NHL Playoffs – 4/11

The NHL Playoffs started today! Don’t worry, we didn’t really notice either. Keep this page open for updates on the games. It’ll give you something to talk about tomorrow at the office. I guess that’s assuming you’re employed somewhere with a few co-workers who follow hockey.

Kings (4) – Canucks (2)

The LA Kings stole one Wednesday night. As much as the Canucks and their fans were convinced it didn’t matter what lineup they faced in the Western Conference quarterfinal series opener, the reality set in from the dropping of the puck (The Kings had three scoring chances in the opening minute).

Mike Richards of the Kings attacked an Edler turnover, and his shot struck the skate of Jeff Carter and went across to a wide-open Dustin Penner, who buried the shot at 16:46.

If I put myself in the shoes of a Canuck fan, I’d admit that The Canucks got the right kind of goaltending performance from Luongo and as a matter of fact, he was the reason they were in position to win. Despite having all kinds of trouble keeping pace with the Kings, trouble winning pucks battles and even more trouble generating offense on a power play that ended up 0-for-5, the Canucks still found themselves in striking distance. They even gifted the Kings a pair of 5-on-3 power-play opportunities in the first period.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series goes Friday.

Red Wings (3) – Predators (2)

Thanks to Bourque’s two goals, the Nashville Predators held onto home-court advantage by beating Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday night in their playoff opener. Honest question: Is it still called home-‘court’ advantage in hockey?

Pekka Rinne made 35 saves for Nashville.

Zetterberg and  Holmstrom scored power-play goals for Detroit. Detroit lost some momentum when their center, Darren Helm, went down to an upper-body injury during the first period.

Detroit had 44 seconds of a 5-on-3 when Ryan Suter was called for slashing at with 3:52 to go. Holmstrom scored with 2:07 left to try and give Detroit a chance.

Game 2 is Friday night in Nashville.

Flyers (4) – Penguins (3) OT

Game 1 of the Conference Quarterfinal between the Penguins and Flyers was, simply put, fantastic, and if this game is any indication to how the series is going to be, hockey fans can expect a competitive and entertaining series.

Flyers rally from being down 0-3 to shock the Penguins in OT. Voracek scored 2:23 into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 victory.

The Pittsburgh Penguins seemed to be in complete control of the game, dominating the first period, 3-0.

Sidney Crosby scored his first goal, and later picked up an assist on the Penguins 3rd goal. Briere kept the game competitive by scoring two goals for the Flyers, before Schenntied the game at the 12:23 mark of the third period.

Game 2 of the series will be on Friday at 4:30pm pt.