Sidney Crosby was the man last night scoring the opening goal that set the tone and then adding the dagger (after drawing a double minor for high-sticking) with a sweet breakaway goal to make it 6-1. Despite his emotionless demeanor after the game you know that eliminating the Caps and playing like he did had to be satisfying to the Kid... maybe Mario will raise his allowance?
Tough way to finish for the rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov but you knew his magical ride had to end... just unfortunate that it had to end in a train-wreck. The Rangers couldn't beat him in the 1st round and Pittsburgh started slow in this series but by game #4 the wheels had come off the V-train as he slumped to a 4.88 gaa & .869 sv% in the final four games of the series. The Caps goalie situation next year should be interesting... if we had to speculate now, we'd probably guess some kinda split arrangement between Varlamov and Theodore with the Russian playing a slight majority of the games.
A few of Pittsburgh's veteran's stepped up last night and in the series to help them pull it out... Miroslav Satan has been to hell and back this year (get it?) and had two assists last night to give him four points in his last four games and Billy Guerin added a goal last night and he had 3+3=6 in the series.
Interesting piece by John Glennon in the Tennessean about David Poile's meeting with Alexander Radulov at the World Championships... and despite being optimistic about Rads possible return and saying that he believes that Rads wants to return, we come away from the article seriously doubting that he'll be back in the NHL next year... sorry to say it but looks like another year of waiting for you keeper league GMs that are hanging on to this guy.
Sergei Gonchar was able to gut it out last night and he played over 15 minutes and contributed an assist on Crosby's opening goal. Hopefully a few days rest will help him get better for round 3.
Now comes the news of all the injuries and illnesses that the Capitals were suffering from... sometimes we even wondering if they fake this stuff just to cover up for guys but nonetheless... apparently Mike Green was playing with a bad shoulder, Alex Semin had an injury which is still a mystery and Alex Ovechkin was suffering from a groin injury... but he certainly didn't look like he was "suffering" at all.
What's distracting us today? We're not afraid here at FHS to come clean that we're suffering from a hangover after the "Game of the Century" ended up being a dud... but what can you do? Still an unbelievable series as three of the games ended in OT and five of the seven games were decided by one goal. We haven't seen an individual battle like that in a long time, if ever, as the league's top two stars went toe-to-toe...Sid Crosby finished the series with 8+5=13 only to be outdone by Alex Ovechkin's 8+6=14 and the two sit tied for the top spot in playoff points. Hopefully there's plenty more to come between these teams as people forget how young these guys are: Crosby (21), Malkin (22), Ovechkin (23), Backstrom (21)... and the goalies are still babies as well: Fleury (24) and Varlamov (21).