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from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
Oh, those subtle subplots of the playoffs. This is part of what makes it fun, no?
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault spent part of Friday afternoon voicing his opinion about the Penguins crashing the crease and disturbing his goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, just to make sure it’s out there for the start of Game 2 on Saturday night at the Garden.
Vigneault made it clear he wants to see a little more diligence on the parts of the referees going forward in this first-round series — or at least more than they saw in Thursday’s 2-1 win in Game 1.
“Hank plays in the blue paint,” Vigneault said, referring to how Lundqvist plays deep in his net and almost always in the crease. “When he gets hit, the blue paint is the goaltender, because there’s a willingness [from the Penguins] to go there and disturb. There’s a lot of stuff from certain of their players that we knew was going to happen after the whistle. We hope that the referees are going to see it and call it, and we’re going to play whistle-to-whistle and be a very disciplined team.”
Home Team in Caps
MONTREAL 3, Ottawa 2 (OT) – MTL leads 2-0
WASHINGTON 4, NY Islanders 3 – series tied 1-1
NASHVILLE 6, Chicago 2 – series tied 1-1
VANCOUVER 4, Calgary 1 – series tied 1-1
GALCHENYUK LIFTS CANADIENS PAST SENATORS IN OT
The Senators notched the tying goal with 6:35 remaining in regulation, but Alex Galchenyuk scored at 3:40 of overtime to power the Canadiens to a 2-0 series lead.
* Galchenyuk, the third overall selection by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft, recorded his second career postseason overtime goal (also May 22, 2014 vs. NYR). At 21 years, 64 days, Elias says he became the second player in franchise history to post two playoff overtime goals before his 22nd birthday. The other: Claude Lemieux, who achieved that milestone at 20 years, 293 days on May 5, 1986 at NYR.
* Making his return to the lineup following a three-game absence, Max Paciorettyscored the tying goal (on the power play) early in the second period. Pacioretty paced the team and shared fifth in the NHL with 37 goals during the regular season, two shy of his career high established in 2013-14.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Bob Hartley, who has a knack of making the story about him even after his team has been drilled like a molar, tried to turn the after-conversation into what happened in the last minute of Game 2 instead of what happened in the first 59 minutes.
But after all the he-said, she-said this one was pretty simple. In a comprehensive beat down, the Vancouver Canucks evened their opening round series with the Calgary Flames 1-1, setting the stage for the long and fierce battle which was predicted all along.
Sure the other stuff is entertaining.
But, in the final analysis, it's mostly meaningless.
"Regardless of what people are talking about, we got a big win tonight," said Kevin Bieksa. "We got a win where we felt like we outplayed them for the whole game."
Below is an extended version of the line brawl between Calgary and Vancouver...
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
What’s maddening is how the Blues lost.
“You get down one at home and hope to pick it up a notch and that would be a wake-up call,” Blues captain David Backes said after Game 1. “It almost took until the third period until we finally got our legs going and played our brand of hockey.”
Therein lies a fundamental problem: With so much at stake, including their own reputations as competitors, why do the Blues need a wake-up call?
If the Blues can’t get cranked up by the challenge of taking on the Wild and shutting up skeptics who expect another STL postseason collapse, then what will it take to get them going? This is perplexing.
Blues players are well aware of the team’s futile-franchise postseason rep and resent being linked to it. The players know that the long-suffering Blues faithful have experienced more playoff disappointments than any fan base should have to endure. But the current Blues don’t think it’s fair to dump historical grievances on them.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
As the Senators appeared headed for a regulation time loss at Bell Centre Friday, you could anticipate the first question asked of coach Dave Cameron the next morning.
Trailing the first round playoff with the Montreal Canadiens 2-0, would he turn to Craig Anderson when the series switched back to Ottawa for Game 3 Sunday?
Surely, he'd give it some thought.
Andrew (The Hamburglar) Hammond still gets no respect -- despite the way he heroically led the Senators from the grave to the playoffs. Everybody expects his leash with Cameron is short, despite the fact he was 20-1-2 to end the season.
They seem to forget Anderson has played just four games since Jan. 21, winning one. They believe Cameron will turn to the hero of Ottawa's 2013 playoff series win over the Habs at the first sign of Hammond weakening.
“We didn’t deserve it. What’d we have, 13 or 15 shots or whatever after two periods? That’s not going to get it done, even though we had the lead. We’ve got to put pucks on net, we’ve got to make their D turn, we’ve got to make their goalie work. You could see when we started doing some good things and played down low we got some offensive zone time, but too little too late.”
-Jack Capuano, head coach of the New York Islanders after a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. More on the game from Stephen Lorenzo of the NY Daily News.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
I think Corey Crawford just let in another goal.
It’s time for a change, but more importantly, it’s time for a spark. Crawford is not the Blackhawks’ biggest problem in their first-round series with the Predators, but it’s very possible that rookie goalie Scott Darling is the biggest solution. That’s a difficult thing to write. It reeks of complete panic, and that’s not what the Hawks are about. This a team that hits bumps, shrugs and bounces back. We’ve seen it over and over again.
And Crawford helped keep the Hawks on track while they struggled during the regular season. Did I mention he has also won a Stanley Cup?
But there’s something missing in this series, even if it’s only two games old. That’s not Crawford’s fault, though he wasn’t at all sharp Friday in a 6-2 loss to the Predators. The defense has been awful in front of him. But in four periods of work, he has given up nine goals on 47 shots. Those numbers speak the truth.
This is a sport of feel and hunches and momentum, and none of it is in the Hawks’ favor in a series that is tied 1-1.
from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins can only hope their superstars find their way in the postseason as they prepare for Game 2 of their first-round series against the heavily favored New York Rangers on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
“Guys with that kind of talent,” right wing Blake Comeau said, “you can only contain them for so long.”
They have been contained for quite some time, though.
Jarring numbers surround Crosby and Malkin entering Saturday's game.
Crosby has scored one goal in his previous 19 postseason games. In 13 career playoff games against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, he has scored once.
Malkin's numbers in recent playoff seasons are marginally better. Although he did produce a hat trick while eliminating Columbus last season, Malkin has been held without a point in 11 of his past 21 postseason games. Malkin has multiple-goal games in three of his previous 56 playoff appearances.
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