In the East we suddenly have a very contentious battle between the Montreal Candiens and New York Rangers who have the 2-1 series lead.
The Rangers were victorious in the first two contests held north of the border, while the Canadiens took the first game played in Madison Square Garden.
Stepan too, will miss some time with a broken jaw.
Another New York casualty was Daniel Carcillo who, in an attempt to enact some revenge on Prust, instead inadvertently (I think) elbowed an official in the scrum that followed. He received a 10 game hiatus courtesy of the NHL’s top brass.
The series began in Quebec’s Bell Centre with the Rangers blowing out Montreal 7-2.
The 7 goals were scored by 7 different N.Y. skaters including the aforementioned Stepan and veterans Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash.
Game 2 found St. Louis and Nash scoring two of the three goals in a 3-1 Rangers victory. Goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist (aka King Henrik) blocked 40 shots for the visitors from N.Y.
After the dust (ice shavings?) had settled following the Prust assault, Montreal settled in and finally emerged victorious in overtime on Alex Galchenyuk’s first tally of the playoffs.
Game 4 is Sunday night (8pm ET) back at MSG in Manhattan.
The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks may have finally met their match in the Los Angeles Kings.
After the Blackhawks won Game 1 in the Windy City by the score of 3-1 it appeared as though they might be heading to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second straight year in a row.
In fairness to the Kings however, they were just 48 hours removed from eliminating fellow Hollywood neighbor, the Anaheim Ducks and included a 4 hour plus flight from Tinsel Town to Chi-Town.
After the Kings fell behind in Game 2, 2-1 after two periods, the Blackhawks may have already started packing for the flight to L.A. and a 2 games to none series lead.
However, this is the NHL where the action moves rapidly and the puck takes funny bounces.
Almost inexplicably L.A. scored 6 unanswered goals in the final period which included Jeff Carters empty netter and third period hat trick.
The final score was 6-2 and the Kings had grabbed home ice advantage for the return to the Staples Center for Game 3.
Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews did all he could to help turn this series back into his Hawks favor in the 3rd matchup, but got no help from the rest of the players displaying the Indian head logos.
After he scored a shorthanded goal at the 5:26 mark of period number 1, it was erased before the penalty ended with a power play goal by Slava Voynov 50 seconds later. Toews then scored again before the period ended.
But that would be it for Chicago except for an inconsequential tip in goal by Patrick Sharp with all of 5 seconds remaining in the game. In the meantime the Kings scored 3 more for a 4-3 win.
Game 4 will played in the land of Disney Monday night at 9pm Eastern Time.
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