Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting matchups moving forward.
WINDY CITY WOES
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are locked into perhaps the most exciting series of the NHL’s first round.
Three of the first four games have gone to overtime with the Blues coming out on top in two of those three. Chicago emerged victorious in Game 3 by the score of 2-0 and won game 4, 4-3.
The series is now tied at 2-2 and just like during the regular season each team has won its home games. This bodes well for an eventual Blues triumph in 7 as they own home ice advantage.
The Blackhawks co-tenant in Chicago’s United Center, the NBA Chicago Bulls have had no luck sleeping in their own beds, as they have dropped 2 home games to the upstart Washington Wizards.
Washington has perhaps the best young backcourt in basketball comprised of Bradley Beal and John Wall. It also appears the Bulls do not have an answer for big men Nene and Marcin Gortat.
With a combined $33 million dollar in salaries sitting on their bench during 4th quarters (Derrick Rose injured and Carlos Boozer – coaches decision) the Bulls don’t have a shot creator to score.
Action now switches to our nation’s capital with the Wizards up 2-0.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The New York Rangers lead the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 after the men in blue reclaimed home ice advantage in a 4-1 victory in the City of Brotherly Love on Tuesday night.
They had beat the Flyers by the same score in the series opening game before dropping one to them in Madison Square Garden 4-2 in Game 2.
If Philadelphia net minder Steve Mason does not return soon to replace the beleaguered Ray Emery in the Flyers goal this series could end in 5.
To check on the Big Apples NBA representative we have to travel to the Barclay Center in Brooklyn where we find a veteran group of hoopsters trying to ward off a team from a city that would prefer to be watching a different sport played on ice.
The Brooklyn Nets won the all-important first game of the series played north of the border versus the Toronto Raptors but the series stands at 1-1 after a 100-95 triumph by Toronto on Tuesday.
It will be interesting to see if Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson can hold off youngster Demar Derozan and rookie C Jonas Valanciunas. The 6’11”, 231 lb. Lithuanian Center has tallied a combined 30 points and 30 rebounds in the first two contests making him only the 3rd player to do it in the past 30 years.
The Columbus Blue Jackets get a well-deserved shout out for evening their series at 2-2 against “Sid the Kid” and the Pittsburgh Penguins with a thrilling 4-3 OT win on Wednesday night.
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