Stanley Cup Playoffs
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.
Clowe, out since sustaining a suspected concussion on April 25, took part in practice on Sunday.
Alex Ovechkin’s franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1.
Hours after helping the Penguins demolish the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh winger Matt Cooke stops by with Vinnie & Cook for his weekly appearance on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.
The Rangers may be able to push the Caps, but this is Washington’s series to win. The Rangers may get two games, but it’s Oates, Ovechkin and the Capitals who will go on to the second round.
“I thought some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Again, with our club we need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.”
What would playoff hockey be without the Rangers playing the Capitals?
Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
After quickly dismissing a question regarding the health and status of key defenseman Marc Staal, by saying there was no update regarding his eye injury, Tortorella became engaged when asked about rising star Derek Stepan.
Pittsburgh will begin its quest for a Stanley Cup without Sidney Crosby. And that’s good news for the Islanders.
Putting aside the panic among Islanders fans, there are a few items that make this opening-round series interesting.
While the Penguins are fixtures this time of year, New York is making its first playoff appearance since 2007.
Who’s ready to lift the Stanley Cup? Sean Hartnett gives you a full breakdown of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.
So how do the Islanders pull this miracle off? They can start by watching “Miracle,” of course.
The NHL has announced its schedule for the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs — and there’s no shortage of intrigue for our locals in the Eastern Conference.