You Can’t Stop a Frieght Train: NHL Playoffs Week 3

Nor can you stop an Oshie, Mr. Penner:

Evergreen State represent!

We are in the thick of the NHL Playoffs and there ain’t no goin’ back.  Since we last talked, a lot has happened.  I’m talking burned-out-warehouse-abandoned-lot if you know what I’m sayin’.  First off, remember those games sevens we discussed last week?  I’d be goddamned if I told you there wasn’t an upset, ’cause there was!  The Washington Capitals sent the defending Stanley Cup champions home last Wednesday with a goal scored off the stick of 4th-line “playoff performer” Joel Ward.  Assisting on the goal was veteran/usual scratch Mike Knuble.  Vindication was his to take after being sat the first 3 games of the series.  The real story for the Caps has been rookie goalie Brayden Holtby who was able to beat the reigning elite goaltender turned wacko Tim Thomas.  How good would he look in a Columbus Blue Jackets sweater?

The Capitals moved on to face the New York Rangers, who had just squeaked out a win against the 8th seeded Ottawa Senators.  You want to talk about rookies and playoff performers, look at this Chris Kreider fella.  He’s got 2 goals (both of which are game-winners) and 1 assist in 7 games.  IN THE NHL PLAYOFFS.  That’s more than the Sens can say for their Swedish Elite League “super-star” MVP Jakob Silfvzef7bergs.  Go back to Sweden! USA! USA!  The Rangers/Capitals series is now tied at 1.

The New Jersey Devils were also able to win their game 7 against the Florida Panthers.  With the help of another rookie name-a Adam Henrique.  Double OT, he comes from the corner, snatches a fluttering puck out of the air, and spanks it past Jose Theodore.  What a goal:

Drawing the evil Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, the Devils lost the first game thanks to the hands and feet of Danny “too good for the regular season” Briere.  Last night Bryzgalov looked like he might steal one for the Flyers, but then let in a goal, then another, and then another.  That series is also tied at 1

Here is the playoff landscape as of May 1st, straight from the TBHDz Playoff War Room

The Phoenix/Nashville series has been pretty entertaining so far.  Those ‘Yotes are hot thanks to Mike Smith’s knack for surprising people.  They even managed to score 5 goals in one game, against a Vezina finalist no less.  The Coyotes are up 2-0 in this series but keep in mind two of the newest Predators, Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov, were most definitely out hitting the famous Phoenix club scene the night before Sunday’s loss and will be sitting out tonight.  I think my man Jordin Tootoo better have a chat with those two clowns before they get there hands on more Stolichnaya.

Finally, the Kings.  They ripped the axe out of the hands of Johnny Canuck and proceeded to chop his wang off.  They then traveled to St. Louis where their lust for bar-b-que was subdued somehow (pancakes?) and they were able to throw themselves mercilessly at the Blues.  Much like the last series, the Kings have scored 8 goals games in the first two games and have only given up 3.  Now, if that’s not “Key To the Game” graphic material, I don’t know what is!

What's that you say?! Image: Puck Daddy

Fun Facts:

  • Every seed is represented in this years 2nd round.
  • Before the games tonight, both series in the West are 2-0 and both in the East are 1-1
  • The cunning yet fiendish Rangers fans have turned Ottawa’s “countdown to praise” for their beloved Daniel Alfredsson into a “countdown to hate” for any opposing star.  Alexander Ovechkin is immune.
  • I’m naked right now

Be sure to leave us a comment if you agree or disagree with anything stated above.  You can also send an e-mail to tboneandthehockeydoggz@gmail.com, we really like reading e-mails.  Follow us on twitter @tbonehockeydoggz and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here.  Week 4, here we come!

 

-T-bone

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