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Adam Gretz | May 6, 2014

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014

Highlights and reaction from Monday

Marc-Andre Fleury and Jonathan Quick were huge for their teams, while Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the playoffs.

5 things to know
  • Sidney Crosby is on the board
    Hey, remember when Sidney Crosby went a bunch of games without scoring a goal and everybody freaked out even though he was still playing solid hockey? Well, he's back in the goal column thanks to his breakaway tally against Henrik Lundqvist in Game 3 of Pittsburgh's 2-0 win. The shots were there, the chances were there, but nothing was actually going in the net for him. One finally went in.
  • The Rangers' power play can't catch a break
    The New York Rangers were shut out for the second straight game by Marc-Andre Fleury, which means their power play was also shut out. And now things are starting to get ridiculous. After hitting the post two different times on a four-minute power play in the second period, the Rangers allowed Crosby to open the scoring. Later in the period, after another failed power play that was actually their best looking one of the night (and probably their best one in the entire postseason to this point) Pittsburgh's Jussi Jokinen exited the penalty box and had the puck come right to him in the neutral zone, sending him in alone on a breakaway. He beat Lundqvist to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead, which would be more than enough offense. New York actually played a solid game on Monday, even when they should have been physically exhausted due to the schedule, but simply could not catch a break. The game ended in the most fitting way possible: with the Rangers failing to score on a power play.
  • Marian Gaborik keeps scoring
    When the Los Angeles Kings need offense for a playoff run, they simply turn to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Two years ago it was the trade for Jeff Carter that ignited their Stanley Cup run. This year it's been the Marian Gaborik trade. Gaborik scored his league-leading fifth goal of the playoffs less than a minute into Game 2 on Monday to continue his scoring streak. He scored the game-tying goal late in the third period of Game 1, then scored the winner in overtime, and then opened the scoring in the next game. 

  • Act like a pest, get punched in the nuts
    Corey Perry can't be a fun player to play against, but sometimes that line he crosses ends up coming back to haunt him. After getting Jeff Carter with the old soggy glove trick, Perry found himself in a bad position in front of Jonathan Quick and the Kings' goalie did not pass up the opportunity to continue the Stanley Cup Check Playoffs.
  • Big night for winning goaltenders
    For the Penguins, it was Marc-Andre Fleury recording his second shutout in as many nights to help steal one for his team (with a little help from his friend, the goal post). For the Kings, it was Jonathan Quick helping the Kings win their sixth straight playoff game with a 3-1 victory in Anaheim that saw him stop 36 of the 37 shots he faced (when he wasn't punching Corey Perry in the nuts), including an old school double pad stack in the first period to rob Devante Smith-Pelly.
Tuesday's Schedule
Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Series tied, 1-17 p.m. ET | NBCSN / CBC Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.
Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Blackhawks lead series, 2-09 p.m. ET | CNBC / TSN Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

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