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CNHL results – Stanley Cup highlights from Monday, May 12th 2014

NHL results – Stanley Cup highlights from Monday, May 12th 2014

The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Monday night. Here’s our recap and highlights from the night’s action…   Anaheim 4 Los Angeles 3

  Scorers: ANA – Bonino, Smith-Pelly (2), Silfverberg  LAK – Lewis, Gaborik (2)   The Anaheim Ducks rode a two goal performance from Devante Smith-Pelly, along with another lights-out showing from rookie goaltender John Gibson, to a 4-3 series lead on Monday night. In doing so, Anaheim gained a 3-2 series lead.   Smith-Pelly, who was recently promoted to the Ducks’ first line alongside superstars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, notched two goals within a minute-and-a-half of each other early in the second period, gaining first star honors in the victory. Center Nick Bonino had opened the scoring for Anaheim early in the first, while Jakob Silfverberg got the eventual game winner late in the second. John Gibson was stellar in his second-career playoff start, making 39 saves for the victory.     Los Angeles surrendered a second period 4-1 hole which they could not climb out of, and now find themselves facing elimination for a second straight playoff series. Marian Gaborik added to his league-leading goal total with two markers on the night, while Trevor Lewis had another early in the first period. Goaltender Jonathan Quick had another tough outing, surrendering 4 goals on 24 shots in the loss.   Game six goes Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Montreal 4 Boston 0    Scorers: MTL – Eller, Pacioretty, Vanek (2)  BOS – none     There will be a game seven in the epic second round series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins, as Montreal rode the wave of an early lead to a 4-0 victory at the Bell Centre on Monday night. The series is now tied 3-3.   The Habs got an early first period goal from Lars Eller off a defensive-end mistake by the Bruins, and never looked back. Winger Max Pacioretty notched just his second goal of the playoffs, while Tomas Vanek had two goals (the second of which was into an empty net) in the victory. Goaltender Carey Price was as strong as Montreal needed him to be, notching 26 saves for his first shutout of the playoffs.   The Bruins didn’t look competitive from moment one, and now face the prospect of a do-or-die game seven at home to the Habs on Wednesday night. Goaltender Tuukka Rask sunk back into poor form on Monday, making just 24 saves, while many of the Bruins key offensive players, including leading scorer Patrice Bergeron, and center David Krejci, were both non-factors in the game. Winger Loui Eriksson had a particularly ugly night, registering a -3 with just 1 shot on goal in 16:29 of ice time.   Game seven goes Wednesday night in Boston.

Leigh is, without a doubt, the most over worked writer here at Crunch Sports. A statistician at heart, she can reel off Superbowl plays from decades ago. If we need a deep-dive into the numbers in any sport, we call Leigh first.

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