Mike Brophy of the @cbc said it the best.
Thank goodness he did, and thank goodness it holds truth.
The only thing he did not say was hopefully it will continue.
Please bring more and more of this wild and crazy offence. Hopefully it continues as we are 3-4 days away from knowing who will compete for Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail.
Nothing makes me cringe more than hearing all of this nonsense about defence winning championships. It is true, but it is boring.
Don’t care about defence anymore, just want to see offence. Also want to see one of these games keep the nation up until 4 in the morning to find out who wins it. Haven’t had anything like that in a long time. Loved the scores the past two nights though, 7-4 including an empty-net goal, and 5-4 last night in double overtime.
It was the oldest guy on the ice, Michal Handzus. Handzus has been all over Chicago’s lines all season long as the Blackhawks searched for a second-line centre behind captain Jonathan Toews. His biggest value right now is on the penalty kill, but it was his offence that kept alive Chicago’s title defence.
This is what fans pay money to see. Nobody wants to see those 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 final scores. This isn’t soccer, this is hockey, the real sport. The sport where real men pretend to not be hurt, rather than crybabies pretending they are hurt (in pretty much every other sport but mostly in soccer.
David Shaw of the Blackhawks took a nasty hit late in last night’s game, yet he picked himself up within a couple of minutes and actually skated away from his trainer. Who is this kid? I want him on my team.
Game 6 goes Friday night in Los Angeles.
Montreal and New York combined for 11 goals Tuesday night with theCanadiens staying alive with a 7-4 victory. The trend continued in the first period of Game 5 of the Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks series with a five-goal opening period.
The host Blackhawks took a quick 2-0 lead, but the never-say-die Kings came back and made it a game.
After a sluggish performance through the first four games of the Western Conference final, Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks set up three goals in the first period and then assisted on the game-winning goal. Kane had his best game of the third round and will be one to keep an eye on in Game 6.
He finished with four assists.
The other night in Montreal, Rene Bourque broke out with a hat trick performance against New York.
I don’t know how anyone can explain getting outshot in two straight games by more than double but the Toronto Marlies hockey team did it, and it cost them their first loss of the American Hockey League playoffs.
They were close to their first playoff loss on May 14 when they had to go into overtime to beat the Chicago Wolves.
I don’t know if it’s a good thing that they (finally) lost a game, they have been tearing it up like crazy over the past two rounds of AHL playoffs, they swept both the Milwaukee Admirals and Chicago Wolves. I haven’t seen the shots record for either team in either series, but the locals won eight straight games. Now they find themselves in the Conference finals where they have to get past the Texas Stars.
The last time I saw a sports event featuring Toronto vs Texas, I was watching MLB, this will take some getting used to. I didn’t even know Texas had an AHL franchise until this season.
I thought about it a bit before I went to bed last night, about all of those nights when the Toronto Maple Leafs were embarrassed because of the amount of SOG they allowed (almost every friggin’ night), yet they actually won a lot of them.
I don’t recall too many that were this bad though. Apparently Texas outshot them 102-49 or something like that over the opening two games of their AHL semi final series.
The Marlies obviously have a stacked team, there was hope not too long ago that their then-coach Dallas Eakins might be promoted to take over with the Maple Leafs after Ron Wilson was told to go find another job; the Marlies haven’t had any problem scoring goals and cannot rely on Jerry D’Amigo is just racking up points out there. He’s now up to 5 goals and 13 points in nine games.
The Marlies playoff “lead or tie” streak lasted 512:05, ending with the first Glennie goal. It was their first time trailing since Josh Leivo tied the April 19th game against Rochester at 5:32 into the third period.
Game 3 Marlies vs Stars Wednesday, May 28 7pm $5 beer night
Game 4 Marlies vs Stars Thursday, May 29 7pm $5 beer night
AHL PLAYOFF UNBEATEN STREAKS
-Toronto is the ninth team in AHL history to begin a playoff run with eight straight wins. This is something you do not see much in the NHL these days.
-This year, the Marlies went 8-0 before losing 6-3 in Texas
-Last year the Syracuse Crunch went 8-0 before losing in the Finals.
-In 2006 the Hershey Bears went 10-0 and won the Calder Cup (in Hamilton of all places).
-In 1996, the Rochester Americans went 9-0 and won the Calder Cup.
Why is that?
It’s because falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series to the Los Angeles Kings would be like committing suicide.
It’s also because LA apparently is known throughout the league for its defense. That can’t be good news if you are from Chicago.
Three days after LA evened the series by scoring six unanswered goals in Game 2, the LA Kings are officially on fire. While Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Pat Kane have been held pointless in this series, I think every single one of the Kings is on fire, especially Jeff Carter who has about 10 points in the last 5-6 games.
For parts of tonight’s game, Chicago didn’t seem to want to play. Despite tallying with 10 seconds left in the game, where the hell was that energy 10 minutes earlier.
Neither team played conservatively despite the stakes, instead trading tantalizing scoring chances for the first two periods. The Kings kept pushing for goals even while leading in the third, recording 18 shots and keeping the talented Blackhawks stuck in their own end for long stretches.
I think falling behind to this Kings team 3 games to 1 would be disastrous.
On the Eastern side of the NHL playoffs, Montreal hopes to even their series with the NY Rangers. Both teams will be fighting somewhat shorthanded before the game even starts.
NY will be without superpest Dan Carcillo and centreman Derek Stepan. Carcillo due to suspension (for being an idiot) and Stepan due to surgery to a broken jaw he suffered during Game 3.
Montreal will be without Brandon Prust who was suspended for 2 games because on an illegal hit.
Once again the biggest story of this game is can the Canadiens with without Carey Price again? They did it on Friday in overtime. You have to think that if Montreal wins the game and evens the series, it could increase the chances of Price returning to the net sooner rather than later. Coach Michel Therrien still hasn’t said the exact injury, especially when it was first announced, which makes me think he is fucking with the Rangers, or trying to.
Game 4 goes tomorrow night at 8pm from the MSG in New York City. I wish I was going.
OFF THE ICE
In off the ice news that some people will probably find funny, a couple of idiots from the Rangers coaching staff (Ulf Samuelsson and Dan Lacroix) were spotted in the stands during Montreal’s on-ice time. Montreal’s goalie coach notified the head coach, who basically told the two to get the fuck out of there. One can only assume that the two assistants were there to piss someone off. At this point in the NHL postseason coaches and assistants are going to do everything they possibly think of to get under the other team’s collective skin. Can you imagine the shenanigans should the Maple Leafs ever get this far?
That could be awesome.