Mike Halford and Jason Brough — or, as they’re known to friends, “those disagreeable old men from The Muppets balcony” — are back with the latest installment of PHT Extra, breaking down this week’s do-or-die Game 7s for each of the Eastern Conference’s top two seeds:
On Wednesday, No. 2 Boston hosts No. 7 Washingon at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
On Thursday, No. 1 New York hosts No. 8 Ottawa at MSG (TBD, NBCSN).
In case you’re curious of the other No. 8 seeds to beat a No. 1 prior to LA topping Vancouver…
2010: Montreal over Washington
2009: Anaheim over San Jose
2006: Edmonton over Detroit
2002: Montreal over Boston
2000: San Jose over St. Louis
1999: Pittsburgh over New Jersey
1998: Ottawa over New Jersey
1995: New York Rangers over Quebec
1994: San Jose over Detroit
Should be noted that only the 2010 Canadiens and 2006 Oilers went on to win another round.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
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.