Nothing touches the Stanley Cup Playoffs for intensity and drama, Nothing!
Blackhawks whip Wild take 2-0 series lead
Patrick Sharp provided the big finish after Michael Frolik stepped up during a strong start. Corey Crawford was right there when the defense collapsed.
No playoff jitters this time. Instead, an impressive performance for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sharp and Frolik had two goals apiece, Crawford made 26 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild5-2 on Friday night in Game 2 of their first-round series.
“If we’re moving our feet, we’re playing our team game,” Sharp said. “The goals are going to come whenever they come, but if we’re playing Blackhawks hockey, we’ll be better off.”
Patrick Kane added two assists as Chicago peppered Minnesota goalie Josh Harding after an uneven performance in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Bryan Bickelladded an empty-net score to his overtime goal in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory in the playoff opener.
Islanders rally, even series with Penguins
Sidney Crosby did what he always seems to do in big moments, scoring two quick goals in his return from a broken jaw.
He gave the Pittsburgh Penguins an early two-goal lead over the New York Islanders on Friday night. Then the Islanders responded, doing something they hadn’t managed in six years: win a playoff game.
Kyle Okposoprovided his teammates some inspiration with a well-timed fight in the second period, and he capped a compelling New York rally with the winning goal with 7:37 to play. The Islanders’ 4-3 win evened the playoff series at one game each.
Habs to Senators, draw even in East Quarters
After watching Lars Eller taken off the ice on a stretcher the previous night, the Montreal Canadiens, especially goaltender Carey Price, found some extra motivation against the Ottawa Senators.
Price came through with a 29-save performance as the Canadiens pulled out a hard-hitting but mostly clean 3-1 victory Friday night. The win left their best-of-seven series tied at 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Sunday in Ottawa.
“It’s the playoffs. You can’t dwell on the last game,” said Price, who took heat for two goals between his pads in a 4-2 loss to Ottawa in the series opener. “You’ve got to get refocused and get ready for the next one.”
Sharks bite Canucks, take 2-0 series lead
A minute from defeat, the San Jose Sharks dug deep.
Patrick Marleau scored in the final minute of regulation and Raffi Torres won it at 5:31 of overtime, giving the Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of their playoff series Friday night.
Vancouver even missed a shot at an empty net before Marleau forced overtime.
“I think it shows a lot about our team,” said Torres. “We give up the lead, they were playing great. They were coming at us with everything. We showed a lot of determination, a lot of perseverance.”
The Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to San Jose for games Sunday and Tuesday. San Jose was 17-2-5 at home this season
The Canucks have now lost their last five home playoff games, and their last eight overall. That streak began when Boston bested them in Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. the Canucks were then swept by the Kings in the first round last season