Game 2: Final – Chicago Blackhawks 2, Nashville Predators 0
This time, the shotty ice in Chicago wouldn’t betray
In game one, after two solid periods, Niemi allowed a
bouncing backhand to beat him glove side, a goal that tied the game and
took the air out of the Chicago offense. Sunday night, it was nearly
the same game; the Blackhawks had grossly outshot the Predators 26-12
through 40 minutes, and the Predators started to put the pressure on
once more in the third period. This time, Niemi was up to the challenge
and turned away all 11 shots in the final frame.
So, perhaps we
can set aside the goaltender controversy for now. NIemi was far from bad
in the first game, and now he has the first shutout for the Blackhawks
in the playoffs since 1996.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.