Playoffs Preview & Live Thread: May 3

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LAST NIGHT'S RESULTS: OTT 4 - 2 MTL, Senators lead 1-0 // NYR 1 - 3 WSH, Capitals lead 1-0 // LAK 1 - 2 STL, Blues lead 2-0 // dET 5 - 4 ANA (OT), series tied 1-1

We have our first back to back of the playoffs tonight as Ottawa returns to Montreal, plus the Islanders attempt to prove they belong here, Minnesota and Chicago continue the Battle of the Starting Calibre Backups, and San Jose tries to take another from Luongo and Friends.

#8 New York Islanders at #1 Pittsburgh Penguins (PIT lead 1-0)

7:00 Eastern, NBC Sports, TSN

Pittsburgh dominated game 1. DOMINATED. Like wow. And without Sidney Crosby, who hasn't been cleared to play after a broken jaw yet. Doubleplusungood showing from the Tavareses. They need to be better tonight if they want to take one from the Penguins, and it starts from Evgeni Nabokov outward.

#7 Ottawa Senators at #2 Montreal Canadiens (OTT lead 1-0)

7:00 Eastern, CNBC, CBC, RDS

The Gryba hit on Lars Eller was the talk of the hockey world last night, Don.

YKNOW THIS IS WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN, HANG ON DON'T SHOW IT YET, WHEN YA GET THESE SWEDES, UH, or, WELL YOU KNOW, AND THEY'RE WATCHIN THE PASS INSTEAD OF PLAYIN WITH THEIR HEAD UP! GO AHEAD AND SHOW IT, NOW HERE COMES, ELLER, THE PASS COMES TO HIM FROM RAFFI L. DIAZ, HOLD IT HERE. ALL YOU KIDS OUT THERE LISTEN UP! YOU DON'T! PUT! YOUR GUY. IN. THIS. POSITION! THAT'S ASKIN FER A HEADACHE! AND YA HOPE ELLER WILL BE OK, AND AS SOON AS HE COMES BACK, IF HE'S ME, I DROP EM WITH RAFFLE FOR PUTTIN ME IN THAT SPOT! LETS GO! OKAY ROLL IT, ELLER WATCHIN THA PASS AN NOT THA ICE, BANG! THAT'S A GOOD HARD HIT FROM GERBER, NOTHIN WRONG WITH THAT HIT, IT'S BODY ON BODY, ELLER'S GOT HIS HEAD DOAN, NOTHIN GERBER CAN DO ABOAT THAT, AND EVRYBODY'S WRINGING THEIR HANDS NOW. Oh, it's a headshot, will he get a suspension? YKNOW WHO GETS A SUSPENSION FROM ME? RAFFI! L! DIAZ! SMARTEN UP! YA CAN'T MAKE THAT PASS! SO YOU KIDS OUT THERE, YA DON'T MAKE THAT PASS, AND YA KEEP YER HEAD UP, AND YA WON'T GET CLOCKED LIKE LARS ELLER!

It might get interesting tonight. Old frenemy Craig Anderson stole game 1 with 48 saves.

#8 Minnesota Wild at #1 Chicago Blackhawks (CHI lead 1-0)

9:30 Eastern, NBC Sports, CBC

With Ray Emery out and Niklas Backstrom catching the dreaded Lower Body Injury in pre-game warmups, the story of game one was Corey Crawford and Josh Harding being BOWSSES. Unless you're a wild fan, in which case the story was Corey Crawford and BOOOOOO! After a slow start the Hawks came on hard, lasting almost 80 minutes before finishing it off in overtime.

#6 San Jose Sharks at #3 Vancouver Canucks (SJS lead 1-0)

10:00 Eastern, CNBC, TSN

The final score of game one of this series was 3-1, but that one Vancouver goal was actually scored by Raffi Torres, lulz. Vancouver Scapegoats so far include the usual suspects: refs, former Escape Goat Luongo, you guys know how they do. The first game was bananas. If you can stay up for this one, you totally should. It should be a riot.

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