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View from the East: Ovechkin wasn’t happy with the goals let in, Kovalev losses his stick to a Bruins fan, Lundqvist gets bumped in practice and NBC eliminates outdoor hockey viewing in Pittsburgh

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8)

  • Bruins fans are a bit intense as least Alexei Kovalev thinks so after one stole his stick with a minute remaining in the 3rd period.
  • From the Montreal point of view last night’s game was a victory even without the W.

Washington Capitals (2) versus New York Rangers (7)

  • When asked how they were beaten Ovechkin had this to say “They followed through on their opportunities. That’s it, basically…. Well and some of the goals were questionable. Especially the fourth.” 
  • In practice today Henrik Lundqvist was bumped by Nik Antropov causing the young goaltender to lie on his stomach and kick his legs in pain for a few minutes before going to the locker room.

New Jersey Devils (3) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6)

  • What’s the key to victory for the Devils in game 2?  Remaining calm.
  • Canes coach Paul Maurice, while indicating there will be some line shuffling and lineup changes tonight, would not be more specific.

Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Philadelphia Flyers (5)

  • The Penguins will not show Sunday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs on the outdoor screen in front of Mellon Arena because of a decision by NBC Sports.
  • Is there a dounle standard that the Flyers are being held to by the NHL?