Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dubie Goes Wild, Jets Down Three

The New York Rangers got back to what they have been good at all year long on Monday night, as they clamped down on defense and let their speedy transition game do all of the necessary scoring, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their series, which New York now leads 2-1.

Chris Kreider was eventually given credit with the game-winning goal in the end, as he was the only pool skater that was notable in this game, while Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the win.

Lundqvist now leads the Rangers with 4 points in the first three games of the series, which is showing that New York doesn't require a lot of goals to help their winning ways.

The Rangers will look to sweep the road games on Wednesday night, 5pm MT start on Sportsnet 360.

The series between the Blues and Wild shifted to Minnesota on Tuesday night and some of that brand new home cooking had obviously done wonders for goalie Devan Dubnyk, as he became the first goalie to earn a shutout in these playoffs.

Dubnyk stood tall, making 17 saves and earning the 4 points from the win and the shutout combined, as he's winning the goalie battle, which I had assumed this series would come down to.

The Wild ended up winning the game 3-0, taking a 2-1 series lead, and to do that, they needed some goals and there were some other notable players in this game.  Jason Pominville wasn't too far behind Dubnyk last night, picking up a 3-point night, while Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund had 2-point nights.

Game 4 will go on Wednesday night in Minnesota, 7:30pm MT start on Sportsnet 360.

The long-awaited first playoff game in the MTS Centre happened on Monday night and yes, the atmosphere appeared to be electric, especially when Lee Stempniak opened the scoring in the 1st period.  Jets fans were treated to one hell of a game, filled with plenty of intrigue, but intrigue didn't come without heartbreak, as Ryan Kesler scored late in the 3rd period, forcing the game into overtime, where the Ducks took less than six minutes to dispatch the Jets at home and taking a dominating 3-0 series lead.

Frederik Andersen won his third game of these playoffs, making 31 saves in the process, while Jakob Silfverberg led all pool skaters with 3 points of his own.  Kesler and Rickard Rakell also chipped in with a couple of points each for the pool as well.

Even with four goals on the board, the Jets had no notable players for the pool.

The Jets will look to avoid getting swept at home on Wednesday night, a 7:30pm MT start on Sportsnet.

Game-Winning Goals
New Playoffs Game Winner ButtonAll three goals were kept in the pool on Monday night, as Chris Kreider, Jason Pominville and Rickard Rakell scored the goals, adding to some totals.  Kreider was taken nine times in the pool, while Rakell was taken four times and Pominville... was skipped altogether.

Sean L. took the GWG lead in the pool with the Kreider goal, as his team now has 6 bonus points, while Nic L. still has 5 bonus points.

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