NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday
- By: Janet Eagleson
- On: 5/10/2013 9:37:00 PM
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- James Reimer, two; Roberto Luongo, zero. Playoff wins, that is -- isn't that what Leafs' fans thought they'd get out of a Bobby Lou trade? Any chance they eat crow?
- It's tough to dominate 19:59.58 of a period and see the tide turn in the last 0.2 seconds. Dustin Penner surprised last postseason -- can he continue it this time out?
- Welcome to the postseason, Mike Ribeiro. It's about time you delivered something. Now it's your turn, Nazem Kadri -- you can show up any time.
- Brian Elliott has big onions for a goalie -- he didn't even flinch when Dustin Brown came in hard on a breakaway late in the second. Impressive. He made Brown make the first move and then just calmly did his job while came close to a separated shoulder.
- The hero in Motown was Henrik Zetterberg -- he picked a perfect time to snap a career-long, seven-game post-season goal skid that dated back to last year. Game 7s are a crap shoot, but I still lean to the quackers.
- Jaden Schwartz is going to be a very good player in this league. What he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in tenacity and effort. Wouldn't it be neat to see Schwartz and Brendan Gallagher playing together?
- Jonathan Toews finally picked up his first two points of the postseason -- both assists -- Thursday night in Game 5. Wow.
- Marc-Andre Fleury's problem is between the ears. What's the over-under on when he returns? Or maybe it's IF he returns.
- Can Jason Spezza deliver the same kind of boost to the Sens than Erik Karlsson's did when he returned? That team is starting to feel a lot more dangerous. That bug-eye walrus sure knows how to get the best out of his players.