Wednesday night was another fairly exciting one in the NHL as Day 22 of the playoffs got underway, and by the end of it all it was the Penguins finally lower-casing the Capitals and the 'Canes bringin' the pain against the Bruins!
Here's the recap:
(Penguins 3, Capitals 2 - 1OT)
-This has nothing to do with the game, but if you're going to get ALL of the fans in your building to wear the same color, shouldn't you wear that color too? Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure this is just how the Pens roll, but when the other team is wearing white and your fans are wearing white, it just looks silly. Sorry Pittsburgh, it's just how I feel. To the game -- a lot of penalties against the Caps in this one eh? Outshot 15-4 in the second period while killing three penalties...final penalty count 7-2 for Washington. I mean, I watched the game and I agree with Alex Ovechkin when he says that was "just unbelievable." BUT -- I also agree with him when he says his team was totally outplayed! Evgeni Malkin finally showed up, which was a big part of Pittsburgh's success. He scored what looked like it could be the game-winner but had a ton of chances before that and in overtime. Also, I'm SO GLAD that the game-winner in overtime didn't come on the power play that the Penguins got when Brian Pothier shot the puck over the glass. I HATE that rule, unless it's totally intentional-looking. The series now sits at 2-1 for Washington with game four going on Friday in Pittsburgh.
(Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2 - 1OT)
-Look at Jussi Jokinen go! After scoring just seven times in 71 regular season games, he's got five in 10 playoff games including a pair of game-winners! First, he scored that goal with 0.2 seconds left in game four against the Devils that had Martin Brodeur steaming, and on Wednesday night he jammed home a rebound on Tim Thomas for the overtime winner as the Hurricanes (or the "Cardiac 'Canes" as they've been called) beat the Bruins to take a 2-1 series lead. After the first game of this series, it looked like the Bruins would run away with this one...but you've GOT to be intrigued by this Carolina club! Eric Staal has been tossed all over the ice, but he came up with a clutch goal again in this win...and did you see the shots?! I don't think Boston's been outshot 41-23 too many times this season!
*Vancouver @ Chicago - 6pm (Series: 2-1 Vancouver)
*Detroit @ Anaheim - 8:30pm (Series: 2-1 Anaheim)