Monday Night Round 1 NHL Playoffs Recap
Three teams had the chance to gain a near insurmountable 3-0 lead in their respective first round NHL playoffs series on Monday night. Only one got the job done. Here are the recaps for all three NHL games from Monday.
The Washington Capitals made a statement in their third game against the New York Rangers. While the Rangers squeaked by in both games to get the W, the Capitals dominated the action on Monday to bring the series to 2-1. With the Capitals leading 1-0 in the first, Ryan Callahan had an open net. His shot was barely deflected by a defender's stick and ricocheted off the post rather than going in. The Capitals pushed the puck up the ice and Alexander Semin scored his second goal in five minutes. Instead of a 1-1 tie, the game was 2-0 and the Rangers were shell shocked. The Capitals went on to win 4-0. Sean Avery accounted for four separate penalties, although at least two of which were questionable calls.
The Boston Bruins got a win on the road against the Montreal Canadiens, opening their series lead to a gaping 3-0. Much to the approval of the home fans, the Canadiens got on the board first, marking their first lead at any point in the series. Boston answered with a Phil Kessel goal at the end of the first and then took the lead on a Shawn Thorton goal in the beginning of the second period. Montreal managed to tie the score a minute and a half later before giving up a goal to Michael Ryder with two minutes left in the second. Boston added an empty netter for the final score of 4-2.
In what is shaping up as the most physical and intense first round match up, the Calgary Flames battled their way to victory on home ice over the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago raced to a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Patrick Sharp just two minutes into the game. However Calgary would score four straight over the next 45 minutes of action, including two in the third from David Moss. With the game appearing won at 4-2 for Calgary, things became testy in the closing moments. There were several different fights and altercations, resulting in many penalties and misconducts for both teams. The bad blood is sure to spill over into game 4 and the rest of the series.
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On Tuesday night there is a massive 5 game slate of first round NHL playoffs hockey to look forward to, enjoy.
By Jake Emen
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