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Recapping Day Two of the NHL Playoffs



Here is what happened on day two of the 2013-14 NHL Playoffs:
 
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers

After being a source of concern during the regular season, and really over the past few years, the Rangers' power play proved to be the difference for the home side last night. With 7:35 played in the third period and the score tied at 1-1, Rangers forward Carl Hagelin took a high stick to the face from Flyers forward Jason Akeson, which resulted in a four-minute power play for New York. On the man advantage, the Rangers scored two goals a mere 47 seconds apart. The first came from Brad Richards, who finished off a rebound created by Martin St. Louis. The second came from Derek Stepan, who finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing move that included Richards, St. Louis, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh. With roughly five minutes to play, Hagelin added a goal to produce a final score of 4-1. In the loss for the Flyers, Andrew MacDonald scored and Ray Emery, who was starting in place of the injured Steve Mason, made 32 saves. Game 2 will be played on Sunday at 12 PM ET on NBC.
 
Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues
 
One of the more highly-anticipated first-round playoff matchups certainly lived up to the hype in Game 1. The Blues overcame a troublesome defensive start to defeat the Blackhawks 4-3 in Triple OT. Longtime Sabres goalie Ryan Miller gave up three first period goals on only seven Chicago shots. However, Miller managed to shut the door the rest of the way, not allowing a single goal during the rest of regulation or the three overtime sessions. Alexander Steen proved to be the hero for the Blues. After passes from David Backes and former Sabre captain Steve Ott, Steen fired a shot past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford only 26 seconds into the third overtime period. Despite taking the loss, Crawford did make 48 saves, which included several highlight-reel stops throughout the course of the game. In addition to Steen, St. Louis got goals from Adam Cracknell, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Jaden Schwartz. Meanwhile, Johnny Oduya, Brent Seabrook and Buffalo native Patrick Kane scored for Chicago. Game 2 is set for Saturday at 3 PM ET on NBC.
 
Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche
 
Another thrilling finish in the Western Conference, as Colorado tied it late and finished off the Wild in OT for a 5-4 Game 1 win. Paul Stastny had an incredible night for Colorado. After Colorado head coach Patrick Roy made a "gutsy" decision to pull Semyon Varlamov for the extra skater with 3:01 remaining, Stastny fired a wrist shot past Ilya Bryzgalov with 13.4 seconds left, to send the game into OT. Stastny's heroics weren't done there. With 7:27 played in the first overtime, Stastny fired another point-blank shot past the Wild goalie. In addition to Stastny, rookie sensation Nathan MacKinnon shined bright in his playoff debut as he tallied three assists. Jamie McGinn, Gabriel Landeskog, and Ryan O'Reilly also had goals in Colorado's memorable comeback. In the loss, the Wild had goals from Kyle Brodziak, Charlie Coyle, and Erik Haula. Zach Parise also had two assists. Game 2 will be played on Saturday at 9:30 PM ET on NBCSN.
 
Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks
 
In the late game, the Sharks had little trouble dispatching the Kings, winning 6-3 in Game 1 of their series. The Sharks raced out to a 5-0 lead after two periods, with goals from Joe Thornton, Tomas Hertl, Patrick Marleau, Raffi Torres, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The Kings did manage to cut the lead to two with three consecutive third period goals, but it wasn't enough. Jonathan Quick had a rough outing for the Kings, allowing 5 goals on 28 shots before being replaced by backup Martin Jones. Quick and the Kings will look to rebound in Game 2, which will be on Sunday at 10 PM ET on NBCSN.
 
The playoffs continue tonight with three more games. Here is the schedule for those contests:
 
Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 PM ET, CNBC (Game 2)
 
Detroit at Boston, 7:30 PM ET, NBCSN (Game 1)
 
Dallas at Anaheim, 10 PM ET, NBCSN (Game 2)

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