On-Ice: Holy Krejci! David Krejci's hat trick gives him the lead in points (10) and goals (5) in these playoffs. Game 4 was highly entertaining. The stats show the Leafs dished out 71 hits. But as much fight as they showed against a team that's dominated them the last few years, giving up a two-goal lead has to hurt like jalapeños. A big high-five and pat on the back to Milan Lucic, who rushed over to an injured and bleeding Mark Fraser before the ref blew the whistle to end the play. Fraser took a puck to the forehead off a Lucic slapshot and just crumpled. Fraser left for the hospital, but was walking on his own. Please, please, please start wearing a visor! Just ask Nate Thompson, who probably has his broken visor framed as a reminder that could have been his forehead.
Off-Ice: A picture started circulating of April Reimer (James' wife) and Elisha Cuthbert (Dion Phaneuf's fiancée) giving each other a dirty look. April clarified things by sending out a tweet, saying they were reacting to something dumb a fan said. I can also say I've met Elisha and she's absolutely the sweetest. I can't imagine her turning on a sista!
Oh, and I may have fainted for about five minutes after seeing my celebrity crush at the game -- Kit Harington. Winter is coming!
On-Ice: The Rangers are finding their scoring touch just in time to make this an interesting series. Henrik Lundqvist has crazy patience with his (sometimes) goal scorers. The Rangers netminder is Captain Consistency, which is why he just received his fifth nomination in eight years for the Vezina Trophy, having won it last year. And did you see Alex Ovechkin take out two players at once? Problem is, one of them was a teammate. Racing back to stop a Derek Stepan scoring chance, Ovie took out Stepan AND Martin Erat. Erat got the worst of it and left the game favouring his left arm. The kicker? Ovie was penalized for charging and Erat for hooking. So I guess the guy who really took out two players was Stepan.
Off-Ice: Marc Staal gracefully bowed out of playing in Game 4. The Rangers defenceman played in Game 3 for the first time since March 5 after taking a puck to the eye. Word is, Staal feels he's still not well enough to help his teammates win. Whether it's his conditioning that isn't up to par yet or his eye (there hasn't been confirmation), that is an incredibly selfless act. Most guys want to play no matter what because they don't want to miss out on these big games and they figure they've worked so hard to get here and deserve to play. I get it. As a competitive person myself, I know how difficult it is not to give in to the ego. Staal's decision is truly one a "team player" makes.
On-Ice: Seriously, this is a series in which you just have to tune in for the final minute. Twice now, goals have been scored in the final minute to send it to overtime. And once, a goal was scored in the final minute of regulation to win it. Did you know, Slava Voynov is the first Kings defenceman to score an OT playoff goal since Jaroslav Modry in April 2001? Yeah, me neither.
Off-Ice: Kings head coach Darryl Sutter continues to crack me up. His team just won a huge game to take the 3-2 series lead after being down 2-0 and he doesn't bother doing a post-game presser. Hard to ridicule a Stanley Cup-winning coach. He knows what he's doing.
On-Ice: It's the third time this series went into overtime and the first time in OT that the Ducks claimed victory. It's really no surprise that the Red Wings are giving them a challenge. Anaheim was the better team in the regular season, but Detroit headed into the playoffs having won four straight games. Credit the Ducks for not letting the momentum get away from them after Daniel Winnik hit Daniel Cleary from behind. Cleary left in the second period, but returned for the third. Winnik was given a five-minute penalty for boarding, but the Ducks killed it off and maintained pressure.
Off-Ice: Red Wings defenceman Brendan Smith admitted that before he makes a play, he asks himself, "What would Lidstrom do?" I've gotta say, if you're going to emulate someone, that would be the guy.
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