Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and Ottawa Senators may have something in common, the New York Islanders held off the buzzing Penguins and Sidney Crosby, and the Vancouver Canucks suffered another series loss to the Sharks. All of that and more in Friday night's Trillo Talk.
On-Ice: Am I the only one scratching my head over both goalies losing a tooth? I mean, they practically wear Darth Vader masks! Last night Craig Anderson loses a tooth and tonight Carey Price said bye-bye to two chiclets, then casually handed them over to the trainer. Rene Bourque was a wrecking ball for the Habs. The stats put him at three hits, really? He hit everything in sight, including teammate Colby Armstrong.
Off-Ice: The war of words was in full swing before the game, stemming from the comments Ottawa coach Paul MacLean made the night before. He defended Eric Gryba's hit on Lars Eller for which the former was suspended two games. Montreal coach Michel Therrien took exception, responding by saying the hit was disrespectful to Eller and his family. Both coaches made valid points. But it was completely unnecessary for Brandon Prust to call MacLean a 'bug-eyed fat walrus.' Somewhere in the North Pole a walrus is offended.
On-Ice: The Penguins were buzzing around Evgeni Nabokov like a swarm of angry bees, but the Islanders squashed the hive. Evgeni Malkin scored 43 seconds into the game. Sidney Crosby, looking oh so dapper in his new head gear, scored two goals in his first game back since March 30. The Pens were up 3-1, and then found themselves sounding like Scooby-Doo, Roh roh! The Islanders pulled off the 4-3 victory. Evgeni Nabokov wasn't about to get the hook again as he did in game one. He made some great saves.
Off-Ice: Sidney Crosby has been hit in the face with a puck three times in the last year, all of which have been in games against the Islanders. That's just freaky.
On-Ice: Who were the players scoring tonight? Michael Frolik had two goals in the game after netting only three in 45 contests during the regular season. Marco Scandella got one of Minny's two and he played only six games all season long. Well, if you're going to score, might as well do it on the big stage!
Off-Ice: Still no goalie Niklas Backstrom or forward Jason Pominville for the Wild.
On-Ice: Raffi Torres has two goals in this series, except his goal tonight was actually scored against the opponent! All kidding aside, I love a feel good story, and I'm rooting for Torres. If we talk about wanting to change the game for the betterment of player safety, then we need to support players who want to change and are trying to play a safer game.
Off-Ice: The Canucks have now lost five straight home playoff games since 2011.
Andi Petrillo joined CBC's Hockey Night in Canada for the 2011-12 season. She is the host of the Chevrolet iDesk every Saturday night, and co-hosts Hockey Night Online. Petrillo is the first female broadcaster to be a full-time member of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada studio team.
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