Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round Two, Day Whatever

Question: Is it difficult to cover two games that are running at the same time after 9pm? Yes, kind of.

Question: Can both of these games go into Overtime? Yes.

Question: How many Overtimes can there be? Too many.

Question: How tired of you of the Second Round, GH? Very.

Stars at Blues (Series tied 2-2)

For those of you enjoying the Hate-Watch, I have good news for you: it’s back after a long, slow burn.

First Period:

The action was not very actiony to start. This game is very, very slow. Neither team is taking that many shots on goal to start.


Dallas evaded a Too Much Man penalty around the period half, except they didn’t really because Vladimir Tarasenko was left all alone while the six Stars players decided to get tied up in the offensive zone. Tarasenko made a relatively easy score on Kari Lehtonen.

Look closely and you see all six Stars Forwards and D-men. Of course, Lehtonen was also on the ice all by himself in his own zone (not pictured).

Lindy Ruff, newly nominated for the Jack Adams Award, was pleased with his team’s situational awareness.

The Stars would end the period by going Empty Net for 1.2 seconds. As one might imagine, that didn’t matter very much.

Second Period:

The Second was the period in which the teams wanted to commit all the penalties. More on that later.

Radek Faksa scores his second goal of the series at 4:05, tying up the game at one-all.

David Backes goes for Tripping at 4:21, allowing Dallas to go on the Power Play, something that they were once dangerous with when presented an opportunity. Fifty-three seconds later, Patrick Sharp scores a Power Play Goal on a kinda-sorta pass from Jamie Benn to take the lead.

The teams trade matching Slashing penalties to go 4-on-4. Then Cody Eakin ups the ante at 12:06 with another Slashing penalty, allowing the Blues to have the man-advantage. It took the Blues less than a minute to tie up the game with a Paul Stastny Power Play Goal.

Third Period:

Early on there’s a pile-up in front of the Stars net with the puck bouncing around. No goal is scored, though.

Pierre and I disagree on what is fun to watch. For instance, this game. Were I being paid, I might be inclined to exaggerate, but, I’m not so this game is stupidly boring.

Did Pierre just say that Lehtonen was “a used-goaltender out of Helsinki”? Did he say huge? Why isn’t it spelled Helsiinkki? These questions tell you how engaged I am in this game.


I am so bored. Just break the tie and someone win this game. No one wants to see this go into overtime; It’s miserable fucking hockey. No goals, no penalties, nothing really going on in this period at all.



Cody Eakin ends it mercifully early in the extra period.

The Stars take this game 3-2, tying up the series going back to Dallas on Saturday.

Sharks at Predators: (Series tied 2-2)

First Period:

Each team scored with their first shot on goal. Colin Wilson scored forty-one seconds into the game when Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones found himself a little too far out in the crease.

Brent Burns ties it up at 3:08 on a shot that Pekka Rinne should have handled readily.

At 9:50, Mike “Mr. Carrie Underwood” Fisher banged in the rebound on a James Neal shot on goal to make the score 2-1, Preds.

First penalty: Burns for Tripping at 16:48. No goals were scored.

In the First Period, the Preds led with 10 SOG to the Sharks’ 5.


At 6:38, the teams trade Roughing penalties between Filip Forsberg and Tommy Wingels. The teams play 4-on-4 play for two minutes.

At 12:09, Roman Josi goes to the sin bin for Interference. Sharks’ Joonas Donskoi seems to score in final second of the Power Play. The play started off with a turnover by Forsberg in the neutral zone, resulting in Paul Martin taking the puck over the blue line. Nashville challenges whether or not the play was offside. It appears that Joel Ward was not able to get back on side but he tagged up before Martin touched it beyond the blue line. It’s ruled a good goal.

“Refs you suck!”, rings out loud and clear in Bridgestone.

Nashville wraps up the second on the Power Play when Justin Braun is called for High-Sticking.

Third Period:

Nash Start off on the Power Play. Brent Burns thinks it’s a good idea to clear the puck over the glass and goes for Delay of Game at 0:32, giving the Predators a two-man-advantage for six seconds, followed by a proper Power Play. The Predators are trying but the Sharks have great shot blocking on this Penalty Kill.

Miikka Salomaki hits Logan Couture from behind, goes for Boarding at 3:43. The Predators complete a tough Kill. One minute later Barret Jackass Jackman Knees Chris Tierney allowing the Sharks to go back on the Power Play. Five seconds in, Burns scores a Power Play Goal after passing the puck to Joe Thornton, who passed it back for a Burns slapshot.

At 15:39, James Neal wrists it on goal after having just missed a shot to tie the game, 3-3.


Viktor Arvidsson has two good shot attempts early. Just after 4 minutes have passed, there is a mad scramble in front of the Preds net, Rinne, Ryan Ellis, and ALL THE PREDS ON THE ICE block the puck from going in. The Sharks think they’ve scored. Nope. It takes the officials a long time to locate the puck and blow it dead.

Sharks almost score again except that Joe Pavelski collided with Rinne for Goaltender interference. The play is now under review for some reason. The announcing crew has been wrong all night, so I’m ignoring them when they say it’s being reviewed because they’re trying to see if Pavelski got the puck on his stick before it went into goal. THIS DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE IT’S GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE, GUYS!

The Sharks continue to blocks shots, the Preds continue to be lucky. Rinne makes a kick save after losing his stick under two minutes to go. This game is going into another fucking Overtime.


Further Stupid Fucking Overtime:

At 11:12, Mike Fisher scores his second of the night and game winner.

The series is now tied going back to San Jose on Saturday night.

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The Pavelski non-goal was both running into the goalie and playing the puck with his glove. The latter should probably override the former, but whatever, “no goal” was correct.


The playing with the glove means that it doesn’t matter whether Pavelski was pushed into Rinne or was there of his own volition, it would not have counted until he got his stick on it.

Had he gotten a stick on it before impacting Rinne, and not after, it could have counted, because the G.I. rule has an exception for being pushed into the goalie. However, he actually played the puck with his stick while lying on top of the goalie, so that is ‘incidental’ contact.

Also, while that exception has been there for a while, it is rarely ever honored by the refs, other than differentiating between penalty GI and merely waving off the goal, so I still would have been surprised for it to count in spite of the rule saying it can.


I put WAY too much thought into this while watching the Twitterverse thrash around during the review.