On a night filled with mostly uneventful games, Vancouver and Edmonton managed to make a thriller happen. The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period before giving up a goal late in the second to Jeff Tambellini. The Canucks would ride that momentum into the third when Mikael Samuelsson would tie it up.
As time wound down in the third the Canucks would pressure the Oilers in their own end swarming Nikolai Khabibulin and the Oilers defense. As the seconds ticked down the puck would end up out high on the point when Kevin Bieksa would let a shot fly that found its way past Khabibulin and into the net for the game winner with under 30 seconds to play in the third. It gets our goal of the night award for both its timeliness and for the effort the Canucks put into keeping pressure on the Oilers.
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
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.