Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round Two, Day Seven

Tuesday night’s games were lined up in such a stupid way, but we have you and them all covered. Is it possible to watch two games at once? Kinda.

Lightning at Islanders (Lightning lead the series 2-1)
As always, it’s Ben Bishop vs Thomas Greiss in net. The Bolts are going with 7D again. Jason Garrison and Braydon Coburn are a pair, but Victor Hedman is rotating with everybody else.

In warm-ups, some posturing begins:


My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

First Period:

Early in the 1st, Josh Bailey loses Nikita Nesterov & gets in front of Bishop uncovered. He easily knocks a pass into the net,  1-0 Islanders.

A hallmark of this period is lots of Isles shot-blocking. A close scare happens to the Islanders as the puck goes into the net behind Greiss, but since Brian Boyle played the puck with a high stick, it is ruled no goal. Later on, a Casey Czikas trip on Boyle leads to Power Play Goal.

The Islanders attempt 19 shots, (17 SOG, 2 blocked, 1 goal) to Tampa’s 16 (9 SOG, 7 blocked, 1 goal). Bishop is looking solid so far. Greiss has not been fully tested yet.

Second Period:

Thomas Hickey makes a big full-body hit on Jonathan Drouin, who goes straight to the locker room. Slater Koekkoek, Ondrej Palat,  and Travis Hamonic go to the box after the ensuing scrum.


Drouin would not return during the period. Jon Cooper would roll 3 lines for much of the game.

Soon after the kill, Hedman scores off a Tyler Johnson faceoff win.

With about 5 minutes left in the 2nd, Nick Leddy from the point ties it up. It’s 2-2 at the Barclay parking garage.

Shots on goal in the Second favor the Lightning 17-12. Blocked shots are fairly even.

Third Period:

Garrison not smart with the stick. Will be Cizikas’ new neighbor in the penalty box. Not for long. Bailey gets another goal. #NYIvsTBL

But Filppula to Namestnikov will tie it up 50 seconds later:

Jonathan Drouin would return to the bench halfway through the Third Period.

A giveaway by Tampa’s Cedric Paquette leads to a Cal Clutterbuck goal with a little over 8 minutes to play –  NYI 4, TBL 3.

The Lightning go empty net with 2 minutes left, and it works. With 38.4 seconds left, Kucherov scores, and we’re headed to overtime, 4-4.

Overtime

The Lightning generate a lot of pressure in front of Greiss, Brian Boyle gets the chance to end it, and drives it home. Lightning 5 Islanders 4


Next game is Friday at 7pm at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.


Sharks at Predators (Sharks lead series 2-1)

For those whose hatred of the Dynamic Duo of Suck impedes their enjoyment of the Predators, it should be noted that only of them was on the ice tonight: Mike Ribeiro is a healthy scratch and rookie Pontus Aberg is in. Aberg is Swedish and wears the most perfect number, 37. The announcing crew sound like they keep saying Nyal is in, which is impossible because he is a player who does not exist.

Fun Fact: Miikka Salomaki and Joonas Donskoi played together for 15 years in Finland.

First Period:

At 13:13, 36-year-old Patrick Marleau scores a goal. Pretty impressive for a guy who should be using a walker.

Some chippiness at the Preds blue line results in many penalties between the two teams. James Neal and Joe Pavelski have words and dance around without fighting.

The penalty breakdown at 15:16: Anthony Bitetto Cross-Checking against Joe Thornton; Barret Jackman Roughing on Brent Burns; Burns roughing on Jackman. Yes, both of that “amazing” Predators defensive third-pair were thrown in the box.

Sharks go on Power Play but don’t score. One-time two-hour Boston Bruin Martin Jones takes a puck to the neckguard and is slightly rattled. NBCSNUSANETWORK flashes to James Reimer sitting on the bench. Jones is good to go.

A chant of, “Refs, you suck!” rings through Bridgestone Arena after Viktor Arvidsson is thrown in the box for Slashing Brenden Dillon. Luckily, nothing happens on the Shark’s Power Play.

Second Period:

At 2:19, Donskoi High-Sticks James Neal and draws some blood and a double minor. Neal gets his revenge with a Power Play Goal at 5:11 to tie the game at one-all.

Both teams trade penalties a minute a apart: Matt Nieto for Hooking at 12:57 and Craig Smith for High-Sticking at 13:57. At 14:44 Shea Weber finally scores a goal in the series to give the Preds the lead.

Late in the period, Jackman goes for his second penalty against Burns. Salomaki tries for a Short-handed goal. The Penalty Kill holds for the end of the period.

Third Period:

Colton Sissons looks hurt after crashing into the post, needing assistance off the ice.

At 6:55, Colin Wilson scores on a rebound off a Ryan Ellis shot on goal. The Predators increase their lead to 3-1.

Thornton and Josi go off for penalties on each other. Josi complains about it but he really die Cross-Check Jumbo Joe. In 4-on-4 play, Logan Couture seems to irritate Mattias Ekholm, who jerks him around by the sweater after the whistle. This is just further indication that maybe, just maybe, these teams don’t like each other.

Brenden Dillon is penalized for Slashing. On the Preds Power Play, Filip Forsberg scores his first goal since the beginning of the Ducks series. That was 10 games ago!

Curiously enough, San Jose opts to not go empty net. Jones remains in goal for the Sharks while many tense moments happen on each side of the rink. The Predators allow no more goals and win the game 4-1. The Preds score four unanswered goals, including two Power Play Goals, more goals than in any game in both series.

Next game is Thursday night at 9pm at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.


Stars at Blues (Blues lead series 2-1)

Antti Niemi starts for the Stars in net. Let’s see if that lasts.

Due to the Bolts-Isles game going into overtime again (really? How many times do you need to do this, guys?) this was being shown on NHL Network, which I don’t get in my spare room. Lucky for me, I can follow the action online.

First Period:

Colton Sceviour draws first blood 5 minutes into the game.

Alex Steen ties it a minute later. 1-1 in St. Louis.

Vernon Fiddler goes in the box at 15:45 for Slashing Jaden Schwartz. Twenty-five seconds later, David Backes gets a nice redirect for a goal on the Power Play – Blues 2, Stars 1.

Jason Demers then hits the crossbar, fooling the universe into thinking he tied it up, but it is ruled no goal on review. I love it when NO GOAL returns…for other teams.

Twitter Sensation Tony X has glass seats at the game and the Blues are putting on a show for him. Let’s check in on him:

Second Period:

Niemi is chased out of the game after another Blues goal by Troy Brouwer early in the period.

Slightly more than a minute later, Kari Lehtonen is welcomed by Vladimir Tarasenko, who scores on a wrist shot.

At 18:03, Steen scores his second of the game, this one a Power Play Goal, after a Delay of Game penalty on Antoine Roussel. This makes the score 5-1, Blues.

More penalties happen between the two teams but nothing significant happens.

Third Period:

I could say lots of interesting stuff happened but that would be a lie. Penalties happen. Special Teams happen.

Oh snap, Backes scores a second goal, this time a short-handed one at 18:06. This goal makes it QUOTA for the Blues, 6-1. The Stars look dead in the water.

Next game is Thursday night at 8pm in St. Louis.

 

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