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No. 1 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Pavelski had a three-point night in the Sharks 7-2 rout of the Los Angeles Kings, picking up a second assist on the Justin Braun goal that stood as the game-winner, then adding a goal and another assist once the Kings fell apart in the third. The Sharks scoured four in the final frame:
No. 2 Star: Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
Gallagher capped off a massive momentum shift for the Canadiens versus the home Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period, scoring the go-ahead goal not long after Ryan Callahan has his go-ahead goal disallowed. Then in the third, he helped orchestrate a Tomas Plekanec goal which would stand as the game-winner in a 3-2 victory for the Canadiens. Game 4 now becomes our first elimination game of the playoffs.
No. 3 Star: Ray Emery, Philadelphia Flyers
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You're not going to see many momentum swings as drastic as the one that turned the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-1 lead versus the Montreal Canadiens into a 2-1 deficit in Sunday night's Game 3.
Originally, it looked like the Lightning had scored the all-important go-ahead goal. After a scramble in front of the Montreal net, with Alex Killorn spilling into the crease, Carey Price flopping all over, and the puck moving side to side before Ryan Callahan put the puck in.
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But the goal was waved off by the officials, presumably because of goaltender interference.
On its face, that's a terrible call. Price wasn't interfered with at all. Sure, Killorn was briefly where the puck would eventually wind up, but he didn't touch Price. The only contact between the Lightning forward and the Canadiens defender came when Price attempted to re-establish position moving to his left and inadvertently stepped on the back of the fleeing Killorn's skate.
Price fell, and never quite got set after that, moving back across the ice to chase the puck and flopping at Callahan's shot, which deflected off his body and in.
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If you've read the New Testament, you probably know by now that Jesus is a big fan of gardens. The last place he went before his arrest was the Garden of Gethsemane. And most recently, he was spotted at the TD Garden, where the Bruins and Red Wings duked it out for Game 2 of their first-round series.
In other words, if you skipped Easter Sunday service to attend this one, you're not alone: so did the Lord.
"Jesus", in this case, is a guy named Thor, who knew just how to get invited to the game. Ask if someone had a minute for the guy that died for their sins:
Who has an extra ticket to the Bruins game on Sunday? Jesus must make his return to the garden for Easter. Please RT pic.twitter.com/Pqp4jBORyZ
Apparently, Jesus is a fan of the World Series.
Anyway, it worked.
@svenlylethor I have an extra ticket!
The condition, of course, was that Thor come to the game dressed not, as his name implies, as the crown prince of Asgard, but as the Saviour of mankind. And of course he obliged.
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Heading back to Chicago trailing their first-round series with the St. Louis Blues two games to none, the Chicago Blackhawks were already in trouble. But now their uphill climb has gotten even steeper, as the long arm of the law has come down on Brent Seabrook for his nasty hit on David Backes in Game 2.
[Puck Daddy: Seabrook ejected after hit to head of David Backes]
Fittingly for this Easter Sunday, it will be three game days before Seabrook can rise again. Here's Patrick Burke to explain why:
Three games is a big suspension, but it seems justified, in this case.
The argument in defense of Seabrook could be that he didn't know Backes had failed to gain control of the puck, but the Department doesn't seem convinced. "While it is possible," Burke says, "the onus is still on Seabrook to ensure that he does not hit an ineligible opponent."Mon, Apr 215:30 PM PDTSt. Louis at ChicagoPreview Game
Nathan MacKinnon is going to win the Calder trophy. He stands alone as the NHL's best rookie, and one of the reasons for that is that he never really looked like one. Heading into the playoffs, you had to wonder if his first NHL postseason was the moment he started to look his age.
In the parlance of most kids his age: LOL nope . On Saturday, MacKinnon scored his first career NHL playoff goal, and my lord if it isn't an incredible piece of business.
The NBA postseason kicked off Saturday, but I submit that you won't see finer playoff ankle breakage than this today. Unbelievable.
You knew the Wild were in trouble the moment MacKinnon received this pass. The only guy near him was Mikko Koivu, and MacKinnon blows by him with ease, leaving him most of the neutral zone to pick up speed, because this is no longer Jacques Lemaire's Wild, and the middle of the ice is wiiiiiiide open. By the time he hits the Minnesota blueline, he's a flux capacitor away from going back to 1955.
It's been a nutty start to the NHL playoffs, as for the second straight day, the NHL has handed out a fine for a testicle-related incident.
Just one day after Joel Quenneville was left reaching for his wallet for reaching just left of his wallet, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins was dinged $5000 for dinging Danny DeKeyser with a stick to the de keysers during Friday night's series opener between Boston and Detroit. Here's another look:
The league called it spearing. That seems generous.
Lucic also defended his own honour by pointing to his relatively clean record, which is customary in Boston:
Lucic: "I’ve been in the league for seven years and I think I’ve only done that three times. I don’t know why I did it.”
The man has a point. He's only averaging one cheap, cowardly crotch shot every 2.3 years. If he has a 15-year career, he's only going to do this three or four more times. That's it . Seems like an honorable player to me.
The Detroit Red Wings are making their 23rd consecutive appearance in the NHL playoffs, but that wasn't the only streak they kept alive by winning the second Wild Card spot. Also saved: Detroit rapper Baby G's run of annual hip hop playoff anthems.
Back in 2011, the emcee released original cut "Throw Your Wings Up", and he's been re-releasing the track with roster updates every postseason since. On Friday, just prior to Game 1 between the Red Wings and Bruins, Baby G dropped version four, "Octopi 2014 edition", and in so doing, gave Detroit the early frontrunner for best hip hop fan anthem of the 2014 playoffs.
"We're going 23 consistent, 11 rings too, that's playoffs my whole existence, can't say the same for you."
This guy has never seen a Red Wings team that didn't make the playoffs. I'm probably not the only one seething with envy and spite right now.
The Red Wings won Game 1 of their series, and while most would argue that it was Pavel Datsyuk who propelled them to victory, I am willing to hear arguments that it was actually Baby G and his dope flow.
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The way goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Tuukka Rask were playing in Game 1 between Boston and Detroit, you knew it was going to take something special to break the scoreless tie. Fortunately, that's sort of where Pavel Datsyuk excels.
The Red Wings stole Game 1 of series with a 1-0 win Friday, and the difference, as he often is, was the wizardly Datsyuk, who scored the game-winner on a dazzling, beautiful individual effort with just over three minutes remaining.
I was going to go out tonight. I think I may just stay in with this goal.
So much beauty here, and it begins at the moment that Datsyuk corrals this puck. The play begins with a truly terrible pass from Johan Franzen, who tries to flip it to Datsyuk to start the breakout and winds up losing it in traffic.
But no matter. Already dashing through the neutral zone like a one horse open sleigh, Datsyuk reaches back behind him and snags the puck, dragging it between all three Bruins' forwards, then slingshotting it through his legs and up to his stick. He does all this at full speed.
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The NHL announced a $25,000 fine to Joel Quenneville for "inappropriate conduct" Friday, after his double overtime tirade against the officials Thursday night ended in a crotch grab that would have made Michael Jackson proud.
Quenneville had already apologized for the gesture. "It was a bush-league move on my part," he said earlier in the day.
Now, we don't know about bush-league. It seemed just a little lower than that.
Still. He wasn't happy with it, and neither was the league, who would prefer their coaches not do this.
The Internet, on the other hand, loved it. Loved it. On Friday, Joel Quenneville was everywhere.
Pete Blackburn had a ton of fun with it, noting that pointing that dramatic is better suited for John Travolta feature films than the NHL playoffs. Something tells me we'll be seeing a lot of this GIF in the playoffs, especially if the Blackhawks win an elimination game to stay alive , as it were.
Thank goodness Game 2 goes Saturday during the day. That gives Quenneville plenty of time to get to a postgame dancefloor before Saturday night fever sets in.
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For the 62nd time this season, the Buffalo Sabres finished second, losing the 2014 NHL draft lottery to the Florida Panthers, despite having the best odds by virtue of their last-place finish. They were dismayed. (Roberto Luongo, not so much.)
You could argue that the hockey gods are out to get them, but the hockey gods would likely counter with "ummmm butt goal?"
In any case, Buffalo fans have taken it surprisingly well, with most simply accepting their fate and opting to let it go. And over at radio station WGR 550, Thom Cich has decided to sing a draft lottery-themed version of "Let it Go", the popular song from Disney's Frozen that's pretty much everywhere these days. As a fan of hockified song parodies, I love this:
I've got to give it up to Buffalo radio here, and not just for the vocal chops. (Actually, not for the vocal chops at all. There are no chops.)