|Posted by Radatz on April 15, 2017 at 1:05 AM|
The first night of game 2s produced the usual interesting results. 4-1 was our 'rout', but the routee outshot the router 40-32. We had a last-minute tying goal leading to a late OT winner, a last 3-minute winner and almost a tying goal at the horn (a second too late). Plus one not-as-close-as-it-seemed. Good stuff again for the greatest show on sports TV.
It's not so surprising that Pitt is ahead of the BJs 2-0, but it is surprising that the main reason continues to be Fleury, who wasn't even supposed to play. Columbus held a 40-32 shot advantage, hardly what you'd expect in a 4-1 loss. Clearly they can skate with Pittsburgh, but there's nothing you can do if you can't score more than a goal on 40 shots. Didn't catch Tortorella's post-game (if he had one), but one assumes he's lost his feel-good attitude about the series. A little soul searching is in order now.
The Rangers came within seconds of leaving Montreal with a 2-0 series lead. Montreal dominated them for large parts of the game, but a 58-38 shooting advantage doesn't usually spell last-second tying goal and OT win. With Henrik, it did. So NY leaves with a 1-1 split and tenuous home ice advantage. Depending on how well Montreal plays away from home it may be key. The Habs aren't likely to rack up 58 shots on call, and that's what may be required to beat Lundqvist if he keeps his form. One might also assume that NY will find fresh legs at home. They must have left them someplace.
Minnesota didn't exactly pummel the Blues' net for a second straight outing; in fact, they were outshot in a game featuring a paltry 46 shots on goal (Minnesota had 22 of them). But they still looked the better team for much of the night. The goal inside 3 minutes that beat them was something of a stunner considering the flow of play, and the tying goal at the horn was a second or so late. It's a bit hard to believe they're down 2-0 with home ice a fond memory. Are they good enough to fix things? Seems so at least. Will they? That's the $64k question.
Take the Sharks, subtract Joe Thornton, slick passing, fast skating and coherent play and what you have left is not much, as their effort or lack thereof demonstrated. With half the 3rd to go they trailed 2-0 despite 6 PPs. Both goals by Edmonton came shorthanded. That's bad. It could have been more PPs as Kassian looked to have had at least one charge and other sundry offenses ignored, but this night it probably wouldn't have helped. Edmonton skated hard and was aggressive. SJ was slow and passive. The shot totals reflected that better than the score did. Jones played well. That was it for SJ. For Edmonton, Talbot was the only one left standing around for most of the night. But the Sharks did escape with a split.
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