- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Paul Stastny played the hero in Game 1 of the Colorado Avalanche’s divisional semifinal against the Minnesota Wild – twice.
The center scored with just over 13 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 4-4 and send it to overtime; then, at 7:27 of the extra session, he struck again to give the Avs the playoff win.
Here’s the tying goal:
“YOU JUST KNEW IT WAS GONNA HAPPEN!” That is some homer-rrific homerism right there, Colorado.
Erik Johnson’s shot from the left circle was deflected away by Ilya Bryzgalov, right to Stastny, whose bad angle shot found its way through with 13.4 remaining.
Then, in overtime, this happened:
“THERE IT IS!” Yes, there it was, Avs announcer. There is was.
Tyson Barrie makes this play happen, beginning with a keep at the blue line through his barreling through two Wild defenders – Kyle Brodziak and Matt Cooke – to open up Stastny for a point blank shot, reminiscent of Dale Weise’s goal for Montreal in overtime of Game 1 of their series vs. Tampa Bay.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
A 5-on-3 power play in double overtime of a Stanley Cup Playoff game comes around about as often as a Maple Leafs championship parade float, but the Chicago Blackhawks nearly earned one at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
With Ryan Reaves already in the Blues' penalty box for delay of game, the Blues cleared the puck over the glass in their own end while on the penalty kill, for what should have been a delay of game penalty.
The on-ice officials mulled it over. The players waited around. The refs eventually ruled that the Blues shouldn’t be penalized. And Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville disagreed … ahem, quite emphatically.
Yes, he was truly honkin’ mad.
That was some Travolta quality disco pointing from Coach Q before his stickhandling exhibition. Must be the mustache.
No doubt the NHL will have something to say about Quenneville’s handful ending up on national television. And we’re pretty sure we know what his response will be …
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: With its new playoff format, the NHL is seeking to create passion for fans and teams through forced, bracketed relationships. But hey, at first glance, the matchups are pretty sexy. All of this led to one ideal theme for our 2014 Playoff Preview: Tinder, the social media dating app. We hope you swipe right this postseason ...)
The St. Louis Blues looked like they were going to avoid the Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 … until a late season injury-fueled tumble led to the Colorado Avalanche hopping over them into first place in the Central and dropped the Blues into a very tough first-round battle.
Both teams faced post-Sochi injuries to star players, but should have the majority of them back for this series.
Who wins this showdown between former Norris Division rivals?
The biggest question for the St. Louis Blues entering this series was how many of the forwards listed here would actually appear against the Blackhawks. The Blues were hit with several injuries up front in the last month of the season.
But the cavalry is arriving at the right time.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
With due respect to Steve Mason and Ray Emery, to a blue line that’ll have to handle Rick Nash and Marty St. Louis, to a coach in Craig Berube doing this playoff thing for the first time, there is one key to the Philadelphia Flyers’ series against the New York Rangers, and his name is Claude Giroux.
The criteria for an MVP gets thrown around a lot this time of year, but Giroux was third on my ballot – behind Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf – for good reason: As he goes, so go the Flyers.
Giroux scored 64 points in their 42 wins, including 25 goals. That’s a 1.52 points per game average. In their losses, he had 22 points in 40 games, including three goals. That’s a 0.55 points per game average. Look, I’m no math major, but …
He was their third-best forward in corsi when the game was tied and in one-goal games, driving possession numbers with his top line.
No. 1 Star: Dale Weise, Montreal Canadiens
The Habs forward was in the right place at the right time – 18:08 of OT – when Daniel Briere hit him with a pass from behind the net. Weise snapped a shot past a frozen Anders Lindback for the 5-4 victory in Game 1 of Montreal’s series vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.
No. 2 Star: Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh Penguins
Sutter’s wrist shot at 8:18 of the third period beat Sergei Bobrovsky and gave the Pittsburgh Penguins their only lead of the night – and the game-winning goal in their 4-3 victory. Sutter also won 53 percent of his faceoffs.
No. 3 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Even in a losing effort, Stamkos was awesome in Game 1 vs. Montreal. He skated 27:31, scored two goals and was dangerous on almost every shift.
Honorable mention: Ryan Getzlaf and Matt Beleskey had a goal and an assist each as the Anaheim Ducks held off a Dallas Stars’ rally for a 4-3 victory. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin scored in the losing effort. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves in his playoff debut. … Jack Johnson had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets. … Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist for the Habs. Alex Killorn had the same for the Bolts.
With 16.3 seconds remaining in Game 1 of their divisional semifinal series on Wednesday night, Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin took a slap shot with a bouncing puck at the Anaheim Ducks goal.
Center Ryan Getzlaf watched the shot sail into the air … and right into his mouth, dropping the captain to the ice in a heap.
Getzlaf donated a bit of blood on the ice before the Ducks’ trainer led him to the back.
The Ducks hung on to win, 4-3, despite a late rally by Dallas. Which should put a smile on Getzlaf’s face, assuming this is still physically possible.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game that Getzlaf was getting stitched up and is "probably going to be ok but will have a nasty cut."Fri, Apr 187:00 PM PDTDallas at AnaheimPreview Game
Daniel Briere is one of only 35 players in NHL history to average more than a point per playoff game, entering the Montreal Canadiens’ Game 1 battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night with 109 points in 108 playoff games.
Make that 110 points in 109 games. Briere made the key play in overtime, leading to Dale Weise’s game-winner at 18:08 and the 5-4 victory.
The play was started by Michael Bournival, who forced a pair of turnovers by Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas and got the puck deep. Briere fired a shot that was blocked, the puck traveling back to the point where Josh Gorges corralled it. He sent it in back of the net where three Lightning players were defending two Canadiens.
It traveled to Briere, who shook his check by Eric Brewer – who had a terrible night – and sent a pass in front to Weise for the snap-shot that beat a frozen Anders Lindback.Fri, Apr 184:00 PM PDTMontreal at Tampa BayPreview Game
Despite not being traditional rivals, the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning located their animosity rather quickly in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs divisional semifinal on Wednesday. That including a scrum during the game in which Steven Stamkos (of all people) went after Andrei Markov after a late hit on Ondrej Palat.
As true hockey fans know, there is but one reaction to seeing this kind of passion and postseason drama: Lemme get a selfie!
Now, on the one hand, the idea of turning your back on the action to self-indulge when playoff action is unfolding a few feet away from your pricy lower bowl seats is nearly a hockey sin.
On the other hand … you have to admit that’s a pretty sweet selfie. Unless this was just more viral marketing for Samsung …
With that – Pass or Fail: Taking a selfie during a scrum at the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs. Brutality. Passion. Heroes. Villains. Celebrations. Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls.”
There are a few of our favorite things, and Hockey Night In Canada’s mad genius Tim Thompson put it all together in an incredible montage for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs’ opening night:
Really, any opening that can feature James Hetfield, Pat Burns and the California Golden Seals gets all the love and affection we can shower on 3 and a half minutes of hockey highlights.
Kudos for not using "Enter Sandman," as well.