By: Chris Taylor
Just days ago, it appeared that the 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Finals would feature a rematch between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.
With Boston sporting a 3-2 second-round series lead over the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh being up 3-1 in their series opposite New York, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that the Pens and Bruins would once again meet in the East finals.
However, that was not the case, as both the Rangers and Canadiens would complete their respective series comebacks and advance to the NHL playoffs third-round.
Thanks to some spectacular goaltending from net minder Henrik Lundqvist, New York was able to post 3-straight wins over Pittsburgh, thus advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The squads game seven victory in Pittsburgh marked the first time in franchise history that the Rangers were able to come back from a 3-1 playoff series deficit.
Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens were also able to complete a thrilling series comeback by winning games 6 and 7 against their longtime rival the Boston Bruins.
Like New York, Montreal was led by the stellar goaltending they received from Olympic Gold Medal winner Carey Price.
Montreal played like a team possessed in their final 2 games with the Bruins and were thus rewarded with a spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals.
Game 1 between the Canadiens and Rangers takes place Saturday May 17 at 1pm ET in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Be sure to come watch game 1 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!
By: Chris Taylor
The Los Angeles Kings will travel to Anaheim tonight to play Game 7 against their California rivals the Ducks, with the winner advancing to this year’s NHL Playoff’s Western Conference Final.
Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2012, the Los Angeles Kings have played in two playoff game 7’s, both of which they emerged the victor.
Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks have played in only one Game 7 over the last five years, which they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round in 2013.
The Ducks will likely need another big game from goalie John Gibson, who has gone 2-1 since taking over net minding duties for Anaheim.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and winger Corey Perry will need to play big in game 7 if they hope to solve L.A.’s all-star goaltender Jonathon Quick.
The Kings have proven too be the better team at even strength in the series, but Anaheim has the better numbers from a special teams standpoint.
If L.A. is to win game 7, they will have to play disciplined hockey and that means staying out of the penalty box.
Los Angeles will require big games from their handful of all-star players, which includes Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Marion Gaborik, just to name a few.
Be sure to catch this sure to be awesome Game 7 live tonight at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!
Puck drops at 9pm ET live from the Duck Pond in Anaheim, California.
The winner of tonight’s game 7 will advance to the NHL’s Western Conference Finals to play last year’s Stanley Cup winner the Chicago Blackhawks.
By: Chris Taylor
The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-1 on Sunday evening, thus forcing tonight’s winner-takes-all game seven.
Martin St. Louis scored game 6’s first goal on Sunday, tipping a puck passed Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury just minutes into the opening period.
The Rangers would add a second-goal shortly thereafter, when Carl Hagelin slipped a backhand shot passed the outstretched Penguins goalie.
Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist posted 36 saves while giving up just one goal in game 6, securing New York with the 3-1 home victory.
New York, who lost games 2, 3 and 4 to Pittsburgh, will now try and complete the unlikely comeback by defeating the Pens in game 7 tonight.
This will mark the seventeenth time that the Rangers have come back to tie a series at 3-3, this after falling behind 3-1 in the opening 4 games.
Unfortunately for New York fans, the Rangers have never won a game 7 in any of their previous 16 attempts in this situation.
Meanwhile, the Penguins will likely lean on superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to get the job done in tonight’s do or die game 7.
Game 7 takes place at 7pm ET live from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Be sure to come watch this win or go home game 7 live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this evening!
By: Chris Taylor
The New York Rangers will be looking to even-up their best of seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 2 games apiece when they host the Pens in game 4 on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been red-hot for the Penguins as of late, posting back-to-back shutouts against the gritty New York squad.
Fleury’s 35-save performance in game 3 marked the eighth shutout of his young postseason career. The 2009 Stanley Cup winning goalie has now gone 120 game-time minutes without letting in a goal, stopping all 57 shots he’s faced in that time.
Pens captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the playoffs in game 3, snapping a 14-game playoff-scoring drought that dated back to 2013.
Meanwhile, the New York Rangers struggles to score can be attributed to their miserable power-play statistics. The Rangers are 0-for-13 with the man advantage in three games against the Penguins and have not scored in 34 straight power-play opportunities.
New York will try to even the series by earning a win in tonight’s key Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm ET and can be seen on channels NBCSN and RDS.
Be sure to come watch game 4 of this awesome NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series tonight at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!