Allow me to present the Day 6 update as an autobiographical look at my catastrophic emotional instability.
Penguins: 4, Blue Jackets 3 [Pens lead series 2-1]
This game started and an instant later the Jackets had scored two goals. Okay, maybe it took 3:18, but it felt like a heartbeat. The Penguins were not ready, not willing and not at all able while I just watched like:
It continued into the second period. Pittsburgh shot total multiplied exponentially but nothing got past Bobrovsky. They had 257 power plays – alright 6; the CBJ were throwing themselves into the box – but converted on zero. This from the NHL’s #1 regular season PP! When I tell you I yelled, “The next person who blows a drop pass coming into the zone gets my foot up his ass!” I mean I was loud.
Finally Brooks Orpik (ofallpeopleexceptLetangmewlingdeath!!) scored in the last gasp of the 2nd period.
And of course, the Jackets got it right back to start the third.
Only I didn’t leave. I sent my Patronus away so it wouldn’t have to watch but I am not strong enough to resist. Then the Penguins scored.
1:10 later they scored again.
1:03 after that they scored again.
I was freaking out and faith-healed and curled into a weird knot on my living room floor. Three goals on three shots in 2:13.
Then they won. And this was me, for a solid two hours after:
It’s only Game 3. Crosby, Kunitz, Malkin and Neal have no goals – only Geno even has a point. So many wasted man advantages. Flower stayed confident despite a messy start. Alison & I both performed mid-game costume changes to what we wore for Game 1 and it worked. I’m exhausted. I might be overreacting. Maybe everything is going to be okay.
GAH. That’s what you always say.
Blackhawks: 2; Blues: 0 [Blues lead series 2-1]
Well no one died, which makes it a model of restraint after last game’s dirty hit/suspension/general abhorrence. Instead the Hawks set the pace early when Captain I’m Fun Now put a gimmie through the wickets on Ryan Miller. Corey Crawford pitched a shutout and the Hawks staved off an almost certain death – for now.
Wild: 1; Avalanche: 0 [Avs lead series 2-1]
Zero goals until 5:08 of overtime. After a combined 9 G in Game 1 and 6 G in Game 2, this match was locked down. The Avs managed on 22 shots on Darcy Kuemper in his playoff debut, while Minnesota threw 46 shots on Varlamov. Matt Cookie hit Tyson Barrie knee-on-knee and will likely (deservedly) be the second player suspended this post-season. See it here. I don’t want to watch it again. Instead watch Mikael Granlund’s holy moly game-winner:
Stars: 3; Ducks: 0
I was only half-watching this game after the emotional trauma of the Pens’ game, but I know the DuckTales theme when I hear it! The Stars in-game staff played it during a third period timeout. If you were sleeping, search ‘DucksTales’ on Twitter. Harmless fun and who doesn’t want to hear that song? [The Albany River Rats used to play “Even the Losers (Get Lucky Sometimes)” when the opposing team scored. I laughed even when we were losing.]
Jamie Benn had a goal and the post-game interview, but you should be tuning in for Jordie Benn’s megabeard. Someone find me a picture of that!
Tonight, tonight it’s Montreal with the chance to give Tampa Bay the first playoff exit of the year. The Bruins/Red Wings and Rangers/Flyers all try to gain the edge in tied series and late night, the Sharks will attempt to go up 3-0 over the Kings. The first two games have each seen 9 total goals scored. Sounds exciting – if only we could stay awake!Tags: Anaheim Ducks, colorado avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, minnesota wild