Wow! Detroit is definitely back on track again. Anyone who questioned Chris Osgood's playoff readiness may have an idea that he is doing OK through two games. The rest of the team looks solid too. Jakub Voracek even used two sticks and it didn't slow down the Wings. Columbus's chippiness got downright nasty toward the end.
This looks a lot like the Preds-Wings series from last year when we came home and evened the series. Columbus will have to completely regroup in order to pull as similar comeback. When you get out shot by the Wings and put them on the power play, you will lose.
On the Wings TV feed they started calling Columbus "the happy hookers" at the end. Pavel Datsyuk came close to a Gordie Howe Hat trick with a goal, assist and a scrum. I loved the broken English interview with Pavel in the locker room. When asked about the next game, "I no guess what will happen."
I definitely have a Western Conference bias. I did not see any of the Bruins-Habs game. After watching the post game feed from Detroit, I went straight to the Flames and Hawks. By then the Bruins seemed to have things well in hand. I am sorry I missed all the scuffles. That seems to be the mantra of that series.
Calgary really came ready to play against the Hawks but it wasn't enough to even the series. They got the Hawks attention early with a lot of big hits and broke through on the power play for the first time in 12 games to go up 2-0. Chicago showed it's grit by being patient, playing their game and coming back to tie the game in the second and then go ahead on Johnathon Toews second goal of the night which proved to be the game winner. After the game all Mikka Kiprusoff could say was "Don't Toews me, Bro!" (Credit to Sarah Connors who Tweeted that) Chicago will have to take their show on the road for a Monday night game in Calgary.
In a game update from this afternoon's game, the Rangers really looked strong shutting out the Caps. I can't imagine anyone picked the Caps to be down 2-0 after a pair of home games to open the series. Jackson's "feeling" that the Rangers would win seems to have legs.
Cody Franson and Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist to lead Milwaukee to a 3-1 win and a 2-0 series lead over Rockford in the first round of the AHL playoffs. Here is the box score and game sheet.
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Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass