We’ve just learned of the passing of Jason Botchford this past weekend. Botchford was a huge part of the Canucks world, and his voice was such a vital part of being a fan of this team. We’re working on a tribute piece, but for the moment on behalf of all of us here at Nucks Misconduct, our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Jason.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 2 BOSTON BRUINS 1- (Columbus leads 2-1)
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 36 of 37 Boston shots and Matt Duchene’s 2nd period PPG stood up as the eventual winner as the Blue Jackets held on to take a 2-1 series lead last night in Columbus. Boone Jenner got things going early in an extremely noisy Nationwide Arena:
In the 2nd, Brad Marchand crosschecked Jenner in the face and got called on it, sending the Jackets PP to work. As weird as agreeing with Dart Guy is, he’s bang on here.
Lots of chatter about the Marchand punch to the back of the head on Harrington while he was on his knees at the end of the game and for good reason but this crosscheck to the chiclets is just wow.... that’s all I got is wow SMH ♂️ pic.twitter.com/hdqUz4CEGV— DartGuy (@LeafsMaz20) May 1, 2019
Duchene got the OT winner in Game 2 and he would make the Bruins pay on that PP:
Matt Duchene slams home a rebound in front of the net on the power play...where have we seen that before? pic.twitter.com/PfS2dGNYOH— The Second Round Cannon (@cbjcannon) May 1, 2019
The Bruins would get one back in the last minute of the 2nd though, as Jake DeBrusk banged one home on Bobrovsky:
The Bruins threw 15 shots at the Jackets net in the 3rd but Bob stopped em all. Late in the game with the goalie pulled, we had another Marshmont incident.
Brad Marchand punching the back of Scott Harrington's head while Harrington is down on his knees. pic.twitter.com/3JYYH8o89O— Flintor (@TheFlintor) May 1, 2019
And yes, naturally DoPS has already announced there will be no supplementary discipline for either incident. Kind of funny when you think that Nazem Kadri got 5 playoff games for a crosscheck that looks pretty damn similar, but after a decade of this bullshit, I am EXHAUSTED talking about the NHL’s blindspot when it comes to the Bruins.
SAN JOSE SHARKS 4 COLORADO AVALANCHE 2- (San Jose leads 2-1)
A hat trick from Logan Couture was the difference in a 4-2 Sharks win last night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Couture now has 43 playoff goals since 2010, 2nd only to Alexander Ovechkin’s 50. And say what you will about Couture but this celly is top notch.
Timo Meyer would add an unassisted goal to make it 2-0 Sharks after one period:
Holy smokes, what a snipe!
Nathan MacKinnon would get the Avs on the board in the 2nd with a beauty of his own:
Matt Nieto then tied it halfway through the 3rd from youngsters Samuel Girard and Cale Makar:
It didn’t take long for Couture to answer with his 2nd of the game, though:
And then the hat trick goal to finish off a hell of a night:
DISCARD OF YOUR HATS YOU NO LONGER NEED THEM! COUTURE HATTY TO SEAL IT! pic.twitter.com/xbocxC4g6G— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) May 1, 2019
Martin Jones stopped 25 of 27 Avalanche shots, while Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 Sharks shots in the loss.