NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Pass the WD-40 - Sidney Crosby says he felt rusty. He only scored two goals on eight shots and won 53.8 percent of his face-offs. I can't wait to see what the penetrating oil knocks loose next game. 
  • Patrick Kane's stickhandling ability is absolutely sick. He made that fourth goal happen and in a phone booth, to boot. For that, I'll forgive him for the mullet with the racing stripes. But just this time.
  • Anyone else have flashbacks to Marc Andre Fleury losing the gold medal for the Canadian juniors? Sorry to rip off that Band-Aid.
  • Explain to me how a team killing a penalty ends up scoring on an odd-man rush. C'mon, Wild -- that's like giving candy to a baby.
  • Did the Wild even have the puck for more than five minutes? The Wild are down 2-0, but it's not Josh Harding's fault. He was pelted with pucks.
  • The Sens-Habs game was a whole lot closer than the score indicated. The Sens really just had a bad 53 seconds ...
  • Ryan White of the Habs was an absolute pile-driver in the third period. He was only credited with three hits, but every one of them fired up his squad. And he netted a goal. He deserved the third star.
  • Whatever happens to the Canucks, it shouldn't be pinned on Roberto Luongo. He's been very good. He'll look good in an Oilers uni next year.
  • Ryan Kesler absolutely hammered Justin Braun at the end of the second. Looks like it was just what the doctor ordered for the sluggish Orcas. Is that team his now?
  • The Hawks are 27-0-3 when Patrick Sharp is in the lineup. Just saying. 
  • Quick -- pass the milk. They'll need it on the bench the way pucks are knocking out teeth. First, Craig Anderson in Game 1 and then Carey Price in Game 2. I'd be having a conversation with my mask maker and quick.
  • Back to Harding. I hope he backstops the Wild to one on-ice win. He deserves it after his battle with MS this season. The disease is awful. This could be the only time in his life he ever sees playing time in the postseason.



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