NHL Playoff Observations -- Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Backchecking. I looked it up on Wikipedia and sent a text with the link to Little Joe Pavelski. Justin Williams should NEVER have scored on that play.
  • Did you put something in Trevor Daley's Wheaties on Sunday? That was probably the single best individual performance of the playoffs (so far). The guy is a stud ... but only when he decides to be.
  • Kings-Sharks: 533 hits by the 13:40 mark of the second period. Yes, 533. Bruises on bruises on bruises. These guys are seriously diminishing their chances to advance multiple rounds. Ouch. But I have to admit it's fun to watch.
  • Shut up, Drew Doughty. SHUT UP. You've been whining all series. I know it helps you amp up your game, but refs are like elephants -- they have long memories.
  • What is to become of Antti Niemi? He has one more year at a very, VERY reasonable $3.8 mil on the cap. Maybe Pittsburgh could use him. Marc Andre Fleury came oh-so-close to folding like a cheap suit Monday night. Again.
  • Zach Parise has had at least one point in every game this postseason. Who knew ... other than native Minnesotans? Well, everyone now after that four-point effort. It was Toews-ian.
  • Ryan Getzlaf is hurt and it isn't his jaw. I don't think he took a single face-off on Sunday. Dollars to donuts it's a shoulder separation. I hope I'm wrong. The Ducks will only go as far as he can carry them. And it's hard enough to put a team on two strong shoulders, let alone one.
  • It's hard to believe Jonathan Quick's GAA was 3.99 heading into Monday night. He was electric, particularly on the second-period five-on-three. He's dialled in.
  • Are the Rangers quietly gaining momentum even if Rick Nash isn't? I keep hearing NY pundits talking about how he, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis are finally figuring out how to play together. Seriously? You've had enough time for that already. I've always like Nash, but I'm not afraid to hashtag him. #overrated.


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