A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…
Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
After earning a split at New York’s MSG on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to take their first series lead in Game 3 tonight. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby recorded his first multi-goal playoff game since Game 1 of the 2013 playoffs – he had just one goal in 13 postseason contests last year. The Rangers, who owned the league’s best road record during the regular season, will look to retake the lead in the series at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center. New York was 28-11-2 away from the garden during the season and won 15 of its last 18 road contests. Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire will have the call.
Blues at Wild, 8 p.m. ET on CNBC
The St. Louis Blues hope to build on Vladimir Tarasenko’s first career playoff hat trick as their series with the Wild shifts to Minnesota knotted at one. Tarasenko’s three-goal performance led the way for the Blues in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. The Wild went 12-5-0 on home ice after acquiring goaltender Devan Dubnyk on Jan. 14, but dropped three straight at Xcel Energy Center to close out the regular season.
Ducks at Jets, 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN
For the first time since 1996 the city of Winnipeg will host an NHL playoff game tonight as the Jets look for the franchise’s first postseason victory. Third period penalties have hurt the Jets in the first two games of the series. Ryan Getzlaf scored the insurance marker on a power play in Game 1 giving the Ducks a 4-2 win and Patrick Maroon scored the game-tying goal with Andrew Ladd in the box in Game 2.
Sidney Crosby was slow to get up after being involved in a collision with Carl Hagelin during the third period of Game 2, but the Pittsburgh Penguins captain remained in the game.
Is it enough to cause concern for Crosby, who has a history of concussions and missed 68 games after being on the receiving end of a similar hit in the 2011 Winter Classic?
Crosby had a big game for the Penguins, scoring twice to bust his personal playoff slump in their win over the Rangers on Saturday to even the series.
Afterward, Crosby said he was caught in the jaw but thought the collision might have been accidental, as per Tom Gulitti of The Record.
“I don’t know what hit me, if it was shoulder, stick, his head. It could have been anything,” said Crosby.
“Just two guys collided. That’s basically what it is,” he added.
The parade to the penalty box continued for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and that might come back to haunt them later in this series if it continues that way.
However, against the New York Rangers on Saturday, Pittsburgh’s busy penalty kill was successful on six of seven chances and that was huge as the Penguins were able to limit New York for the most part at even strength in a 4-3 victory in Game 2.
The win for Pittsburgh evens the series at 1-1. The Penguins trailed after the first period, but took over with three second-period goals. Brandon Sutter, on the power play, got it going.
It helped, too, that Sidney Crosby, with one goal in 19 post-season games prior to Saturday, scored twice, including a beauty re-direction as he charged to the front of the net late in the second period.
His first of the evening was a combination of being in the right place at the right time — being left alone in front of the net, too — and a nice feed from Patric Hornqvist.
There were some anxious moments for the Penguins and their fans in the third period, when Crosby, who has a concussion history, was slow to get up and to the bench after a collision with Carl Hagelin in open ice.
Crosby finished the remainder of the game.
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins combined for just eight shots on goal in the opening period, but given a little extra space and time, New York’s Derek Stepan converted on one of the few chances.
Speeding down the ride side, Stepan ripped a perfect wrist shot over the right shoulder of Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 2:55 remaining in the opening period.
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, who has been out of the lineup since mid-March, is nearing a return.
Klein has been sidelined with an arm injury after blocking an Alex Ovechkin shot on March 11 in Washington.
Prior to suffering the injury, Klein was having a career year offensively with career highs in goals (nine) and points (26) in 65 regular season games.
The Rangers host the Penguins tonight in Game 2 before the series moves to Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Monday.