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.
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With three NHL teams already looking for a new head coach and more openings likely coming, Randy Carlyle is hoping to get back behind the bench soon. Caryle was fired by the Leafs in January after leading Toronto to a 21-16-3 record. (The Winnipeg Free Press)
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The Chicago Blackhawks unveiled a new on-ice video prior to Game 3 celebrating the club’s current roster and storied history.
Ryan Kennedy believes Vladimir Tarasenko could be the missing piece in the Blues Stanley Cup puzzle. (The Hockey News)
Most NHL clubs give out some sort of team “player of the game” award following each win. After the Ducks Game 1 victory on Thursday night, captain Ryan Getzlaf did something a little different.
Ilya Kovalchuk and SKA captured the Gagarin Cup over the weekend. (KHL)
Devan Dubnyk has been sensational and one of the main reasons for the Minnesota Wild’s mid-season turnaround that landed that club in the playoffs.
But on Saturday, he was caught leaning slightly off his post to his left and Vladimir Tarasenko buried his shot on Dubnyk from a bad angle, giving the St. Louis Blues a two-goal lead in a game they would eventually win to even the first-round series with Minnesota.
Dubnyk admitted to his error afterward.
“That’s just a mistake by me. It’s not a good goal,” Dubnyk told NHL.com. “I came off my post on a guy (who) likes to shoot, who’s got a pretty good shot and he made me pay for it. That’s a mistake by me that cost me a goal against. Make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Despite going down two goals after the first period, the Wild scored early in the third and then had a chance to tie the game later on, but couldn’t convert. Charlie Coyle’s shot off the cross bar hit the backside of Jake Allen and trickled toward the goal line, but David Backes pulled the puck away from the net, maintaining the Blues’ lead.
The Wild still get the split in St. Louis, with the series shifting back to Minnesota.
“Listen, we would’ve loved to have won both games in here,” said Minnesota’s coach Mike Yeo, as per a video on the club’s website.
“But when it comes down to it, I think we can take some confidence out of the fact that we won the one game and played pretty strong in the second game and even to battle back against a team that’s tough to generate offence against. That’s a pretty good sign.”