TAMPA — Jason Garrison’s power-play goal midway through the third period gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on Saturday.
The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 at United Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
Garrison’s shot from the top of the zone glanced off the stick of Chicago forward Andrew Desjardins into the net at 8:49 of the period.
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy replaced starter Ben Bishop when the power play started. Bishop went back to the net during the celebration of Garrison’s goal but then left the game again at 12:19.
Vasilevskiy didn’t touch the puck during his first brief appearance but made five saves in the final 7:41 for the win
Congrats to the LA Kings! This might be the greatest Cinderella Story ever!
Captain Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists as Los Angeles ended its dominant two-month playoff run in front of frenzied fans who had waited 45 years for their first look at the Stanley Cup since the Kings’ expansion birth in 1967.
With three first-period power-play goals after New Jersey’s Steve Bernier was ejected for boarding Rob Scuderi, the Kings finished ferociously after taking a 3-0 series lead and then losing two potential clinching games last week.
Congrats to LA, the Kings are the champs! And folks, NO sports championship is as hard to win as the Stanley Cup!
Give the Devils their due, New Jersey is very much alive in the Stanley Cup Finals after a 2-1 win at home vs the Kings Saturday night.
Bryce Salvador scored on a deflection off a defenseman and the New Jersey Devils derailed Los Angeles’ Stanley Cup coronation for a second time, beating the Kings 2-1 in Game 5 of the finals Saturday night.
Zach Parise ended a five-game goal drought on a rare mistake by goalie Jonathan Quick, and Martin Brodeur stopped 25 shots to help the Devils end the Kings’ 10-game postseason winning streak on the road and 12-game run over the past two years, both NHL records.
“That’s how a goalie wins the game for you,” Parise said about Brodeur.
The LA Kings might win the Stanley Cup, but it will not happen until at least Saturday
Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals
Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored third-period goals for the Eastern Conference champion Devils, who forced the NHL to put the Stanley Cup back in its crate for another cross-country trip. Game 5 is Saturday night in Newark, N.J.
The LA Kings just keep rolling along, winning their 10th straight road game in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now they are just two wins from their ultimate goal.
The Los Angeles Kings are headed back to Hollywood, and the Stanley Cup is so close they don’t even want to think about it.
“We’re happy that we got the first two. But going home on the plane tonight, we’re trying to forget about those games. We’re going to learn what we did right and wrong. But going back home, it’s a whole new series.”
Not really. Two more wins by Los Angeles and the NHL season is over.
The Devils face the daunting task of trying to win four of five against a team that is 14-2 in the postseason.
“They are a great team, but it’s not like we got blown out the last two games,” Devils captainZach Parise said. “It will be really hard but we will give it our best shot.”
With two more wins, the Kings can finish writing the most unlikely championship story in NHL history, no 8 seed has ever won the Stanley Cup
NEWARK, N.J. — Adam Henrique scored off a wild scramble in front at 1:03 into overtime and the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 to advance to their first Stanley Cup finals since 2003.
The Devils will face the Los Angeles Kings for the Cup in a series that will start on Wednesday.
It’s a remarkable comeback for a team that missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996.
Cancel the coronation, or at least postpone it. The Phoenix Coyotes are still hanging around.
Shane Doan scored two goals, Mike Smith made 36 saves in his third playoff shutout, and the Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
Ray Whitney and Antoine Vermette had assists for the Coyotes, who escaped a series sweep by snapping the eighth-seeded Kings’ eight-game winning streak in front of long-suffering fans denied the chance to celebrate Los Angeles’ first berth in the Stanley Cup finals since 1993.
Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix. Only three teams have over come 0-3 deficits in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders, and the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers
The last time the Rangers hoisted the Stanley Cup, they defeated the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Finals, now, 18 years later the Rangers are trying to redo history
NEWARK, N.J. — In his latest playoff gem, Henrik Lundqvist had little time to do more than stop every breakaway or 2-on-1 attempt New Jersey shot his way. When he took a moment to breathe, Lundqvist had all the confidence his New York Rangers would bail him out with a goal or two.
“You know sooner or later it’s going to turn,” he said. “It’s going to turn in our favor.”
Unlike those dozens of Devils’ shots, his feeling was right on the mark.
The Phoenix Coyotes have had a knack for
withstanding nearly everything their opponent throws at them before landing the big blow.
They know it can’t keep going like this.
Ray Whitney scored 14:04 into overtime and the Coyotes survived another late goal in regulation to open the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
The New York Rangers avoided the upset Thursday night, eking out a 2-1 win that sends them to the Eastern Conference Semis
Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi scored 4:18 apart in the second period, Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and top-seeded New York eliminated the pesky eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators from the playoffs with a 2-1 victory in Game 7 on Thursday night.
Staal broke the scoreless deadlock, and Girardi gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead with his first career NHL playoff goal. Lundqvist allowed Daniel Alfredsson’s power-play goal in the second but stood tall the rest of the way to send the Rangers into an Eastern Conference second-round matchup with the seventh-seeded Washington Capitals.
The Rangers hadn’t hosted a Game 7 since their Stanley Cup victory over Vancouver in 1994, but they stayed perfect at home in deciding games — winning their fourth. New York is 4-5 overall in Game 7, and the Senators dropped to 0-5.
Washington moves on, and Boston is reminded how much difference a year can make. Last year, the Bruins skated the Stanley Cup, this year, they are out in the first round.
BOSTON — Joel Ward slammed home a rebound at the 2:57 mark of overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night as Washington advanced to the second round of the playoffs and ended the defending Stanley Cup champions’ hopes of a repeat.
Rookie Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots for Washington in Game 7 — the seventh one-goal game of the series. Matt Hendricks scored the Capitals’ other goal.
The New Jersey Devils topped the Florida Panthers 3-2 in OT and forced a decisive seventh game back in Miami Thursday night
The New York Rangers fought off elimination with a 3-2 win Monday night in Ottawa. The two teams will meet in the decisive game 7 Wednesday night.
The 8th-seeded LA Kings sent the Vancouver Canucks home quicker than any other President’s Trophy winner has gone before. With a 2-1 OT win last night, LA advances and will play the #2 seed St. Luis Blues who knocked the San Jose Sharks out Saturday night
Claude Giroux wrapped up a dominant series with his sixth goal, Ilya Bryzgalov had his first outstanding effort in net and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday to win their Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games.
Giroux scored only 32 seconds into the game, and the Flyers rolled from there. In a series where no lead was safe, the Flyers scored the first three goals and made it stand behind stout defense and stellar play out of Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov allowed 20 goals in the first five games. He settled down in Game 6 and gave up only Evgeni Malkin’s goal in the second period.
Pittsburgh’s come back from an 0-3 games deficit came crashing to a halt Sunday as the Philadelphia Flyers took control of game 6 early and left no doubt who the better team was. The Flyers become the 3rd team to advance to the conference semi-finals, joining St. Louis and Nashville.
The Penguins join the Red Wings an Sharks in the see you next season club.
Two teams faced elimination last night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. One staved off defeat, the other are the Detroit Red Wings.
Pittsburgh, once doe 3-0 to the Flyers won their second straight elimination game and forced a game 6 back in Philadelphia Sunday.
In Nashville, the Red Wings had no answer for Predator goalie Pekka Rinne, and fell four games to one. This was an early exit for Detroit, which has won four Stanley Cups and played in two more finals since the 1994-95 season. The Red Wings become the first team to exit these playoffs, and Nashville will wait to see who they play in the conference semis.
Three tilts tonight.
In Ottawa, the Senators topped the Rangers 3-2 in OT to even their series at two games apiece, game 5 is in New York Saturday night
In Philadelphia, the Flyers were trying to complete the our-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers led 3-2 and then, the Penguins scored, and scored, and scored and kept scoring rolling to a 10-3 rout. Game 5 is back in Pittsburgh Friday. The Flyers still lead the series 3-1, but the Penguins seem to have momentum now.
In LA, the Kings were hoping to finish off Vancouver, but, , the Canucks survived 3-1 forcing a game 5 back in Vancouver on Sunday
Three tilts tonight
Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves for his fourth NHL playoff shutout, and Brian Boyle scored for the third straight game to break a third-period tie as the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 on Monday night.
The Rangers, who lost Game 2 at home in overtime, lead the best-of-seven, first-round series 2-1. Game 4 will be Wednesday night in Ottawa before the series returns to New York.
A record-setting defense carried the St. Louis Blues to the Central Division title in a breakthrough season. When they can pair a potent power play with a stingy, tight-checking mentality, they truly are tough to beat.
Patrik Berglund scored the first of St. Louis’ three man-advantage goals, and the Blues throttled the San Jose Sharks until the closing minutes of a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of their first-round series Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead.
Four more games that should be outstanding
Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Bruins lead series 1-0
Caps 2 Bruins 1 2 OT series tied 1-1
Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers Rangers lead series 1-0
Sens 3 Rangers 2 OT Series tied 1-1
San Jose Sharks at St.Louis Blues Sharks lead series 1-0
Blues 3 Sharks 0 series tied 1-1
Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes Coyotes lead series 1-0
Hawks 4 Coyotes 3 OT Series tied 1-1
This doesn’t appearto be an anti-Hopenchange thing specifically.
Tim Thomas posted the following statement on his Facebook page regarding his decision to not attend a ceremony at the White HTouse to honor the Bruins for their Stanley Cup win last June:
“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.
This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”
I was happy for Thomas after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup last year, and now, I am even happier that a guy with his head on straight is not afraid to speak out!
Thomas is a devoted tea partier, to the point where he wears the Gadsden flag motto on his mask. Anyone know if he’s endorsed a candidate for president? I searched online but couldn’t find anything, although “not Romney” seems a safe bet
How about an ad with Newt and Thomas?
Speaking of boycotts, Soylent Green points to a good one. Makes me PROUD to own a Ford!