Friday, April 13, 2012

A Better Friday the 13th NHL Playoffs Update

In case you forgot, here's what happened last time to Gainer on Friday the 13th.

First two nights are in the books of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs!  7 of the 8 series have played their game 1's with the final series starting tonight.

Series Update:
#1 Rangers leading the #8 Senators 1-0
#2 Bruins leading the #7 Capitals 1-0
#3 Panthers vs. #6 Devils starts tonight
#5 Flyers leading the #4 Penguins 1-0

#8 Kings leading the #1 Canucks 1-0
#7 Sharks leading the #2 Blues 1-0
#3 Coyotes leading the #6 Blackhawks 1-0
#4 Predators leading the #5 Red Wings 1-0

So far, of the 7 games, 4 of them have gone to extra time.  FOUR.  Not a bad way to start unless you are on the losing end in which it is the most painful thing any human must endure.  Lucky me, I've seen them all!

Overtime Game Winners thus far:

Pens vs. Flyers (I wanna cry, ugh)
Pens were up 3-0 and the Flyers battled all the way back to steal it 4-3 in OT thanks for former Blue Jacket Jake Voracek.

Bruins vs. Caps (I almost want to feel bad here, I really do)
In a shockingly scoreless game, Bruins veteran stud Tim Thomas and Caps rookie Braden Holtby both pitching shutouts until... 
Watch for Captain Alex Ovechkin to give pep talk to Holtby immediately afterwards, great move to help a guy in his first ever playoff game.  I'm impressed

Blues vs. Sharks (Fun fact: Jon Hamm a.k.a Don Draper of Mad Men, HUGE Blues fan, I bet he was crushed)
Blues were up 1 with 5 minutes to go before San Jose tied it up in regulation.  This epic game had to go to the SECOND overtime, Havlat showing what he can do when healthy...

Coyotes vs. Blackhawks (2 videos here because it was just that good, finally ended at 1am EST)
Toews coming back for the Hawks = instant impact.  The Yotes seemingly had the game won with under 20 seconds to go but it ain't over til it's over.  

Patrick Kane is really good but the Yotes never give up once it was in OT...