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2018 NHL Playoffs Round 2- Game 1 Open Thread Apr 27/18

Forget everything you think you know about hockey because literally nothing makes sense anymore.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Just one game on the schedule tonight, as the Winnipeg Jets open their 2nd round series in Nashville against the Predators. Last night we saw more ridiculous performances from Sidney Crosby and the Vegas Golden Knights in a playoff that has a very scripted feel to it.

PITTSBURGH 3 WASHINGTON 2 (Penguins lead series 1-0)

Sidney Crosby would very much like you to stop referencing other players when discussing the ‘best player in the NHL’, thank you. Crosby had a goal and set up Jake Guentzel for the winner as the Penguins came storming back in the 3rd period to take Game One 3-2. The Caps charged out of the gate in this one, with Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring just :17 into the first period, with helpers from Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson. Wilson and Ovi combined again in the first minute of the 3rd as Ovechkin got his 6th of the post-season, and it looked like Washington was in control. That lead evaporated in a little over 4 minutes on goals by Patrik Hornqvist, Crosby and Guentzel (who both now have 7 goals in the playoffs). Game 2 goes Sunday afternoon in DC. The Caps and their fans have to be feeling like we felt pre-Dragonslayer goal. The question is: do they have an Alex Burrows-type hero amongst them who can slay the beast?

VEGAS 7 SAN JOSE 0 (Golden Knights lead series 1-0)

This isn’t real, right? Like, the whole thing is rigged in some massive conspiracy involving the NHL, organized crime and the hotel owners in Las Vegas. This makes about as much sense as an expansion team that is currently 11 wins away from the Stanley Cup, without so much as a nick in the loss column. They’re the first NHL team ever to win it’s first 5 playoff games. They’re the only undefeated team after taking down the Sharks last night. And they almost doubled the number of goals the Sharks gave up in their sweep of the Anaheim Ducks. The Golden Knights are like that guy who comes up with a system to beat the house in Vegas, except they were given the instructions on how to do it by the casino owners, and aided by dimwitted casino employees.

WINNIPEG JETS @ NASHVILLE PREDATORS- 8:00 EDT/ 5:00 PDT (CBC/SN360)

Canada’s sole remaining squad in the quest for the Cup head to Music City after easily dispatching of the Minnesota Wild to take on a Nashville Predators team that went into the post-season as one of the favorites but now faces some questions as they struggled with the Wild Card Colorado Avalanche, needing 6 games to put away the team that finished in last place the season before. Let’s not kid ourselves here, the Presidents’ Trophy winners are never an easy mark (*sweeps all references to the Canucks 2012 playoff debacle under the rug*), but the Preds really struggled to contain the size and speed of the Avs, which is bad news because if there’s a team that can be described that way, only better, it’s the Jets.

The Jets are also getting some good news in the return of Nikolaj Ehlers. The line of Ehlers, Paul Stastny and Patrik Laine was a force since the acquisition of Stastny at the deadline, and with a Jets team that can already score with all 4 lines, this has to have the Preds just a little concerned. They’re also getting help on the back end too as Tobias Enstrom looks ready to return to the lineup. The Jets were built for a series like this, and not to look past a very good Nashville squad, but they just might be the only team that can stop Vegas from marching to the Finals.