- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Mark Stone played for Ottawa. Max Pacioretty returned for Montreal. But the story coming out of Senators-Canadiens Game 2 will be Alex Galchenyuk, whose overtime goal sends the series to Ottawa with the Habs up 2-0.
There was no controversy this time around, only two highlights from the Canadiens.
Late in the second period, P.K. Subban fired a laser that had it hit Senators netminder Andrew Hammond, it may have gone straight through him.
That goal gave Montreal a 2-1 lead. It would last until late in the third when Patrick Wiercioch’s power play tally tied the game, which would eventually head to overtime. In the extra period, it was Galchenyuk picking up a rebound, spinning and firing one by Hammond:
Hammond faced 42 shots and didn’t look great on Pacioretty’s opening goal or Galchenyuk’s winner. Down 0-2 and heading home, does Senators head coach Dave Cameron turn to Craig Anderson? That will be the big question over the next 48 hours.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It had to turn eventually for the Washington Capitals, and it did.
Down 3-1 late in the second period, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to win Game 2 4-3 and even their series with the New York Islanders.
Philipp Grubauer was announced was Washington’s surprise starter minutes before puck drop after Braden Holtby was ruled out due to illness. And like in Game 1 against Holtby, the Islanders didn’t wait long to grab the lead as Cal Clutterbuck scored 5:14 in.
The Capitals kept firing, though, but could only beat Jaroslav Halak once through late in the second period. Despite what the possession stats showed, the Islanders held a 3-1 lead. But it was only a matter of time before things swung Washington’s way.
It began late in the second period when the Capitals took advantage of extra space created by a stickless Kyle Okposo, which resulted in Alex Ovechkin notching his first of the playoffs:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Ducks players know that teammate Corey Perry is a jerk on the ice. When other team’s fans boo Perry and player chirp him, it’s clear Perry is doing something to bother everyone in an the building that has some association with his opponent.
“I think he’s always been a guy who has played on the edge a bit and done a few stupid things,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. “But he has been a guy who plays hard, and he’s earned space out there, and he goes to the dirty areas, and when you go to the dirty areas, you’re usually not making friends out there.”
Perry, who scored 33 goals in 67 games this year, is not a bad jerk type guy. He’s physical, aggressive, chippy and he scores a ton of goals. And he needs this to be a postseason of redemption after two straight so-so-to-poor playoffs.
He got off to a strong start with two goals and four points in Game 1 against Winnipeg. It was the best possible beginning for Perry, who wanted it as much for himself as for his team. Last playoff, Perry had just four points in Anaheim’s second round seven-game series with Los Angeles. He had two points the previous playoffs in seven games against Detroit.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
On Friday, the Washington Capitals recalled goalie Philipp Grubauer from the AHL, which caused some panic. Starter Braden Holtby was ill, and had been ill since before the end of the regular season.
Don’t worry, they said. Holtby is totally playing in Game 2 against the New York Islanders, they said.
Well, turns out the panic was legit: The only thing keeping the Capitals from going down 0-2 in their series against the Islanders is one Phillip Grubauer, as the team announced Holtby is out tonight an undisclosed illness.
From the Capitals:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Look, I get it.
The Bruins missed the playoffs, and based on team CEO Charlie Jacobs's threats earlier this season, someone had to pay the price. Peter Chiarelli put together the team, so it was him. Claude Julien also coached the team, and so when the new GM is hired, it might be him as well.
And it probably will be.
Because what the team's failure this season — the first in eight years without playoffs in Boston — really did was allow team president Cam Neely to seize just a little more power for himself. And he did it ruthlessly.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby sat out practice on Friday morning ahead of Game 2 of their series against the New York Islanders, feeling under the weather.
Hershey Bears starter Philipp Grubauer was recalled from the AHL as a precaution.
According to Coach Barry Trotz, Holtby missed Thursday’s optional skate for this very reason, and the Capitals saw little value in having Holtby tax himself the next morning with such a critical game around the bend. So they recalled Grubauer, who drove into town Thursday night.
Holtby still attended meetings and “got a little bit of movement today,” Trotz said, but any on-ice work will come during pregame warmups. “When you’re not feeling well, no sense draining yourself anymore,” Trotz said.
Basically, everyone in the Capitals locker room expects Holtby to get the start in Game 2, after the Islanders took Game 1 of the series, 4-1. Trotz also said that Holtby’s status shouldn’t be affected by the illness.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Wednesday said the fate of his coach Craig Berube would be determined after a “methodical” evaluation process.
“I'm not going to make a quick decision to appease people, or to follow along like it's supposed to be done. I'm going to do everything I can to do the due diligence that's appropriate to make the decision. Once I get there, then we'll let people know. I'm not going to make a hasty decision and look back and regret it. I'm going to do everything I can to gather all the information out there and make the right decision,” he said.
This intense process took … under two days.
Berube was fired on Friday by the Flyers, going 75-58-28 as head coach, the 18th the organization has had. (This was also Berube’s 18th year with the Flyers as a player and a coach. And Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln! Spooooky!)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Does a three-point NHL standings point system appeal to you?
Then you’re probably not a Calgary Flames player, coach or fan.
The Flames would have missed the playoffs under a system that awarded three points for a regulation win, two points for any type of overtime win and one point for an overtime loss. They would have finished ninth in the West, two points in back of the Winnipeg Jets and three points in back of the Los Angeles Kings, whose overtime failures would have been overcome by 37 regulation wins.
In the East, everyone who made the cut would have still made it. Sorry, Boston.
That’s via Hockey Standings, which has several variations on the current points system.
If we still had ties and no overtime? Boston makes the playoffs over Ottawa, and Chicago would have been a wild card while Winnipeg would be out. If we had ties after overtime? The Penguins would have played the Capitals in Round 1, and Winnipeg would be out again.