|Posted by Radatz on April 14, 2017 at 1:45 AM|
Night 2 was every bit as much high quality first round material as night 1. The underlying story of five Canadian teams took another hit as they finished the openers at 0-5. Nobody said they had the five best teams, but nobody expected this either. One underdog prevailed this night. All one-goal games.
Chicago looked like a team that dogged it at the end of the season, which they were. By late in the game they were playing better, but Rinne wasn't cooperating. Finally, with a chance to ice the game, one of the Predators broke over center ice and, staring down an empty net, centered the puck instead of shooting. Then Subban shot at the net... unfortunately from his own end. Icing. Then he did it twice more. But Nashville held on, and it's 1-0. Is that worth anything? We'll see. After period 1, Chicago held a 23-9 shots advantage.
Until the game was in overtime Toronto looked like a great matchup for the Caps, and maybe better coached. Ya think? But Anderson, not only back from injury but tending goal as if either masterful or blessed (or both), whiffed inexplicably on a shot from the boards. He reacted like he never saw it. Maybe he didn't. Whatever, Toronto may rue blowing the opportunity. The other theory is that the game will give them confidence. Whatever it does, they're a game in the hole. Whatever it's worth, the Capitals (should be 'Capitols') held a small 44-37 shot advantage but incrementally improved it with each period and the OT. The next meeting will tell a lot about where this is going.
If you're writing a cheat-sheet for 'too many men', you explain that if the puck actually hits a guy as he's going off you gotta call it. Textbook. About 40 seconds into the game it happened to Anaheim, everyone saw it and no one called it. Was the other guy still on the bench?Seconds later Hamilton (who took bad penalties all night) got called for tripping. Seconds after that... 1-0 Anaheim, who had come out flying. But instead of folding Calgary fought back and tied the game on their own PP. In the 2nd period they actually took the lead, but not for long. It was 3-2 Anaheim headed into the 3rd. It stayed that way as good hockey gave way late in the 3rd to bad icings, dumb penalties and how-not-to power plays, notably a long Calgary PP that almost ran to the horn (1:14 of it 5-on-3, followed by a brief 6-on-5 to close out), all to no avail. Anaheim looked like the better team, but it was close. This time.
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