Good morning, folks. I trust you all enjoyed this hockey/Easter weekend? Lots of exciting action going on and, at the end, the Wings are no closer to knowing who their 2nd round opponent is going to be. While Detroit heals up, practices their game and hopefully avoids as much rust as possible, we got to see seven games this weekend where other playoff teams beat on each other. Let's recap:
Saturday, April 23:
Tampa Bay 8 - Pittsburgh 2 [Series now 3-2 Pittsburgh. Game 6: Monday 7:00 PM]
NY Rangers 1 - Washington 3 [Washington wins series 4-1]
Montreal 1 - Boston 2 (2OT) [Boston leads series 3-2. Game 6: Tuesday 7:00 PM]
Los Angeles 3 - San Jose 1 [Series now 3-2 San Jose. Game 6 Monday 10:00 PM]
Sunday, April 24:
Philadelphia 5 - Buffalo 4 (OT) [Series tied 3-3. Game 7: Tuesday 7:30 PM]
Anaheim 2 - Nashville 4 [Nashville wins series 4-2]
Vancouver 3 - Chicago 4 (OT) [Series ties 3-3. Game 7 Tuesday 10:00 PM}
Join me after the jump for some weekend thoughts.
- The Tampa-Pittsburgh game was the perfect example of snowballing. The Penguins controlled play for the first part of the opening period and then Tampa got a goal; then another; then before you knew it, the score was 7-0. I completely expect Pittsburgh to come out tonight with the kind of effort we expected out of Vancouver in game 5 after the Hawks bloodied their noses. However, after watching how the rest of that series went, I'm not so sure. If Stamkos has "woken up" like his two goals hinted he has, Pittsburgh's usually-stifling defense is going to have a much tougher time.