#1 Washington Capitals vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens WAS Leads 3-2
A series that surprisingly has gone to six games can go either way tonight, depending on the performance of Montreal's unsung heroes, like Hal Gill, Dominic Moore and Travis Moen.
#2 New Jersey Devils vs. #7 Philadelphia Flyers PHI Wins 4-1
Maybe a changing of the guard in the Atlantic Division, as Brian Boucher beat Martin Brodeur, no that's not a typo and the Devils looked very beatable.
#3 Buffalo Sabres vs. #6 Boston Bruins BOS Leads 3-2
Really a series I don't think much people are watching but has been entertaining and physical. Just look at Johnny Boychuk's absolute obliteration of Matt Ellis. Ryan Miller needs to play like Ryan Miller if the Sabres want to win this game.
#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Ottawa Senators PIT Wins 4-2
Sidney Crosby is good. He is damn good. Senators made it interesting with Matt Carkner's 3rd Overtime winner in Game 5, but pooped the bed in Game 6 and blew a 3-0 lead. Pascal Dupuis' OT marker ended the Sens up and down season.
#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Colorado Avalanche SJS Wins 4-2
The Sharks had their usual first round scare, SEE Dan Boyle scoring on his own net in Overtime. They pulled it all together and finished the depleted Avalanche in the third period of Game Six, with their Second line of Clowe - Pavelski - Setoguchi looking more like Heatley - Thornton -Marleau.
#2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #7 Nashville Predators CHI Leads 3-2
Definitely the best series of the first round, two young Finnish goaltenders have staged great battles and the Pred's impotence on the PP finally came back to bite them in the heiney when the 'Hawks young guns staged a sick comeback and Marian Hossa, who escaped an almost inevitable suspension for his hit on Dan Hamhuis, won Game Five.
#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 Los Angeles Kings VAN Wins 4-2
This was not as easy as it looked for Van City. Roberto Luongo was very beatable and the Kings showed why they are the team of the future in the NHL. Mikael Samuelsson was the superman of this series.
#4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #5 Detroit Red Wings Series tied 3-3
Two springs ago after the Wings hoisted their 11th Cup, who would guess that Detroit would be playing in a game 7 against the owner-less Phoenix Coyotes? The NHL's Cinderella team will look to keep their dream season alive.
NOW HEEEEERE'S THE BIG SCOOP...
Tony Marinaro of TEAM 990 reported at 9:30 that P.K. Subban will be called up for tonight's game, this was followed up by a press release, about a minute before this blog was published. Subban has been outright dominant this year in the AHL and should work as hard as he can to keep this series alive and force a game 7. I'm not that fond of Tony but I gotta give him props for this huge call. I tuned in to his radio show, only to hear him complaining about the lack of Towels at playoff games this year.
Well, I guess you can't win em' all.
Enjoy the game.
Peace true believers,