So far, every series that has played two games is tied up. The fate of this trend rests on the shoulders of the Chicago Blackhawks. If they lose, they ruin everything. But no pressure, Hawks.
Anyway, there were some exciting games yesterday, my favorite being the Caps-Habs Game 2. After being down 4-1, the Caps rallied to win in overtime 6-5. Nicky Backstrom and Andrei Kostitsyn each had a hat trick. The last time each opposing team had a hat trick in one playoff game? May 4, 2009 when Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby did it.
These are just some thoughts I took from the game:
-I saw some deja vu from Jose Theodore. He was pulled by BB (Bruce Boudreau) after allowing two goals on that many shots. Semyon Varlamov took over and cleaned up for Theo, much like he did last postseason. It wasn’t a pleasant sight.
-All the talk about the play of Nicky and Ovie overshadowed the great game that American hero, John Carlson had. Carlson tied the game late in the third that sent the game to OT. It was oddly reminiscent of his World Jr’s goal. Same shot, same fist-pump, same delirium. Also overshadowed was Eric Fehr and the third and fourth lines of the Caps. Fehr’s breakaways goal in the first period gave the Caps life and those lines kept them in the game. I’m just giving them the credit they deserve.
-Mike Green is an overrated goat. Watching him last night was like watching Matt Niskanen all season. At one poin during the game I screamed, “NISKERS!” before realizing that, no, it wasn’t Niskers, but Mike Green. Greenie’s choking just like last year.
On Vancouver and LA…
-I was happy to see the young, widdle Kings win. Most of them have never even played in the playoffs before. It’s nice they got a win under their belt.