Montreal Canadians vs New York Rangers
Game 3: After splitting the first two games in Montreal, the series headed back to Madison Square Garden in New York for the next two. The first was all Montreal. It was scoreless until late in the second but Montreal had out shot the Rangers 24-12 in the first two periods. Lehkonen opened the scoring up late in the 2nd on a great passing play on the power play.
Throughout the entire game it was very physical, as the game went on it got more and more chippy. On the power play again half way through the 3rd, a Shea Weber one-timer put Montreal up 2-0. Then with 5 min left, one of the best goals in the playoffs so far was scored by Montreal’s Radulov. Just admire…
The Rangers got one late to make the final 3-1.
Game 4: The physicality from game 3 carried right over into game 4. After every stoppage around the net someone was getting pushed, shoved or choked out. After King Lundqvist stopped Andrew Shaw on a breakaway early in the 1st, the Rangers came right back down the ice to score the first goal of the game. Jesper Fast picked up a loose puck off a defenders skate and pushed it past Price. Montreal capitalized on a 2-1 shortly after with to tie it back up. Early in the 2nd, Ryan McDonagh displayed his elite composure at the blue line to feed a perfect pass to Nash who shows his handling ability to get one past Price.
The Rangers held the Canadians to just 6 shots in the 2nd and 3rd. Lundqvist was outstanding and the Rangers survived a late Montreal push to win 2-1 to tie the series.
Series: 2-2 and headed back to Montreal.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals
Game 3: After games 1 and 2 both went into overtime, the theme continued in game 3 with the series in Toronto. The Caps jumped out to an early 2-0 lead 5 min in the 1st. The Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie line got both. Backstrom got the first on a one-timer and Ovechkin sniped the second.
The game picked up physically after this and teams traded big hits. This big hit at mid-ice got the crowd into the game…
Shortly after 19-year old superstar Matthews got his first of his career. He got his own rebound and got it past Holtby. Early in the 2nd, a Johanssen shot off the pads was one-timed in by Kuznetsov to make it 3-1. Later in the 2nd, Toronto got it going. Around the 5 min mark they made it a one-goal game after a Komarov shot takes a fortunate bounch off Kadri in front of the net. With the last minute running down, an aggressive fore check by the Leafs got the 20-year old Nylander wide open in front…
That was his first of his career. The game went into overtime after great goal tending in the 3rd, but a late penalty on the Caps would allow Toronto to start OT on the power play. The Leafs got on the assault right away and a great deflection in front got Bozak the game winner.
Game 4: For the second straight game, the Caps jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first 5 minutes. Oshie got first off of a rebound in front. A few minuets later, while on the power play, Ovechkin got his 3rd goal of the playoffs in the same spot off a slap shot he scored in game 3.
Less than a minute later, the Leafs answered after Hyman was able to put in a rebound. The game settled down until the game 1 hero Tom Wilson struck twice late in the 1st. The first was off a Toronto defender and the second was one-timer on a 2-1 break. The Leafs did not quit, so impressive with all of the young talent. JVR got his second of the series on the power play. The Leafs stayed on the attack into the 3rd, out-shooting the Caps in the 3rd 19-3. Halfway through the 3rd, the Leafs got within one when Matthews buried a rebound. Less than a minute later, Oshie answered with his second of the game. He beat Andersen top right. With the net empty, the Leafs got within one with 25 seconds but it was too little too late.
Series: 2-2. Headed back to D.C. for a game 5 match up Friday 4/21 @ 7pm.
Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
Game 3: After splitting the first two games in Ottawa the series headed back to Boston. The Sens got right to it going up 3-0. Mike Hoffman got the first off this nifty move around Rask (after an incredible stretch pass from superstar Karlsson he is a beast)…
Brassard got the next off this incredible display of skilled passing by Stalberg and Ryan…
Hoffman got his second of the game to make it 3-0 early in the 2nd period. The Bruins would soon wake up and score two goals in one minute. Acciari got the first off a crazy deflection. Backes got the second 42 seconds later on a break away after the Sen’s Bobby Ryan totally fucked up and misplayed the puck. Yikes. Later in the 2nd, Pastrnak would blast a one-timer on the power play to tie it up at 3-3. The goalies would trade big time saves to send the game to OT. While on the power play, another incredible strech pass from Karlsson would set up Bobby Ryan for a very very nice game winner…
Game 4: Defense and goal tending took over in game 4. The shots were 14-12 OTT in the 1st and 5-5 in the 2nd and the goalies made every save. The game was very physical and you can see the hatred of playing each other for the 9th time this year building up. It got very chippy as the game went on. Big hits got the crowd into it..
5 minutes into the 3rd, Karlsson made another incredible pass to set up a Ryan goal. Fake slap shot to a perfect pass to the stick blade. He is incredible, his 5th assist of the series…
With time running down the Bruins had a similar chance but Anderson was able to make the stick save. The Sens hold on.
Series: 3-1 Ottawa and heading back to Ottawa for a game 5 match up 4/21 @ 7:30 pm
P.S.- Just to understand how much of a difference Karlsson is just check this stat out. I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Game 3: After the Pens dominated in the first two games, the Blue Jackets got off to a hot start when the series moved back home to Columbus. Cam Atkinson said before the game the they needed a hot start and that he would score. He did, 11 seconds into the game off a rebound. 3 minutes later, the Pens answered. Guentzel got a rebound off the boards behind the net and snuck it past Bobrovski. A few minuets after that, Atkinson got another. He forced a turnover then beat Fluery all alone. He was fired up. Werenski got a power play goal just a minute after that. 3-1 Blue Jackets after the first 6 min. Werenski, 19, would later take a puck to the face and return to the game. What playoff hockey is all about.
He only came out because he could not see. The Pens would crawl back to tie the game after Bryan Rust gets two goals in the 2nd period. Both were off loose pucks around the net. Good job being heads-up. Halfway through the 3rd, while on the power play, the Pens took the lead. Guentzel got his third of the playoffs off a great play putting the puck on net…
However, the Jackets would not quit. Dubinsky cleaned up a rebound to tie it up and later send it to OT. Teams traded quality scoring chances in OT. Then Crosby made a Crosby play, dangling behind the net and dishing a perfect pass to Guentzel where he completed the hat trick… So much skill…
Game 4: With elimination a possibility, the Blue Jackets were playing with their backs up against the wall. They jumped out to a 3-0 early. Johnson got the first, hitting it off Crosby’s skate and in. Shortly after, Anderson, 22, got the second goal beating Fluery glove side. Nutivaara, 22, got the third goal cleaning up a rebound. The Pens would fight back and score two unanswered. Hornqvist would get the first on the power play and Hainsey got the next. Fans are seeing game 3 all over again. However the Jackets would answer. Karlsson would finish his would finish his own rebound. Then the Pens answer, when Kuhnhakle buries a loose puck around the net past Bobrovski. Later in the 3rd, Saad attacks the net and creates a tip in for Jenner. The Pens would get one late but not enough. Jackets win.
Series: 3-1 Pens with the series headed back to Pittsburgh.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators
Game 3: With an unlikely Nashville sweep in Chicago, the series headed back to Nashville. The Hawks needed a fast start to erase the misery from how they played in the first two. The 1st period was back and forth. The Hawks scored twice in the 2nd to take a 2-0 going into the 3rd period. The first goal was scored by Rasmussen off a great passing play behind the net. Kane got the second goal on the power play, wristing a laser past Rinne. 5 minutes into the 3rd, the Preds caught a break and got within one. A shot from the point hits the boards behind the net, bounces off the crossbar and right to an attacking Forsberg who displays great hand-eye to put it in. Then came some controversy… Forsberg got his second of the game to tie it up, however the Hawks challenged for goalie interference and did not get the call.
Not the best angle to see it, but the forward that cuts in front actually hits Crawford. Chicago’s coaches, management and fans are blown away on how this is not goalie interference. This would tie the game up with 5 minutes left and send it to OT. (trump voice) “Yuge” momentum swing. After teams trade golden scoring chances throughout OT, the Preds end it on this beauty from 20-year old Fiala…
Game 4: Down in the series 3-0, Chicago is playing with their backs against the wall. The first period was dominated by great goal tending and defense. The Preds were lock down on defense during the game and the entire series really. They wanted to loose puck more and won the battles around the net. This is a perfect example of the Preds wanting it more…
4 Preds crashed to net to make sure no Hawks were able to get a rebound. The Preds started the scoring halfway through the 2nd period. A nice passing play off an offensive zone face off set up Josi for a blast that beat Crawford, his first of the series. Going into the 3rd down, the Hawks got desperate and began taking chances but it wasn’t enough. Another example of the Preds wanting it more winning pucks around the net…
Those Hawks on the ice were their veteran players. No excuse for it. Preds wanted this game and series more than the Hawks. The Preds would go up 3-0, then the Hawks would show life to make it 3-1 but it was not enough. Game and series.
Series: 4-0 Nashville sweep. Kind of unbelievable how bad the Hawks looked. I mean the Preds looked great don’t get me wrong but the Hawks weren’t themselves. They had a rough stretch in February and that team showed up in the series. The Hawks have always been able to rely on their core players getting most of the production and the young guys making big plays. However, the young guys this year just did not have enough. The core players just were not the same. They’re getting older and all of those deep playoff runs, where Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson averaged 30+ minutes a game can be catching up to them. I had them winning the cup, oh well gotta root for Nashville now.
P.S. – What a life Mike Fisher has right now. Just beat rival Chicago’s ass and gets to go home and tap Carrie Underwood’s. Beast.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames
Game 3: After the Flames were unable to break their curse playing in Anaheim, not winning since 2004 (0-27-1), they were happy to bring the series home to Calgary. An early power play goal from Monahan (his 3rd of series already) put them 1-0…
The Flames would get another on the power play shortly after. Versteeg buried a loose puck around the net. The Ducks would answer and get one off a rebound. The Flames would get two unanswered to go up 4-1. Things were looking great for Calgary, playing well and controlling the pace. Then, the Ducks make a goalie change. With the last minute running down, Theodore of the Ducks would beat Elliot glove side. Elliot should have had this one. The Ducks would control the 3rd period. Halfway through, Thompson got them within one goal off a crazy deflection in front. With 5 minutes left, Theodore would tie it up using a great screen in front. Another game headed to OT. Early in OT, the Ducks would win on a goal that summarizes the series so far, Calgary taking a “Yuge” shit… off the pooper!!
Game 4: Down 3-0 in the series, the young Flames team looked to keep their season alive against the Ducks who have owned them. Less than 5 min into the game the Ducks score off a Eaves wrister sneaks by Elliot. Another one he should have had, so the Flames benched him after letting up one goal. Brutal. Less than 2 min later, the Ducks would get another. Jeeeeeez. Monahan of Calgary would get his 4th goal of the series (a PPG in each game) to make it 2-1. Duck’s Gibson was incredible stopping 36 of 37 shots. A Getzlaf empty netter would end the game and the series.
Series: 4-0 Ducks sweep. The Ducks own the Flames. Simple as that. Calgary has plenty of young talent, they will be back. Hopefull next time they don’t play the Ducks.
Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks
Game 3: After splitting the first two games in Edmonton, the series moved to San Jose for the next two. The 1st period was dominated by San Jose, out shooting the Oilers 13-6. Talbot was fantastic stopping everything shot his way, Jones too.
The 2nd was dominated by the Oilers, outshooting San Jose 12-4. Jones and Talbot remained fantastic keeping the score 0-0 heading into the 3rd period. Good netural zone play by both teams limited the shot total to just 6-4 in San Jose’s favor. However, game 1&2 spark plug Zach Kassian strikes again late in the 3rd.
Once a goon, now a playmaker. Backhand 5-hole snipe. Wowowowow. This would be the game winner.
Game 4: After a 1-0 defensive showdown in game 3, San Jose struck back. They won 7-0. Total snoozer of a game due to the blowout. Edmonton did not show up, simple as that. Pavelski had 2 goals and an assist. Couture had 2 goals as well. Burns had 3 assists. Total domination nothing else to say.
Series: 2-2. Headed back to Edmonton for game 5.
Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues
Game 3: After the Blues won both games in Minnesota, the series headed back to St. Louis. The first two were close 2-1 wins and game 3 kept the theme of close games going. St. Louis’s young stud defender Parayko opened the scoring up 3 minutes in with alaser of a wrister.
The Wild would answer midway through the 2nd period with a good heads up play by Coyle to put a rebound in off a Parise wrist shot from the point. A few minutes later, the Blues would answer off a great skilled passing play wrapping around the net.
Schwartz wanted it more than the defending Koivu. St. Louis goalie Allen was lights out stopping 40 of 41 shots. A late empty netter would make the final 3-1.
Game 4: Down in the series 3-0 and on the road, the Wild were playing with their season on the line. Minnesota started the game off hot out shooting St. Louis 10-1 in the first 10 minutes. With 3 minutes left in the 1st, a bone headed play by Allen to play the puck behind the net created a chance for Coyle with the net open. He capitalized and got his second of the series. Late in the 2nd period, Hanzal got a great chance 1-1 with a STL defender and buried a wrist shot from the slot. Minnesota would play lock down defense and shut the Blues out.
Series: 3-1 St. Louis and headed back to Minnesota. Game 5 is Saturday 4/22 @ 3pm.
After games 3&4 have been played 11 overtime games have been needed. This is what playoff hockey is all about. Some of the game 5s have been played, but I am waiting until they are all done to recap them.