Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Hope you enjoy!
Deer, meet headlights
The Islanders got straight rolled last night. Marc-Andre Fleury got the 26 save shutout, 10 different Penguins got a point…from an Isles’ fan perspective, I described the game as such:
Nabby no happy
Evgeni Nabokov got yanked after four goals, most of which were fairly stoppable, but that doesn’t make what he had to say about his mates wrong:
Nabokov: “It’s got to hurt to play. It was too easy. We have to make it hard on them on every inch of the ice. It’s the only way we can win.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) May 2, 2013
First time for everything
Which isn’t true, because I’m never going to score an NHL playoff goal, but Beau Bennett did last night:
His first ever.
Injury concerns in Pittsburgh?
James Neal was limping on ice during #Penguins PP and now apparently has gone to locker room.
— Shelly Anderson (@pgshelly) May 2, 2013
Still no signs of James Neal. Was slash and hit. I thought it was the slash that hurt him. Could be wrong. Given score, likely won’t be back
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) May 2, 2013
Late in the third, Marty Reasoner was given five and a game for this knee on Jussi Jokinen (there’s no “extended leg” penalty, and you can’t get five for tripping I don’t think):
Picking on the young and the weak
Pascal Dupuis scored twice last night, which means he now has points in 11 in his last 12 games against the Isles, 17 total points in that stretch. Dupuis is like 3-point shooter on the Miami Heat feasting on all the double teams LeBron draws.
Jon Tavares was held without a shot. I have a hunch his name was circled on the whiteboard in pre-game.
Moar early injuries
Havlat left game after playing 3:16 in the first. Though granted, he could just be out with a broken heart after this save by Luongo:
James Sheppard hit Canucks forward Andrew Ebbett into the bench last night, which is always entertaining:
The Sharks game-winning goal came from Dan Boyle, who’s probably scored tougher goals.
Geez, Luongo, why didn’t you stop that?
The Toronto Maple Leafs made like the New York Islanders and got generally smoked in their return to the playoffs. Some were chalking up the sketchy starts from NYI and TOR to a lack of playoff experience. The Bruins have a combined 1,104 games of post-season experience, the Leafs 187. Hopefully both teams can flush that one and move on.
Somehow this is Carlyle’s take?
Randy Carlyle: “I just thought that we self-distructed.”
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 2, 2013
I believe he also said “we beat ourselves” at some point. Maybe I was watching a different game, but from what I saw, they had a lot of help in getting beat. Though I guess to his point, if a team is going to lay a beat down, you should at least make it hard for them by like, successfully breaking out of your zone with possession a time or two.
Let’s be honest
James Reimer wasn’t great last night. You can almost always find a player to fault on any goal against (except this one), but come on: he’s gotta have this:
Gosh, that’s a terrible pun. Here’s Ference’s elbow on Grabovski (in “Court of Public Opinion” form).
And Ference may be in some trouble for it:
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) May 2, 2013
Things got ugly
David Krejci had a goal and two assists last night. That is a good performance.
Still cruisin’ after all of these years
Patrick Marleau scored his 53rd playoff goal last night (all-time, obvi), which is second among active players. Jaromir Jagr is first with 78. Yikes.
Home ice actual advantage?
It usually doesn’t matter much in hockey, but the Sharks win over the Canucks last night was the first by a road team in playoffs so far (home teams are 5-1 total). Last year home teams were 30-18 (.625) in playoffs, which was the highest winning percentage in over three decades.
Justin Williams was mic’d up when he tied the game against the Blues in the final minute the other night. Not like anyone says anything surprising, but it’s still really cool: