The New York Rangers have shown their depth throughout their series with the Flyers, getting goals from Marc Staal, Dominic Moore, and Brian Boyle to take a 3-2 series lead. J.T. Miller who was a Ranger first-round pick in 2011 has scored 10 points in 56 career games with the team, assisted Brad Richards’ goal in game 5. The key line for the Rangers is Stepan, St. Louis, and Nash as they were on for more than 70% of 5-on-5 shot attempts. For the Flyers, Couturier has played the most yet he hasn’t recorded a single point. Hal Gill, who has only played 2 games since Christmas, replaced Niklas Grossman because of an injury, but struggled as he was on the ice for two Ranger goals. With better goaltending and a possession edge, the Rangers have the clear edge going back to Philadelphia.
The Blackhawks scored four goals in the third period of game six to finish off the Blues and move on to the second round of the playoffs. Hawks defenceman, Duncan Keith, played his best game of the series scoring a goal and three assists to lead the way offensively. His defence partner, Brent Seabrook was equally impressive with two assists. Captain Toews once again set the pace for the Blackhawks scoring three game-winning goals throughout the series. This is a tough exit for a Blues team that entered the playoffs with high expectations. Looking back, it was an even series with four games going to overtime, and they missed their number one center for two games. With fewer injuries down the stretch the Blues might’ve done better, but few changes need to be made in the offseason for this team to contend. The Blues will look to get a forward this summer to help Schwartz or Tarasenko. Ryan Miller was second best to Corey Crawford which played a big role in their first-round exit. There is no shame in losing to the defending champions, and they will be favoured regardless of who they play in the next round.
Incredible ending to game six of the Anaheim-Dallas series as Anaheim scored two late goals to progress to the next round of the playoffs. With the score at 4-2 late in the third, Bonino scored the third Duck goal after Alex Chiasson and Andrew Cogliano got two minutes each for roughing. With sixteen seconds left Devante Smith-Pelley scored the tying goal to push the game to overtime. Not even three minutes into overtime, Bonino was at it again scoring the winner to complete the epic comeback. Bonino and Smith-Pelley both had pivotal games scoring a pair of goals each, along with veterans Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne who each delivered two assists. After being a healthy scratch earlier in the series, Selanne played just over fourteen minutes and was impressive with five shots on net. Frederik Andersen was pulled after allowing four goals on twelve shots. This opens the door for Jonas Hiller to take over the starting spot in goal next series. For the Stars, the defensive duo of Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski stood out with nine points between them throughout the series. Eakin, Benn, and Horcoff were all tied for the team lead with five points in the series.