposed to lose two consecutive games at home to an opponent, the Blues, whose annual first-round exits in April help signal the start of allergy season.
They are supposed to wrestle control of a series beginning in Game 4, as they have done to the tune of a 43-14 record under coach Joel Quenneville entering Tuesday night.
"I think as the series has gone along here there's always another level," defenseman Duncan Keith said.
But the Hawks haven't found it.
The Blues defeated the Hawks 4-3 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 5 on Thursday in St. Louis.
In recent Hawks history, they fell to the Kings in 2014 Western Conference finals in seven games after falling behind 3-1 and came back to defeat the Red Wings in the second round of the 2013 playoffs.
"It's now one game at a time," goalie Corey Crawford said. "We're down all series so we're not going to change anything. We'll play hard and play the way we can play."
Watch the game highlights below...
via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
As the Blueshirts went down 2-1 in the best-of-seven contest, they watched as forward Viktor Stalberg was nailed with a stick to his face from Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang with 12:45 remaining in the third period. Letang was circling around his own net, battling against the forechecking Dominic Moore, when he saw Stalberg in front of him and swung his stick right into Stalberg’s face.
Stalberg went to the bench and had the trainer look for missing teeth, but no penalty was called and Stalberg didn’t miss a shift.
All four road teams won last night...
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