April 13, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (far right) reacts after scoring a power play goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game two of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at CONSOL Energy Center. The Philadelphia Flyers won 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Three games on the ticket today and you should be able to watch all of them for a change. There's also something hockey-related happening between New Jersey and Florida.
Quick update before getting into it. As of 2:30am Eastern, there are a couple of disciplinary hearings scheduled after the shenanigans in New York last night. Matt Carkner has a hearing scheduled for his gutless suckering of Dan Boyle, for which he received one of basically each penalty, 2 for instigating, fighting major, and a gamer for being a douche. Carl Hagelin also has a hearing for elbowing Daniel Alfredsson out of the game; it's a hit I didn't see, but heard was the highest degree of dirty. Hagelin received a major penalty for elbowing. So far no word on any other of the night's buffoonery being punished. And as of 3:10, Chicago's Andrew Shaw will also have a hearing for his head-to-head collision with goaltender Mike Smith. Shaw received a major for charging and was tossed.
Game of the Morning: #4 Nashville Predators at #5 detroit red wings Presented By Amway, Game 3, 12:00 noon Eastern, NBC and CBC
Unsurprisingly [redacted] went after Shea Weber for his gnarly head-mashing on Henrik Zetterberg in Game 2. At least he did it with a (pathetic) fight rather than paralyzing him? Nashville's power play woes continue; they're a shocking 0-for-12 with the man advantage, far from the only team not to score yet, but with the most power play opportunities. detroit's Ian White didn't practice on Saturday but says he'll be good to go; that's the only injury I know of except Darren Helm, who's out for the season.
detroit managed to take one from Nashville in Nashville and take the series to the Joe tied 1-1.
Game of the Afternoon: #4 Pittsburgh Penguins at #5 Philadelphia Flyers, Game 3, 3:00 Eastern, NBC and CBC
Hahahahahahaha Game 2 was awesome. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one, which is the second game straight in which the Penguins scored three goals in the first period, or, as Peter Laviolette thinks of it, "right where we want 'em." Philadelphia came back to tie it at 3, then goals were traded roughly every 0.000004 seconds until the Flyers iced it at 7-5. An empty netter was added to make it 8-5 Philly in the end. Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier both came away with hat tricks. Yesterday, Bryz celebrated by Tweeting an animated .gif of that fabric softener bear mascot, wearing a red apron, engaged in amorous relations with a cash register. Wut?
the Penguins come into Philadelphia down 0-2 in the series. They need at least one road win to stay alive.
Game of the Evening: #6 New Jersey Devils at #3 Florida Panthers, Game 2, 7:30 Eastern, NBC Sports and TSN
I guess New Jersey won Game 1 because I'm seeing it was Brodeur's 100th postseason win, which is not turrible, old man. I also heard (and don't have a link confirming) that New Jersey had 26 SOG.
wait, what was that? in the first period?
In the first period??? Holy
Game of the Night: #1 Vancouver Canucks at #8 Los Angeles Kings, Game 3, 10:30 Eastern, NBC Sports and CBC
Couldn't we start these games at 12, 3, 6, and 9, like a movie theater would? 10:30 on a Sunday night is just stupid.
LA brings home a 2-0 series lead. Which is awesome. Vancouver is 0-for-10 on the power play. Which is terrible. There's no denying how much this team misses Henrik Daniel Henrik Daniel Henrik Daniel Danrick Heniel DUCK SEASON FIRE!!!!
There's no denying how much this team misses Whichever Sedin Is Concussed, but he didn't make the trip with the team to Cali and there's speculation he won't play at all this series.
Vancouver is losing, so it must be Roberto Luongo's fault right? Can't be the anaemic power play or the constant filthy play. It might be the Vast Officiating Conspiracy, which does have some truth to it because Vancouver is spending just a massive amount of time down a skater in the sense that he just dove and is looking at the ref rather than playing defense. At any rate, Allain Vigneault knows who he's starting, but hasn't told the goalies, so as if he's gonna tell you. A Canuck playoffs goaltending controversy? I'm pretty sure I've seen this episode before.