New York Rangers 2, Ottawa Senators 3 OT (Series TIED, 2-2)
Pittsburgh Penguins 10, Philadelphia Flyers 3 (PHI leads series, 3-1)
Vancouver Canucks 3, Los Angeles Kings 1 (LA leads series, 3-1)
Those Who Shined
1. Jordan Staal, Center, Pittsburgh Penguins
When a team that is loaded with offensive weapons, it is sometimes easy to forget about some of the less notable options in Pittsburgh. Jordan Staal made sure he wasn’t an afterthought in this series after posting a hat trick — on just three total shots on goal — in Wednesday’s blowout victory over the Flyers. The three-tally performance gave Staal a total of five goals in the four games that have been played, but obviously none were more important then the ones from this contest. Not only did he help the Penguins survive to play in a fifth game back in Pittsburgh, but he was essential in turning some of the momentum back in his club’s favor — despite the 3-1 series deficit. Don’t count the Pens out of this one if Staal has anything to say about it!
2. Cory Schneider, Goaltender, Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks entered the 2012 postseason with a major dilemma between the pipes, and it wasn’t helped by the immediate three game deficit they played themselves into over the last week. However, Cory Schneider made a statement about his worth as the Vancouver netminder Wednesday night. He sent away 43 of 44 snipes from the Kings, which was the primary reason why the Canucks are living to see a game five. His most impressive play came in the 2nd period when Los Angeles fired 18 shots with no success, while Schneider’s offense turned a one goal deficit into a one goal lead. Making a full comeback won’t be easy, but if he can match Jonathan Quick the rest of the way they may have a shot.
3. Kyle Turris, Center, Ottawa Senators
Entering Wednesday’s game four in Ottawa, I would guess that most hockey fans would be unaware of the name Kyle Turris. After nearly 63 minutes had been played, everyone in the building was cheering for his game winning goal. His overtime snipe sunk the top-seeded Rangers and evened the series at two games, which made it so that both ’1 vs. 8′ matchups are quite interesting through four games. I mean, can you imagine a postseason in which both eighth-seeded clubs advance? Thanks to Turris, this is a very real possibility if the Senators can steal one of the final few games at Madison Square Garden.