Cup Check! May 21, 2015

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Cup Check! May 21, 2015

Welcome to The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap for May 21, 2015. Eliza Eaton-Stern and Sheila Lane took notes while trying not to yell “SHOOT” in public, and Allyzon Z. tried to keep the partisanship to a minimum.

At the end of the night, we were all, Kaner you Despres how great those dudes are? (Actually we weren’t so much “all” as we were “one,” SHEILA.) (#notallTOHwriters) Anyway, Anaheim beat Chicago.

How about them details:


(ANA) PPG – Patrick Maroon at 12:55 in the first period
(CHI) Patrick Kane at 19:03 in the first period
(ANA) Simon Despres at 19:05 in the second period

Goalies: Frederik Andersen (ANA) stopped 27 of 28, Corey Crawford (CHI) stopped 25 of 27.


One of these rosters is not like the others:

The Blackhawks power play was not up to the standard of their last game. The Ducks, on the other hand, looked great, and Patrick Maroon scored for the Ducks on their first PP:

So of course they went back on the power play for four more minutes when Silfverberg got a little high stick-y with Toews:

It continued to not go well:

But close to the end of the period, the Hawks finally answered, and Patrick Kane broke his two game pointless streak with a beauty of a shot:

So to the second period:

Lots of great chances at each end for both teams, but more than halfway through the period, the most notable thing to happen was that Patrick Kane actually made a hit on someone:

Between the ice and the still exhausted players, there was plenty of weirdness to go around:

And then Despres put the Ducks ahead with just under a minute left to go in the 2nd:

Time for the 3rd period!

That two-minute penalty was the longest time Keith spent off the ice at any one time.

Chicago took advantage of a strategically beneficial icing to pull Crawford with 2:00 left in the game and put an extra attacker out. And with only a couple of breaths before the buzzer, it seemed like it might happen.

Pretty sure Kaner is going to be seeing that shot every time he closes his eyes for a while.

Result: Anaheim wins!

This is Chicago’s first home loss this postseason. Anaheim is now an astonishing 10-2 halfway(ish) through the third round of the playoffs. Dayum.

Best (Actor Emmy): Andrew Shaw, for his performance of “High Sticking Penalty” in the third period.


Worst: Power pfft, amirite?


Ducks 2, Blackhawks 1, giving the Ducks a 2-1 series lead.

This series continues Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 Eastern in Chicago.


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

What impressed us: Puns aside: Kaner. Despres.


What distressed us: Are we more distressed by Anaheim’s vow to stay out of the penalty box leading to five penalties? (If they hadn’t vowed it how bad would it be?) Or by Chicago’s inability to convert any of those five (one shot in a four-minute stretch)?

…actually, we’re most distressed by the reappearance of Crawford’s not-an-honor of a not-Sauk-design goalie mask. The more things change…wait, nothing’s changed. Move along.

Last night was exciting, aggravating, nerd-provoking, and discussion continues to rage on. (Check out Joel Quenneville’s presser and the reactions to it for a start.) Tonight is another epic battle between the Rangers and Lightning, and Saturday night Chicago tries to defend home turf in WCF Game 4.

Eliza Eaton-Stern
Eliza is co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of The Other Half. She did her undergrad at the University of St. Andrews, where she once played air guitar with Prince William, and her Masters at the London School of Economics, where she wrote her dissertation on the history of military veterans in the Paralympic Movement. Despite the amount of time spent in Great Britain, she remains staunchly Midwestern in her feelings about how much cheese should accompany any given meal (lots). She lives in Colorado with her Hockey Hating Husband, where she plays rugby and yells at the TV about a wide variety of sports, including hockey, football, and other football.

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