|Posted by Radatz on April 20, 2017 at 12:55 AM|
To provide yours truly with at least something pleasant, we present the Patriots calling the NYT for fake news:
Game 4 has been comeback city, but the first team to break the mold was Boston. They pressed early but couldn't score, actually having a goal wiped off the board on challenge by an offside that was collecting dust after having gone uncalled. Marchand skated hard but continued snakebit as far as finding the back of the net. Pasternak had nothing. The shell of Krejci continued to feed blind passes to the wrong team. But I was actually thinking about writing that Chara was becoming useless and Backes just getting in the way when, having been hit, Backes took a leisurely stroll to the bench (with 4 minutes left) and Chara fed him the puck. Backes' replacement was already skating. Too many men. Just what you need. Cassidy was fit to be tied. Folks are wondering whether he'll get his job back next year. They should be wondering if he'll take it. Ottawa will win the series but won't stand up to a real contender.
Washington took a 4-1 lead early as Anderson looked shaky and then had to be wondering what was going on as the officials waved off what looked like a good goal (to the announcers even) on a GI call. Then, with the Caps bolting up ice on a pass up the boards, the linesman blocked the puck giving the Leafs an onside play with numbers. That goal made it 4-3. The Caps weren't happy and took over play for a bit, making it 5-3. It stood up as the Leafs got one more at 00:26, too late to make a difference. And just like that, home ice returned to default.
The two late games were both pending sweeps. The second team to blow the comeback trend turned out to be Calgary, who fell behind 2-0 and never caught up. It seemed an oddly even series to have been so one-sided in games, but there ya go. One question: why is he "Dougie" Hamilton? Sounds like the sort of affection reserved for Dickie Kerr, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe etc. Kid's got a way to go.
The second sweep candidate got the job done as Minnesota shut out the Blues, staying alive and prolonging the series. It's another series that seems oddly one-sided. The lineup got a shakeup. Did it work or just law of averages? We'll see.
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