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Noteworthy is a feature blatantly ripped off from Trey Kerby and The Basketball Jones crew that catches you up on everything you need to know from the night before in the NHL.

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Wait, I think I got that expression wrong in the title.

Ah, well. Let’s get to the games.

Flyers/Devils, Devils won 4-3 in OT

Series: 1-0 Philly

Playoff performer: Danny Briere scored in overtime – twice actually, but one of them was disallowed because of an apparent kick-in – to push the Flyers past the Devils. He also scored in regulation, meaning he had a pretty nice line: two goals, plus three, four shots, 11 faceoff wins on 17 tries (64.7%), and two hits.

He currently has 106 points in 104 career playoff games; of people with over 100 career playoff points, only 19 have averaged more than a point a game, and it’s elite company, as you can imagine.

Here’s both the disallowed goal, and the good one:

A good omen: The winner of the previous three Devils/Flyers series has made the Stanley Cup Final, which is advantageous if you hope to win the Stanley Cup. Philly has won Game 1 the last two times they met.

Anything you can do I can do worse: Adam Henrique was an ugly 6/17 (35.3%) in the faceoff circle, but the savvy vet Patrick Elias showed him up by going 6/18 (33.3%).

Drool-worthy: If you’re a fan daydreaming about your favourite team and “Boy, it’d be great to add an uber-talented, hard-working goal-scorer in his prime that leads by example to our squad” is a thing you’ve thought before, Zach Parise’s play had to impress you yesterday. He’s so fast, has great mitts and vision, and works his tail off. He had a goal, an assist, three shots, two blocked shots, three hits and a takeaway in 22:07.

Ice tilt: The Devils came out like gangbusters, out-shooting the hometown Flyers 15-6 in the first – by the time the horn sounded to end regulation, the Flyers had outshot the Devils 15-4 in the third, and would go on to outshoot them 36-26 overall.

Moving pictures: Here’s what it looked like:

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 Coyotes/Predators, Coyotes won 5-3

Series: 2-0 Phoenix

Playoff predictions aren’t easy: Rob Pizzo and I joked a couple times about this series on our podcast, saying nobody would ever score and we’d see all sorts of 1-0 finishes. I mean, Pekka Rinne is a Vezina finalist, and Mike Smith easily could’ve been too. It’s Nashville and Phoenix. But nope. Seven goals in game one, eight in game two for a total of 15. What the heck.

Close hockey: The Coyotes 5-3 win was only the second time this post-season one of their games finished in regulation. To their credit, they’ve out-scored Nasvhille 8-3 at even strength so far this series – they won’t go to OT a lot if they keep that up.

Trigger pullin’: In the Rangers’ first playoff game against Washington, the final shots were 18-14 (32 total). In the second period of yesterday’s game the shots were 19-15 (34 total). Both games of this series have been great so far.

WwwwwwTF?: Radim Vrbata scored one of the weirdest goals I can remember: David Legwand was behind his own net when the puck bounced to him in the air and he caught it. He then…throws it in front of his own net near Vrbata, who grabs it and fires it in along the ice for a goal. What was the thought process here, I wonder:

Making it count: Shane Doan, who’s always excelled this time of year (oo, World Championship cheap shot, sorry), is looking pretty good again: a goal, an assist, plus two, six shots, three hits and a takeaway in 18 minutes. Gilbert Brule had six shots too, but he did it in 7:48 of ice time. Whoa.

Howdy, partner: Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson are becoming a big story, as far as I’m concerned. They were plus three yesterday, logged huge minutes, and both got on the scoresheet. They’re the driving force behind this team right now. And lastly…

 Moving pictures: Here’s what it looked like:

Comments (3)

  1. that play by Legwand was one of the all-time dumbest plays ever, honestly if you were to grab a throw a puck why not to a corner.

  2. Devs were horrific on faceoffs vs Florida, as well. This time of the year, you need to find ways to win big draws.

    Also, hands off Zach. He’s staying.

  3. Flyers beat the Devils in ’03-04 playoffs and lost in the Conference Finals to Tampa.

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