2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

Video: Lundqvist, special teams power Rangers to 2-1 lead


The New York Rangers carry a 2-1 lead into the third period of Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings because of special teams and a special goalie.

They entered the middle frame down 1-0 after Justin Williams’ goal, yet the Rangers managed to hang in there. Chris Kreider’s power-play goal tied things up:

Henrik Lundqvist continues to play excellent hockey in elimination situations, as he stopped hard-charging attempts, especially Kyle Clifford’s drive here:

Brian Boyle’s had some big moments, too. Slava Voynov seemed to be all alone for a prime power-play chance, yet Boyle managed to block his shot. He then left the Staples Center crowd stunned by scoring a shorthanded goal in the waning moments of the second period:

The question is: can the Rangers manage more special moments and close Game 5 out? Chances are, the Kings are going to demand that of them.

Sharks send three to AHL; still waiting on Torres suspension

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The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.

Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.

Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.

Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.

Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.

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Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.