In the last two days we’ve seen three potential elimination games. Only one of those games resulted in an elimination with the Phoenix Coyotes, for once, building on a third period lead instead of squandering it. They take that series against the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, also known as exactly what I predicted.
Well kids, I decided to take the weekend off. I’ll probably continue blogging Monday through Friday until the third round when the number of games drops down.
Let’s take a look at what’s transpired in my
drunkenness days off.
Rangers 4 Senators 2
Sometimes a timeout can make all the difference. Despite a 1-0 lead in the second period, John Tortorella’s Rangers were being pushed hard by an Ottawa team that had had their number all season. Tortorella called a time out to calm his players and it worked. New York scored the next three goals to establish a 4-0 lead. Ottawa managed to get on the scoreboard with a pair of goals in the third but it was too late.
Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.
1 New York Rangers vs. 8 Ottawa Senators
The New York Rangers are an example of what can happen when a team unites under a coaches system. John Tortorella demands a lot from his players, but he also seems to bring out the best in them. As fiery and passionate as ever, Torts has the Rangers playing their best hockey since 1994, when they last won a Stanley Cup.
It was a different route to the playoffs for the Ottawa Senators. After a dismal season last year, the Sens retooled and despite some ups and downs they consistently held a playoff spot throughout the season. While beating the Rangers is a tall task to be sure, these Sens have shown they can confound the critics and pundits alike.