Cup Check! April 24, 2015

Saturday 25th, April 2015 / 16:58 Written by
Cup Check! April 24, 2015

#TME is back with The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap for April 24th, 2015, sending a great deal of thanks to Janice Rochford for getting it up last night! Eliza Eaton-Stern, Amber French, and Allyson Z. compiled our notes for today, which was no small task with Erik Karlsson winking at everyone who walked by.

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

Ottawa dominated Montreal and hope to force Game 7, Minnesota has taken the lead in the series against St. Louis, and Pittsburgh ended their playoff appearance with a loss to the New York Rangers.

How about them details:

Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens – Game 5

Goals:
Ryan at 9:29 in the 1st (OTT)
Wiercioch at 15:39 in the 1st (OTT)
Karlsson at 14:29 in the 2nd (OTT)
Gilbert at 1:44 in the 3rd (MTL)
Condra at 14:02 in the 3rd (OTT)
Hoffman at 19:10 in the 3rd (OTT)

Goalies: Craig Anderson stopped 45 of 46, Carey Price stopped 20 of 25.

Notables:
Before the game, Elise Beliveau showed her support of PK Subban:

Despite Ms. Beliveau’s support, PK and the Habs didn’t exactly have a fantastic showing at the Bell Centre. The Habs got off to a flying start, putting up shot on goal after shot on goal, but it was the Sens that scored first:

And again and again:

Montreal seemed as puzzled as the rest of us, and increasingly unable to answer the questions that the Sens were posing. In the third, the Habs finally pulled one back:

But it didn’t matter. Two more goals went in for the Sens in the 3rd in response, and the game was over. Also, Erik Karlsson got called for a penalty in the 3rd and was pretty puzzled:

And then this happened:

Right back atcha, EK.

Best: Craig Anderson comes up clutch against a barrage of shots by MTL.

Worst: PK Subban. At his best, he dictates the pace of the game and makes his impact on the other team physically as well as on the scoresheet. This… was not his best. He was pretty much invisible.

 

Ottawa 5, Montreal 1, cutting the Habs series lead down to 3-2.

This series continues Sunday, April 26 at 6:00 EST in Ottawa.

 

Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues – Game 5

Goals:
08:04 STL PPG – Vladimir Tarasenko
11:06 MIN Marco Scandella
14:56 MIN Nino Niederreiter
16:22 MIN PPG – Mikko Koivu
14:50 MIN Charlie Coyle

Goalies: Dubnyk stopped 36 of 37, Allen stopped 15 of 19.

Notables:
The game was Matt Cooke’s first in a while. Unfortunately, he used it to make this play:

Chris Stewart and Steve Ott’s physical altercations continue.

Charlie Coyle and Mikko Koivu both got their first of the 2015 post-season in the win for Minnesota.

Best:
After last game and a performance that wasn’t worthy of the Vezina nom he’s rightfully earned, Devan Dubnyk came back to show why he’s got his name of that short list.

Worst:
Jake Allen looking at his glove like it betrayed him after tipping a rising shot by Marco Scandella into his own net to tie the game at one. It was the Wild’s first shot of the game.

 

Wild 4, Blues 2, giving the Wild a 3-2 series lead.

This series continues Sunday at 3pm EST in St Paul.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers – Game 5

Goals:
-(NYR) Derek Stepan (PPG) 4:23 in the 1st period
-(PIT) Nick Spaling 17:23 in the 2nd period
-(NYR) Carl Hagelin 10:52 in 1OT

Goalies: Marc Andre Fleury stopped 34 of 36, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 of 38.

Notables:

I’ve started this recap a dozen times and deleted it each time. I just don’t have the words, nothing that hasn’t already been said, at any rate.

The Pens are going home for the summer, and that sucks.

Fleury should have had better in front of him, and despite his herculean efforts he couldn’t carry the team into the second round on his head.

He was amazing, though, and I hope that doesn’t get forgotten. It certainly got noticed:

But no matter how close your impersonation of a brickwall is, if your guys aren’t down at the other end doing their job there’s not a lot you can do about it. When the other guy is doing a damn fine wall himself, well.

And even buying yourself more time only gets you so far.

Here’s hoping the right changes get made this offseason. The kind that help this guy out:

 

Best:

Worst:

What. The hell.

Were you.

THINKING!?

 

Rangers 2, Penguins 1

The first round of the 2015 playoffs closes for both with the Rangers advancing.

 

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

What impressed us:

It’s funny enough when the teams’ twitters start talking to each other that even the Flyers throwing shade at the saddest flightless birds in existence is worth snickering over.

What distressed us: Apart from the crushing devastation to Marc Andre Fleury? The Habs outshooting Ottawa 45-25 and losing was pretty bad, guys.

The Isles beat the Caps earlier today and we’ll be seeing those two again in game 7. Currently, Detroit’s up 1 on Tampa at the end of the first.

Check back in for the details 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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