We saw an explosion of offense in yesterday’s playoff action with 24 goals scored in the four games played. By no means exploding offensively were the frustrated Boston Bruins, who still had no answers for the Canadiens’ Carey Price and textbook defensive system. Again the visitors beat the Eastern Conference’s least-scored on team of the regular season team at their own game, in their own barn, and now have one foot in round two.
Interestingly the Kessel deal got some mention yesterday on twitter and even by Glenn Healy on the CBC broadcast, and it wasn’t at the Leafs expense. I guess it’s news to some that Kessel is good at scoring goals and certainly the Bruins could use a pure scorer with game-breaking speed at the moment to test the permeability of this Habs defensive fort. Yep, if you move a young, established 35-goal scorer for picks, you’re a worse team until/unless they really pan out.
Links after the jump.
Mark Zwolinski at The Star with a rundown of the potential options – both in trade and free agency – available to Brian Burke in his summer search for a number one center.
The notion was raised on Toronto sports radio yesterday morning. Crazy talk, says Steve Lansky over at The Leafs Nation, and he’s right.
TMLFans has a review of the Leafs’ ECHL affiliate’s round one playoff series.
A couple of brilliant performances from Doughty (2g, 2a) and Datsyuk (1g, 3a) yesterday.
You can’t use your skate blade as a weapon… Chris Pronger, Chris Simon and Happy Gilmour taught us this lesson. Ryan will learn his. Big loss for the Ducks, helpful boost for the Preds.
Kevin McGran with the recap on the Habs’ 3-1 win to take the 2-0 series lead back home to the Bell Centre.
The Kings even the series at 1s. After an OT win by the Sharks in game one, this looks like a series that could go the distance.
This one could be a long one too.
The best game of the playoffs so far but the Wings are in full control after 2.
Tao of Stieb has a guest post at Sports and The City.
Last Night in Leafs Prospects
Kenny Ryan scored in a 5-3 Windsor win over Saginaw as the Spitfires take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. Ryan has 4 goals and 6 assists in 12 playoff games.
Can the Bruins defy history and come back from a 0-2 deficit?
Barring that, does their playoff failures of the past two seasons change your perception of the Kessel deal?
Playoff schedule today: Rangers/Capitals at 3 followed by Preds/Ducks at 6 and Canucks/Blackhawks at 8.