Game 2: End of 2 – Caps stunned, down 4-2

It was almost disaster for the Capitals in the second period, but a
late surge has the momentum swinging in their favor and they’ll be on
the power play to start the third period. That being said, for the first
18 minutes of the period the Habs were taking the perfect approach to
stopping the Capitals and took advantage of their opportunities to take a
surprising 4-2 lead into the second period.

The Canadiens are
allowing the Capitals zero room through the neutral zone and on offense,
but it’s the absolutely surprising effort by the Capitals that is the
story of this game so far. Too many turnovers, way too many lazy passes
and it’s no surprise they are down by two goals after 40 minutes.

the same effort that lost them game 1, as the aggressive and
overwhelming Capitals team that was so successful all season long has
been replaced by a group that has yet to truly find their groove.
Whether it’s their frustration with the Habs defense, their reliance on
‘turning it on’ or just a team that is struggling, they have 20 minutes
to try and turn it around or face an improbable 0-2 deficit headed back
to Montreal.

After the power play goal late in the period, the
Capitals instantly responded with a quick goal and some intense
pressure. If there’s one team in the NHL capable of exploding with three
goals in a period it’s the Capitals; they’ll need it tonight.

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    Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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    In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

    For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

    Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

    Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

    They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

    Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

    Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


    Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

    The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

    To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

    Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

    Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

    McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: