For the first time in a very long time there were four different NHL games going on in my house, on the TV that is.
The fifth day of Stanley Cup action featured three Eastern Conference games and one Western Conference game.
San Jose 7 LA Kings 7-2 SJ leads 2-0 Game 3 Tues 10pm
They were all pretty much worth the time, except for the one that just finished now, the San Jose Sharks blew up on the Kings on home ice. San Jose did everything right tonight and it resulted in a 7-2 win. Joe Pavelski did most of the damage, scoring once and adding two assists.
Six other players scored tonight. Patrick Marleau, Raffi Torres, Mike Brown, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Joe Braun all tallied. Joe Muzzin and Troy Lewis scored for the visiting Kings.
Flyers 4 NY Rangers 2 Series tied 1-1 Game 3 Tues 8pm
Of all the games on tap today this was the one I was least interested in. I would say that this series is probably destined to Game 7, I don’t have a favourite in it, I would prefer that they both beat each other up so bad, however, that whoever has to play the winner, wins it easily. Hate the Flyers, hate the Rangers. They also both bore me to no end. Now way in hell I am waking up in the morning to watch this game.
All that being said, Flyers don’t want to lose this. They didn’t. Rangers won rather decisively in Game 1, prevailing 4-1. Philly had to show up today and they did that. Flyer goalie Ray Emery stepped in for the injured #1 tendy Steve Mason and did a swell job. Now, if anything Flyer coaching staff has to decide who to start in Tuesday’s game 3.
Wayne Simmonds sealed today’s ‘w’ with a sweet solo effort for an empty-net goal.
Boston 4 Detroit 1 Series tied 1-1 Game 3 Tues 7:30pm
Next on the CBC scheddy was the battle between the favourites and the total underdog, based on their finishes in the standings, Detroit is not supposed to stand up in this series, yet they did a fine job of that in Friday night’s opening game. Boston needed to get that ‘fight’ back today. Happy Sunday Bruins fans, it woulda been a sad-ass day had your boys lost this one too. Beantown took a 2-0 lead early and never looked back. Just like the Maple Leafs in last year’s playoffs, solid goaltending kept them in it and nearly wound up winning it. Point here? This series ain’t over.
Montreal 3 Tampa Bay 2 Mtl leads series 3-0 Game 4 Tues 7pm
The only game that provided any excitement for me. And I hate the Habs. They won this game with a little help from the asshole referees that screwed the Bolts out of a goal that would have given them the lead, twice actually. Then the Lightning poured it on, and looked like they had the go-ahead goal, only to see Subban bat a flying puck out of the air behind Price. Seconds later, Ryan Callahan put the puck in at 15:38 only to see it waived off due to what was ruled as incidental contact on Price by Alex Killorn.
The Bolts felt the goal was good.
“I was [angry] then and I’m [angry] now,” said Cooper. “That’s just my opinion. I’ll let the court of public opinion take care of the rest.”
-today was a pretty good day in the grand scheme of things, nobody did anything stupid, nobody got hurt
-actually the referees were complete fuckups in the Montreal game, of course all of us Leaf supporters out there know what it’s like playing for refs who make up the rules as they go along.
-badass goaltender Ray Emery played in a game today, and he won it, wonder how many more he will play.
Pittsburgh at Columbus: the series shifts to Ohio and the Nationwide Arena. This is a game that as long as you enjoy a good hockey game, you need to sit your ass in front of a TV set because this will not disappoint you. This game has U-P-S-E-T written all over it.
St. Louis at Chicago: this is the other series where it is destined to be a long one. One of those games where even a simple mistake (such as a bad line change, or a stupid needless penalty 50 yards away from the puck) could help determine the winner/and the series.
Minnesota vs Avalanche: this is one of the matchups that could end early. Minny just can’t keep up. Unless Bryzgalov gets his shit together in time (by Monday night), this series is over.
Dallas vs Anaheim: a super power (Ducks) vs a little guy (Dallas). I think if Dallas wins a game, I will be shocked. I like their work ethic but in the end, won’t be enough. Ducks in four.