I'm watching an exhibition game of the Germany at the moment and realized that it took less than a day to enjoy hockey again this year. There are two early games today so I don't have to get up past midnight to watch NHL hockey. Maybe some of you are in the mood to share their thoughts during the games.
Three teams face elimination today. The Penguins came back from being down 0 to 3 and try to force a game 7 on home ice. Marc-Andre Fleury didn't look as shaky as in the first 3 games and actually secured Pittsburghs victory in game 5 stopping 7 shots on a penalty kill late in the game. Ilya Bryzgalov on the other hand still looks shaky and now seems to be the worse of the goalies in this series. Can the Flyers rebound after a blowout and a close loss? Can the Penguins ride their momentum to force a game 7?
Boston isn't playing like they did last year. They are missing top performances of their big guns and Tim Thomas is nowhere near his Conn Smythe shape. He gave up a weak goal late in the game to give Washington a 3 to 2 series lead and didn't look strong in other games too. Braden Holtby did look shaky from time to time during this series but got better and better and managed to backstop his team to 3 wins in close games. Will Washington be able to close out the series against the defending champions just 24 hours after they took their first lead?
The LA Kings proved during the first 3 games that they are better than their 8th seed after the regular season showed. Good defense, exceptional play by Jonathan Quick and timely goals on the power play and shorthanded let them jump out to a 3 to 0 series lead. Vancouver did get Daniel Sedin back and managed to solve Quick in game 4. Will the Canucks be able to come back or will they be another Presidents Trophy winner that doesn't get it done in the postseason?
NHL Playoffs Schedule for April 22, 2012
|Away||Home||series||Time (PST) ||Television|
||PHI leads 3-2
||9:00 AM||RDS, TSN, NBC
|Boston||Washington||WSH leads 3-2
||12:00 PM||NBC, RDS, CBC|
|Los Angeles||Vancouver||LAK leads 3-1
||5:00 PM||CBC, NBCSN, RDS, FS-W (HD)|