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NHL Playoff Observations -- Sunday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Optimus Reim. Reim Minister. I don't care if the nicknames are any good; I just know the goalie is. James Reimer has proved his detractors wrong and even Roberto Luongo has become a fan. Bobby Lou's tweet after the game? #REIM4SOCHI. Now that's funny.
  • Ho hum, Henrik Lundqvist was the difference for the Rangers. Again. The guy was his typical brilliant self. But why isn't anyone talking about Braden Holtby who has allowed one fewer goal in the same six games? Just wondering ...
  • Emerson Etem is a greyhound on ice. Or maybe thoroughbred. Man, can he fly.
  • Jake Gardiner has gone from goat to god on the Leafs' blue line. He's been their best defender; his confidence is through the roof. Remember that come draft day and move him up a few notches on your cheat sheet.
  • I get it that narrowing down the Hart nominees to just three is painfully difficult, but shouldn't my boy Jonathan Toews been there? I could argue a Toews - Jonathan Tavares - Alexander Ovechkin trio for the noms -- Sidney Crosby was great, but his team kept winning without him. And isn't the criteria most valuable to your team?
  • How valuable is Justin Abdelkader in the Wings' system? That shortie sure helped make people forget that stupid elbow and suspension.
  • Can the Caps win if Alexander Ovechkin finishes the series with the two points he has today? Better yet, can they win if Joel Ward remains their top scorer?
  • The monkey really is off Phil Kessel's back -- he was great. Send the primate to the same place that took Darwin the shearling-coated Ikea monkey. Yes, Toronto has its share of crazy stories.


Comments

By: Janet Eagleson
On: 5/12/2013 9:10:00 PM
Bad luck for the Bruins -- their plan was grounded Sunday night because of mechanical problems so they had to stay in Toronto overnight. They have to wonder when their luck will change. The Leafs are probably close to being snug in their beds in Boston at 12:10 ...
 
By: evantodd
On: 5/12/2013 9:59:00 PM
if you can't etem, might as well join 'em...i just hope the wings are still alive by the time i move there. but i'm guessing that will not be the case...
 

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