If you want an image that tells the story of Game 4, a puck hovering right above the New York Rangers’ goal line would work perfectly.
The Rangers were dominated for significant stretches of Wednesday’s contest, yet they survived to extend the 2014 Stanley Cup Final to a Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings. They couldn’t have asked for a much smaller margin of victory, though.
First star of game: Lundqvist. Second star: slushy MSG ice around the goal line.
Much like a stretch in which Anton Stralman saved a goal, the Kings nearly scored with their net empty. With 1:11 left in the third period, officials ultimately determined that a) the puck didn’t go in and b) Derek Stepan didn’t close his glove on the puck in the mad scramble to keep it out:
Here’s a screen grab:
Just to hammer the “by the skin of their teeth” point home, here’s the Stralman save:
Devan Dubnyk already showed signs of having a hot start to 2016-17, but Thursday made that point abundantly clear.
For the second straight game, Dubnyk generated a shutout, with the Minnesota Wild beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 in this instance.
It’s not as if Dubnyk is just leisurely turning aside the occasional chance, either; he made 38 saves to blank Buffalo and needed to stop 65 shots on goal considering the 27 he turned aside in a 5-0 win vs. Boston.
There are plenty of differences between Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, including obvious things like one being from Russia and the other from Finland.
Still, there are moments when Laine inspires comparisons to his idol, even this early in his rookie season.
Thursday presented one of those moments. It wasn’t just that Laine fired a 3-0 goal home for the Winnipeg Jets against the Dallas Stars with such moxie; it was also that he showed some swagger with a celebration afterward.
This GIF captures the moment brilliantly, while you can also watch the goal in video form.
Early this season, Dmitry Orlov delighted onlookers and angered Matt Duchene with a mind-blowing, throwback hip check. People really seemed to enjoy it.
While you’d struggle to top that hit, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier must have sensed the void in checks that almost seem to flip opponents, doing so against Anthony Duclair during Thursday’s contest.
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Want another look at the Orlov one for comparison’s sake or to chuckle in disbelief? Why not: