In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs from last night’s three game schedule.
Tuesday April 30, 2013
#8 Minnesota Wild @ #1 Chicago BlackHawks
Game 1: Chicago 2 Minnesota 1 OT
-This was a great way to kickoff the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The game was back and forth for the most part, and it took extra time to decide the contest. Cal Clutterbuck opened the scoring for the Wild in the first period, and Marian Hossa tied it for the BlackHawks in the second. The third period was played scoreless and 16:35 into overtime Bryan Bickell scored the game-winner for Chicago. Josh Harding made 35 saves for the Wild, while Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 26 faced.
Chicago leads series 1-0
Game 2 Friday @ CHI 9:30 EST
#5 Los Angeles Kings @ #4 St. Louis Blues
Game 1: STL 2 LAK 1 OT
-Although this one went to overtime also, it was not much of an even game. It was all Blues. St. Louis controlled the game and outshot the Kings 36-19 in regulation. Alexander Steen scored in the first period to give the Blues the lead, and seemed to cruise the rest of the way. However, Justin Williams found some magic and scored to tie the game with only 32 seconds left. In the overtime period, Steen scored again, but this one was shorthanded and a game winner. At the time of the goal, Kevin Shattenkirk was serving a four minute double minor penalty for the Blues. The Kings had their chance. Jonathan Quick made 40 saves for the Kings and Brian Elliott stopped 28 of 29 shots faced.
St. Louis leads series 1-0
Game 2 Thursday @ STL 9:30 EST
#7 Detroit Red Wings @ #2 Anaheim Ducks
Game 1: ANA 3 DET 1
-This was a pretty decent game to my surprise. The teams traded goals in the first period before the Ducks scored two in the third period, including an empty net goal. The goals scorers in order were Nick Bonino (ANA PPG), Daniel Cleary (DET PPG), Teemu Selanne (ANA PPG), and Francois Beauchemin (ANA EN). Jimmy Howard made 24 saves for Detroit, while Jonas Hiller stopped 21 of 22 shots faced.
Anaheim leads series 1-0
Game 2 Thursday @ ANA 10:00 EST
**All Games are Game 1 of the best of seven series**
Toronto @ Boston 7:00 EST
New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh 7:30 EST
San Jose @ Vancouver 10:30 EST