Cup Check! April 22, 2015

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Cup Check! April 22, 2015

Welcome to The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap for April 22th, 2015. When last we parted the Penguins had just fallen in OT to the Rangers and #TME had declared she was no longer speaking to them. (No one is surprised by this outcome.) Thank goodness for Beth Machlan, Janice Rochford, and Alexandra Corhan or there wouldn’t be a roundup today.

The more notable details of the night came in the form of one team that’s going to be cleaning out their lockers and going home for the summer, and one that likely partied hard well into this morning because they’ve got some resting to look forward to before Round Two.

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

Montreal was shutout (with a single goal) by Ottawa thus ending their potential sweep, Winnipeg was not so lucky and Anaheim put the period on that series in four, St. Louis beat Minnesota to tie up their series 2-2, and Pittsburgh didn’t get it done in OT and fell again to the Rangers.

How about them details:

Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators – Game 4

– (OTT) Hoffman at 9:05 into the 3rd period

Goalies: Price stopped 31 of 32, Anderson stopped 28 of 28.


-The Habs’ power play left something to be desired:

-A happy Craig Anderson, after stopping a breakaway:

-After having his thunder (and his job) taken from him by the Hamburglar, Craig Anderson fared well in his second playoff start, earning himself a shutout and keeping his team alive.

Senators’ superfan Jonathan Pitre capped off his “Scout For a Day” outing by wearing a suit custom-made by Sidney Crosby’s tailor, and watching his favorite team win. You can read more about Jonathan here.

There have been comments a-plenty about the number of penalties that the officials have let slide, #BecauseItsTheCup and all. However, tonight we were treated to an instance of a little-seen face-off penalty, also known as Rule 76.6:

When a least two face-off violations have been committed by the same team during the same face-off, this team shall be penalized with a bench minor penalty to the offending team. This penalty shall be announced as a “Bench Minor Penalty for Delay of Game – Face-off Violation.”

And here’s the super slo-mo:

THIS is what the officials decide to call?!


Montreal 4, Ottawa 2 with Montreal holding the lead 3-1.

They’ll try to end it in five on Friday, April 24, at 7:00pm EST in Montreal.


Anaheim Ducks vs Winnipeg Jets – Game 4

– (WPG) Bryan Little 16:26 in the 1st period
– (ANA) Emerson Etem 17:52 in the 1st period (JHC it was a pretty goal)
– (ANA) Andrew Cogliano 12:55 in the 2nd period
– (ANA) Ryan Kesler 06:51 in the 3rd period
– (WPG) Mark Stuart 10:27 in the 3rd period
– (ANA) Ryan Kesler 15:11 in the 3rd period
– (ANA) Sami Vatanen 19:33 in the 3rd period (empty net)

Goalies: ANA Frederik Andersen stopped 25 of 27, WPG Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30 of 34.

Dustin Byfuglien being Dustin Byfuglien

Ryan Kesler shutting down the late comeback from Winnipeg with a one-timer from Depres.

I think I have watched this 1000 times.


We know there are injuries you can play through and injuries you really shouldn’t (PATRICE – I’M LOOKING AT YOU) but seriously


Ducks 5 – Jets 1

And with that the Ducks sweep the series 4-0 ending Winnipeg’s first trip to the playoffs since 1996. Winnipeg are still yet to win a post-season game.

The Ducks will take on the winner of the Flames & Canucks series in Round 2.


St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild – Game 4

– (STL) Ryan Reaves 05:34 in the 1st period
– (STL) Vladimir Tarasenko 06:59 in the 1st period
– (STL) David Backes 10:06 in the 1st period
– (MIN) Jared Spurgeon 01:41 in the 2nd period
– (STL) Paul Stastny 03:39 in the 2nd period
– (STL) Vladimir Tarasenko 15:47 in the 2nd period

Goalies: STL Jake Allen stopped 17 of 18, MIN Devan Dubnyk stopped 11 of 17, MIN Darcy Kuemper stopped 9 of 9.

St Louis Defenseman Kevin Shatenkirk had 3 assists which gives him the most so far in the playoffs with 7.

The Tarasenkshow – Shake’n’Bake Baby!

Poor ol’ Devan Dubnyk. Actually, it is only 50% his problem. I don’t think anyone watching thought he was going to get his groove back in this game, he hurt himself, his confidence was down, Yeo should have sat him down earlier than 16:50 in the 2nd.

St Louis 6, Minnesota 1
The series is now tied 2-2 and continues April 24 at 9:30pm in St Louis.


Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

-(PIT) Hornquist at 2:22 in the 1st period
-(NYR) Brassard at 17:15 in the 2nd
-(NYR) Hayes at 3:14 in 1st OT

Goalies: Lundqvist stopped 22 of 23; Fleury stopped 22 of 24.


Lundqvist left his crease to grab a beer or something and happened to bump into Geno, who just stopped by to take a shot; Dan Girardi had to step in and save it because Hank was still on his way back from 7th Avenue or wherever the hell he wandered off to. DON’T DO THAT, HANK. I’M SURE ARMANI MAKES A SHOCK COLLAR.

Best: This picture.

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you tried

New York 2, Pittsburgh 1 – The Rangers lead the series 3-1 and will try to send the Penguins home for the summer on Friday, April 24 at 7:00 pm ET, in New York.


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

What impressed us: Tarasenko and Etem did ice wizardry and dazzled us with their fantastic goal-scoring ability.
What distressed us: Minnesota and Winnipeg… you knew there were games being played, right? I mean, your fans did

After the Blackhawks Triple Sized Recap for the Triple Overtime Rodeo yesterday this little half-sized Cup Check must seem awfully short, I know.

Welcome to the playoffs – there are ups and there are downs and there are seriously exhausted Managing Editors who forget how to even try to be funny. :) Don’t worry, I can only sulk for so long.

So far tonight Tampa took Detroit and Washington took the NY Isles, Chicago and Nashville are tied in the second, and Calgary are trying to wrap the series up – they’re leading in the first.

We’ll be back tomorrow with the details!

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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