Here’s a look at the four things you need to know for April 26, 2015.
Zach Parise scored early and late on tipped shots, and the Minnesota Wild tacked on two empty-net goals for a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night that sent the first-round playoff series to a decisive Game 7. Parise and Mikko Koivu each had two assists. The teams will meet again in Denver on Wednesday night, with the winner taking on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals.
Center Matt Duchene has returned to the Colorado lineup. Duchene’s status for Game 6 of the first-round series at Minnesota was determined just before faceoff on Monday night. Coach Patrick Roy said earlier in the day that Duchene would have to be cleared by the team’s medical staff after taking part in warmups in order to play.
The Wild are trying to put Game 5, and what could have been, in their rear view mirrors Monday night before they head into Game 6 of the series. The Wild will take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Xcel Energy Center 8 p.m. Monday night.
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The Minnesota Wild went into Game 5 Saturday night knowing that winning away from Xcel Energy Center would be a tough task, having dropped the previous two games of the series in Denver. The men wearing the striped shirts didn’t make it any easier for them.
A game five loss for the Minnesota Wild means Monday’s match-up against the Colorado Avalanche is a must win. As the game came to an end Saturday night at the Pepsi Center it looked like the Wild might get the win after pulling ahead late in the third period.
Those who got to see the Blackhawks rally to beat the Bruins and win the Stanley Cup last night won’t soon forget it, but unfortunately neither will those who didn’t get to see the big win, after a strong, fast-moving storm knocked out power.
A year ago, the Chicago Blackhawks had to answer questions about Patrick Kane’s maturity.
Patrice Bergeron revealed the injuries that he played through following the Bruins’ loss in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
That’s all the time the Chicago Blackhawks needed to rally and win the Stanley Cup with a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Monday night.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was on the ice for the team’s morning skate and said he’ll play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Hawks look to capture their second Stanley Cup in four seasons.
If the Bruins hope to prevent the Blackhawks from partying on Boston ice, here are their four keys for Game 6.
It will be known as the LeBron James Headband Game.
Five things to watch for in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, as the San Antonio Spurs try to clinch their fifth title and end the Miami Heat’s reign on Tuesday night:
The Spurs have long been the NBA’s gold standard when it comes to drafting and development, preferring to roll up their sleeves and scour the globe to find the right players to slot into well-defined roles in San Antonio.
A little more than a year ago, the Miami Heat stood on the verge of elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals. The team’s heart and the ability of the Big Three were being questioned left and right ahead of Game 6 of the Conference Finals.
The Miami Heat dug themselves a hole when they allowed the San Antonio Spurs to go up 3-2 in the 2013 NBA Finals. Heading into Game 6, the Heat face long odds of just getting to Game 7, much less winning the NBA championship.
They lost three times in three months in one of the most overpowering stretches the NBA has ever seen.
Bryan Bickell scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game 6 on Monday night.
It’s been nine years since we’ve had a night like tonight. It’s going to be near impossible to follow up the ridiculous excitement that was Game 6.