Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game One

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!

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Penguins/Islanders

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:

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?

And…

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):

Reasoner:

It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t the cleanest play either. No word on Jokinen’s injury, but it’d didn’t look too bad.

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.

Woof

Jon Tavares was held without a shot. I have a hunch his name was circled on the whiteboard in pre-game.

Sharks/Canucks

 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:

Over the top

James Sheppard hit Canucks forward Andrew Ebbett into the bench last night, which is always entertaining:

Game set match

The Sharks game-winning goal came from Dan Boyle, who’s probably scored tougher goals.


Geez, Luongo, why didn’t you stop that?

Leafs/Bruins

Unprepared

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?

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:

And you can make excuses, but I thought he should’ve had Wade Redden’s too (based purely on size and positioning). OH, by the way: Wade Redden had a goal and an assist last night!

Trouble Bruin

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:

Things got ugly

Hot start

David Krejci had a goal and two assists last night. That is a good performance.

General observations

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.

And finally…

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: