The Los Angeles Kings debut their post-season tomorrow against the San Jose Sharks, but for much of the NHL, the post-season began today. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the results that have occurred in this first day of the post-season.
Tampa Bay 0 – Pittsburgh 3 – The Penguins started their pursuit of a second Stanley Cup in three years with a fairly resounding win against Tampa Bay. Many (if not most) are picking the Pens to emerge victorious, thought Stamkos, St. Louis and gang may have something to say about that result. Regardless, the Tampa offense will need to find an answer to the impressive defense and goaltending on display from Pittsburgh in game 1. Pittsburgh Leads 1-0
Phoenix 2 – Detroit 4 – In my mind this is the most obvious result to predict. Sure, I hate the Ducks, and I’d love to think their series was a forgone conclusion, but in this case, the rematch from a year ago seems just about over. The Coyotes just don’t have the firepower to match a franchise with a winning tradition to go along with perhaps the best defenseman in NHL history and a potent offense. It just doesn’t look likely, and game 1 didn’t provide any reason to believe it would be. Detroit Leads 1-0
New York 1 – Washington 2 - This may be the most telling result. The Capitals in previous seasons have been built to win in run and gun style games. If the score is 7-6, chances are good the Capitals were going to be on the right side of the result. But their Achilles’ heel was always the tight game. Well tonight they put that (at least partly) to rest. The Capitals eeked out game one against the Rangers by 1 goal, and in overtime. It was a tightly played match, and precisely the kind of game that Washington needs to win if they want to win a cup. Washington Leads 1-0n
Chicago 0 – Vancouver 2 – Chicago was expected to put up a fight in this series, and they may yet make a series of it. Far be it for me to conclude that one game is enough to decide a series. It’s not. The Blackhawks should still prove a very difficult opponent for the high-powered Canucks. That said, they’ll need their offensive pieces to step up big time if they want to extract an upset in the series. The ‘Hawks defense and goaltending should not be expected to prevent the Canucks from scoring around 2 goals per game, and the offense will need to compensate if they want to see any results. Vancouver Leads 1-0
Nashville 4 – Anaheim 1 – This is clearly my favorite result. I hate the Ducks, and despite the fact that if the Kings and Ducks both win their series, they may indeed meet in round 2, I just don’t care. I hate them. The fact that they played terribly in game 1 is even better. Regardless, this is a good result for Nashville, as the Ducks failed to hold serve at home. This is the only game in the first day of playoffs in which the home team failed to win. It was an impressive win, and could be indicative of a quick exit for the hated Ducks. Yea, this synopsis wasn’t unbiased. I don’t care. I hate them. Nasvhille Leads 1-0
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