There are two ways to spend any night during the NHL Playoffs:
- Enjoy a composed evening of important hockey that matters on a theoretical level, but not to your team.
- Like me, last night:
One goal games all around, and no one made it look easy. Here we go, Round One: Day One already gearing up to be great.
Canadiens: 5, Lightning: 4
Did you get dizzy watching this one? Twice Tampa Bay took the lead, only to lose it in 0:19 and 3:15 respectively. Montreal went up by a goal twice, only to be tied again in 2:01 and 1:57. The last game-tying goal was a beauty by Stamkos, coast-to-coast, all alone:
Almost an entire OT period was needed to end this, the Habs getting the win. Still some good numbers for the Lightning – they had only 25 shots on Price but scored 4 times, while Lindback stopped 39 of 44. On Montreal’s end, that’s a lot of shots! Vanek had 7 of them, including this very pretty goal:
Penguins: 4, Blue Jackets: 3
TOO CLOSE, THANK YOU. If every game in the series is like this, I may not survive. I expect it will be, since all Pens defensemen over the age of Matt Niskanen have a tendency to do what only Mokiki can do so well: the Sloppy Swish.
They will magically get it together for periods (of time, not hockey). Let’s hope for more of those. Flower I thought was not bad – the first 2 goals were all the D’s fault, the 3rd he’d love to have back. If only the world were a wish granting factory.
The Jackets are, of course, good and scary. I was sore from watching guys get hit on TV. Also from punching the screen every time Brandon Dubinksy’s face came up. That’s his job and he does it so well.
Ducks: 4, Stars: 3
I went to bed when this was 3-0 Anaheim, all in the first. I did a “WHAT?!” this morning when I saw the final score. For twenty minutes things were bleak, but it was just the rust of not making the playoffs for the last 5 seasons. They are good now. But are they as good as the Ducks?
Ryan Getzlaf, with the Tyler Seguin slapshot-to-face:
If not for Getz’s mug, who knows? The Stars could have tied in the final seconds. They came close more than once. Coach Boudreau expects Getzlaf to have a “nasty cut” but hopefully be fine and they will know more today.Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, tampa bay lightning