If you want just one reason, and one reason only, why playoff hockey
is the most exciting time in all of sports you need to look no further
than the Sharks and Avalanche game tonight.
The San Jose Sharks
have controlled play for the past 40 minutes of the game, outshooting
the Avalanche 50-16 through three periods. Amazingly, we’re headed to
overtime with the score 0-0 as Crag Anderson is putting up a perfomance
in net for the ages.
His 50 saves in regulation are the most in
NHL playoff history through three periods without allowing a goal. He’s
been calm and cold in net, making every save look easy and rarely
resorting to scrambling to keep the puck out of the net. Jed Ortmeyer
had a the game on his stick late in the third, but pushed the puck just
With Anderson playing so great and the Avalanche being
outworked in nearly every facet of the game, this is setting up a
classic game where the Avs will need just one shot to ruin the Sharks’
night. Outshot 64-19? No problem, they had the one that counted.
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The Los Angeles Kings lost one of their most veteran defensemen on Tuesday, as the club announced Matt Greene would be out indefinitely following shoulder surgery.
Greene, 32, had only appeared in three games this season, missing extensive time with the ailment. He had recently resumed skating with teammates and looked to be on the way back to a return, but never got to the point where he was participating in drills, or taking contact.
If Greene misses extensive time, L.A. could be in the market for a defenseman come trade deadline day, like they were last year before acquiring Andrej Sekera from Carolina. Greene is one of the most playoff-tested players on the L.A. roster, with 79 games and two Stanley Cups on his resume (and another Stanley Cup Final, with Edmonton in 2006).
Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight
But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.
But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.
Weber likely to skate as a forward tonight. Biega may play instead of Pedan. If Tanev can't go, both will play. #Canucks