2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 2 picks — in five words

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We were hesitant to use the “five words” gimmick again after what transpired in Round 1 — everybody but Dadoun stunk out the joint — but decided to press on because hey, coming up with new ideas is hard.

So the same rules apply for Round 2.

We. Only. Used. Five. Words.

Western Conference

No. 2 St. Louis vs. No. 8 Los Angeles

Ryan Dadoun (Blues in 5): Blues’ goalies will outshine Quick.

James O’Brien (Kings in 6): Kings’ top talent mutes Blues.

Joe Yerdon (Blues in 6): No one scores, Blues win.

Jason Brough (Blues in 7): Not picking against Blues again.

Mike Halford (Kings in 6): Kings reminiscent of ’04 Flames.

No. 3 Phoenix vs. No. 4 Nashville

Dadoun (Preds in 6): Late acquisitions are propelling Predators.

O’Brien (Preds in 6): Pekka Rinne ain’t Corey Crawford.

Yerdon (Preds in 6): Preds are ‘Yotes, but better.

Brough (Preds in 6): ‘Yotes happy to be there.

Halford (Preds in 5): Trotz finally makes conference finals.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York Rangers vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals

Dadoun (Rangers in 7): Holtby can’t carry Capitals forever.

O’Brien (Rangers in 6): Holtby can’t do it alone.

Yerdon (Rangers in 7): Honestly, flip a coin here.

Brough (Rangers in 7): Sens scare good for Blueshirts.

Halford (Capitals in 7): Bouncing Bruins gave Caps swagger.

No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils

Dadoun (Flyers in 6): Flyers: My new Cup favorite.

O’Brien (Flyers in 5): Philly makes Marty look old.

Yerdon (Flyers in 5): Your difference maker? Ilya Bryzgalov.

Brough (Flyers in 6): Beating Pens? Impressive. Florida? Less.

Halford (Flyers in 6): Flyers have Giroux. Devils don’t.

Round 1 results:

Dadoun 6-for-8
O’Brien 3-for-8
Yerdon 4-for-8
Brough 3-for-8
Halford 3-for-8

And yes, we all write about hockey for a living.

Erik Karlsson played through hairline fractures in foot to help Sens advance

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Remember when many were keeping an eye on Erik Karlsson after he was seemingly cramping up after logging more than 40 minutes in an OT contest against the Boston Bruins.

It’s possible he was also dealing with that sort of ailment, but he earned some “hockey tough” kudos on Sunday after word surfaced that the Ottawa Senators defenseman was dealing with hairline fractures in his left heel through the series.

Sportsnet’s Jason York refers to the issue as “two small fractures” while ESPN’s Joe McDonald went into specifics, noting that Karlsson explains that the injury happened on March 28 (and was why he missed some games late in the season).

There’s some optimism as the Senators ready for the New York Rangers, at least according to Karlsson.

Hmm.

Either way, that’s impressive stuff from the Senators defenseman, and the sort of information that usually only surfaces after a team has been eliminated. We’ll see if he’s hindered by such issues as the playoffs go along.

Gaudreau, Granlund and Tarasenko: 2017 Lady Byng finalists

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The NHL officially announced the nominees for the 2017 Lady Byng on Sunday, and they’re a star-studded bunch: Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Granlund and Vladimir Tarasenko.

The PHWA determines “the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

(Did Tarasenko help eliminate Granlund’s team in a gentlemanly fashion?)

For more on the three finalists, click here.

MacArthur, Senators end Bruins’ season in OT after controversial calls

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It’s a feel-good story, especially if you can look beyond questions of officiating.

Clarke MacArthur could have very well never played another NHL game considering his lengthy battles with concussion symptoms. Instead, he drew a penalty on the Boston Bruins in overtime of Game 6 and then managed to score the series-clinching goal.

Now, this isn’t to say that MacArthur didn’t rightfully draw a penalty; it most clearly was. And, in the bigger picture, it’s one of those stories that almost makes you wonder if real-life sports actually do follow Hollywood scripts.

People just wonder about some other decisions during that overtime, in particular, making it frustrating for some Bruins fans to see the season end in such a way.

Whether they like it or not, that is the case, though.

The Senators took Game 6 by a score of 3-2 (OT), winning their series 4-2. They can breathe a sigh of relief in avoiding a Game 7, an especially valuable bonus since Erik Karlsson had been pushed hard lately, logging more than 40 minutes in a recent game.

Ottawa avoids a do-or-die contest. Instead, they’ll face the New York Rangers in the next round while the Bruins enter the summer following an up-and-down campaign.

Bergeron takes advantage of slow Sens change, sends Game 6 to OT (Video)

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Every game in this Senators – Bruins series has been decided by one goal, so why not send Game 6 to overtime?

Oh, and speaking of overtime, this contest going beyond regulation makes it 17 OT games, tying an NHL record for the most in a single round.

Ottawa appeared to take a “lazy change” with a 2-1 lead, and Patrice Bergeron made the Senators pay, putting in a rebound to collect the goal that eventually sent this contest to overtime.