Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round Two, Day Five

Day Five had both western Conference match-ups at it, one in a matinee, the other in Prime Time.

Blues at Stars: (Series tied 1-1)

First Period:

Dallas starts the scoring early in the period with a slap shot by Alex Goligoski at 3:36.

Not satisfied that the Stars are getting so much attention, Blues Centerman Patrik Berglund ties it up with his own slapper thirty-five seconds later.

The Blues continue their own scoring ways when rookie Defenseman Joel Edmundson scores his first ever playoff goal at 7:02.

St. Louis really wants to put this game away early. Dallas’ resident jerkface Antoine Roussel incurs the first of his three penalties on the night when he is called for Tripping Jori Lehtera. At 18:40, Troy Brouwer nets a Power Play Goal.

Second Period:

Not much happens in this period. Well, not much other than Kari Lehtonen being replaced by fellow Finn, Antti Niemi. This is what bad goaltending looks like:

Bad Goaltending

So, great, that’s it, end of the game, right? WRONG!

Third Period:

The Stars are not done yet. Mattias Janmark wrists one on Brian Elliott at 4:35.

At some point, Elliott blocks a shot with his head, resulting in a loss of his version due to an errant contact.

Late in the game, Jamie Benn ties up the game, 3-3.

Oh joy, this one’s going to Overtime.


Slightly more than halfway through the period, our buddy Roussel Interferes with Jay Bouwmeester resulting in yet another Power Play opportunity for the Blues, which they do not pass up. Seventeen seconds later, David Backes taps in a rebound for the Game-Winning-Power-Play-Goal. I’m not sure you heard it, but May 1st is also Backes’ birthday. Happy Birthday, Captain!

This series is now tied up 1-1. Game Three will be in St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Predators at Sharks: (Sharks lead series 2-0)

First Period:

No scoring happened but the teams kept the action nice and tight. Roman Josi went to the box early in the period not for being beautiful but for Cross-Checking Chris Tierney. It was an ugly shove with Tierney hitting the dasher, but he got right back up. Joel Ward went to the box for Tripping on Craig Smith. Honestly, the way the announcing crew spoke about Smith, I’m surprised that Ward wasn’t kicked out of the game.

Second Period:

When Pekka Rinne is on, he is on.

In this period, both teams would serve a penalty for Too Much Man but only one was kind of hilarious.
After veteran Defenseman Barret Jackman gets mistimes his entry onto the ice, Josi jumps onto the boards at the Shark’s bench to avoid the penalty.

Nice move, didn’t work. This penalty would be served by Viktor Arvidsson because Josi is an important part of the Penalty Kill.


Logan Couture scores the first goal of the night on the Power Play at 18:03.

Third Period:

Nashville would score it’s first goal more than halfway through the Period when Mattias Ekholm snaps one on goal.

Four-and-a -half minutes later, Joe Pavelski gives the Sharks the lead once more.

Desperate, Nashville goes empty net in the remaining minutes. This is a Very Bad Idea since the Sharks, smelling blood in the water, tie up the Preds allowing Joe Thornton to get the puck down the ice for an Empty Net Goal.

For those keeping count, this is the third ENG in two games. In the fleeting final seconds, Ryan Johansen snaps the puck in goal. It really doesn’t matter because the Preds are going to lose this one 3-2 anyway.

These two meet again for game three in Nashville on Tuesday Night Triple Header. (Thanks so much NHL Schedulers).

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