In her latest blog, Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo marvels at the greatness of Sidney Crosby, loves the heated series between Montreal and Ottawa, and disagrees with Canucks coach Alain Vigneault's goalie moves.
The New York Islanders are channeling their inner eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings. This is turning out to be a great series. A big goal by John Tavares tied it up
, but he needs to pick up his point production. The Islanders have scored eight goals in the last two games of the series after getting shut out in Game 1, and Tavares just has the one goal plus an assist for two points in three games. Compare that to Sidney Crosby, who has five points
in two games. I know, unfair comparison, but the point is that your big boys need to show up.
Off-Ice: Crosby said he's still trying to shake off some rust. If that's the case, my hockey game needs to seriously shake off mold, moss, and weeds.
Many hockey pundits were half joking when they said the Wild need to play Ryan Suter for the whole game if they want to win
(the Wild took it seriously). The defenceman leads all players in these playoffs in ice time, averaging just over 32 minutes. As someone who's working crazy hours everyday during the playoffs, and can't get in a decent workout, I envy him.
Off-Ice: The Wild are looking for a warm-up goalie. The ad was posted by Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding.
On-Ice: I don't even know where to begin. Let's start with this: when people ask why is it such a big deal for two Canadian teams to play each other in the playoffs? Here's Exhibit A: Montreal and Ottawa. A total of 51 penalties were called in this one, another tooth was lost, and a hat trick was scored. Awe-Some! I know there are critics of this style of game and I can understand where they come from. But I will say this, when you describe the playoffs as a "long haul," a "grind," and "emotional," that usually means manners and finesse go out the window.
Off-Ice: Jean-Gabriel Pageau becomes the first Senator to score a playoff hat trick since Daniel Alfredsson did it in 1998.
Canucks goalie Cory Schneider was pulled after five goals
, but it should have happened after four. To be honest, I thought Alain Vigneault would have kept Schneider in for the whole game just to save face. After all, Schneider's the No. 1 and putting Roberto Luongo in would be an admission of making a mistake.
Off-Ice: The irony of this series: the San Jose Sharks are shaking off a reputation of being dominant in the regular season and having no Stanley Cup to show for it, by beating a team that's taking on that very reputation.
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