Penguins ROLL past Flyers in game one
The Penguins DESTROY the Flyers in game one like literally destroy them. They may not even come out for game two. Wow, that was embarrassing on the Flyers part. From what the “experts” are saying that the Flyers came out weak and the Penguins just overpowered them with skill and speed. The Flyers did not initially come out and play a physical game which came out to hurt them in the end. The Flyers are not going to beat this team with skill and speed, they will have to play a ruthless in your face game. The Penguins and Flyers each had four power play chances, the Penguins capitalized on one while the Flyers could not convert on any. The Penguins scored within the first 3 minutes and three goals in the first period which came of a shock to the Flyers. The bleeding didn’t stop there as Sidney Crosby completed his 3rd career playoff hat trick and the Penguins went onto win 7-0.
The real story heading into game two is with a 7-0 loss and the Penguins clearly playing a better game and being the better team. Brian Elliott allowed 5 goals on 19 shots and will be the starter for game two and coach Hakstol has said already, “he(Elliott) is our guy”. it is evident coach believes in him but if you are the Flyers/Flyer fans do you? With losing 7-0, something in the line up may change as well? Well, Hakstol has come out and said no changes as well to the lineup. If you are the Flyers you have to be concerned a bit because the Penguins get game two back in their barn and then go to Philadelphia for two games, which without a doubt the Flyers are dropping one of those two games to Pitt in Philly.
(Other note, yeah Sidney Crosby is unreal. (Did you see his swat in goal, another goal swatted in. This guy is unbelievable. No video but check any Instagram account.)
Laine’s celly and Morrow GW, give Jets 1-0 series edge
The Jets edge the Wild, 3-2 with a late Patrik Laine rip to tie the game and a game-winner from Joe Morrow with seven to play in the third. The Wild were held in it by Devan Dubynk, without his 37 saves on 40 shots the Wild would have been lost. The Wild were out powered on the front end, only muscling 20 shots on net through three periods is not great. They were without Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Suter which does not help the back end. But the Jets got two power play chances which they converted on one, and look at that, essentially the story of the game. We did get a feel for how this series will shape up. It will be a lot closer than we all imagined but in the end, the Jets will come out on top. Right now though Jared Spurgeon is still listed as a game decision for Friday nights game. If you are the Wild what can you do to slow this Jets offense down with no Spurgeon and Suter for two games? Dubynk cannot stop 40 plus shots a game for the whole series. Also, small news out of this game Matt Cullen scored his 19th career NHL playoff goal and Connor Hellebyuck picked up his first playoff win as well as the Jets picked up their first playoff win in franchise history. Jets up 1-0 and return to Winnipeg for another whiteout Friday night.
(Bad news for Jets Mathieu Perreault left the game earlier Wednesday night with an apparent lower-body injury.)
Tempo is SET in Vegas!
The playoff tempo is SET in Vegas. By God who saw that pre-game with L.A. and Vegas Thursday night. Man, that building must be impossible to play in. You have two drunk clowns one dressed as a knight and the other a King, battling it out with swords, the music reminds me of one those scenes from a movie you see someone tripping on some sort of narcotics than you got Jeremy Roenick an NHL legend spinning the wheel to get the barn going. That place was electric and if you are L.A. you have to be thinking what the hell did we walk into. The Golden Knights were able to hold off the Kings for three periods after scoring one in the first from Shea Theodore(which looked tipped by Bellemare during live TV), the Golden Knights never gave up the lead and ended up winning 1-0 in game one. The shots were 30-28 L.A. and both teams went 0/3 on the power play but the Kings did out hit Vegas 68-58 and out block them 22-13. Kings need to take game two or this makes for an interesting series. Also small news Drew Doughty will have a hearing for his hit on Vegas forward Will Carrier. There is no video of it ready at the moment, but check Twitter you will see hit.
Other news for Playoff action…
Jay Beagle not at Capitals practice Thursday morning.
Steven Stamkos is in the lineup tonight.
Riley Nash out for Toronto game one, Rick Nash probable for game one.
Derek Brassard, Jake Muzzin, John Gibson and Jared Spurgeon are all game-time decisions.