Cup Check! April 17, 2015

Saturday 18th, April 2015 / 14:04 Written by
Cup Check! April 17, 2015

Welcome back to The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap. We’re talking about April 17th, 2015, Round 1, Night 3. Your friendly neighborhood #TME is in charge of the round-up again today, with game notes provided (in order) by Alexandra Corhan, Christy K., Amber French, and Chicago resident Sheila Lane. As always, the opinions offered here reflect the writer and not the site as a whole. (We have at least one writer rooting for Nashville, so she had a good night last night.) Playoffs anything-goes rulebook got a heck of a work out the first two night nights, and last night proved no different.

At the end of the night the basics looked like this:

New York Islanders fell to the Washington Capitals, tying up the series 1-1, Ottawa Senators fell to the Montreal Canadiens in OT, the Canadiens lead the series 2-0, Vancouver Canucks took the Calgary Flames, series is now tied 1-1, and the Chicago Blackhawks fell to the Nashville Predators for another series tie-up at 1-1.

How about them details:

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals, Game 2

-(NYI) Clutterbuck at 5:14 in the 1st period
-(NYI) Strome at 3:24 into the 2nd
-(WSH) Alzner at 11:26 into the 2nd
-(WSH) Okposo at 14:09 into the 2nd
-(WSH) Ovechkin at 16:09 into the 2nd (with an emphatic celebration, to boot!)
-(WSH) PPG – Backstrom at 3:44 into the 3rd
-(WSH) Chimera at 7:37 into the 3rd

Goalies: Halak stopped 31 of 35, Grubauer stopped 18 of 21.

Kyle Okposo finally seemed “back,” playing his best game since returning from an eye injury, and his performance couldn’t have come at a better time. Islanders commentator Howie Rose referred to Okposo’s second period goal as “king-sized” and “upper level of the toy department.”

Braden Holtby, the Capitals’ starting goaltender, was under the weather, so the starting job went to Philipp Grubauer, the goalie for the Caps’ AHL affiliate. Grubauer performed admirably, despite not being tested as much as one would expect.

Best: The crowd at the Verizon center. The first game between these two teams was a snooze, and even Capitals coach Barry Trotz noted that it didn’t feel like a playoff game. Game 2 saw an arena full of raucous Capitals fans, which carried over to the television audience.

Worst: The Islanders losing their lead. (Bias? What Bias?)

Capitals 4, Islanders 3, tying the series at 1-1

This series continues Sunday, April 19 at 12:00pm EST in Long Island. The Islanders should get a boost from their home crowd.


Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 2

-(OTT) MacArthur (1) ASST: Stone (1), Ceci (1) 18:42 in the 1st
-(MTL) PPG – Pacioretty (1) ASST: Desharnais (1), Markov (1) 07:18 in the 2nd
-(MTL) Subban (1) ASST: Smith-Pelly (1), Desharnais (2) 16:30 in the 2nd
-(OTT) PPG – Wiercioch (1) ASST: Stone (2), Karlsson (2) 13:25 in the 3rd
-(MTL) Alex Galchenyuk (1) ASST: Gallagher (1), Plekanec (1) 03:40 in 1OT

Goalies: Price stopped 29 of 31, Hammond 39 of 42

Three Stars: *PK Subban, **Max Pacioretty, ***Andrew Hammond

Mark Stone has still got game despite the fractured wrist, and in a pleasant turn of events no one seemed out for Subban’s blood. And let’s not leave out one of the most adorable moments of the whole night, why can’t all goals end with kisses, is what we’d like to know.

Best: This was a real back-and-forth game. Thrilling to watch if you don’t have a stake in either team, but must have been incredibly nerve-wracking for Habs and Sens fans. When the Sens score, you could hear people screaming as if in terror in the Bell Centre.

Worst: …gosh, I can’t think of anything. A real delight.

Canadiens 3, Senators 2, the Canadiens lead the series 2-0

They’re up again Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 pm ET in in Ottawa


Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames, Game 2

-(VAN) D. Sedin 2:56 in the1st
-(VAN) Higgins PPG 7:06 in the 1st
-(VAN) Kenins 2:17 in the 3rd
-(CAL) Russell PPG 16:26 in the 3rd
-(VAN) Vrbata ENG 2:01 in the 3rd

Goalies: Hiller saved 26 of 29 and got pulled for Karri Ramo with 5:10 left in the 3rd. Ramo saved 2 of 2, and Eddie Lack saved 22 of 23.

-Tonight’s win snapped a seven-game playoff losing streak on Canucks home ice. They hadn’t won a playoff game at Rogers Arena since Game 5 of the 2011 SCF.

-Higgins’ shot broke part of the net camera. I don’t want to be blocking that one.

-Ryan Miller has a sassy “that was naughty” finger waggle.

-Daniel Sedin also has a nice vertical jump.


The sunshine goalie finally had enough when a scramble erupted over him, and his hair still looked perfect after.


P.S. Noted silver fox Trevor Linden is good at happy faces and high-fives.

Precious hockey child Johnny Gaudreau and Not-Boring Sean Monahan had a bit of a shoving acquaintance with Hamhuis at the end of the 3rd.

Worst (Least funny): Did I mention one of the TV announcers guesstimated 50 grand in net camera damage? Ouch.

There were apparently several fan-fights at the end of the game, which is not funny. Please report people being assholes at games to an attendant instead of trying to fight them.

Pure Shenanigans:
The last 5 minutes or so of the 3rd period was feisty:

Seriously, look at the penalty recap and the officials trying to figure it out.

I’m not even going to try to summarize it in words. I want to make jokes, but honestly the gifs make the jokes for me.

This is what the ice looked like post-kerfluffle.

There are possibly some fines and suspensions coming out of this mess, but since they weren’t official yet when I wrote this they’ll have to be added in later if they happen.

The Canucks post-game comments were particularly funny. Noted human puppy Eddie Lack just wanted to mark his territory.

Poor Kevin Bieksa is used to dumb-dumbs (and child-appropriate insults, apparently).

Final score: Canucks win 4-1, series is split 1-1.

The two teams meet Sunday, April 19 at 10 PM ET in Calgary.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators, Game 2

-(NSH) Wilson at 2:47 in the 1st period
-(CHI) Sharp at 16:13 in 1st
-(NSH) Josi at 19:56 in 1st
-(CHI) Kane at 10:32 in the 2nd period
-(NSH) Smith at 14:54 in the 2nd
-(NSH) Forsberg at 12:41 in the 3rd period
-(NSH) Smith at 14:28 in the 3rd
-(NSH) Santorelli at 15:00 in the 3rd

(Yes, those last three goals took place within 2 minutes and 19 seconds.)


4 for Nashville (including a 4:00 one during which Chicago only got two shots off)
7for Chicago, 4 of those in the 3rd period


NSH Rinne 24/26
CHI Crawford 29/35 (DON’T LOOK AT ME)


-Sharp is at his best on the road; in fact, most of his playoff goals have been scored during away games. He was persistent as all get out on his way to his 2nd goal scored so far this series.

-Second game back and Kane’s already double shifting! His goal, however amazing, was actually in the middle of a too-many-men situation, but the linesman didn’t notice. (Said linesman got an EARFUL from Coach Laviolette afterwards.)

-Shea Weber left mid-game with a lower-body injury (possibly ankle/foot) after what looked like a pretty routine hit.

-Rinne scored his first assist of the playoffs tonight. Yay goalies! Boo Chicago’s defense!


Best: Rinne, with 24 saves and 1 assist; Smith, for scoring his first 2 playoff goals in the same game; Sharp, for getting his groove back.

Worst: The combo of Corey Crawford and the Hawks defense. I think you know why.

Stop it. Stop it.

Nashville 6, Chicago 2, series tied 1-1

This series continues Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 CST in Chicago.


Once the points were tallied and the soundbytes given The Other Half took a vote and we and agree:

What impressed us: That slash from Subban was super uncool, but the fact that the players didn’t spend their night trying to exact revenge for it showed a great deal of maturity and focus, and we can totally get behind that.
What distressed us: Chicago. It’s no secret we were at TOH have our favorites, and to that game we must simply say…really, guys?

Games Two for Saturday kicked off before TME finished editing again (I slept in, sorry). Detroit v Tampa has Tampa up 1-0, and Minnesota v St. Louis are 0-2 at the end of their first periods.

We’ll be back tomorrow with the details for all four of today’s games. See you then!

Sasha Davis
Managing Editor
Sasha is co-owner and Managing Editor of The Other Half. A runner and an avid hockey fan, after spending years in graphic design and accounting she turned her sights to her first true love and has spent the last year honing her editing skills on tech articles and short fiction. Sports writing is a whole new ballgame.

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