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. Quoted passages are from the NHL press release.
Only one series was in action last night in the NHL (we’re getting perilously close to that time of the year where some nights there’s none), and that was the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings Game 1. The Blackhawks beat Detroit 4-1, and it was never really all that close, despite being 1-1 in the third period for awhile. Hell, Chicago outshoot their opponent 42-21.
Johnny Oduya scored a beauty in the third period to put the Hawks ahead for good.
Justin Abdelkader took a run at Michal Roszival, who did exactly what my junior coach once told me: get your stick up and make him eat it. OF COURSE, that’s terribly illegal and violent, but “we’ll take the two minutes to make them think twice about running you.” Really not trying to defend this act, just explain it.
Corey Crawford recorded 20 saves to pick up his fifth win of the postseason. He has allowed one goal or fewer in four of his six playoff starts (all wins) and leads all postseason netminders with a 1.27 goals-against average.
On a roll
Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists to extend his five game point streak. That’s the longest of his NHL post-season career. Over that span he’s racked up six goals and three assists for nine points.
Marian Hossa was accused of diving last night. I’m not sure he’s so much “diving” in the typical sense as he is “diving” to poke at the puck, but…you be the judge:
Speaking of .GIFs, the one below is up on CBS Sports Eye on Hockey – Damien Brunner damn near had his second of the game, but Brent Seabrook batted it out of the air after it hit the crossbar:
Almost part deux
Dave Bolland returned to the line-up for the Blackhawks, and found himself with a pretty ridiculously clean breakaway. I feel like the real clean ones like that are almost harder. It’s almost too much time. Great save by Howard:
The Blackhawks killed off all three of the Red Wings powerplays, which now makes them 20 for 20 in the post-season. Not really a fluke either – they had the third best kill in the regular season, successful over 87% of the time.
This is only the second time since the NHL went to the current conference-based playoff format in 1994 that at least four Original Six teams are among the final eight. It also happened in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Last night was also the 800th time these two franchises have played.
* The Blackhawks improved to 5-0-0 versus the Red Wings this season (regular season and playoffs)
* Marian Hossa opened the scoring with his 40th career postseason goal, one shy of Detroit’s Johan Franzen for eighth among active players
It was a beauty too:
All times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Boston, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
San Jose @ Los Angeles, Game 2, LA leads 1-0, NBCSN, TSN, RDS