We're getting at it early today for the holiday weekend. Happy Star Wars day to all.
#6 New York Rangers at #3 Washington Capitals (WSH lead 1-0)
12:30 Eastern, NBC, TSN
Washington won game one by a deceptively close score of 3-1. They carried the first period handily and came out of it with a 1-0 deficit. But goals in the second, including a power play tally from Alex Ovechkin because of course it was, put the Rangers away. Braden Holtby would make 35 saves.
#5 Toronto Maple Leafs at #4 Boston Bruins (BOS lead 1-0)
7:00 Eastern, CNBC, CBC, RDS
Boston laid down a roflstomping on Wednesday, but Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has promised big roster changes for game two. Old friend Ryan O'Byrne is likely to make an appearance on the ice, as could blue-chipper Jake Gardiner. Boston will be without Andrew Ference, who was suspended for a game for elbowing Mikhail Grabovski (now there's a name I can't spell) in the face. (Grabbo was fine because his brain is bizarrely unconcussable. I hope he donates his brain to science when he dies.) If Toronto can't figure out how to get out of their own zone this series will be fucking ugly.
#2 Anaheim Ducks at #7 detroit red wings (series tied 1-1)
7:30 Eastern, NBC Sports, TSN
After trailing the wingy thingy 3-0 and 4-1 in game two, Anaheim did very well to force overtime and earn themselves a loser point, losing very quickly in overtime 5-4 as they failed to kill a stupid, stupid penalty by Sheldon Souray.
What do you mean there's not a
SONOFABITCH YOU MEAN ALL LOSSES ARE EQUAL NOW???
Let's not kid ourselves, Anaheim probably didn't have a whole lot of business winning that game anyway, but fuck the red wings anyway.
#4 St. Louis Blues at #5. Los Angeles Kings (STL lead 2-0)
10:00 Eastern, NBC Sports, TSN
This has been probably the best series to watch so far. Overtime forced by a last-minute goal in game 1, a last-minute goal ends game 2, and just an absurd amount of bile building up on either side. It's been a very tight series decided by a couple of weak goaltending moments that have punctuated an otherwise fantastic duel between Brian Elliott and Jonathan Quick. Watch this game.