Because I have no life, I probably watch entirely too much hockey, especially at playoff time. But really, if you are a sport fan there really is nothing better than watching playoff hockey and seeing the upsets and the upsets in the making. And now with social media, you can witness all kinds of entertainment with Facebook and Twitter. And since the Presidents Trophy winners, Vancouver Canucks now find themselves down two games to none to the eighth seed Los Angeles Kings, and heading south for the next two. Last years runner up is in dire straits and as usual there is talk of possibly a goalie change for game number three. That would give Corey Schneider his first ever playoff start. But also per Coach Alain Vigneault he has refused to name his starter for game 3. The Vancouver natives are very restless and should they get down three games, oh what fun it will be in British Columbia.
The Philadelphia Flyers have a habit of getting behind by two or three goals lately, but that has not prevented them from coming back and winning the first two games of their series against favorite Pittsburgh Penguins in dramatic fashion. Game one the Penguins shot out to a three nothing lead only to have the Flyers, led by Claude Giroux come back to tie and then win the game in overtime. Game two, same thing. Sidney Crosby scored 15 seconds into the game. They then forged into a 3-1 lead only to have the Flyers tie it, go ahead, go behind and finally blow away the pens by an 8-5 score. This one is far from over but Pittsburgh MUST win game three.
Who knew that the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators would show so much hatred for one another. The Rangers blew out the Sens in the first game 4-1 and it wasn’t really that close. Game two began with game misconducts to Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Ottawa’s Terry Carkner as he checked Brian Boyle and then began to pummel Boyle into the ground. Dubinsky came to Boyle’s rescue and got the game for third man in. New York took liberties with Ottawa in game 1 and Sens coach Paul MacLean decided to put in a little grit to stem the tide. Hockey nastiness ensued but in overtime, another tough guy scored the winner and now that series is tied heading up to Canada’s Capital!
Detroit & Nashville head to the Joe Louis Arena for game three tied at one game a piece and although the Red Wings came back to tie that series at one, make no mistake about it, The Predators will give them a fight in the theatre where the Winged Wheel won an NHL Record 23 straight during the year. Todd Bertuzzi, probably the pugilistic guy on the Wings sent a message to Shea Weber and the rest of the Predators that bashing his teammates heads into the glass or any other shenanigans will not be tolerated.
What to make of the Florida Panthers? Not sure as they played their first playoff game in a dozen years and yet there wasn’t anyone there to see it. Lots of people disguised as empty seats in game 1. The team didn’t show up in the first period as the New Jersey Devils quickly stormed to a three-nothing lead and relied on their future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur to hold onto a 3-2 win and Brodeur’s 100th NHL Playoff victory.
The St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks is another series knotted up at one game a piece and heading to the Northern California. Pretty evenly matched teams who have played two pretty spirited games. Goaltending still the key in this series. Jaroslav Halak was knocked out of game two by his own man. Of course its the dreaded upper body injury and from the way it looked, Halak probably got concussed. Still no nastiness yet but that should change as it rolls along!
And yet another series that has been pretty exciting and tied at one. Chicago rallying in the third period of both games to tie the games and send them into overtime. Phoenix won game one & Chicago won game two after sending it to OT with 5 seconds left in the third. Games Three & Four head to the United Center in Chicago. I still think Mike Smith will out-duel Corey Crawford and take this series. Stay tuned.