PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Ben Bishop will make starts on consecutive nights for the first time this season tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning look to complete the sweep of their second round series with the Montreal Canadiens. Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter discuss the issues Bishop will face playing on back-to-back nights in the Florida heat.
With Patrick Kane scoring five goals through the first three games of the Blackhawks series against the Wild, a Wikipedia editor got a little creative with Minnesota’s Wikipedia page. (SI.com)
Ducks Patrick Maroon draws inspiration from young Kings’ fan battling cancer. (Bar Down)
“I wanted to prove I don’t belong in the stands” – Caps’ forward Andre Burakovsky on his two-goal performance in Game 4. (ESPN.com)
Mike Milbury and Keith Jones discuss what the Rangers need to do to address their scoring woes heading into Game 5.
Despite minuscule margins of error, the Washington Capitals now have a 3-1 series lead over the New York Rangers after a 2-1 win in Game 4.
Much like in Game 3, Braden Holtby was brilliant. This time around, the other Capitals hero was young gun Andre Burakovsky. He scored both of Washington’s goals, and each one was dazzling.
Click here for the first one and observe the game-winning beauty below:
Burakovsky scored his first two playoff goals in this game … and each one was artful.
Holtby’s highlight-reel moment won’t get buried too much, however, as his penalty-shot save on Carl Hagelin ranks as another masterpiece:
The Rangers and Capitals played another tight, close game, with New York carrying the first period, Washington turning it up a notch in the second and the third being pretty even.
Ultimately, the difference in this series has been a handful of Capitals forwards making huge plays (Alex Ovechkin’s beautiful goals, Burakovsky’s big night) and Holtby pulling off the rare feat of upstaging goaltending superstar Henrik Lundqvist.
To some, it might not seem fair that this series is 3-1, but the bottom line is that Washington managed that lead. The Rangers are just one loss from seeing their Presidents’ Trophy-winning season go down in flames against an all-too-familiar foe by an agonizingly small difference in bounces, breaks and big plays.
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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has been the star of a series against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers so far, but Game 4 featured maybe his most brilliant moment.
Mike Green was forced to obstruct speedy Rangers winger Carl Hagelin, setting the stage for an almost-cinematic situation. The Rangers were down 2-1 in the third period, but Hagelin could tie it up on a penalty shot.
The result was dramatic, yet Holtby came through with a beautiful glove save:
Keep that one in mind. Chances are, Holtby’s agent will cue that clip up during his looming contract negotiatons …
Goals have been very hard to come by lately for both the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, so Derick Brassard’s 1-0 tally could be a big one in Game 3.
It was a beautiful play between Brassard, Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash, as you can see below:
If you feel like Brassard is the only Rangers player who’s scoring, you’re not totally outrageous. He has five of their 16 postseason goals, and has been the only one to find the net in some time:
The bright side for the Rangers: the Capitals haven’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard, either.
Wednesday night presents two games of Eastern Conference playoff action. By the end of it, we may get a better idea of how many semifinal series could be long or short.
First off, the New York Rangers hope to even things up in their second-round series against the Washington Capitals, who currently hold a 2-1 edge. Will Braden Holtby continue to make a name for himself or will Henrik Lundqvist get the edge tonight? Find out on NBCSN and also by streaming the game via NBC Sports Live Extra.
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Next, the Montreal Canadiens find themselves in a desperate situation: not only are they down 2-0 to the Lightning, but the next two games take place in Tampa Bay. We’ll get a better idea of what this Habs team is made of in Game 3, which airs on USA Network and can be streamed via the link below.
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The two contests are staggered 30 minutes apart, but with these streams, you can watch both at once. Ah, the wonders of technology.