I didn’t get to watch much hockey after Friday night, but the playoffs wait for no DVR. In case anyone else (mostly) missed the weekend festivities…
The networks have all kinds of on-hiatus hockey players pitching in as commentators during these playoffs. Let us make the offer official: Alex Pietrangelo, you and your currently unemployed hair are welcome here anytime.
I think we could even use a pool man now that the Stars are available. We don’t have a pool, but…
Ducks eliminate Stars: 3-2
This one hurt. We were all falling a little in love with Dallas, or at least their Twitter account. Let’s hope that doesn’t get a summer vacation.
Like so many game in this post-season, the Stars had this one and they blew it. The Ducks scored two goals in the last 2:10 to tie the game, then won it shortly into overtime. It’s all summed by this beard and the scoreboard which I’ve helpfully left visible for anyone who likes to wallow in misery.
It’s hard for me to understand the rage Corey Perry causes people without watching him in a long series against a single team. Now I really get why he’s good at it and why other fans hate him. Round 2 will be an in-state series vs. the Kings or Sharks.
Blackhawks eliminate Blues: 4-2
Sorry Blues. (I’m not, not at all.) After being up 2-0 in the series, they dropped four in a row to the defending Champs and are on their way to summer. Here’s what you need to know about Chicago going into Round 2. Patrick Kane can score in OT [video]. Jonathan Toews can score in OT on a breakaway:
And Patrick Sharp can score on a breakaway while someone puts their stick blade in his perfect face:
Bruins eliminate Red Wings: 4-1
Oh happy Chuck. How nice it must be to root for a team withs so few weaknesses and also the ability to fix them. In Game 1, the Bruins played with all the speed of Red Sox’s David Ortiz. (Non-baseball fans, this is sarcasm. The man cannot run.) Starting in Game 2, they went faster… and it worked. They will face the Canadiens for the 257th time in NHL playoff history. Everyone hates each other, prepare to die.
Thus the bracket has been bracketed three more times. For the record, so far I’ve been right 100% of the time. Chuck is currently at 75% since she didn’t pick the Canadiens. She would never pick those jerks.
For those of us with teams still battling to the pain:
Rangers lead Flyers: 3-2
The Flyers figured how to win once at MSG and they’ll need to do it again to survive this series. But first, they have to win Tuesday night at home. They held the NYR to only 22 shots Sunday, but the Rangers capitalized on what few chances their persistence and speed (and Flyer mistakes) could generate.
While I want both teams gone, is there anyway they could just leave the beard?
Penguins take series lead over Blue Jackets: 3-2
I ditched a bachelorette party mid-bar crawl to catch the end of this. Of course I refused to leave even after Letang’s EN goal just in case. Kunitz had 1G, 1A plus 7 SOG and 6 hits. Throw that body around, Sock Monkey! Fleury bounced back (See? SEEEEEE???) stopping 23 of 24, while the Pengins had a whopping 50 shots. Game 6 Monday night, I’ll be on the floor of my living room in a fort made of pizza boxes.
Kings stay alive again, still trail Sharks: 3-2
Well what do you know, the Kings have staved off elimination twice now. The first four games of the series averaged 7.75 goals per game. Jonathan Quick gave up 16G in that stretch, but found his mojo Saturday and the Kings won 3-0 in an orderly fashion. Can they do it again Monday night or will the Kings leave LA’s perpetual summer for regular old summer somewhere else?
Avalanche take lead over Wild, Errrrrrybody Mad: 3-2
Remember me raging about the disallowed Tampa Bay goal back a ways? Well the Wild had plenty to say about this oh-so-close, offsides-or-on moment with less than 1:30 to go in Game 5. There was no call on the play, so of course the Avs scored and forced overtime.
If the Wild had won, we wouldn’t still be talking about this. Too bad the Avs have TriWizard Tournament hopeful Nathan MacKinnon with his 2nd goal (and League-leading 10th point) of the playoffs.
Monday night Colorado will have the chance to reach Round 2 for the first time in 6 years. Guess who else they’ll very likely have?
Duchene’s go/no-go will be announced after the morning skate. We say go.
What this all means is that three more bracket spots could be locked Monday night, or any of three series could need a Game 7. I could need blood pressure medication. Just another day in the playoffs. Stay ready.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, colorado avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, detroit red wings, Los Angeles Kings, minnesota wild, New York Rangers, philadelphia flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues