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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS OPEN THREAD- Apr 14/17

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A big comeback win for the Habs, big trouble in Minny and a turn around in Edmonton were the highlights of last night. Today the Sens look to get back on track against the Bruins, The Leafs try to build on a mostly positive Game 1 performance, The Predators look to head home with a 2-0 lead over the Hawks and Calgary tries (again) to win in Anaheim.

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CANADIENS 3 RANGERS 2 OT (Series tied 1-1)

Tomas Plekanec deflected a centering pass behind Henrik Lundqvist with 17.4 seconds left to send the game to OT, and then Alexander Radulov capped off a huge game, jamming home the winner past Lundqvist, his first goal of the playoffs to go with the assists on the two previous Montreal goals. An early goal from Jeff Petry gave the Habs the lead, but Michael Grabner tied it midway through the 1st. Montreal answered back not long after though, with Paul Byron getting his first of the postseason.

The Rangers took control in the 2nd, with goals from Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello, and it looked like Lundqvist would shut the door until Plekanec's goal with Carey Price on the bench for the extra attacker.

PENGUINS 4 BLUE JACKETS 1 (Penguins lead 2-0)

A big game from Sidney Crosby was overshadowed by an ugly incident at the end of the game, as Matt Calvert attacked Tom Kuhnhackl.

While closer examination shows that Calvert did not in fact strike Kuhnhackl in the neck, this was a pretty disturbing sequence, especially how he attempts to fight him after the crosscheck. And yes, there are already rumblings that he might not get suspended for this, because the DoPS is a complete farce.

Anyway, back to the game. Crosby opened the scoring with his 50th career post season goal, and assisted on goals from Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin. Brandon Saad had tied the game at 1 in the 2nd, before Guentzel's goal just 51 seconds later that proved to be the winner.

BLUES 2 WILD 1 (Blues lead 2-0)

Another goal from Joel Edmondson, and a tying goal from Zack Parise? This one looked like it might head to OT again until Jaden Schwartz scored with 2:27 left to complete the home ice theft for St Louis. While Jake Allen only had to face half the amount of shots he saw in Game 1, he's coming out on top in a goaltending battle no one thought he'd win. Minnesota is now staring down the possibility of a pretty fast 1st round exit following one of the best seasons in franchise history, not a good look for Bruce Beaudreau in his first season as Wild coach, especially given that it's against the guy he replaced: Mike Yeo.

OILERS 2 SHARKS 0 (Series tied 1-1)

Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers as they had a pretty dominant game helping them even up their series at a game a piece. The Oilers were hitting everything in sight, including Kassian, who threw a couple hits that were, well... pretty much the reason why Oilers fans hated him when he was in Vancouver. Funny how that changes. Kassian is a free agent and is having the kind of post season that could price him out of Edmonton, which would be hilarious. One thing has become crystal clear in this series: the Sharks need Joe Thornton back pronto. If you ever had doubts just how valuable a player he is, Game 2 should clear that up. The feared Sharks PP looks positively Canuck-like without him, and giving up 2 shorties didn't help either.

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins

12:00 PM PT - Canadian Tire Centre- Ottawa, ON

TV: SN - Radio: TSN 1410

After blowing Game 1 with a 3rd period collapse, the Sens look to rebound against the Bruins and head back to Boston tied at 1 game a piece. Boston will be without David Krejci again, but there's good news for Ottawa as it looks like Marc Methot will be back after having the tip of his finger severed by a Sidney Crosby slash a few games ago. The Bruins D, already banged up will also be without Colin Miller for Game 2, and we'll likely see Joe Morrow, who hasn't played since Jan 22, in his place.

While the Bruins lead the series, they're lucky to be where they are, and are going to need to step up their game against a determined Ottawa squad who is going to look to try and exploit the depleted Boston defence.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals

4:00 PM PT - Verizon Centre- Washington, DC

TV: CBC - Radio: TSN 1040

The Leafs will be without D Nikita Zaitsev again today, and that will put more pressure on the Leafs D who not only have the Caps' snipers like Alex Ovechkin to worry about, but also noted playoff beast Justin Williams, who had a whale of a game 1 for Washington.

Overall, the Leafs didn't look terribly outmatched, and that's going to be a key for them to focus on, making sure they stay confident they can come back to Toronto with the series tied. What they may need is for Frederik Andersen to steal a game for them tonight. If he can't, they could be in for a pretty short playoff experience.

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks

5:00 PM PT - United Centre- Chicago, IL

TV: SN - Radio: N/A

It wasn't a barn burner by any stretch, but the Nashville Predators know that the key to beating the Blackhawks is slowing things down and forcing Chicago out of their comfort zone. They did that perfectly in Game 1, anchored by a 29 save shutout performance from Pekka Rinne. The Hawks have responded with a pretty significant shuffle of three of their four lines for Game 2.

For the Preds, continuing to pressure the Hawks into turnovers and keeping them hemmed in their own end seems to be working fine, so don't expect too many changes tonight.

Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks

7:30 PM PT - Honda Centre- Anaheim, CA

TV: CBC - Radio: N/A

Nick Ritchie returns from suspension for the Ducks, adding even more physicality into a series between two teams that clearly don't like each other. The Ducks need to not focus on getting some kind of revenge on Mark Giordano for his hit on Cam Fowler, which has left the Ducks D man out of the lineup since the early April regular season game between these teams.

For Calgary, they need to get their best players into this and pronto. They were dominated in puck battles and in the faceoff circle by the Ducks, and need to not let history and what happened in Game 1 stay in their heads. Knowing the way Brian Burke teams operate though, expect tons of post whistle scrums, big hits and maybe some actual fights. Either way, they are in big trouble if they can't split these games in Anaheim.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Stumbled across this awesome Dutch thrash act last night, who just released a 5 song ep called Sharkbite! GRINDPAD absolutely rip, and sound to these ears like they can hold their own against any of the modern thrash acts.