LAST NIGHT'S GAMES:
- It was a touching tribute to the late owner of the Flyers that kicked off Game 3, and the Flyers responded by scoring less than a minute in. Could they be able to battle their way back into the series to honour Mr. Snyder? Nah. Washington scored the next 6 en route to a 6-1 victory and a 3-0 stranglehold on the series. The Caps scored a whopping 5 PP goals last night, which completely and utterly tells you everything you need to know with the problems of the Flyers. Maybe with the passing of Snyder this team can shed the identity of the Broad Street Bullies, a shtick that worked in the 70's but hasn't done them any favours since. And throwing the commemorative bracelets for Snyder, one of them hitting Dmitri Orlov, who had just been gooned from behind by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, which is just the most Philadelphia fan thing ever.
They're done in 4...
- While many saw them suffering a similar fate, Minnesota rose to the occasion on home ice and despite being down 4 minutes into the game thanks to two handsome Patrick Sharp goals, roared back with 4 straight goals, the Mikko Koivu PPG in the 3rd being the winner as they handed Dallas a 5-3 defeat, moving that series to 2-1 for the Stars. The Stars outhit, outshot, outchanced and simply outplayed the Stars, who had better snap out of this funk lest they be heading back to Texas with the series tied.
- After playing some scoreless hockey from 8:10 of the first period when Anze Kopitar's PPG matched Joe Thornton's marker at the 30 second mark, it needed a defensive breakdown in OT by the Sharks to allow Tanner Pearson to get the OT winner. The Kings withstood a bunch of Sharks PPs, including one for Milan Lucic "slashing" an opponent.
What a pathetic piece of garbage.
- Detroit will look to even up their series with Tampa tonight, and each team is looking to change a few things in order to help their fortunes. The Red Wings need to get their PP going, currently 1 for 17. The Lightning meanwhile have 1 goal from someone not named Johnson, Kucherov or Killorn. Getting some balanced scoring is going to be the key as they forge ahead without Steven Stamkos.
- The Rangers hope to build on their Game 2 victory and take a lead in the series as they play Game 3 at MSG tonight. The big question for the Penguins is who's in goal. Jeff Zatkoff started the first two games, and Matt Murray has been practicing. But is Marc-Andre Fleury ready to return to the lineup? Ryan McDonough has been practicing with the Rangers but is unlikely to play, and Dan Girardi will be out for this game as well.
#Blackhawks have roped off the logo in the middle of their dressing room.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) April 19, 2016
The Blues have done a hell of a job defensively in this series, and if they can continue to get the kind of goaltending that Brian Elliott's been giving them, and take advantage of an undisciplined Blackhawks team on the PP, then this one could very well be heading back to St Louis with the Blues leading 3-1.
- Nashville is at home tonight after taking two in Anaheim, and you can expect the crowd in Smashville to be raucous and rowdy as they hope for the Predators to take a 3-0 stranglehold against the Ducks. Anaheim has spent so much time scrumming, trying to draw calls and complaining to the officials you'd swear they forgot the best way to win a game is to actually try and outscore the opponent. Lose tonight and they're as good as done. And that is what the world needs now, kids.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
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