The first month of the Stanley Cup playoffs is coming to a close, and as promised, we’ll continue to provide weekly updates for what’s happening around the league.
The Chicago Blackhawks seem to have met their match with the Detroit Red Wings, who currently lead the semi-final series two games to one. And though Chicago notched the first victory of the series 4-1, Detroit has battled back to beat Chicago in fascinating style, 4-1 and 3-1, in games two and three. Marian Hossa, Jonathan Towes and Patrick Kane continue to put points on the board for the Blackhawks, while Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have only three points in the series combined for the Red Wings. Game four kicks off Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. in Detroit. The game will be shown on NBCSN.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings currently lead the San Jose Sharks two games to one in the semi-final series. The Kings shut out the Sharks 2-0 in game one, but games two and three came down to a single goal. Los Angeles won game two 4-5, but San Jose battled back in game three to beat Los Angeles in overtime, 2-1. Mike Richards, Drew Doughty and Dustin Brown have kept the pressure on the Sharks, and Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture have combined for five points in the series, including Couture’s game-winner in overtime Saturday. The Sharks are currently winning game four in San Jose, 2-0.
The Pittsburgh Penguins currently hold a 2-1 series lead over the Ottawa Senators, and despite Pittsburgh taking game one in decisive fashion with a 4-1 final score, the Senators have proven they won’t go down without a fight. Game two and game three were decided by a single goal, 4-3 for Pittsburgh in game two and 2-1 for Ottawa in double overtime in game three. Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby continue to play significant roles in Pittsburgh’s victories, and Colin Greening has become the backbone of the Senators this series, scoring a goal in all three games, including the game winner in Ottawa Sunday. The teams face off in game four tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NBCSN.
Boston seems to have discovered what it takes to disassemble the Rangers, and is looking to land the final blow in game four, clinching a spot in the conference finals as the only team to sweep its opponent in the semi-finals. It hasn’t been an easy battle for the Bruins though, who held off New York by a single goal in both game one and game three. Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Brad Marchand have been momentous for the Bruins. Chara and Marchand notched two points each in game one, and Krug and Marchand recorded two each in game two. Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh have recorded two points each for the Rangers. Game four starts Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.
UPDATE: The San Jose Sharks won game four against the Los Angeles Kings 2-1, tying the series 2-2.