Cup Check! April 25, 2015

Sunday 26th, April 2015 / 18:56 Written by
Cup Check! April 25, 2015

Round One of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs are drawing to a close, my friends. Two more teams closed out their series last night, and we’re down to just a small handful of games before we move on to Round Two. Alexandra Corhan, Amber French, and Eliza Eaton-Stern rounded up the details for April 25th, 2015, and man, that was a lot of goals to tally.

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

Washington fell to the NY Islanders, tying their series 3-3, Detroit shutout Tampa Bay to take the series lead, 3-2, Chicago sent Nashville home, finishing the series in six with Chicago moving into the second round, and Calgary is doing the same; they took Vancouver in six games as well and will face the Ducks in round two.

How about them details:

Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders – Game 6

Goals:
– (NYI) Tavares at 6:56 into the first period
– (WSH) PPG – Carlson at 19:55 into the first period
– (NYI) Kulemin at 10:33 into the third period
– (NYI) EN – Clutterbuck at 19:07 into the third period

Goalies: Holtby stopped 35 of 37, Halak stopped 38 of 39.

Notables:

Moral support from the dog of Isles legend Clark Gillies:

Mask save!

Isles fans breathed a sigh of relief when it was determined that this was a no-goal:

Jay Beagle had the opposite reaction:

Aaaand a nice fight to end the game:

Best:
With the series on the line, the Islanders improved upon their dismal game 5 performance to force a game 7. If this was the last Islanders game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, it was great to close it out with a win.

Worst:
I did not care for this move, Ovi:

 

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

This series continues Monday, April 27, at 7:30pm EST in Washington, DC.

 

Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning – Game 5

Goals:
– (DET) Riley Sheahan PPG at 19:37 in 1st.
– (DET) Drew Miller aka THE SILVER FOX aka Best Miller (I’m biased) at 15:46 in 2nd.
– (DET) Pavel Datsyuk PPG at 15:47 in 3rd. His shots might be back-of-net seeking.

– (DET) Danny DeKeyser ENG at 18:22 in 3rd.

Goalies: Petr Mrazek stopped 28 of 28, Ben Bishop stopped 26 of 29.

Notables:

Sick burn, Lightning fan:

Best:
Smirking goalies are my personal fave.

Did someone say #MillerTime???

Worst:
Ouch.

Tampa… you do know the series isn’t over yet, right? Also, “Datsyuk is a communist” posters? #BeBetter

 

Detroit 4, Tampa 0, giving the Wings a 3-2 series lead.

This series continues April 27 at TIME in Detroit.

 

Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks – Game 6

Goals:
-(NSH) Neal at 1:10 in the 1st
-(NSH) Neal at 8:09 in the 1st
-(CHI) Sharp at 10:37 in the 1st
-(NSH) Cullen at 11:16 in the 1st
-(CHI) Toews at 12:14 in the 1st
-(CHI) Kane at 19:54 in the 1st
-(CHI) Keith at 16:12 in the 3rd

Goalies: Pekka Rinne stopped 28 of 32, Scott Darling stopped 9 of 12, Corey Crawford stopped 13 of 13.

Notables:

That was… not the best start for the Blackhawks.

The first period saw five goals in the first 15 minutes, three of which were from Nashville, and Scott Darling making way for Corey Crawford – a goalie pull meant to wake up Chicago’s sluggish defense rather than to make a statement about Scott Darling’s performance. With 5 minutes left to play in the 1st, Chicago had cut Nashville’s lead to 1 off a Toews deflection:

And of course, with a few seconds left in the period, Patrick Kane does his ridiculous Patrick Kane thing to tie the game up:

Naturally, with all the excitement in the 1st, there were no goals in the 2nd. Other stuff happened, though! Lots of offsides, a few penalties – all killed, naturally.

In the third period, there were no goals except for one – the only one that mattered. Duncan Keith put the puck in the net and the series away.

And then there were celebrations and goalie hugs and handshake lines and the playing of Chelsea Dagger.

See you soon, St. Louis or Minnesota. (Editor’s note: since this was written the Wild have advanced to the second round, see you soon Minnesota!)

Best: That first period. What a doozy.

Worst: That first period. What a doozy.

 

Nashville 3, Chicago 4.

This series has ended with the Blackhawks winning in 6 games.

 

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames – Game 6 (Amber)

Goals:

It might be faster to summarize who DIDN’T SCORE, honestly.

– (VAN) Brandon McMillan at 2:36 in 1st.

– (VAN) Jannik Hansen at 7:32 in 1st.
– (VAN) Radim Vrbata PPG at 9:42 in 1st.
– (CGY) Michael Ferland at 17:02 in 1st.
– (CGY) Sean Monahan at 1:02 in 2nd.
– (CGY) Johnny Gaudreau at 5:35 in 2nd.
– (VAN) Luca Sbisa at 10:36 in 2nd.

– (CGY) Jiri Hudler PPG at 6:14 in 3rd.
– (CGY) Matt Stajan at 15:43 in 3rd.
– (CGY) Jiri Hudler ENG at 19:31 in 3rd.
– (CGY) Michael Ferland ENG at 19:57 in 3rd.

Goalies: Ryan Miller stopped 26 of 31. Jonas Hiller stopped 1 of 3 before being replaced by Karri Ramo, who stopped 17 of 19.

Notables:

DYK? Jiri Hudler is good at the game of hockey.

There was much excitement as the Flames won.

Some people are working on their psychic abilities.

Mama Lack continues to be the best.

Best:

If you like watching goals get scored, tonight was the night for you.

Worst:

Vancouver, why did you stop trying? It felt like you stopped trying. You made me see Eddie Lack’s sad face.

 

Calgary 7, Vancouver 4. The Canucks are eliminated in 6 games, and the Flames will face the Ducks in round 2.

 

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

What impressed us: 26 goals across four games, holy cow, you guys.
What distressed us: 26 goals across four games. Where was all the D? Like, were you even on the ice? Dudes.

Blues, Preds, Jets, Pens, Canucks, and Sens have all been sent home for the season now. Congratulations on making it into the playoffs, and condolences for the briefness of your postseason, guys.

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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