Rask's stellar play in the post-season continued in Game 2 when he allowed just one goal on 34 shots in the 2-1 OT win. The series shifts back to Boston tonight where the Bruins will lean on the home crowd to push them to a 2-1 series lead. Rask continues to lead all playoff goalies in SV% with a .944.
The Dallas Stars on Thursday signed defenseman Kevin Connauton to a three-year contract through the 2015-16 season.
The 23-year-old was acquired by the Stars with a second-round pick in the 2013 draft from the Vancouver Canucks for forward Derek Roy on April 2, and then sent to the American Hockey League. Connauton split his 2012-13 AHL season between the Chicago Wolves and the Texas Stars. He played 69 total games last season with nine goals and 22 assists.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they've agreed to an eight-year, $76-million US contract extension for 2011-12 NHL Most Valuable Player Evgeni Malkin, who was due to hit the free-agent market next summer.
Malkin will earn $9.5 million US for each season through to the deal's 2021-22 expiration, the club announced. He turns 27 in July, will earn $7.5 million next season under his old deal, with a cap hit of $8.7 million. For his career, he's scored 217 goals and 343 assists for 560 points in 458 games. No stranger to the penalty box, he's compiled 462 penalty minutes.
Horton left last night's game in the first of the three overtimes and did not return. Tyler Seguin moved up from the third line to join David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Horton had one assist and was a plus-1 in 22:28 in Game 1.
Stalberg, who has no goals and three assists in the playoffs, said he talked to Quenneville about the possibility he would be out for opener against Boston. Bollig, listed at 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, brings a more sizeable presence against the physical Bruins compared to the 6-3, 209-pound Stalberg, who is more of a speed player.
Stalberg skated outside the top four lines when Chicago practiced at the United Center on Tuesday, and coach Joel Quenneville also broke up the combination of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane that worked so well at the end of the Western Conference finals.
Brandon Bollig will get Stalberg's spot in the lineup for at least Game 1. Bollig, listed at 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, brings a more sizeable presence against the physical Bruins compared to the 6-3, 209-pound Stalberg, who is more of a speed player.
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to the New York Islanders in exchange for the negotiating rights to Mark Streit.
Streit played four seasons with the Islanders, missing an entire campaign in 2010-11 due to a shoulder injury. The Swiss defenceman was remarkably consistent for the Isles when he played, averaging 10 goals and 36 assists per season, and he served as captain the past two seasons. For his career, he's scored 65 regular season goals and 223 assists in 491 games, with 248 penalty minutes.
Crawford to start Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals
Crawford has been excellent in the post-season. He leads the playoffs in GAA with a 1.74 and sits second to Tukkaa Rask in SV% with a .935. The Rask vs. Crawford matchup is an intriguing one as they both were not the starters the last time each of these teams won the Stanley Cup, but now they get their shot.
Crawford allowed two goals on 21 shots in Game 4's 3-2 win. The Blackhawks are in the drivers seat and will look to close out the series at home tonight. The Kings have not played well on the road in these playoffs, so it will be a tough task for Los Angeles.
Quick allowed three goals on 28 shots in Thursday's Game 4 loss. The Kings lost the the game 3-2 and now trail the Hawks 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. They will turn to last year's Conn Smythe winner to give them a big performance tonight so they can stay alive in the NHL playoffs.