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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Night 8 Open Thread

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A trio of Game 4s takes us into the second week of the 2014 playoffs.

Jamie Benn has points in each game of the Ducks/Stars series.
Jamie Benn has points in each game of the Ducks/Stars series.
Tom Pennington

Last night the Tampa Bay Lightning were sent to the golf course, leaving 15 teams still chasing the Stanley Cup.  No one is in danger of joining them tonight, but with all three series on the schedule tonight at a 2-1 advantage, there will be some urgency in the games tonight.

The night starts in Columbus (7:00, NBCSN, CBC), where the Blue Jackets would be up 3-0 had they been able to hold two two-goal leads in their losses to the Penguins so far. An hour later, the Ducks and Stars face off in Dallas (8:00, CNBC, TSN) with Teemu Selanne a healthy scratch for the first time in approximately forever and the hapless Stephane Robidas out with his second broken leg of the season.  The Stars will try to hold serve after Monday's shutout and head back to Anaheim with the series tied at 2.

Another series that saw a shutout in Game 3 hits the ice on NBCSN and CBC at 9:30.  The endless soap opera of Blues/Blackhawks took another turn today when the Blues announced that Brenden Morrow would be out for the remainder of the series.  With David Backes (concussion upper-body) and Brent Seabrook (suspension) both out as well, the question might be who's left to fill out a roster by the end of the series.

U.S. announcing schedule:

  • Penguins/Blue Jackets: Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
  • Ducks/Stars: Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
  • Blues/Blackhawks: Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
Game on!