As the picture above shows, the first round of the playoffs is drawing closer to a conclusion. Four of the eight series are complete and the two games tonight could add to that total.
Yesterday saw the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated. Both teams were expected to make lengthy runs and in both cases there are a lot more questions than answers at the moment. Continue reading →
Sorry everyone, I’ve had some computer problems over the last few days and I wasn’t able to make any blog posts. The problem has been solved (thanks, Jeremy), and we are back under way.
There are five games on the schedule tonight. Three of them will split a tied series and the other two are possible eliminations. All-in-all it will be a very pivotal night in the NHL.
Boston vs Washington Game 5: 3:00 EST
This game has already started at the time of this writing. The story of the series so far has been the play of Caps goalie Braden Holtby. He’s only allowed seven goals in four games and has Washington right in this thing. Boston needs more out of their top six. Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin have combined for a total of one assist (Bergeron) in the four games thus far.
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.
There were three game-three’s on the schedule last night and in each case the road team won by a goal.
Rangers 1 Senators 0
Henrik Lundqvist held off the Ottawa Senators, making 39 saves, and Brian Boyle scored the only goal in a 1-0 Rangers win. Lundqvist made his best save on Kyle Turris, point blank and alone in the slot, with less than a minute to go. Despite speculation he could play, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson sat the game out with concussion symptoms.
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.