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NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Coincidence or not? Sidney Crosby sheds his jaw protector and goes two games without a point, the first time this season he's been held pointless for that duration of time. He looked ... average, at best.
  • The Kings scored 11 goals in five games against the Blues, 14 in seven against the Sharks and now three in two against the Hawks. Their average goals-per-game is on a serious decline. They'd better get serious about scoring goals when they return to La-La-Land.
  • Back to Sid. WTF happened on that whuff at the offensive blue line that gave Brad Marchand a freebie breakaway in the first 30 seconds of the game? Legs straight and flailing. No power. There has to be something seriously wrong.
  • How dangerous will the Blackhawks be when their big guns start scoring? Wow.
  • Brad Marchand's second goal came on a perfect shot ... the first one faced by Marc Andre Fleury. That first goal? Yup, it came on the first shot faced by Tomas Vokoun.
  • The Pens' D looks slower than molasses in January. So much for loading up the front end and hoping the back end doesn't get exposed.
  • Geez, it took a permanent injury to Marc Staal's eye to re-open the mandatory visor discussion. Let's hope they get it right this time. No other workplace I can think of lets their workers go without eye protection when it's so obviously required.
  • So, anyone else taking note of Nathan Horton's MVP-like performance? He's second on his team with 17 points (seven goals, 10 helpers) and his plus-19 is out of this world. I just have to compare that to Sid ... he's minus-4 in 12 games. Ouch. 
  • Jonathan Quick will be fine. He'll be back in there. So will Tomas Vokoun, but for a very different reason. WTF MAF!? Where did your game go?


Comments

By: mikeinlalaland
On: 6/4/2013 9:19:00 AM
Horton sure is making a case for a big deal this offseason, but he seems to enjoy being a Bruin, so maybe he'll take less to stay. Besides the obvious spark Krug has provided, moving Jagr to a line with Bergy and Marchand has been a pivotal move. As for Crosby, I think that puck at the blue line was bouncing a bit, but where was the PIT D there?
 
By: Janet Eagleson
On: 6/4/2013 6:01:00 PM
The Pittsburgh D wouldn't have made that play either and for argument's sake, I'll say the real Sid would have been the best option there any way. Yes, Horton has dollar signs in his eyes. The Bruins had a hard time early dealing with Jagr's style, but that trio looks good now. He's still one of the very best at using his monstrous butt to protect the puck.
 

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