Author: Cam Tucker

TVR time? Quenneville hints at changes on defense for Game 6


The Chicago Blackhawks have been essentially riding four defensemen throughout this Western Conference Final, while sparingly playing 40-year-old Kimmo Timonen.

With the Blackhawks now facing elimination heading into Game 6 in Chicago, could head coach Joel Quenneville be considering a lineup change or two, particularly on the blue line?

Timonen, acquired just before the trade deadline, has averaged under 10 minutes of ice time — 9:25 to be exact — in 15 playoff games with Chicago.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Quenneville opened the door to possible lineup changes for Game 6, even entertaining the seemingly remote possibility that Trevor van Riemsdyk could make his return. The rookie, a pleasant surprise out of training camp, played 18 games with the Hawks before fracturing his kneecap blocking a shot in November. He then lasted eight games with Rockford of the AHL before undergoing wrist surgery.

Game 6 of the Western Conference final seems a big stage for a rusty returning rookie, but Quenneville didn’t rule it out at all.

Video: Callahan finally snaps playoff scoring slump to cut into Rangers lead


Ryan Callahan was closing in on two full months without a goal. He finally snapped his personal scoring slump in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday.

Callahan, who last scored back on April 4 during the regular season, beat Henrik Lundqvist with a move to the backhand on a power play breakaway just 1:50 after the New York Rangers opened up a two-goal lead.

By the way, that is a terrific pass up the middle from Anton Stralman.

Video: Lundqvist stones Stamkos with left-pad save

The New York Rangers entered Game 6 needing a special performance from goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

He was certainly busy in the opening period, making 15 saves on 16 shots, as the Rangers jumped out to the lead in a game they must win to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final. His best, however, came off Steven Stamkos, as Lundqvist threw out the left pad to deny Tampa Bay’s prolific scorer from in close.

Shortly after that save, the Rangers opened up a two-goal lead.