NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Playoffs: Predators vs Jets reaction, Caps year

Holy Sh*t This is PLAYOFF Hockey: Jets vs Predators game two reaction

If anyone did not watch the Jets vs Predators game two, well then I feel bad for you. From the moment that pucked dropped it was non stop action. This had to be one of the best games I’ve watched all year. The Jets and Predators are so similar in all facets of the game, which is why I think it has made this series so amazing to watch thus far. I am itching for game three and I’m not even a fan of either team. The game was filled with highlight reel goals too and some weak ones but overall the game had overtime hockey written all over once the second period ended.

The game opened up with a Ryan Johansen goal, his first of two this game. The first came off a broken play down low, puck managed to find it’s way to Johansen stick in the high slot and 6’3, 218 pounds it’s not too hard to bury the puck in this situation. The goal came just 27 seconds into the game. The Jets would not answer until 12:47 into the first off a weak, bad angle shot from Dustin Byfuglien to tie the game at one. A stop you need from Rinne here and one he wants back for sure. 27 seconds following Big Buff’s goal, the horse of the Jets and a guy who has contributed 31.8 percent of the Jets goals this playoff run, Mark Scheifele scored his first of two this game off a power-play goal that Scheifele just banged home in tight, Jets lead 2-1 heading into the second.

Just 5 minutes into the second, on a powerplay the Predators found the back of the net off a PK Subban missle from the point and the fourth goal of the game. Subban getting the job done time and time again in this spot, right inside the blue line, traffic in front of Ardvisson, and Subban does the rest. Two minutes before the second came to an end, the guy who has been the Predators most engaging and energetic forward comes up big time with a go-ahead goal. Ardvisson buried a slap shot just inside the circle that found it’s way past Hellbyuck glove side. Predators now lead 3-2 going into the third.

The third line hero for the Jets comes up clutch once again as he dances his way into the zone, just about at the hash marks lets a wrister on the ground go and it somehow manages to get by Rinne and there it is a tie game. Not for long though as the Predators Johansen absolutely makes Toby Enstrom look like a cone and roofs it home bar down for a Preds 4-3 lead. This game would remain 4-3 for the rest of the third, consisting of nothing but non-stop action, back and forth hockey. Until Scheifle comes up big yet again with the game-tying goal with 1:05 to play. Scheifele who scored his 8th of the playoffs, gets a dime laid up for him in the slot for an easy one-time rifle home and now we’re going to overtime hockey.

The first overtime consisted of both teams registering 12 plus shots on net and scoreless. An unbelievable period of hockey and an overtime that left even just regular hockey fans on the edge of their seat. It was not until Kevin Fiala, a guy who injured his fibula last season and was out all playoffs, to now being the overtime hero. Off an amazing play by Kyle Turris to get the puck to Craig Smith who eventually fed a rocket to Fiala, for an easy route to the net and eventual goal. The Predators now tie the series at one apiece and head to Winnipeg for two games. By god, this series is going to be absolutely unreal.

Caps Year

If the Capitals didn’t absolutely suck and get scared every time they led a game by two goals they would be up 2-0 in this series. The first game they dropped a two-goal lead in the third and ended up disappointing us all once again. This game looked to have all the signs of a Capitals blown lead but thank god for the hockey gods and not enough conclusive evidence that disallowed a Penguins goal that would have made it 3-2. That goal gets called the other way and it is a goal, no shot you are sitting there saying the Penguins do not have the ability to tie this game and easily would have had all the momentum for the remainder of the game.

The game started with a Patric Hornqvist assist to Alex Ovechkin for a 1-0 Capitals lead. Literally, Hornqvist gave Ovechkin the puck in the slot for an easy goal. Well easy for Ovechkin that is. The next goal would come later in the first on the powerplay off Jakub Vrana stick, good to see he is alive and able to do something.

The second would start with Brett Connolly getting his vengeance on Murray for robbing him in game one late in the game, as Connolly buried his first of the playoffs for a 3-0 Capitals lead. Kris Letang would score the Penguins only goal with 13:04 in the second. The rest of the game was back and forth until the disallowed goal happened. Once the refs ruled it no goal, it was essentially game over as the Penguins did not get too many great chances and the Capitals held them off and scored an empty-netter with 7 seconds to play.

Capitals tie the series at one and now head to Pittsburgh where they NEED to take at least one game here. They will play Tuesday night, this series has all the makings of a seven-game series for sure.

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