4/20 Stanley Cup Playoff Update

Hello there hockey fans: Starting a new blog today, hope you like it, will integrate this into HockeytalkRadio.com.

ANAHEIM 4 CALGARY 0 (ANA SWEEPS)

The Ducks swept the Flames in an impressive effort, incorporating some great goaltending, some fine coaching decisions and great performances by stars and upstarts alike.

Ryan Getzlaf was a giant in this series, reminding all that when he’s on top of his game, he’s up there amongst the best centers in the game. Corey Perry was +5 in the critical Game 3 comeback from a 4-1 deficit, the biggest playoff comeback in Ducks’ history.

Here’s the latest “Duck Calls” postgame radio show (Wed., 4/19 after Game 4)

ST. LOUIS 3 MINNESOTA 1 (STL LEADS 3-0 / GAME 5 AT MNW SAT.)

The Wild squeaked out a victory at St. Louis Wednesday night, with Devan Dubnyk shutting out the Blues.  St. Louis has scored only seven goals thus far, yet lead the low-scoring series (Minnesota has scored just five).

OTTAWA 3 BOSTON 1 (OTT LEADS 3-0 / GAME 5 AT OTT FRI.)

Bobby Ryan has two game-winners–one in overtime–as the Senators grind out another win.

Other Series:

Edmonton returns home tonight with its series squared at 2-2. Zach Kassian is enjoying a coming-out party after disappointing in his first few seasons. Connor McDavid has been held in check by San Jose. As for the Sharks, a 7-0 throttling of the Oilers in Game 4 showed who’s the veteran crew. Series now a three-gamer, two of the last three (if necessary) will be played in Edmonton.

Chicago could exit tonight at Nashville, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone at this point. Maybe at the start of the series, but not now.  Jonathan Toews has not scored a playoff goal in his past 13 outings, and despite a late-season surge by the Blackhawks, the hunger just isn’t there amongst Chicago’s star talent.  Re-acquisitions of Jon Oduya and Brian Campbell have not proven to be the tonic. Another coming-out party: Ryan Johanssen of the Predators: One goal, four assists in the first three games.

Les Canadiens and the Rangers square off at Le Centre Bell.

Columbus hopes to stave off elimination at the hands of the Penguins.

…more later

JB

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