It wasn’t John Tavares’ year as Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals was awarded his third career Hart Trophy.
Adam McQuaid scored early in the third period, Tuukka Rask posted his second shutout of the series, and the Boston Bruins swept their way to the Stanley Cup finals with a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
I hope you stayed up to watch the double overtime finish. Game 3 between the Bruins and Penguins had all the hallmarks of what makes playoff hockey truly remarkable.
The Boston Bruins practiced for one final time on Friday before finally heading off for Pittsburgh, and head coach Claude Julien showed off some new defensive pairings ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins.
Tavares is among the three finalists for the NHL’s prestigious Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player “adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
Sidney Crosby’s eye-popping goal provided the exclamation point in a 4-0 win in Game 5 on Thursday night as the Penguins took a 3-2 series lead.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 4-0 on Thursday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
Leads aren’t safe in the wild first-round playoff matchup between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh. Suddenly, neither are the top-seeded Penguins.
The Islanders have no choice but to stay out of the penalty box if they entertain any thoughts of winning this series. The problem is, they may not have a choice in the matter.
The Islanders’ rallying cry is “Believe.” Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following Sunday’s home loss to the Penguins.
The Isles battled the Penguins hard, but Chris Kunitz scored the overtime winner as Pittsburgh gained a 2-1 series advantage.
The Islanders evened their first-round series with the Penguins with a little help from the boards behind the net of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.
The Islanders, already down 1-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the mighty Penguins, got some troubling news on Friday morning. After defeating New York, 5-0, on Wednesday, Pittsburgh will get Sidney Crosby back for Game 2.
Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away. He never thought it would disappear entirely.