Hello everyone, sorry I haven't gotten a blog up in a few days. Hockey Talk with Courtney is preparing to shoot 4 more episodes of the show during the playoffs with a few more rules on the game, fun tips about the history of the NHL and more handsome hearts of the week! A lot has happened in the world of NHL playoff hockey. Here is a quick recap of Saturday, Sunday Monday and Tuesday in the NHL:
Troy Brouwer's GWG late in the 3rd.
On Saturday the Washington Capitals took a lead in their series against the Boston Bruins. Again the game ended within one goal which is a common theme in this series. It was a scoreless 1st period. In the 2nd Washington took a 2 goal lead and before the period ended Boston had scored 2 goals. Tie game 2-2. Washington scored again the in the 3rd, followed by Boston. Tie game 3-3. With less then 90 seconds left in the period Troy Brouwer scored to win the game for Washington 4-3! One of my favorites Braden Holtby stopped 34 of 37 shots and Stanley Cup Champ Tim Thomas stopped 28 of 32. In the penalty department only 9 were taken total. Five by the Capitals and 4 by the Bruins. Watch Brouwer's game winning goal below! After this game Washington took a 3-2 lead in the series.
Jose Theodore got his team a shutout!
On Saturday the Florida Panther's netminder Jose Thoedore shutout the New Jersey Devils with 30 saves. Again these two teams battled it out and it was a scoreless 1st period. Kris Versteeg scored the only goal in the 2nd period. Scottie Upshall scored in the 3rd and Tomas Kopecky scored short handed with 34 seconds left in the 3rd to end the game 3-0. Martin Brodeur stopped 30 of 32 shots with the last goal being scored into an empty net. Ten penalties taken in this game. Six by Jersey and four by Florida. Check out the 3 Florida goals below. After this victory Florida took a 3-2 lead in the series.
Spezza scored both goals for the Senators!
The Ottawa Senators beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Saturday. Senator Jason Spezza scored both the goals. One goal came in the 1st period the other in the last minute of the 3rd period. Craig Anderson stopped a whopping 41 shots for the shutout and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 29 with the 2nd goal being scored into an empty net. Again 10 penalties were taken total, 5 by each team. And the theme of the day so far in penalties was nothing over 2 minutes. Watch Jason Spezza's 1st goal below. After this game Ottawa took a 3-2 lead in the series.
Congrats line in St. Louis
The St. Louis Blues knocked out the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. In 5 games St. Louis managed 4 wins and is heading to the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 1st time in 11 years. Again it was a scoreless 1st period. In the 2nd Shark Captain Joe Thornton scored the 1st and only goal late late late in the period with 41 seconds left. St. Louis came back guns blazing in the last 1/2 of the 3rd period and scored 3 goals in 8 minutes. Antti Niemi stopped 24 of 26 shots with the last goal by Andy McDonald being scored on an empty net. Brain Elliott stopped 26 of 27 shots for the Blues. Only 6 penalties taken in this game but it did have a couple 5 minute fighting majors. Watch the Traditional Handshake in hockey below.
Toews is back and scored the GWG OT goal
The Chicago Blackhawks being the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to win and force a game 6 Saturday night. Phoenix Coyote Gilbert Brule scored the opening goal of the game in the 2nd period. Again after a scoreless 1st period, a common theme Saturday night. Chicago's Nick Leddy tied in the up in the 3rd. Early into OT and Blackhawk Captain and fantastic hockey player Jonathan Toews scored his 2nd goal of the series and that was that Chicago won 2-1. Phoenix netminder Mike Smith was the busier goalie that night stopping 36 of 38 shots while Chicago goalie Corey Crawford stopped 18 of 19. Watch Jonathan's Toews game winning OT goal below!
Congrats line in Philly
The Pittsburgh Penguins were the 3rd team on the chopping block Sunday in the NHL playoffs. With a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers the Penguins were out in 6 games. Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell scored a goal a piece in the 1st period. Erik Gustafsson scored for Philly in the 2nd. The lone goal for Pittsburgh came from points leader in the regular season Evgeni Malkin. Danny Briere and rookie Brayden Schenn scored goals 4 and 5 for Philly in the 3rd. Philly Goaie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 30 of 31 shots for the win. Watch the Handshakes below.
Tyler Seguin and his GWG goal to tie the series!
Tyler Seguin scored the OT game winning goal for his Boston Bruins Sunday afternoon forcing a game 7. It was back and forth scoring the whole game with Bruin Rich Peverley scoring 1st followed by Washington's Mike Green and Boston's David Krejci to end the 1st period 2-1 Boston. With less then a minute left in the 2nd period Capital Jason Chimera scored to tie it up. Andrew Ference made it 3-2 Boston in the 3rd but Washington Capital Captain Alex Ovechkin tied it up and forced OT. Tyler Seguin won it for Boston with his 1st goal of the series. Eleven penalties were taken total and 2 by Ovechkin both for hig-sticking. Tim Thomas stopped 36 of 39 shots and Hot shot goalie from the AHL keeping Washington in this series Braden Holtby stopped 27 of 31. Even though Washington lost, Holtby has been amazing in the series having only played 21 NHL games total before this series started. Watch Seguin's goal below.
#35 and #32 played extremely well
The Vancouver Canucks were the 4th team overall and the 2nd of the day to have their playoff bid cut short. Los Angeles managed an OT win. Cory Schneider made his 3rd consecutive start in the series and Jonathan Quick of the Kings again played an amazing game. Henrik Sedin scored the opening goal in the 1st period. A scoreless 2nd period meant Vancouver was 20 minutes away from forcing a game 6. Early in the 3rd period that bid was squashed with a goal by Brad Richardson. An OT goal by Jarret Stoll and that was that. Los Angeles wins the series in 5 games. Jonathan Quick made 26 saves on 27 shots. Cory Schneider was a busier goalie making 35 saves on 37 shots. Los Angeles moves to the 2nd round for the first time since 2001. An interesting fact about netminders Schneider and Quick? They have been playing against each other since high school! If anyone knows these goalie well it is each other. Having been facing off against each other for over 10 years! They are both only 26 and have been meeting up since they were teenagers. Something was in the water that year! Watch the Stoll OT game winner and Handshakes below. Now Los Angeles plays the St. Louis Blues in the 2nd round.
Ottawa lost but Alfredsson is back!
On Monday the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators to send the series back to the Big Apple for Game 7. Ottawa scored 1st with a beauty by Chris Neil. The period ended 1-0. New York came back in the 2nd period and scoring 3 goals by Derek Stephan, Brad Richards and Chris Kreider who also each assisted one of the other goals. Late in the 3rd with 39 seconds left Jason Spezza on his hot streak scored but it wasn't enough. Rangers won 3-2. Series tied 3-3. Watch the Spezza goal below. It did get reviewed by the league but eventually was ruled a good goal.
The Congrats line in Chicago
The Chicago Blackhawk's playoff run came to an end at the United Center Monday night. It was a pretty win for Phoenix though ending the 1st round in style with a 4-0 victory. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Kyle Chipchura, Antonie Vermette and Gilbert Brule all scored for Phoenix. Mike Smith stopped all 39 shots he faced for the shutout and Corey Crawford let in 4 goals on 20 shots. This is the first time since Phoenix moved down south from Winnipeg they are going through to the 2nd round. Now they face the uber tough and talented Nashville Predators. Watch the Handshakes Below!
In the only game played last night the New Jersey Devils won forcing the series back to Florida for Game 7. The game ended in fashion with an overtime goal by Travis Zajac. New Jersey did have a 2 goal lead with goals by Steve Bernier in the 1st and Ilya Kovalchuk in the 2nd but Florida came back. Both Kris Versteeg and Sean Bergenheim scored in the 2nd to end it 2-2. A scoreless 3rd period meant sudden death OT! It took just under 6 minutes for Jersey to win and that was that. Scott Clemmensen was in net for Florida. Florida, like Vancouver, has bounced between 2 goalies during the series. Clemmensen still stopped 39 of 42 shots. Martin Brodeur had a slow night with only 16 shots total to face and stopping 14 of them. Watch Travis Zajac's OT winner below!
Tonight's lineup consists of one game:
The Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins at 4:30 (series tied 3-3) Enjoy X