The harder they fall: two playoff giants ousted

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.

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On the Sked tonight: Five squared (get it? Five game fives? Nevermind.)

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 BergeronDavid KrejciBrad MarchandMilan Lucic and Tyler Seguin have combined for a total of one assist (Bergeron) in the four games thus far.

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Morning Skate: Is that a weenie in your hat?

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.

Game 4 Wednesday 7:30 EST

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Manic Monday: Recapping the weekend that was

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.

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Morning Skate: Technically, it’s still morning.

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.

Technically, on the west coast, it’s still morning. I had a late night, I’m sorry. Tomorrow will be an earlier publish, I promise*.

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Nightly Review: Overtime Heroes and a Game of Zeroes

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.

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