Author: Ryan Dadoun

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WATCH LIVE: Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff action


The Winnipeg Jets were the first team eliminated from the 2015 playoffs yesterday and we might see two more teams get knocked off tonight. The Predators and Canucks are fighting for their playoff lives against the Blackhawks and Flames respectively. Before those contests start though, Detroit will attempt to take a 3-1 series lead against Tampa Bay while the Islanders and Capitals will battle to break that series’ tie.

Game 4 of the series between the Lightning and Red Wings will air on NBCSN and can also be streamed online via NBC Sports Live Extra by clicking on the link below. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET, but you can tune in at 6:30 p.m. ET for pregame coverage:


Game 5 of the Islanders vs. Capitals is also scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET. You can watch that contest on CNBC or via the link below:


Chicago’s quest to eliminate Nashville will start at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Please note that each game airing on NBCSN has its own unique URL for the livestream:


Lastly, the Canucks will try to extend their playoff run in Game 5 against the Calgary Flames, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET. The contest will air as the second part of CNBC’s doubleheader, but it also has its own unique livestream URL:


Report: Chiarelli to join Oilers’ front office

Peter Chiarelli

Bob Nicholson recently took over as the Edmonton Oilers’ CEO and it looks like he’s wasting no time making some major changes to the team’s front office. Edmonton could announce as soon as tomorrow that former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will be joining the club, according to Oilers Nation.

Chiarelli has reportedly been talking with Nicholson for a couple of days. What position he’s been interviewing for isn’t known, but he will likely become the president of hockey operations, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie and CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

That job currently belongs to Kevin Lowe and it’s not yet clear if this will involve Lowe being demoted, fired or making a lateral move to make room for Chiarelli. It also remains to be seen what this means for GM Craig MacTavish.

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, but there’s reason to be optimistic about their future after they won the draft lottery. The presumptive first overall pick, Connor McDavid, is a potential game changer for Edmonton, but at the same time, the Oilers haven’t been lacking young, skilled forwards. Instead, it’s their inability to build around the young talent they already have, or in some cases perhaps deal some of those assets for defensive or goaltending help, that’s been their ongoing issue.

Although Chiarelli’s cap management and some of his moves, like his decision to trade Tyler Seguin to Dallas, came under fire in Boston, he would bring with him an impressive resume of success. The Bruins missed the playoffs this season, but under Chiarelli’s watch they won the Stanley Cup in 2011, reached the Final again in 2013, and claimed the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014.


So…what do the Oilers do now?

Shocker at the Joe: Johnson’s heroics push Bolts past Detroit

Ondrej Palat

For one night, Joe Louis belonged to a guy named Johnson.

Tyler Johnson, that is.

The Tampa Bay sophomore put on a performance of a lifetime in Thursday’s Game 4, scoring two goals — including the decisive OT tally — as the Bolts rallied from a two-goal deficit with less than six minutes remaining to stun the Red Wings.

With the win, Tampa evened the first-round series at two games a piece, and swung momentum its way.

In a major way.

For the majority of the evening, the story was Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek, who posted 100 minutes of shutout hockey stemming from his Game 4 clean sheet. Mrazek’s performance was something of a surprise, especially since Tampa Bay had the best goals per game average in the NHL over the course of the 2014-15 campaign; what’s more, the Red Wings goaltender had just 40 career games worth of NHL experience and was hooked from Game 2 after allowing four goals on 18 shots.

But Mrazek was at his finest for the majority of the evening. So too were his teammates.

Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson each scored their first goals of the series in the second period, giving Detroit what looked to be a comfortable lead. Andersson’s tally looked as though it could deflate Tampa Bay, given Bolts goalie Ben Bishop scored in his own net, but both he and Tampa Bay maintained composure and kept the deficit at two, which proved vital in the third.

Johnson started the comeback with a goal at the 14:34 mark, then set up Ondrej Palat for the equalizer just 77 seconds later. The quick turn of events stunned the Joe Louis crowd, which had all but locked in a 3-1 series lead for their Red Wings.

Wasn’t to be, though. Detroit now faces the daunting task of having to beat Tampa Bay in a best-of-three series, with two of those games scheduled to be played at Amalie Arena.

Capitals chase Halak in third en route to taking Game 5


The New York Islanders went into Thursday’s game with a chip on their shoulders over Tom Wilson’s big hit that sidelined defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. Anders Lee settled that dispute early in the contest with a sparring match, but the Islanders now have more immediate problems after suffering a 5-1 loss to Washington tonight.

New York was able to strike first as Josh Bailey found the back of the net shortly after Lee’s fight. However, Evgeny Kuznetsov managed to even the score midway through the first period and Karl Alzner put the Capitals’ up 2-1 in the second frame.

Then the floodgates open in the third as the Capitals netted three goals in the span of just over six minutes to drive Jaroslav Halak out of the contest. Despite only lasting 49 minutes and surrendering five markers, Halak still finished with 30 saves.

Kuznetsov, who was held off the scoresheet in his first four playoff contests, led the charge with two goals and an assist. Jason Chimera and Karl Alzner each chipped in a goal and an assist for Washington.

Islanders goaltender Michal Neuvirth held his own in relief of Halak, but the damage was already done. The Islanders will how head back to Nassau Coliseum. Their home since 1972, they will be saying goodbye to it on Saturday if they lose in Game 6.


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Oops…goalie Ben Bishop scores on his own net

Bishop goal

Well, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop got off to a good start in tonight’s first round contest against the Red Wings. It took a great play by Henrik Zetterberg for Detroit to finally beat him in the second period.

The second goal he allowed though was…not great. Red Wings forward Joakim Andersson flung the puck towards the net and Bishop managed to block it. However, that caused the puck to spurt upwards and Bishop presumably attempted to knock it away with his stick. In practice what he actually did was knock it backwards and into his own net:

With that, Detroit took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission. Given that the Red Wings entered this game with a 2-1 series lead, this is a potentially devastating error for Bishop. Still, the Lightning have an opportunity to bounce back.