Author: Ryan Dadoun

Devan Dubnyk

Wild’s Dubnyk shakes off six-goal night, saves 36 as Blues pushed to brink


The St. Louis Blues made a statement in their 6-1 win in Game 4, but the Minnesota Wild were not discouraged. Even after the Blues got off to an early lead, Minnesota persevered tonight to earn a 4-1 victory.

Vladimir Tarasenko opened this game by scoring his sixth goal of the first round and the Blues outshot Minnesota 12-3 in the opening period. However, thanks to a hard shot from Marco Scandella that Blues goaltender Jake Allen just couldn’t contain, the contest was tied going into the first intermission.

Minnesota took control from there with Nino Niederreiter, Mikko Koivu, and Charlie Coyle each finding the back of the net.

After an outing he would probably like to forget on Wednesday, Vezina Trophy nominee Devan Dubnyk bounced right back tonight with 36 saves. He was the key factor in the WIld’s run to the playoffs and how far they go in the postseason will be dependent in large part by his play. If he has more games like this ahead of him, then St. Louis is in a lot of trouble.

As it is, Game 6 in Minnesota has become a must-win contest for the Blues. Although it’s of small consolation, St. Louis can take some comfort in knowing that the home team has lost three of five games in this series.

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WATCH LIVE: Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff action

Marc-Andre Fleury

We got two critical games off the bat tonight as the Senators and Penguins are both fighting to extend their campaigns in Game 5 against Montreal and the New York Rangers respectively. Ottawa and Pittsburgh had nearly polar opposite seasons with the Senators going on an amazing late season run just to make the playoffs while the Penguins limped in on the strength of their impressive first half. The one thing they have in common is that neither was regarded as a favorite going into their respective series. We’ll see if they can surprise people over the next several days or if their stories will come to an end tonight.

The Penguins’ contest against the Rangers will start at 7:00 p.m. ET and air on NBCSN, but the pregame show begins at 6:30. In addition to NBCSN, you can also stream the contest online via NBC Sports Live Extra:


Game 5 of the Montreal vs. Ottawa series is also set to start at 7:00 p.m. ET and that game can be viewed on CNBC and streamed online:


Finally, the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues will battle for an edge in their hard fought series tonight. Game 5 will start at 9:30 p.m. ET and will air on NBCSN. Please note that while the channel will stay the same between the Penguins-Rangers and Wild-Blues contest, each game has its own unique URL for the livestream:


Malkin: ‘I want to say sorry to fans, to my teammates’

Evgeni Malkin

The Pittsburgh Penguins have fallen short again in the playoffs, but this time there’s no question that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury did everything he could to keep them in this series. As people look for other causes for the team’s shortcomings their glut of injured defensemen certainly come to mind, but there is another factor that people are likely going to talk about a lot over the coming days: The fact that superstar Evgeni Malkin had no points in the series.

To be fair to Malkin, he might have been playing injured. He did miss some games towards the end of the regular season and it’s hard for us to know if he was anywhere close to 100% by the time the playoffs started. He certainly wasn’t shying away from the blame though after the New York Rangers eliminated Pittsburgh tonight.

“I want to say sorry to fans, to my teammates,” Malkin said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi. “I know I’m a leader on this team. Not so good game. I don’t know.”

As for the concerns about his health, Malkin downplayed them. He admitted to having “a couple of small injuries,” but he said he wasn’t dealing with anything major. He also stated that if he’s on the ice, that means he’s healthy. We have all witnessed a lot of cases of players stepping on to the ice without being healthy though.

All the same, Malkin’s future is fuzzy. He’s certainly still a dangerous player, but the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner has been battered by injuries in recent years. He’ll be 29 years old in July and still has seven more seasons at a cap hit of $9.5 million.

Video: Prust sparks melee by spearing goalie Anderson

Prust, Anderson

The Ottawa Senators earned a 5-1 victory over Montreal in Game 5 tonight, but just before the contest ended, Canadiens forward Brandon Prust started a skirmish by spearing Craig Anderson.

The Senators goaltender took exception to that and things ballooned from there, as you can see below:

Brandon Prust got a double minor while Patrick Wiercioch was handed a roughing penalty. P.K. Subban and Eric Gryba each got a 10-minute misconduct.

“Sure sign of frustration is when they’re taking cheap shots at your goaltender,” Senators coach Dave Cameron said after the game, per the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan. “I’ve known Prust a long time. That was cheap.”

Montreal certainly has plenty of reasons to be frustrated with Anderson. The Canadiens had a 3-0 series lead, but they’ve lost two in a row and Anderson has now stopped 120 of 123 shots in this series.

While the incident seemed to bother Anderson in the heat of the moment, after the contest he was willing to move on.

“No harm, no foul,” he told TSN’s Ian Mendes.

It’s Done: Rangers eliminate Penguins in overtime


The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers battled fiercely for five games. Each contest was determined by just one goal and the final two went to overtime.

But at the end of the day, the Penguins could only win once and the Rangers officially eliminated them with a 2-1 victory tonight.

Carl Hagelin scored the overtime marker:

This is the sixth straight year Pittsburgh couldn’t get it done in the playoffs. This time around though, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t the story. He did all that could be expected of him in this series, posting a 2.12 GAA and .927 save percentage in five contests.

Instead fingers will likely be pointed at Evgeni Malkin, who fired six shots on goal Friday night but still finished the series without a single point. The Penguins lacked offensive depth in this series as well as Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist accounted for half of Pittsburgh’s eight goals.

At the same time, it would be wrong to ignore the fact that the Penguins were missing defensemen Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff, and Olli Maatta as well as forwards Pascal Dupuis and Beau Bennett due to injuries. That’s a lot of talent to be stuck on the sidelines.

Still, another Penguins season that began with Stanley Cup aspirations is over while the Presidents’ Trophy winning Rangers are moving forward. The Rangers fell in the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. They’re one step closer to getting back there now.

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