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(Home Team in Caps)
Pittsburgh 2, NY RANGERS 0 – PIT leads series 2-1
Los Angeles 3, ANAHEIM 1 – LA leads series 2-0
QUICK, KINGS TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD OVER DUCKS
Jonathan Quick made 36 saves, including 15 in the third period, to backstop the Kings to a 2-0 series lead over the Ducks.
* After falling behind 3-0 to the Sharks in the First Round, the Kings now have won six consecutive games, including four straight on the road. They have outscored opponents 24-8 during the streak, which is two short of the franchise record set in 2012 en route to the team capturing its first Stanley Cup.
* After yielding 16 goals in his first three appearances of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Quick has posted a 1.29 goals-against average, .961 save percentage and one shutout during the team’s six-game winning streak. He has made 30 or more saves in five of those six games, stopping 199-of-207 total shots against (8 GA).
* After scoring the tying and winning goals in Game 1, Marian Gaborik put the Kings ahead 1-0 just 34 seconds after the opening face-off. Gaborik now leads the NHL with six goals during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and has found the scoresheet in six of his last seven games, totaling 6-3—9 in that span.
* Anze Kopitar picked up the primary assist on Gaborik’s goal to extend his point streak to nine games (4-10—14). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one other player over the past 15 years has registered at least one point in each of his team’s first nine games of the postseason: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen, who found the scoresheet in all 12 of the club’s games during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs (6-12—18).
* Kopitar now leads all players with 10 assists and 14 points in the postseason. He also has a 12-game point streak dating to the regular season (8-11—19).
* Alec Martinez scored for the second consecutive game, marking the second time he has done so in his NHL career (regular season and playoffs). He also posted his second career game-winning goal in the postseason (42 GP), equaling his total from 203 career regular-season contests.
* The Kings recorded their 100th playoff victory in franchise history (100-129).
CROSBY ENDS DROUGHT; FLEURY, PENGUINS AGAIN BLANK RANGERS
Sidney Crosby snapped a 13-game scoring drought (dating to the regular season) andMarc-Andre Fleury (35 saves) recorded his second consecutive shutout to lift the Penguins to a 2-1 series lead over the Rangers.
* Crosby also ended a 13-game postseason goal drought dating to 2013. He picked up his sixth career game-winning goal in the playoffs and first since April 18, 2010 (at OTT).
* Fleury became the first goaltender in Penguins history to record shutouts in consecutive postseason games, following a 22-save performance on Sunday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he also became only the sixth netminder in the last 30 years to register playoff shutouts on consecutive days. The others: Mike Richter (1994),Martin Brodeur (1995), Curtis Joseph (2001), Brent Johnson (2002) and Henrik Lundqvist (2013).
* Fleury now has a franchise-record eight career postseason shutouts, two more thanTom Barrasso. He improved to 6-3 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs; all three of his losses have come in overtime.
* Jussi Jokinen scored for the second consecutive night to extend his point streak to seven games (4-3—7). He now has found the scoresheet in eight of the Penguins’ nine games this postseason, totaling 5-3—8.
* After surrendering seven power-play goals in the First Round against the Blue Jackets (20-for-27, 74.1%), the Penguins improved to a perfect 13-for-13 on the penalty kill versus the Rangers, including five successful kills on Monday.
STARTING TIMES FOR FRIDAY’S GAMES
The NHL announced the starting times for Friday’s schedule of Second Round games:
* The starting time for Game 5 between the Penguins and Rangers has been set for 7:00 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. In the U.S., the game will be seen on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and RDS.
* The starting time for Game 4 between the Blackhawks and Wild has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. CT in Minnesota. In the U.S., the game will be seen on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be televised on TSN and RDS.
EA SPORTS NHL 15 COVER VOTE NOW OPEN
EA SPORTS, in partnership with the NHL and NHLPA, announced the eight candidates for the EA SPORTS NHL 15 Cover Vote, available on NHL.com/CoverVote. Now through Sunday, May 18, fans can vote on the quarterfinal matchups, listed below. The ultimate winner will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL 15 Cover Athlete on Tuesday, June 24, at the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
COVER VOTE QUARTERFINALS (May 5-18)
Logan Couture (SJ) vs. Drew Doughty (LA)
Matt Duchene (COL) vs. T.J. Oshie (STL)
Phil Kessel (TOR) vs. P.K. Subban (MTL)
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) vs. Erik Karlsson (OTT)
Click here for more information on EA SPORTS NHL 15, which will be released this fall on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Both winning teams on Monday posted 20 fewer shots than their opponent. The Rangers outshot the Penguins 35-15, while the Ducks outshot the Kings 37-17 . . . Ducks forwardPatrick Maroon scored a power-play goal to extend his point streak to five games (2-3—5) . . . Henrik Lundqvist played in his 77th career postseason game, all with the Rangers, to pass Mike Richter for the most playoff appearances by a goaltender in franchise history . . . Kings defenseman Jeff Schultz logged 19:58 of ice time in his team debut and first NHL game since March 31, 2013 (with WSH) . . . Forwards Sidney Crosby (PIT), Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) and Claude Giroux (PHI) were announced as the three finalists for the 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award . . . The Hurricanes announced that head coach Kirk Muller and assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis have been relieved of their duties . . . Actors Zac Efron, Adrian Grenier, Jason Priestleyand Steve Schirripa; singer Carly Rae Jepsen; and Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson were among the fans in attendance for Game 3 between the Rangers and Penguins.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ Montreal, Game 3, series tied 1-1, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Chicago @ Minnesota, Game 3, CHI leads 2-0, 9:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS2
For the third consecutive year, every Stanley Cup Playoffs game is being televised nationally in the United States, on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network. Not sure where to find the game? Use our channel finder: http://nhl.com/channelfinder.
Source: NHL Media