Tonight’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers was billed as a potential Stanley Cup preview and both teams certainly showed a lot of drive in the first period.
Rangers forward Chris Kreider netted the first goal of the game just 1:24 minutes in and over the following 10 minutes an additional four markers found the back of the net.
Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen looked shaky tonight and was pulled after stopping just four of seven shots over 10:16 minutes of ice time. He was replaced by John Gibson, who turned aside the Rangers’ final four shots on goal prior to the first intermission.
On the other end of the ice, the Ducks bombarded Cam Talbot with 17 shots, but the Rangers netminder managed to stop all but two of them. In both cases, Corey Perry was the man who solved Talbot. Those were Perry’s 30th and 31st markers of the 2014-15 campaign, making this the fifth season of his career that he has scored at least 30 goals. He’s behind just Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne when it comes to posting 30-goal campaigns with Anaheim, per the NHL Communications Department. Kariya and Selanne achieved that feat six and seven times respectively.
The New York Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Final last year while the Anaheim Ducks upgraded over the summer by adding forward Ryan Kesler after being eliminated in seven games to the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings. Both squads naturally entered the season amid high expectations and so far they’ve lived up to them.
The Rangers and Ducks lead the Metropolitan and Pacific Divisions respectively and are serious contenders for the Presidents’ Trophy. That should make for a great game and you can watch it on NBCSN or stream it via NBC Sports Live Extra:
There was a time when Jacob Markstrom seemed like the goalie of the future for the Florida Panthers. He was once regularly labeled as “the best goalie not in the NHL” (or at least the best goalie in the AHL).
Those thoughts feel a little distant for a netminder who is still only 25.
One thought that Ryan Miller’s injury might give Markstrom another opportunity to redeem himself, but Eddie Lack’s been so solid that his opportunities have been few and far between. Sunday stands as a big moment in the big Swede’s career, then.
On the bright side, he’s remained an impressive goalie at the AHL level. He’s currently 19-7-2 with a .932 save percentage for the Utica Comets, doing about all that can be asked of him in that regard.
These are the type of games that can make an impression one way or the other, however, so he aims for a strong showing against Mike Smith and the Arizona Coyotes.
As a bonus for those who kept reading, here’s a really random photo of Markstrom:
Almost feel like we’re seeing a hockey game from the perspective of HAL, huh?
Bruins at Lightning: Tuukka Rask (probably) vs. Ben Bishop (almost certain).
Ducks at Rangers: Expected to be Frederik Andersen vs. Cam Talbot, yet neither are confirmed.
NHL on NBCSN: Rangers host Ducks in potential Stanley Cup preview
NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight as the New York Rangers host the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.
The New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks rank among their respective conferences’ best, so Sunday presents an interesting test for each team. Some may even wonder if this could end up being the 2015 Stanley Cup Final preview.
The Rangers hold a commanding lead on the top spot in the Atlantic Division while the Ducks’ Pacific Division brethren faded from their rear-view mirrors long ago.
Each team is now eyeing broader seeding goals, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing well as of late.
Anaheim is on a four-game winning streak as they begin a five-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams with this game versus the Rangers at MSG. The Blueshirts are winners of seven of their past nine contests including Saturday’s 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes (so the Ducks hold a slight fatigue advantage today).
Interestingly, both the Rangers and Ducks are gunning for the Montreal Canadiens to some extent.
Montreal owns a tiebreaker advantage over the Ducks for the NHL’s top standings spot while the Rangers only trailing the Habs by two points despite holding three games in hand.
There should be plenty of firepower on hand with Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry representing three of the NHL’s premier power forwards.
The netminders may not be so familiar to some fans, yet Cam Talbot will face a quality goaltender, whether it’s Frederik Andersen or John Gibson in net.
These two teams don’t see each other all that frequently, yet they hope to face off in a certain seven-game series in June if things break the right way. Even if this ends up being the last time these two teams meet in 2014-15, it should be a great show on NBCSN.
Corey Perry, with the puck on his stick on a breakaway in overtime — it was trouble for the Colorado Avalanche.
Perry scored his 29th goal of the season 1:25 into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche, which still picks up a single point to move within six points of the Winnipeg Jets for the final Wild Card spot. Colorado trailed after two periods, quickly built a lead early in the third period, with goals 1:51 apart, but couldn’t hang on.
With the 3-2 overtime victory in #COLvsANA, the @AnaheimDucks earned their League-leading 29th win in one-goal games this season (29-1-7).