NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap: Vegas SWEEPS, Caps take it in OT, Winnipeg leads going home

BRING OUT THE BROOMS! 

Let’s address this first, by God, who saw this coming? Not even those mind readers who sit on their porch all day saw this coming. Not even your 99-year-old grandparents saw this one, and they’ve seen a lot. A SWEEP?? In the first round, by Vegas to the Kings. Jeez. I think we saw Vegas winning this series, some did not, like myself, but no one. And do not even say you saw Vegas taking four straight on L.A., you are a liar if you say you did. The Golden Knights again upset the Kings 1-0 in L.A. A 31-save performance by Marc Andre Fleury already his second shutout of the playoffs and it is even the second round yet. Fleury has been the story of this Vegas team, due to the fact they have not scored a ton of goals and their games have been one-goal games. Vegas has only scored 7 goals in four games. The question for this now is, if San Jose wins and they play the Sharks can they withstand the offensive power the Sharks have shown this playoff run. I don’t anyone is doubting this team not to do it. But still, I myself like many are still in complete shock after that Vegas win Tuesday night.

Winnipeg up 3-1, heading home…

The Jets like I said came into this game much better, rested and ready to go. They got off to a good start scoring the first by Mark Scheifle with just 28 to play in the first. That was Scheifele’s first of the playoffs in which came off a beautiful feed from Kyle Connor for a one-timer from Scheifle. His second goal of the game came late in third on an empty netter and the deal breaker. The Wild despite losing this game 2-0, did throw 30 shots on net for two games in a row now but Connor Hellebyuck, the Vezina finalist stood tall and collected his first ever playoff shutout. Blake Wheeler after the game said it perfectly, they are not surprised by this win, they knew they could do it and they are just ready for the next one. The Jets are definitely the better team here and now up 3-1 with a chance to end it, it’ll be tough for the Wild to come back in this series. The Jets did the impossible by beating the Wild at home, it just goes to show how determined and talented this team is.

Capitals get the bounce they need to take game three in overtime

The Capitals and Blue Jackets yet again go to overtime. Another day another overtime for these two. Since 2008 the Capitals have gone to overtime 34 percent of the time during the playoffs, the highest among any team. It is quite evident that Braden Holtby should have been starting the first two games as he made 33 saves on 35 shots and held the Capitals in this one. But the goalie that has been a rock star for his club is Sergei Bobrovsky, after coming off a 50 plus save night he comes into this game despite losing making 42 of 45 saves. Bobrovsky although not recognized as a Vezina finalist has been playing like one for Columbus late in this season and early in the playoffs now. The overtime goal was a killer for Columbus too, as the hero from game two goes to try and clear the puck after a shot from Brett Conolly, Werenski clears the puck right into Lars Eller which then bounces in for a Capitals 3-2 overtime win. Terrible way for the Blue Jackets to lose but a bounce goes the Capitals way and they have some hope now. The Blue Jackets do get one more game in Columbus and a chance to get back in the win column before heading to Washington for game five which is a positive sign. But either way, this series has been incredible from game one to now, it has been eventful and exciting hockey from start to finish. This is what playoff hockey looks like, and we all just hope this series goes seven from a spectator standpoint.

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