It’s quite likely that tonight’s three game-slate will be the last of its kind for the 2011 playoffs. Schedules are naturally subject to change, but every remaining day has just two contests. (And that’s counting the to be determined contests, so it could be lower than that.)
In other words, Wednesday night could provide a flurry of activity that should be appreciated.
The Versus crew provided video previews of the two Game 3 matches (the Philadelphia Flyers at the Boston Bruins and the San Jose Sharks versus the Red Wings in Detroit) to get you revved up for those contests.
(If you’re dying to see if the Washington Capitals’ playoff run will continue, you can watch their Game 4 match against the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning on the NHL Network, by the way.)
First, here’s the video preview for Bruins-Flyers:
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.