CFN – The Hockey Gods can be funny. They tend to reward guts and hard work in the playoffs and those “Pesky” Ottawa Senators hung on and never gave up. That or the Habs simply took their foot off the gas after going up 2-0 and 3-1 which is never a wise thing to do unless you have an amazing defence and goalie which the Habs have not exhibited of recent vintage. As a matter of fact Montreal were blocking shots and helping Carey Price out as much as they could before he fell to injury at the end of the 3rd periord; or he just starting seeing monkeys? Peter Budaj was out for OT and Montreal is now down 3-1 in the series. Vancouver was swept by the Sharks which means that the last laugh is on Scott Gomez who will be playing in round two while the Habs most likely will not. Coach Michel Therrien showed why Pittsburgh let him go in this series. Marc Bergevin gets a free pass as it’s his first season and the team did turn around mightily. As a matter of fact as disappointing a finish to 2012/13 has been there are a ton of bright spots to look to the future with, but Mr. Bergevin has some mighty work cut out for him in the off season with some huge questions marks as this team is not a playoff team, especially without a game plan apparent that could lead to success.
The first Sens goal was kinda questionable, but again, excuses are for losers and at the end of the day the Sens overcame adversity and defeated Montreal.
Former Hab Mark Streit had the game of his career as the NY Islanders tied their series at 2 with their 6-4 win. Brian Strait, claimed off of waivers from the Penguins scored his first NHL goal in the victory with John Tavares scoring the winner.
Pittsburgh out shot the Isles 31-24, but Mr. Fleury has not been up to the challenge in goal this series giving up 6 goals on 24 shots in the loss with an .891 save percentage for the series and a 3.40 GAA. Pittsburgh at one point actually took the lead in the 3rd before the Islanders came back with 3 goals for the win.
The series resumes in Pittsburgh and I have a hunch Tomas Vokoun may be making an appearance.
Chicago shut out Minnesota 3-0. The Hawks now lead the series 3-1.
And San Jose knocked out the Canucks sweeping their series with their 4-3 OT win. Kevin Bieksa of the Canucks logged over 30 minutes of Ice Time as Vancouver tried to cling to life, but the Sharks put them away, out shooting Vancouver 47-35.
Joe Pavelski had two goals for the Sharks who also saw goals by Brent Burns and the winner in OT by Patrick Marleau. Vancouver actually had the lead mid way through the third period before San Jose came back to tie it up and send it into OT.
Daniel Sedin showed his frustration drawing a boarding penalty in OT which led to the winning goal. He was tossed for abusive language as well.
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