2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three

Video: Rangers hope to finally protect a two-goal lead


It’s easy to overreact to a seven-game series by conjuring false narratives, yet it’s difficult to avoid getting caught up in all the talk about the New York Rangers squandering two-goal leads. For the third time in this series, the Rangers managed to build a 2-0 lead against the Los Angeles Kings. It’s already reasonable to ask if they’ll see that margin dissolve once more.

The Rangers opened up scoring with this Benoit Pouliot deflection. Despite some flat stretches of play and a near-goal, New York managed to go up 2-0 in the second period thanks to this Martin St. Louis tally:

Like a horror movie villain, you just knew the Kings wouldn’t stay down. They generated a slew of scary chances, yet Dustin Brown’s breakaway moves helped Los Angeles narrow the deficit to 2-1:

It could be a nerve-wrecking final stretch of Game 4, whether this game or series ends in regulation. Either way, it doesn’t seem like things will come easily for the Rangers.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?