A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…
Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET on CNBC
Montreal earned a 4-3 victory in Game 1, but the big story was P.K. Subban’s slash on Mark Stone. The Senators wanted to see Subban suspended over that one, but it looks like that won’t happen. Now tempers are running high going into Game 2. As previously noted, the Senators need to control their emotions though before this series gets away from them.
Islanders at Capitals, 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
The Islanders secured a 4-1 victory over Washington in Game 1 with Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, and Brock Nelson leading the charge. If John Tavares gets hot in Game 2, then New York might find itself in a commanding position by the end of the night, although we might end up seeing Alex Ovechkin respond instead. Meanwhile goaltender Jaroslav Halak now has a 2.23 GAA and .941 save percentage in seven career playoff games against Washington.
Blackhawks at Predators, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
It took 87:49 minutes to settle Game 1, but in the end Chicago completed its comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Along the way Patrick Kane recorded two power-play assists in his return from a broken clavicle. Chicago struggled to convert on its power-play chances after the All-Star break, but the return on Kane might have ended that issue, which is yet another thing Nashville has to worry about.
Flames at Canucks, 10:00 p.m. ET on CNBC
Down 1-0 going into the second intermission, the Flames rallied in the final frame and Kris Russell scored the winner with just 30 seconds remaining in Game 1 on Wednesday. The Flames were one of the best teams in the league when it came to battling back from a deficit in the third period over the course of the regular season, but they obviously don’t want to make a habit of it in the playoffs. The Flames might not be so fortunate this time around if they fall behind again.
Alex Ovechkin had eight shots on goal in the Washington Capitals’ Game 1 loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday, but no goals and no points to speak of.
And now the Capitals are in the trail position early in that best-of-seven series.
There isn’t much during his NHL career that Ovechkin hasn’t achieved. He’s a star. He’s scored 50 or more goals in a season on six occasions and can be one of the most electrifying and polarizing players in the game.
He also hasn’t won a Stanley Cup in Washington, and helping to take the Capitals to the next level was the subject of a PHT Pressing Questions piece prior to the start of these playoffs.
But Ovechkin has plenty of supporters in his corner and that includes Hall of Fame basketball player and then TV analyst Charles Barkley.
“I really didn’t do anything but watch hockey last night,” Barkley told ESPN’s ‘Mike and Mike’ show, as per CSN Washington.
“I love the hockey playoffs. I watched hockey last night so I had to get up early this morning and go and see everything that happened.
“I watched the [Capitals-Islanders game] first.
“I’m pulling for Ovechkin so he can get off the list that I’m on, ‘never won anything.’ So I root for Ovechkin.”
I hate using a term like slash-gate, but I have a slash-gate update for you.
On Thursday morning, Ottawa announced that Mark Stone — the recipient of a P.K. Subban slash in Wednesday’s series-opening loss to Montreal — has suffered a microfracture in his right wrist, and that his availability for the rest of the series is unknown.
Stone, Ottawa’s star rookie, got caught with the slash midway through the second period and left the game momentarily, but did return and finished with over 15 minutes of ice time.
Losing him would be a major blow.
Since Jan. 1, only four players have scored more points than Stone’s 44 — John Tavares, Alex Ovechkin, Jamie Benn and Sidney Crosby. It gives you an idea of the level Stone’s been playing at and how important he is to the Sens, especially after they dropped Game 1.
Stone didn’t skate with Ottawa on Wednesday as Milan Michalek took his spot on a line with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur. Alex Chiasson took Michalek’s spot alongside Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad, which meant that Chris Neil drew into the mix and rushed on the fourth line.
As for Subban, he won’t face any supplemental discipline from the league and, per reports from this morning, Sens head coach Dave Cameron won’t be fined for his threats of retaliation against Montreal for the slash.