Cup Check! April 18, 2015

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Cup Check! April 18, 2015

Happy Sunday! It’s time for The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap for April 18th, 2015. #TME is wrangling the links again today – thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Beth Machlan, Sheila Lane, and Amber French in pulling it all together for us. I’m supposed to put something pithy and timely in here to comment on the night as a whole, but mostly I’m still too busy shrieking in glee over the Penguins win. Good thing Rangers-fan Beth did the write up on this one.

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins took the New York Rangers tying up the series, Tampa Bay Lightning took the Detroit Red Wings and tied up that series, Minnesota Wild fell to the St. Louis Blues thus tying up that series, and the Anaheim Ducks took the Winnipeg Jets and keep the series lead at 2-0.

How about them details:

Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues in St. Louis


-(STL) Tarasenko at 13:18 in the 1st period
-(STL) PPG – Tarasenko (2) at 18:01 in the 1st
-(MIN) Scandella at 1:46 in the 3rd
-(STL) Berglund at 18:02 in the 3rd
-(STL) ENG – Tarasenko (3) at 19:43 in the 3rd

Goalies: Dubnyk stopped 23 of 26; Allen stopped 24 of 25.




The series is tied 1-1 and the next game is Monday at 7:00 Central Time in Minnesota.


Anaheim Ducks vs Winnipeg Jets in Anaheim

This photo was taken by an (anonymous)  personal friend of TOH staff and is used with permission.

This photo was taken by an (anonymous) personal friend of TOH staff and is used with permission.


-(WPG) Pardy at 15:43 in the 1st period
-(ANA) PPG – Maroon at 10:43 in the 3rd
-(ANA) Silvferberg at 19:39 in the 3rd (!!!)

Goalies: Pavelec stopped 27 of 29; Andersen stopped 28 of 29.


Kessler drew 2 Jets penalties in first 7 minutes. Then he got his own penalty near end of the 1st period. “Nyah nyah,” sez Jets Nation.

Anaheim is becoming the king of the 3rd period comeback win. Interesting, if nerve-wracking.

Injuries: Mathieu Perreault was back after a lower body injury kept him out the last regular season game of the year and the first playoff game, but left again after contact with the goalpost. Chris Wagner left the bench with an upper-body injury.

Best: Pardy found out 4 minutes prior to the game that he would be playing! It didn’t stop him from scoring Winnipeg’s only goal of the night.

Worst: After a missed penalty late in the game, one of the announcers said, “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying hard enough.” Sir, I hope you’re flying to Winnipeg today.

The Ducks lead the series 2-0. The series continues Monday at 8:00 Central in Winnipeg.


Rangers v. Penguins at MSG


-(NYR) Stepan at 17:05 in the 1st period
-(PIT) PPG – Sutter at 10:01 in the 2nd
-(PIT) Crosby at 14:07 in the 2nd
-(PIT) Crosby at 18:46 in the 2nd
-(NYR) PPG – Brassard at 3:16 in the 3rd
-(PIT) PPG – Kunitz at 9:41 in the 3rd
-(NYR) Nash at 19:54 in the 3rd

Goalies: Fleury stopped 23 of 26; Lundqvist stopped 18 of 22.


It was a game full of penalties – the Pens more, the Rangers meaner – but the one that turned the tide wasn’t a penalty at all. The replay clearly showed that Carl Hagelin did not trip Taylor Chorney; Brandon Sutter did, however, very clearly score a power play goal from which the Rangers never really recovered.


Best: After being held to just one goal (and one $5000 shower) by the Rangers in last year’s playoff series, Crosby came back with a vengeance. So did Rick Nash, who hadn’t put one in since April 4th, but it was too little, too late. And Geno did this:

Worst: Hard to tell; was it the Pens’ seven penalties? (At one point, Hornquist slashed Kreider’s stick so hard it broke in half; Kreider threw up his hands in a power forward version of “I CAN’T EVEN WITH THIS.”)

Or the fact that the Rangers managed to score on only one of those power plays?

And then there was this check by Hagelin on Crosby, which, depending on where you fall on the Rangers/Pens delusion spectrum, was either a “casual accident” or an “intentional blind-side hit to the head worthy of suspension.”

According to Crosby himself, “Just two guys collided. That’s basically what it is.” DON’T MAKE ME LIKE YOU, SID. (#TME’s note: HE IS INORDINATELY LIKABLE THOUGH.)

Pens 4, Rangers 3, tying the series at 1-1.

This series continues Monday April 20th at 7 pm in Pittsburgh.


Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings in Tampa

-(TBL) Johnson PPG at 3:05 in 1st
-(TBL) Killorn at 7:56 in 2nd
-(TBL) Sustr at 14:48 in 2nd
-(TBL) Johnson at 19:22 in 2nd

-(DET) Tatar at 5:49 in 3rd. First career playoff goal!

-(TBL) Filppula PPG at 15:26 in 3rd

Goalies: Mrazek saved 14 of 18 for being pulled for Howard, who saved 11 of 12. Bishop saved 23 of 24 for his first NHL playoff win.


-Sustr scored his FIRST goal of the season.

-This was Tampa head coach Jon Cooper’s first NHL playoff win.

Best: Hedman knows how to crush the body of players (and officials).

Worst: Killorn laid a hit on Datsyuk in the first that was really on the border between a legal check and slew-footing. The Wings took exception and somehow in the ensuing scrum they ended up with a penalty. Oops.

Tampa basically capitalized on every defensive breakdown by Detroit.

Tampa won 5-1 and tied the series 1-1.

Detroit and Tampa face each other in Detroit for game 3 on April 21 at 7 PM ET.


Once the points were tallied and the soundbytes given The Other Half took a vote and we and agree #TME had to go it alone this morning:

What impressed me: PENGUINS WIN! YAY!
What distressed me: Penguins penalties. Guys. GUYS. NO.

Stop it. Stop it.

Ducks and Habs have the chance to take it in four, they’re holding 2-0 series leads currently, and the Game Threes have kicked off in New York with the Isles and the Caps tied up at no-goals in the second. Puck drops in Chicago in a couple hours (and let’s hope Jim Cornelison is on tap for the anthem. Our ears can’t take much more.)

See you tomorrow!

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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