Boyle “Scores”, Ovy’s Awake, and Red Wings/Coyotes TalkShareThis
Don’t you hate that I don’t often blog on the weekends? So much happened. Let discuss….
Dan Boyle shoots the puck into the net in overtime, only… it was his own.
Dan Boyle shot the puck into the net in overtime, only, it was his own. Not sure if you heard about that.
This is one of those f**k-ups that’s so exceptionally f**ked-up that it doesn’t even affect you as a player, if that makes any sense. If you’re playing a game, and your best isn’t as good as your opponents best, it can get to you. You start to doubt yourself, you start trying other things, and you get worse. But this play was so ridiculous I wouldn’t even be that rattled.
For the record, I don’t think O’Reilly tipped it. It’s just one of those plays where you go, crap, no way that just happened. I’m gonna go change, go home, and prepare for the next game.
What it does mean, for a Sharks team who needs extra hurdles like Ben Roethlisberger needs another accuser, is that they’re down 2-1 to a team they’re better than. It also means they gave life and hope to a young squad who needed exactly that. San Jose played great last night – absolutely dominated and looked they were on the powerplay most of the night. Only Craig Anderson was so phenomenal they should have credited him with the game winner.
Even if San Jose does win this series, it’s going to be longer and more stressful than they’d hoped. Which is too bad, cause it’d be fun to see them advance (in full health) to a round where they got to play another top seeded team. Maybe they just need to get away from pesky underdogs to show their true colours. (teal!)
Every series was knotted up at 1-1.
Which is pretty cool, if you’re into watching exciting hockey. As I mentioned before, any desperate, defensive NHL squad could beat the best teams one time out of seven (even Edmonton!). I was appalled by the amount of people that were jumping on underdog bandwagons, like we were gonna see the eight lower seeds advance.
The Sens aren’t gonna beat the Penguins. The Habs aren’t gonna beat the Capitals. And the Islanders aren’t playing hockey in late April. Some things you just know to be true.
The most realistic upset scenario is Philadelphia giving the boots to New Jersey, provided Boucher avoids getting the yips for the remainder of the series (Example of the goalie yips: Detroit’s first goal of playoffs, where Bryzgalov caught a case of the yips instead of the puck on Holmstrom’s shot. A random body twitch that prevents you from doing something easy. A bit of a Philadelphia-goaltending-epidemic). All year I thought NJ was higher up the standings than the quality of their team, and Philly was sitting lower than their potential. It’s a pretty even match-up, so I like the Flyers odds, being up 2-1 and all (plus, Carcillo’s goal is proof that good things happen to good people. What a guy).
Random sidenote – I could totally see Buffalo in the Eastern conference finals. They’re one of those teams that doesn’t get much TV love, and not a team I ever chose to watch with other options on. After seeing them play a few times, I’m muchos impressed. Moreso than I am with Jersey/Philly/Boston, who are the teams they’d have to beat to get there.
Alex Ovechkin had four points in game two.
His no shots in game one prompted “what’s wrong with Ovechkin” talk from folks all over.
I feel like the hockey community is dying to chuck this guy under the next passing bus some reason, like he’s ever done anything wrong aside from some excessive celebrating (which I love). It’s like we can’t wait to give Crosby the reins as the games best player. I dunno if anyone else feels that, it’s just sort of a vibe I get.
Hate to break it to y’all, but barring injury, the games best goal scorer is gonna be co-holder of those reins for a long, long time. He’ll streak and slump like everyone else.
Coyotes/Red Wings became the most exciting series in playoffs.
Most exciting by an absolute landslide (shout out to LA/Van, Boston/Buffalo).
Ilya Bryzgalov (by the way, I call my fiancee “Breeze” or “Breezer”, which has evolved to Ilya Breezegalov) was an absolute stud in the third period of the last game, and Jimmy Howard wasn’t.
I really felt like this would be one of those series that no one would ever score in. Two well coached teams doing the right thing, y’know?
But it’s been thrilling. Scads of goals, lead changes, and a fast, young Coyote team that’s giving the supposed Cup contending Wings all they can handle. Can Detroit beat Phoenix three of the next four games and pull it out? I dunno, man. I just don’t know.
I was at the first two games here in Phoenix, and feel the need to say props to the Coyotes fans. It’s been a lot of fun.
Until you see some of these guy’s play in person, it’s tough to know why some guys score while others don’t. Pretty easy to see once you see Datsyuk’s wizardry in person.
Sorry about the late post – I was putting the finishing touches on a column that should be up today or tomorrow on USA Today’s website - I’ll put the link up when it posts.
In the meantime, I’m on the computer all day, so if you’d like to discuss any other playoff topics, fire away. I’ll be here to respond.