St Louis battled back to hand the Nashville Predators their first loss of the postseason, and the Oilers, well Cam Talbot anyway, stole another win in Anaheim, and are now 10 wins away from the Stanley Cup because for some reason the rest of the hockey world is being punished. Speaking of being punished. we're going to take a look at this afternoon's Draft Lottery, the odds for the Canucks of actually getting that number one pick and who the top 5 consensus picks are, so we can get a feel for who could be joining the Canucks as early as this fall. First, let's recap last night's action and look at today's games.
EDMONTON 2 ANAHEIM 1 (Oilers lead 2-0)
Cam Talbot stopped 39 of 40 shots and the Edmonton Oilers played like crap.
ST LOUIS 3 NASHVILLE 2 (Series tied 1-1)
Vladimir Tarasenko was the difference as he scored twice to lead the Blues to a 3-2 win and send the series to Nashville tied at a game a piece. After trading goals in the first, the Preds took the lead in the 3rd on an unassisted goal from Ryan Ellis. Jori Lehtera tied it midway through the period, setting the stage for Tarasenko's winner.
Pekka Rinne, who had looked unbeatable in the first round against Chicago has now given up 3 goals in back to back games, and the Preds will need him to start shutting the door or Cinderella's gonna need to cancel her plans for the ball...
The Senators look to take a 2-0 series lead heading to New York as they take on the Rangers in the early game today. The Sens battled back to win in Game 1, and will look to keep getting as much rubber sent Henrik Lundqvist's way as they can. The Rangers meanwhile are going to need to get more offensive production from well, everyone. Their top scorers (Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello have as many points as Bobby Ryan has goals so far this postseason. If Lundqvist isn't above average for them, then that spells trouble against an Ottawa team that is hitting their offensive stride.