Josh Elliott is a stay-at-home web editor for Post-to-Post on weekends and a contributor to The Hockey News magazine. From drafts to contracts to trades, he loves the business of hockey and plays nothing but Dynasty Mode in EA’s NHL video games. He’s a Western Journalism grad, a hockey addict and a closet comic book junkie.
Jakob Silfverberg broke a 1-1 tie and spoiled an incredible performance by Ondrej Pavelec to give the Anaheim Ducks the win and a 2-0 lead in their series with the Winnipeg Jets.
Silfverberg’s lightning-quick release beat Pavelec from the bottom of the left circle with only 21 seconds remaining on the clock.
It was an unexpected end to another bone-crunching, tightly-contested affair between these teams that seemed destined to go deep into overtime.
It only took Sidney Crosby four minutes and 39 seconds to double his playoff goal total from last season.
Crosby scored twice in the the second period and Brandon Sutter came up huge on the penalty kill and power play to help the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in Game 2 Saturday.
Crosby was dangerous most of the night and found the score sheet twice in a span of 4:39 in the second, breaking a tight goaltending battle between Henrik Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury.
Vladimir Tarasenko has an air of destiny about him.
The 23-year-old Russian scored the first playoff hat trick by a St. Louis Blue in 11 years as he powered his squad to a hard-fought 4-1 win over Minnesota in Game 2 on Saturday.
Tarasenko was the most dynamite player on the ice, scoring twice in the first period to spot his team to a 2-0 lead, then challenging the Wild on several more occasions before scoring into an empty net at the end of the game.
His first goal came in large part thanks to Alexander Steen, who muscled the puck out from behind the Wild net and played give-and-take with his defenders before firing it at the net from the blueline. Tarasenko bulled his way to the front just in time to tip Steen’s shot home and make it 1-0.
The best player on the ice in Tampa Saturday was a 5-foot-8 forward who couldn’t be stopped.
The Bolts’ Tyler Johnson channeled Martin St-Louis of old, firing in the first goal of the afternoon and putting the game out of reach with a breakaway tally at the end of the second to make it 4-0. The Wings swapped out Petr Mrazek for Jimmy Howard and tried to mount a comeback in the third, but the Lightning held on to win 5-1.
The win evens the series and throws the Red Wings’ goaltending position back into doubt, after Mrazek surrendered four goals on 18 shots in the first two periods.
Did you hear that? That sound? That unmistakable noise echoing through Rogers Arena?
That was the sound of messages being sent. Words being had. Fires being lit, and tensions coming to a boil.
No, not during the game, a smooth 4-1 win by Vancouver over Calgary.
I mean the messages being sent between the referees and NHL head office. The words being had as officials tried to figure out what happened at the end of the third period. The fires being lit under stats keepers to get all the penalties right, and the tensions coming to a boil on Twitter over how the whole thing played out.
The referees had a lot of work to do after the game Friday night to sort out a whopping 132 penalty minutes (as of this writing) handed out to players involved in a massive brawl at 18:43 of the third period.
The Nashville Predators won’t be celebrating too loudly following their 6-2 win over Chicago.
Nashville lit the lamp six times on Corey Crawford but lost captain Shea Weber to injury in a costly but convincing Game 2 win against the Blackhawks.
Weber went down with an apparent ankle injury in the second period after taking a hit from Brandon Saad, whose skate appeared to clip Weber’s ankle. Weber left the game immediately and did not return.
Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been arrested for alleged drug possession, police told CBS Los Angeles.
Stoll was arrested at a resort pool in Las Vegas on suspicion of possession of cocaine and ecstasy.
The Kings have issued a statement acknowledging the situation.
“Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough investigation,” the statement said. “While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”
Stoll, 32, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after seven seasons with the Kings, including two Stanley Cup wins.
He is coming off a three-year, $9.75-million deal.
Stoll registered six goals, 17 points and 58 penalty minutes in 73 games this season.
Canucks goalie Eddie Lack showed some fire on Friday, throwing a few punches with his blocker after a scrum at the Vancouver net.
Most of Lack’s goalie-gloved fury was directed at the Calgary Flames’ Brandon Bollig, who accidentally-on-purpose fell on him at the end of a play in the second period.