|Posted by Radatz on April 29, 2017 at 1:30 AM|
First thought: When I watch the west semis it's clear to me that whoever comes out of it will be dinner for the east champ, which will almost certainly be either Washington or Pittsburgh. I'm reminded of 1978 when Reggie Jackson told reporters following the one-game playoff at Fenway "You just saw the World Series today." He was right.
Second thought: I miss the backhand. These stupid curved sticks (that break when you breathe hard on them) make it impossible. Bring back straight-blade wooden Northlands. Let's see some hockey. Aww, your slap shot suffers? Watch some film of Geoffrion.
I can't figure either of these teams out, but if you were wondering whether the Predators were going to sweep their way to the cup, wonder no longer. Do they miss their Swiss spark plug? The Blues came out steaming but couldn't score for reasons beyond yours truly, as Pekka Rinne couldn't find his namesake, let alone the puck. But somehow the shots all managed to hit him anyway. Finally the Blues went into one of their eponymous funks leaving only Tarasenko playing hockey. Fortunately for them it was enough. Rinne continued to look out of sorts on the eventual winner, a blast at which he got a clear look. Allen, meanwhile, wasn't perfect but was the better of the two. Tie series. I wonder if StL would take two of Boston's lines for Tarasenko?
Cam Talbot and Hoot Gibson haven't been stellar lately, but they were good tonight, Talbot in particular. The Oilers came out like boilers, took a lead on the first shot of the game, then added a PP goal in the 2nd. Finally Anaheim started to fight back and got one before the period ended. Anaheim owned the 3rd, swarming the Oiler zone, clanging posts, losing their footing on clean breakaways... everything but scoring. Then Montour took an interference call (looked to me like the guy he took down had the puck) with about 5 left and from that point on it was pretty even. The Oilers defense was good, but Anaheim stopped skating. For over a minute they hesitated pulling Gibson and it cost them. They had one last flurry at the end but in vain, and they've backed themselves into a 2-0 hole in which condition they hit the road for a mere 1400 miles.
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