From Abdelkader to Zuccarello – 18 April 2011

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2011 NHL Playoff Coverage

Washington Capitals 2 New York Rangers 3 (Game 3; Capitals lead series 2-1)

After losing the first two games in Washington D.C. Rangers Brandon Dubinsky decided to try and change his luck by shaving off part of his playoff beard into what is now known as the DubiStache. So far it seems to have worked as the first appearance of the DubiStache has lead to the first win of the series for New York.

It took until the second intermission for the first goal to be scored. The goal from Erik Christensen came on the Rangers power play after Capitals defenseman John Carlson was called for cross checking.

It was Sean Avery being – well Sean Avery yesterday at home in Madison Square Garden that may have given the Ranger the edge over the Capitals. NBC’s Joe Yerdon, the editor over at Pro Hockey Talk, caught Sean Avery in an act of breaking his own stick for a the sake of his team.

After being injured behind the net referee Chris Rooney was replaced by Frederick L’Ecuyer. The incident lead to a little break in game action and there was a mini warm-up session while both teams and the new ref were able to get back into the mental and physical aspects for the game.

With a minute left in the second it was Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin whom would tie the game with a tipped-in goal off of a shot from Jason Arnott to tie the game. It would look as though the Rangers took a lead in the final second of the game only to have the War Room in Toronto to review the goal and determine that the official time clock ruled that the puck crossed the line after time had run out.

The third period would see Vinny Prospal score for the Rangers to give them that 2-1 lead they thought they had at the end of the second only to have Capitals Mike Knuble score on the power play after Marian Gaborik was called for cross checking.

With the game tied it looked as though the game would head into overtime just like the first meeting between the two teams in this series.

That is until Brandon Dubinsky went backhand on Michal Neuvirth to put the Rangers up by one in the final minutes of the third.

Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators (Game 3; Predators lead series 2-1)

For the first time in franchise history the Nashville Predators lead a play off series.

The first period would belong to the Predators as they would score two goals less than 40 seconds apart. The first goal came on the power play by Martin Erat after the Ducks Luca Sbisa was called for roughing. It would be Jordin Tootoo shortly after that would give Nashville the 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

If the first period had belonged to Nashville the second period belongs to none other than 40 year old Teeme Selanne.

Two goals for Teemu Selanne within 30 seconds of each other to tie the game 2-2 and remind everyone of why he is The Finnish Flash.

Fellow countryman Pekka Rinne stood no chance against the Selanne.

Just minutes before Selanne tied the game Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf had been given a fighting major after he and Predators trade deadline pick up from the Ottawa Senators Mike Fisher dropped the gloves.

The third period may have started with a 2-2 tie but that wasn’t how it would end.

Nashville would take a 3-2 lead over Anaheim early in the final period as David Legwand would put a wrist shot past Ray Emery. Just over a minute later it would be the Ducks Matt Beleskey with a tipped- in goal off of a shot from Saku Koivu that would bring the game to a 3-3 tie.

Just after the halfway point in the period it would be Mike Fisher with his third goal of the playoffs that would be the game winner and see the Predators take their first lead in a playoff series.

Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks (Game 3; Canucks lead series 3-0)

It was announced earlier in the day yesterday that the Blackhawks would be inputting John Scott to the line up for game three which left NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk’s Joe Yerdon wondering is he the next Dustin Byfuglien?

Probably the biggest news to come out of the game last night was that Raffi Torres landed a headshot on Chicago’s Brent Seabrook behind the night in Torres first game back after a suspension. The questions raised will he be suspended? Did the hit violate rule 48? What do you think?

As for the rest of the game…

The Blackhawks took the early lead in the game as defenseman Duncan Keith put a slap shot past Roberto Luongo on a power play after Canucks Christian Ehrhoff was called for tripping.

Ehrhoff would redeem himself midway though the second period as he would tie the game at one with his own slap shot power play goal after Chicago’s John Scott would take an interference penalty. Seconds after Ehrhoff tied the game for the Canucks it would be Daniel Sedin with a wrist shot that would give them the 2-1 lead.

Raffi Torres would take his second penalty in the game ( a two minute interference for the hit to Seabrook) and see Patrick Sharp tie the game for the Blackhawks before the game headed into the second intermission.

The third period would start off pretty Swede as Mikael Samuelsson would go backhand on Corey Crawford off of a feed from Henrik Sedin to give the Canucks the 3-2 lead they would ride out for the remainder of the game; and see Vancouver go up 3-0 in the series over the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

Up into the Netting

Thanks to Jim Dwyer for linking this video to me. It may not be high energy but has a nice NHL playoff vibe to it:

The Flyers had evened the series against the Sabres before heading to Buffalo will it be Boosh or Bob to start game three?

Mike Colligan has a look at the Penguins Blueprint: Wilkes-Barre Building a Winning Tradition.

With their series tied 1-1 how do the Sharks bounce back now that the series has moved to Los Angeles?

Today’s NHL Playoff Lineup

Philedphlia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres Game 3
7:00 p.m. EST on TSN and VERSUS

Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Game 3
7:30 p.m. EST CBC (HD) and RDS

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3
7:30 p.m. EST on CBC (HD) and VERSUS (joined in progress)

Detroit Red Wings at Phoenix Coyotes Game
10:30 p.m. EST on CBC (HD) and VERSUS

  • hockeyfan07

    “For the first time in franchise history the Nashville Predators lead a play off series.”

    Ummm… NO. The Predators led against the Blackhawks last season in the opening round… TWICE. After game one and again following the third game.