NHL playoff schedule and results

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May 5: Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m. May 7: Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m. May 9: Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m. (if necessary) May 11: Montreal at Ottawa (if necessary) May 12: Ottawa at Montreal (if necessary) — No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 New York Rangers (Washington leads series 1-0) May 2: Washington 3, New York Rangers 1 May 4: New York Rangers at Washington, 12:30 p.m. May 6: Washington at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. May 8: Washington at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. May 10: New York Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (if necessary) May 12: Washington at New York Rangers (if necessary) May 13: New York Rangers at Washington (if necessary) — No. 4 Boston vs. source: http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2013/05/03/NHL-playoff-schedule-and-results/UPI-67291367573141/

Playoff preview: Penguins vs. Islanders

Kevin Allen

Injuries: Pittsburgh, Crosby is practicing and awaiting the go-ahead to play; D Brooks Orpik (lower body) expected to play; C Joe Vitale (lower body) day-to-day; New York, D Calvin de Haan (shoulder) out for the season. Why the Penguins should be the favorite 1. Their lineup is deeper and more skilled than the 2009 championship team. Late-season additions of Morrow, Douglas Murray, Jarome Iginla and Jussi Jokinen have given the Penguins more sandpaper and sparkle. 2. Crosby is uncertain for Game 1, but when he returns, teams can’t match the Crosby-Evgeni Malkin center combination. 3. This team learned from last season’s first-round loss and is more disciplined. Why the Islanders could win To the Islanders, this must seem like the third round of the playoffs. They have been playing playoff-style hockey for a month. They were improved defensively down the stretch, although they had lapses in their final few games. John Tavares is at the point now where he is to the Islanders what Joe Sakic used to be to the Colorado Avalanche and Steve Yzerman was to the Detroit Red Wings. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/29/2013-nhl-playoffs-pittsburgh-penguins-new-york-islanders/2122509/

Penguins Rout Islanders, Bruins Top Maple Leafs in NHL

The Penguins, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, beat the Islanders 5-0 and the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 4-1. In the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks won 3-1 at the Vancouver Canucks in the opening game of their series. The Penguins, who are missing captain Sidney Crosby because of a broken jaw, took a 2-0 first-period lead at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on goals by Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis. Pittsburgh doubled its lead with two goals in 32 seconds early in the second period, from Kris Letang on a power play and Dupuis, before Tanner Glass added a fifth goal 11 minutes later. “It’s one win,” Dupuis said. “We definitely feel good about it, but we’ve just got to put this one behind us and get ready to work for the next one. They’ll definitely look at tape and come out harder, that’s for sure.” In tonight’s games, the New York Rangers open their playoff series at the Washington Capitals, the Ottawa Senators visit the Montreal Canadiens, the Detroit Red Wings try to even their series at 1-1 against the host Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues seek a 2-0 lead over the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Playoffs Drought The Islanders are making their first playoff appearance since 2007. “Some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano told reporters. “We need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.” James van Riemsdyk got the opening goal for the Maple Leafs on a power play after one minute, 54 seconds at TD Garden in Boston . Wade Redden tied it at 16:20 and Nathan Horton scored on a power play 12 seconds before the end of the opening period for Boston. source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-02/nhl-eastern-conference-playoffs-open-with-penguins-bruins-wins.html

 

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