Ray Emery struggles in opening game loss
Ray Emery | PHI
(April 17, 2014 9:48 PM EDT)
Flyers goaltender Ray Emery struggled in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.
Starting in place of number one netminder Steve Mason (upper body), Emery allowed four goals on 36 shots in the defeat, though he only deserves part of the blame as the Flyers were soundly outplayed on this night. With Mason's status for Game 2 still unclear, it's looking like Philly may have to use its backup again.
Brad Richards leads way in win over Flyers
Brad Richards | NYR
(April 17, 2014 9:45 PM EDT)
Brad Richards was excellent in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.
Richards registered a goal and two assists in the victory, leading the way for a Blueshirts team that has struggled offensively all season. Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan also found the back of the net for New York while Martin St. Louis picked up two helpers in the win.
Henrik Lundqvist cruises in Game 1 win
Henrik Lundqvist | NYR
(April 17, 2014 9:42 PM EDT)
Henrik Lundqvist had an easy time against the Flyers Thursday as the Rangers cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.
A large amount of credit should go to the Rangers' defense, as King Henrik only faced 15 shots in the contest, stopping 14 of them. Despite the fact that he wasn't severely tested in this outing, Lundqvist looks to have carried his hot second half play into the postseason.
Ben Bishop could return later in the series
Ben Bishop | TB
(April 17, 2014 6:53 PM EDT)
Ben Bishop's return to the lineup from an elbow injury isn't expected to occur any time soon.
However, coach Jon Cooper said that Bishop could be available to play later in Tampa Bay's first-round series against Montreal, which is what he said before the playoffs began.
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Raffi Torres will return for Game 1 vs. Kings
Raffi Torres | SJ
(April 17, 2014 6:04 PM EDT)
Raffi Torres (knee) will play Thursday when the Sharks host Los Angeles in their playoff opener.
He sat out the last 17 games of the regular season to rest after returning for five games from knee surgery. Torres skated with Andrew Desjardins and Martin Havlat on the fourth line during the morning session.
San Jose Mercury News
Richards, Kings hope for rebound in playoffs
Mike Richards | LA
(April 17, 2014 5:58 PM EDT)
Coach Darryl Sutter is expecting to see a different Mike Richards in the postseason.
"Mike Richards is our most experienced forward in terms of playoffs, and he always plays his best when we expect him to," said Sutter. Richards is hoping to take advantage of the intensity of the postseason after an unproductive regular season.
Zetterberg hopes to resume contact soon
Henrik Zetterberg | DET
(April 17, 2014 5:45 PM EDT)
Henrik Zetterberg (back) skated for about 30 minutes on Thursday.
"You just have to take it step by step," he said. Zetterberg hopes to resume contact drills before the end of the week. He reiterated that he probably won't be ready to return during the first round of the playoffs.
Detroit Free Press
Nick Foligno won't be available for Game 2
Nick Foligno | CLM
(April 17, 2014 5:33 PM EDT)
Nick Foligno (knee) won't play in Game 2 Saturday night.
Coach Todd Richards said that Foligno could possibly be back on Monday for Game 3 back in Columbus.
Columbus Dispatch
Nate Prosser set to make playoff debut
Nate Prosser | MIN
(April 17, 2014 5:27 PM EDT)
Nate Prosser will play in his first NHL playoff game Thursday night.
He played four years at Colorado College before starting his professional career and now he'll face the Avalanche. "I still have some buddies around the Denver area who will be coming tonight," Prosser said. "It's always fun coming back to Colorado. I enjoyed my four years down at CC. Great time, great city."
Denver Post
Knee brace won't hinder Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane | CHI
(April 17, 2014 5:17 PM EDT)
Patrick Kane will be sporting a knee brace when he returns to the lineup on Thursday night.
"Once you get used to it you're fine," Kane said. "There's guys that have probably played with this type of thing their whole career and even guys on our team that have played with it. I think you kind of get used to it as you start playing and skating with it." Kane last played on Mar. 19 but he's ready to return for Game 1 against St. Louis.
Chicago Tribune