The New Jersey Devils are not sure whether top defenceman Sami Vatanen is going to be available for Game 5 of their first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Devils coach John Hynes screamed at the officials after the play but declined to talk about it after the game.
With AP Photos.Life imitated art at the Stanley Cup playoffs as the actor who played Puddy on the TV sitcom "Seinfeld" showed up at the game with his face painted as a New Jersey Devils fan. He has one goal, seven hits and four blocked shots while averaging 19:14 of ice time in four games.
The NHL reviewed the hit on Thursday and no supplemental action was taken against Kucherov, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to The Associated Press.
To-seeded New Jersey entered Game 3 trailing 2-0 in the series, but emerged with a 5-2 victory to narrow Tampa's advantage to 2-1. Kucherov collected the loose puck right in front and put it high into the net for his third goal of the series.
The appreciation is mutual between the Devils and Warburton, as players from the team have donned shirts emblazoned with his character's painted visage.
Tampa Bay saw a goal by Cory Conacher disallowed because of an offside call about a minute later but took a 2-1 lead at 15:02 of the first. Both of those goals came off of 5-on-3 opportunities. This is the first time Schneider has had consecutive starts since January 22-23. They killed off 6 of 7 Devils' power plays. New Jersey has always been the long shot in this series, but there could be as many as three games left - it's far from over, a New Jersey fan might say.
For the first time in the series, the Devils scored first with Palmieri converting from the left circle with the Lightning playing two men short at 8:23 of the first. Their never-quit work ethic has allowed them to make games closer than many expected.