LAST NIGHT'S GAMES:
- I can't think of a more fitting way for them to go down than this: for the 4th consecutive year, after leading a series 3-2, the Anaheim Ducks lost a Game 7 at home. Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad scored 1st period goals, and while Ryan Kesler scored early in the 3rd, as that period went on, you just got the feeling they weren't going to score, right down to their last attempt, Kesler whiffing on a bouncing puck beside the net. Corey Perry going goalless in the series. All the regular season success for nothing, as they once again find themselves bounced. For Nashville, this is not their first 1st round win, but by far their biggest. This is one that they can use to bolster the fan base in Nashville with, and grow an already impressive and loyal following. It's good for them and great for the game overall. Oh, and while I didn't get the number of games right on all of them, check it out:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="in" dir="ltr">NASH 7, SJ 6, DAL 5, STL 6 <a href="https://t.co/0zb0LjBsDb">https://t.co/0zb0LjBsDb</a></p>— Kent Basky (@KentGBasky) <a href="https://twitter.com/KentGBasky/status/719354868205391872">April 11, 2016</a></blockquote>
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- The 2nd round started, awkwardly enough before the puck drop of that last game of round 1. The Tampa Bay Lightning scored early in the 1st, then gave up four straight goals en route to a 5-3 New York Islanders win. Ondrej Palat scored at 3:05 to give Tampa the lead, but Travis Hamonic and a pair of goals from Shane Prince gave the Isles a 3-2 lead after 1. A John Tavares PPG in the 2nd would be the eventual winner, and Cal Clutterbuck added an empty netter. Game 2 goes Saturday.
- The other Eastern Conference series gets under way tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins head to DC to take on the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will be the focus of much of the attention, but it's the supporting casts of these teams that will decide who survives. Can rookie Matt Martin better Braden Holtby? Evgeny Malkin or Nicklas Backstrom? It's their first meeting in the postseason since 2009, and it's gonna be a hell of a series, folks.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
A little DEATH BREATH to get you through Thursday. Time to go on a Chopping Spree...