Penguins - Rangers
-Will a dwindling demand for tickets play a role in how the Penguins proceed moving forward?
-"We started moving our feet and we started playing more in the offensive zone. When you play there, you don’t need to defend and I think that’s something that we did really well and we’re going to need to continue to do the same in the third round, manage the puck the right way. All of our defense defensively played really strong. They were really hard to play against and it’s a total team effort here." - Rangers forward Derick Brassard on how they defended the Penguins.
-After the Jump: The Canadien eliminate the Bruins.
Bruins - Canadiens
-A goal and an assist by Daniel Briere led the Canadiens past the Bruins, 3-1, in Game 7. Brendan Gallagher recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 29 saves.
-Check out this pass by Briere to set up Weise for a goal:
-Boston's Brad Marchand punched Montreal's Tomas Plekanec in the head prior to a faceoff:
-Check out the release on this shot by Montreal's Max Pacioretty which led to the eventual winning goal:
-The handshake line:
-During the handshake line, Boston's Milan Lucic exchanged words with Montreal's Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin:
-“Milan Lucic had a few things to say. You look at a guy like Shawn Thornton who has been around the league and he plays hard and he had good things to say to everybody. He lost with class and Milan Lucic just couldn’t do that. I won’t get into what he said, it’s just poor, a poor way to lose.” - Weise.
-A more civil moment in the handshake line between Price and his Boston counterpart, Tuukka Rask:
-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:
-Happy times for the Canadiens:
-Not happy times for this Bruins fan:
-Rask had issues with this puck:
-Boston captain Zdeno Chara got the drop on Montreal's Michael Bournival:
-“It’s really tough. I think we expected to go all the way this year. It’s very tough; it’s very disappointing. It’s hard to really put into words. It’s . . . we expected a lot more.” - Bruins forward Brad Marchand.
Blackhawks - Wild
-According to the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press the Wild is expected to sign head coach Mike Yeo to a contract extension soon.
-Wild forward Charlie Coyle finished the season playing with two separate shoulders.
Ducks - Kings
-Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the Kings in a 2-1 win against the Ducks in Game 6. The series is tied, 3-3.
-Check out out this backhanded pass by Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar to set up Jake Muzzin for a goal:
-Check out this wraparound goal by Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri:
-Ducks goaltender John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, robbed Los Angeles' Drew Doughty of a goal here:
-Gibson had issues with this puck:
-“It’s hard to play from behind against (the Kings). It’s why it’s important to come out and get that first goal and get the lead and play with the lead. They’re a different team when they’re behind. We got to come out in Game 7 and really start with that push that we need.” - Ducks forward Corey Perry.
Minor League Playoff Stuff
-A goal by Simon Despres in the second overtime gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 5-4 comeback win against the Providence Bruins in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a 2-1 lead in the series.The Penguins, who came back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period to win, got two goals from Despres as well as a goal and two assists from teammate Conor Sheary. Peter Mannino made 36 saves in the victory.The Bruins will host Game 4 Friday, 7:05 p.m.
-"He wants to make a difference. Sometimes that's a real strength of his in these overtime games. That's also something you've got to control with him at times. He wants to be a difference maker and he does a nice job of doing it." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on Despres.
IIHF World Championship
-Blue Jackets goaltender Blue Jackets made 16 saves for Russia which routed Kazakhstan, 7-2.
-Devils forward Damien Brunner had a goal and an assist for Switzerland in a 3-2 win against Germany.
-Germany players surrounded their net here:
-Former Panthers goaltender Alexander Salak made 11 saves for the Czech Republic in a 2-0 shutout of Italy.
-Former Blues/Kings/Coyotes/Stars forward Ladislav Nagy scored two goals for Slovakia which defeated Norway, 5-2.
-“This is not a gut job. There are good pieces. I think the team is maybe not as good as some of their best months and not as bad as some of their worst months. But there are definitely pieces I’m comfortable with.” - New Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan on how he wants to run the franchise.
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