NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens

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. Some facts are directly from NHL press releases. Hope you enjoy!

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Ottawa/Montreal

Did you know?

A guy hit a guy and people had thoughts on it.

Some people includes:

Sens’ coach Paul MacLean: “[It was] a hockey play that went bad for Eller.” And “(If I’m Eller), I’m really mad at player 61, whoever he is, because he passed me the puck in the middle of the rink when I wasn’t looking.”

Eric Gryba:  “My elbow was down and there was no intent to hurt him whatsoever. I hope he’s okay … It’s never good seeing that.”

Michel Therrien: “I’m not going to blame Raphael.”

And there’s Brandon Prust’s thoughts on Paul MacLean’s thoughts.

Other people got hurt too!

Craig Anderson:

Craig Anderson

Anderson is the fourth goaltender in the last 30 years to win a non-overtime playoff game while facing 50 or more shots on goal.

There were other big hits

Subban on Neil:

A hockey game happened!

The Sens went up 1-0, fell behind 2-1, then came back to win 3-2. All four games last night featured comebacks, with only the Ducks failing to complete the job.

This isn’t fair:

Holy retweets and favourites.

Not saying who, but I heard someone comment on this tweet of Hugh Jackman’s by saying “Rich a$$#0!e waltzes into the Bell Centre in playoffs and gets those seats, spells ‘Canadiens’ wrong,” or something to that effect. I appreciate the sentiment.

St. Louis/Los Angeles

Wait, who scored? With the Blues and Kings tied at one, it looked like they were going back to overtime until BARRET JACKMAN scored on a wrist shot in the final minute.

Really, Quick? Glove height, wrister, not even really screened? Tough night Jaden Schwartz was the recipient of this: …and on the wrong end of this:

 Ouch. Rough start The Kings have already lost more road games in playoffs this post-season than they did last year, when they went 10-1.

Anaheim/Detroit

Tending the goal The Ducks came back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period to force the game to overtime, but still lost to Detroit. They may not have made it that far were it not for Jonas Hiller:

Ballin’ Here’s the nasty play by Valtteri Filppula that led to the overtime winner by rookie Gustav Nyqvist:

Nyqvist is the third rookie in Red Wings history – and the first in 64 years – to score his first playoff goal in overtime.

Washington/New York

Big stage, big performance I’ve mentioned some facts are directly from the NHL’s press release (the one above is, among others). Here’s what they have to say about Ovy:

Washington forward Alex Ovechkin scored his 31st career playoff goal to pass Peter Bondra for sole possession of first place on the Capitals’ all-time postseason scoring list. Ovechkin’s 60 playoff points are tied for second on Washington’s all-time list with Mike Ridley. The 27-year-old Moscow native has 24 goals in his last 24 games dating to March 14.

34 candles Jason Chimera scored on his birfday last night. Neato.

1st star Braden Holtby made 36 saves.

And finally, here’s tonight’s schedule:

All Times Eastern

NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh, Game 2, PIT leads 1-0, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, MSG Plus, ROOT
Ottawa @ Montreal, Game 2, OTT leads 1-0, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS
Minnesota @ Chicago, Game 2, CHI leads 1-0, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, FS-N, CSN-CH
San Jose @ Vancouver, Game 2, SJ leads 1-0, 10:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS, CSN-CA

Things to note about tonight’s games: Crosby is playing for the Pens (ouch, says the Isles fan), but James Neal isn’t. And another team is also without key players:

Eller too, obviously.