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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bruins, Caps, Kings All Deliver

The drama just keeps on coming. Gotta love it!

First... if you haven't already, please watch the first half-minute of this video in which Andy Sutton gets into it with a reporter about his hit on Jordan Leopold. It's spawned a trending topic on Twitter (#areyouanexpert) and its own Facebook fan page, and though perhaps it shouldn't, it's given me a whole new reason to love the big guy. :)

Now, on to the games, and though I missed about the whole first period of Bruins-Sabres, I got to see at least all of Habs-Caps, and what a game that was. But first things first.

Bruins beat Sabres 5-3; series tied at 1.

So no huge hits or strange feats here, but Thomas Vanek lovers will definitely have a hard time dealing with this; the forward left the game in the first period with the dreaded "lower-body" injury. Should he end up missing the rest of this series, that will definitely change things- for the better for Boston, and for the worse for the Sabres.

Washington beats Montreal 6-5 (OT); series tied at 1.

W.O.W. This game was the most entertaining of the night. Jose Theodore certainly didn't think so- he allowed 2 goals on the first two shots he faced and ended up giving way to Semyon Varlamov, who did allow three, but no matter- Nicklas Backstrom saved the night with his hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Caps battled back from 4-1, then tied the game at 5 just after Tomas Plekanec scored late in the third period. Best part? The reaction on the bench from all of the coaches, who got into a legitimate group hug as the team celebrated. They knew they needed this one before heading into the snake pit that is the Bell Centre.

L.A. beats Vancouver, 3-2 (OT); series tied at 1.

I saw Vancouver build up their 2-0 lead just before falling asleep, but I missed all the good stuff, unfortunately. And the best thing? Jonathan Quick, who made some incredible saves in the second and third period to keep the Canucks from adding to their lead, thus allowing the Kings to come back and win it. Give kudos to some great defensive work by the guys in front of him to stymie Vancouver's offense.

So tonight, here goes nothing- Game 3 of Pens-Sens, followed by Game 2 of Hawks-Preds, followed by Game 3 of Sharks-Avs. All one right after another on Versus. Addiction, I has it. Enjoy, y'all.

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