Thursday, April 14, 2016

Former College Players Capture Early Stanley Cup Playoff Spotlight

Former NCAA players starred Wednesday night in all three games on the schedule as the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs got underway.

Jeff Zatkoff (Miami) made 35 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins topped the visiting New York Rangers, 5-2. David Backes (Minnesota State) scored the only goal of the game 9:04 into overtime as the St. Louis Blues edged the defending NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks. Finally, Alex Killorn (Harvard) notched the game-winning goal with just over 11 minutes remaining in regulation as the host Tampa Bay Lightning outlasted the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2.

The conference quarterfinals continue tonight in the east as the Philadelphia Flyers visit the Washington Capitals, and the New York Islanders travel to the Florida Panthers. In the west, the Minnesota Wild drop in on the Dallas Stars, while the San Jose Sharks head south to face off with the Los Angeles Kings.

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