Geno Malkin used Tom Poti's stick like a windmill at a mini-putt course to bank in his OT winner last night and put the Penguins up 3-2 in the series. Question for Coach Bruce: Why are you throwing out a 39 year old Sergei Fedorov on defense in OT?... when you're shorthanded? Fed was abused by Geno and that was the ballgame.
Alexander Ovechkin did not disappoint with another three point game which gives him 7+3=10 in the series and his buddy Nicklas Backstrom has 3+4=7 in the series and points in his last eight games... so not sure how much more you can expect from the big guns.
The stars came out to play but the difference in the game was Pittsburgh's 3rd line which came up huge... Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke had goals and Tyler Kennedy contributed with five shots. The difference in the series seems to be the lack of secondary scoring for the Capitals. Semin, Fedorov, Kozlov and Laich have combined for zero goals in the series whereas Rusty Fedotenko has goals in three straight for Pittsburgh.
Despite being very visible against Vancouver Dustin Byfuglien had not recorded a point in the series... until his two goals last night led Chicago to another come-from-behind win and gives the Hawks a 3-2 lead heading back home. We were a little disappointed in Dusty this year as we expected more but we have to remember that he's still young (24) and has only played two full seasons in the NHL and a lot of that has been spent learning a new position.
We've been having a real Dave Bolland love-in lately and why stop now?... another goal last night gives him 4+2=6 and a +5 in the series and he led all forwards, either team, in ice-time last night with 20:05.
What can you say about Vancouver, Kesler hit everything and scored, Mats scored for only the second time in the playoffs but where the hell were the Sedin Sisters? (and we include Alex Burrows as a sister). Burrows and Daniel haven't scored in the series and the trio has combined for only one goal in the past three games... vanishing acts like that aren't going to get these UFAs paid.
We didn't really need confirmation that Sergei Gonchar's knee was in rough shape but TSN is reporting that it's a serious injury and he's out for a few weeks at least and could be gone for the rest of the playoffs.
Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa both returned last night for Vancouver but they're probably playing hurt... well in Salo's case he's always playing hurt on the verge of getting hurt.
What's distracting us today? Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there... especially to all the Hockey Mom's (and their famous leader Sarah Palin)... and super-especially to my mom.