Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round One Day 14, Round Two Day 1

So…this is weird. The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators haven’t quite finished their First Round series and now the Isles and Bolts barge in with the first game of their Second Round matchup. Sheesh, can’t a team finish the First?

Islanders at Lightning:

In my preview, I felt I perhaps did Ben Bishop a disservice by mentioning Greiss’ amazing .944 playoff save rate without mentioning Bishop’s amazing .950 save percentage.

I don’t feel this any more.

First Period:

Tampa Bay got on the board early with a Palat goal.

This is where things went south for Tampa Bay.

And when you’re already in Florida, there isn’t very much ‘south’ you can go before you’re under water.
Condra would not return to the game. At this point, Matt Martin and Alex Killorn seem to want to dance, but it does not go too far.

Ben Bishop was announced as a finalist for the Vezina today. Then he lets a sloppy puck trickle through his five-hole. This starts the scoring for the Isles.

Then Shane Prince parties.

Prince dancing
He scores twice in quick succession on very sloppy defensive play. Here’s the first:

The second is similar, but there are more Bolts in the vicinity.
Prince takes a shot at the net

The period ends with the Islanders leading 3-1, with 12-8 shot differential.

Second Period:

Condra does not return for the 2nd period. Ben Bishop does.

Wait, is Vasilevskiy still on the bench? ‘Cuz damn, 3 goals on 12 shots really isn’t good enough, even with some bad defensive play.

Fortunately for them, the Tampa Bay defense looking better early in the Second Period, keeping the Islanders entirely out of the attacking zone for a while.

The Islanders’ Marek Zidlicky committed an interference penalty 2:21 into the period, so this would be an opportunity for the Lightning to get back into the game. But they did nothing on the ensuing power play, with 0 shots on goal.

However, they have kept the Islanders from increasing their lead, with no additional shots allowed. At this point, 4th-liner Jonathan Marchessault commits a hooking penalty against John Tavares. This leads to the following logic equation:

Penalty == Power Play == Tavares Goal == Bishop pulled.

The Lightning would keep the SOG for the period to 5-11, but it only took the first shot to increase the lead to three goals

Third Period:

In the Third, a Matt Carle pass to Nikita Kucherov with Tyler Johnson screen brings the Lightning back into contention. And we note the return of last year’s “Triplets Line” for this period. Tampa Bay manages to stay out of the box in the third period, and overall plays much better. However, the Islanders are still playing, and this happens.

While Matt Martin hits the crossbar, the puck does not, and is kept out of the net by Messrs. Carle & Vasilevskiy.

With 11:31 left, Jack Capuano took a deflected puck to the face, and went to the locker room for several minutes. Doug Weight took over as Islanders bench boss in his absence.

It is said that while the cat’s away, the mice will play… At this point, the Lightning is really pinning Isles in their zone. Then Casey Cizikas makes the mistake of launching the puck over the glass – a delay of game penalty is called. Again, Matt Martin and Alex Killorn seem to want to dance – they take a number. I expect a little noise from them on Saturday.

The power play leads to a score by the Lightning in the vulnerable minute. Filppula puts it away, possibly with secondary assist by Callahan’s pants. Score is now 4-3, Islanders.

At this point, I think Tampa Bay will lose this game, but will go into Game Two with momentum.
That is until Tampa goes empty net and gives up a 2-on-1 rush, leading to an empty net goal. Momentum squashed.

New York Islanders take a 1-0 series lead.

Predators at Ducks

Period the First
Cogliano ‘hind Rinne
Puck then goes elsewhere

Colin Wilson scores
A backhand unassisted
First Goal of the game

Two Ducks in the box
Preds Power Play five-on-three
Make three shots on goal

Gaustad’s net presence
Stick above the bar, maybe
Review says “Good goal!”

Ducks battle for goals
Pekka Rinne says, “No way”
He is fire on ice

Second Period

Corey Perry tries
Scoring chance around Preds net
Defense wins battle

Delayed Penalty
Roman Josi Cross-Checking
Throws things in the box

Rinne and Perron
Missed call in the trapezoid
Slashed Pekka’s hand

Preds Penalty Kill
Ducks Power Play Unit
Holds off shooting Ducks

Ducks make many hits
Predators are worn down some
Outshooting them, too

The James Neal we know
Back to what he does best, yuck
Jerk elbows Despres

Silfverberg takes shot
Pileup in the crease, play stops
Ellis goes for Hold

Four seconds to go
Thompson quickly wins faceoff
Preds send puck away

Nashville hemmed in zone
Too much during The Second
Turn it around now

Third Period:

The Power Play Goal
So elusive, difficult
Ducks’ Kesler pots one

High-Stick of Getzlaf
Lands Mike Fisher in the box
Preds kill penalty

Josi punches puck
Out of crease when Pekka fell
Weber on Perron

Both go for roughing
Getzlaf wants in the box too
Preds play keep away

Ducks go empty net
Jarnkrok misses empty net
Goes back down the ice

Pileup front of Rinne
Much stoppage of play happens
In final seconds

Preds hang on to lead
Won two, games lost three, won two
Nashville advances.

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