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NHL Morning Skate for Saturday, April 15, 2017: Stanley Cup playoffs Edition

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
MONTREAL 4, NY Rangers 3 (OT) – series tied 1-1
PITTSBURGH 4, Columbus 1 – PIT leads 2-0
St. Louis 2, MINNESOTA 1 – STL leads 2-0
EDMONTON 2, San Jose 0 – series tied 1-1

OILERS EVEN SERIES WITH FIRST PLAYOFF WIN IN 11 YEARS
Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian each scored shorthanded goals and Cam Talbot (16 saves) registered his first career playoff shutout as the Oilers evened their series with the Sharks.

* Edmonton earned its first playoff win since Game 6 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, when Jussi Markkanen also posted a 16-save shutout on home ice.

* Elias notes that McDavid (20 years, 91 days) became the youngest Oilers player to score in the postseason since Martin Gelinas (19 years, 319 days) in Game 2 of the 1990 Division Finals vs. LAK. McDavid, who concluded the regular season on a 14-game point streak, has collected a point in each of his first two career playoff contests (1-1—2).

* Elias adds that the Oilers scored multiple shorthanded goals in a playoff game for the eighth time in franchise history (last: Game 4 of 1986 DF at CGY). The last time Edmonton accomplished the feat in the regular season was Feb. 10, 2010 at ANA.

CANADIENS USE LATE HEROICS TO EVEN SERIES AGAINST RANGERS
Tomas Plekanec (1-1—2) tied the game with 17.3 seconds remaining in regulation and Alexander Radulov (1-2—3) scored at 18:34 of overtime as the Canadiens evened their series with the Rangers.

* Radulov registered his first career playoff overtime goal as well as his first three-point game in the postseason. He ranked second on the Canadiens with 18-36—54 this season, his first NHL campaign since 2011-12.

* Elias notes that Plekanec (59:42) scored the latest tying goal in Canadiens playoff history, eclipsing the mark set by Jacques Lemaire (59:36) in Game 1 of the 1975 Semifinals at BUF (6-5 OT L).

CROSBY POWERS PENGUINS TO 2-0 SERIES LEAD . . .
Sidney Crosby (1-2—3) collected a point on each of Pittsburgh’s first three goals to post his 11th career three-point playoff game and lead the Penguins to victory.

* Crosby, who tallied 44-45—89 in 2016-17 to lead the League in goals and share second in points, boosted his career playoff totals to 50-90—140 in 126 games. Elias notes that his average of 1.11 points per game is tied for 10th all-time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (min. 50 GP); Wayne Gretzky tops the list at 1.84 points per game.

* Crosby ranks third among active players in career playoff points, behind Jaromir Jagr (78-123—201 in 208 GP) and Marian Hossa (52-97—149 in 202 GP). The only other active skater with at least 90 career assists is Joe Thornton (94).

* Additionally, Crosby became the 57th player in NHL history to score 50 career playoff goals (and third to do so with the Penguins). Only four active players have more: Jagr (78), Patrick Marleau (65), Henrik Zetterberg (57) and Hossa (52).

. . . BLUES LEAVE MINNESOTA WITH PAIR OF WINS
After notching the overtime winner in Game 1, defenseman Joel Edmundson opened the scoring on Friday before Jaden Schwartz tallied the go-ahead goal with 2:27 left in regulation to help the Blues leave Minnesota with a 2-0 series lead.

* Edmundson, who scored in consecutive games for the first time, notched his third career playoff goal (3-0—3 in 18 GP) to move within one of matching his total in 136 career regular-season games (4-20—24).

* Elias notes that St. Louis took a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series for third time in franchise history – they won each of the other two instances in four games (1993 DSF at CHI and 2001 CSF at DAL).

DID YOU KNOW?
Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 305-48 (86.4%).

* Teams that take a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 71-18 (79.8%).

* When teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 202-97 (67.6%).

LOOSE PUCKS
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (39 saves) recorded his 55th career playoff victory to surpass Terry Sawchuk for sole possession of 16th place on the NHL’s all-time list. Fleury (102 GP) also surpassed Tom Barrasso (101 GP) to become the all-time franchise playoff leader in games played by a goaltender . . . Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a career-high 54 saves (regular-season and playoffs) . . . The NHL announced start times for First Round games on Thursday, April 20 . . . ICYMI: The Penguins-Blue Jackets and Capitals-Maple Leafs were mic’d up for Game 1 of their respective series.

SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ Ottawa, BOS leads 1-0, 3 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBC
Toronto @ Washington, WSH leads 1-0, 7 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN, CSN-DC
Nashville @ Chicago, NSH leads 1-0, 8 p.m., SN, TVAS2, NBC
Calgary @ Anaheim, ANA leads 1-0, 10:30 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN, FS-W
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Blue Jackets recall Milano, Forsberg from Monsters; assign Dansk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  APRIL 15, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Sonny Milano from the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  The club also assigned goaltender Oscar Dansk and recalled goaltender Anton Forsberg to serve as the club’s third goaltender.

 

Milano, 20, skated in four games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He has also recorded 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points with 24 penalty minutes in 63 games with Cleveland in 2016-17, leading the club in points and assists (tied) and ranking second in goals.

Sonny Milano

Selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, Milano has posted 0-1-1 in seven career NHL games.  He made his Blue Jackets’ debut at the New York Islanders on Mar. 31, 2016 and registered his first career point with an assist in the following game at Carolina on Apr. 2, 2016.  He has tallied 32-51-83 with 46 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating in 127 career AHL games.  In his first full pro season, he picked up 14-17-31, 22 penalty minutes and was +12 in 54 games for the Monsters in 2015-16 and added 4-4-8 in 17 playoff games to help the club capture the Calder Cup championship.
Forsberg, 24, went 27-17-4 with a 2.28 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and four shutouts in 51 games with the Monsters this season.  The AHL All-Star is among the league’s leaders in wins, GAA, SV% and shutouts.  The Härnösand, Sweden native owns a 73-35-9 record with a 2.22 GAA, .923 SV% and nine shutouts in 126 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons.  He led the Monsters to the 2016 AHL Calder Cup after finishing with a 9-0-0 record, 1.34 GAA, .949 SV% and two shutouts in 10 contests.
Columbus’ seventh round selection, 188th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Forsberg has posted a 1-8-0 record with a 4.02 goals-against and .879 save percentage in 10 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including stopping 27-of-31 shots in a 5-3 loss at Carolina in his season debut on January 10.
Dansk, 23, was assigned to Cleveland on April 5 after spending the past two seasons with Rogle BK in the Swedish Hockey League where he has compiled an 18-34-4 record, 2.81 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and four shutouts in 60 games.  He went 6-15-1 with a 2.99 GAA, .903 SV% and two shutouts in 24 appearances with the club this season.  He was selected by Columbus in the second round, 31st overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft and has appeared in 21 career AHL games, going 7-7-0 with a 3.57 GAA and .880 SV% with the Springfield Falcons during the 2014-15 season.
The Blue Jackets return to action Sunday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 6 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 5:30 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.

Anton Forsberg Columbus Blue Jackets by Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_6596. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

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