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THE ROUNDUP- PLAYOFF EDITION- APR 23/19

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The upsets keep coming as Dallas leaves Nashville for the 2nd round, and Columbus comes up big to force Game 7 against the Capitals.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

DALLAS STARS 2 NASHVILLE PREDATORS 1 (OT)- (Dallas wins series 4-2)

The season of upsets continues, as the John Klingberg scored in OT to give the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory in Game 6 over the Nashville Predators last night. Nashville came out hard in the first period, and fired 19 shots on Ben Bishop, but had just a 1-0 lead to show for it after 20 minutes, the lone goal going to Austin Watson. The Stars tied it in the 2nd when the 4th line connected, Blake Comeau, who was one of the best players on the ice all night scored his first of the playoffs. After the 1st, Dallas really took over, outshooting the Preds 41-29, and it looked like it might be heading to double OT before the Klingberg goal with just under 3 minutes left in the 1st OT. Dallas will now face the St Louis Blues in what should be a hell of a series.

CAROLINA HURRICANES 5 WASHINGTON CAPITALS 2- (Series tied 3-3)

I’m not really sure what was my favorite part of the game last night, honestly. There was a lot to choose from. There was Alexander Ovechkin starting to meltdown over the course of the game, for starters. After missing Dougie Hamilton with a hit in the first, Ovechkin skated by the Carolina bench and made chicken gestures. If you didn’t see this was a sign that Ovi was going to lose his shit, you weren’t paying attention. Then in the 3rd, he snapped. He screamed at the refs after the disallowed goal. He screamed at the refs after the empty net goal. Then, after a pretty brutal 2 hand chop on a ‘Canes player, he got tossed for mocking the officials. If he can’t keep his composure, they’re as good as dead.

Next up we have Pierre McGuire. He got dunked on hard by Eddie Olczyk:

He spent the whole night carrying Ovi’s water bottle:

McGuire was on Hamilton all night for avoiding the hit from Ovechkin, because apparently side-stepping a hit is a cardinal sin and one that you should wear like a badge of shame:

He finished his night interviewing Carolina’s Brett Pesce, and after a hard fought and emotional win by the Canes, Pierre asked the question he thought everyone wanted to know the answer to:

But I think my favorite part of the night had to be the man they call Mr Game Seven, Justin Williams.

The dude may go down as the greatest performer in elimination games the NHL has ever seen, and last night he struck again, with one of the best deflection goals of the entire season:

Absolutely sick. So they’ve taken the defending champs to a 7th game. The home team has won every game of this series so far, but last night was different for two reasons. The team that scored first won every game, except for last night. There had not been a lead change in the entire series, until last night. In our first round predictions thread I said Caps in 7 but I wasn’t confident in it at all. After watching the way these two teams responded last night, I am even less confident in the pick, and think the Jerks are gonna do the thing...