Cup Check! May 5, 2015

Wednesday 06th, May 2015 / 19:27 Written by
Cup Check! May 5, 2015

Welcome to The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap for May 5th, 2015. Eliza Eaton-Stern, Casey Lucas, and Amber French all worked hard to stay neutral while watching some of their favorite (or least favorite – looking at you, Anaheim) teams play in some crucial games. How’d they do? You be the judge.

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

Chicago won again and are going to try and take Minnesota in four tomorrow night, and Calgary used OT to burn up the Ducks’ broom; no sweep for them, this series is going to at least five.

How about them details:

Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild – Round 2, Game 3

-(CHI) PPG – Patrick Kane at 14:06 in the 1st

Goalies: Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 30, Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 of 22.


Minnesota started things out by throwing a lot of shots at Corey Crawford, all of which were stopped. Minnesota fans reacted to this by… goalie chants.

Then the Hawks got a power play and Patrick Kane did what Patrick Kane does:

The Wild were not suuuuper thrilled, and before the intermission Dumba sent Kane into the boards face-first. No penalty was called.

In the second, both teams seemed evenly matched – lots of physical end-to-end hockey, but no goals for either team, despite a few excellent chances for the Wild, including a breakaway from Granlund with 8:40 left in the period.

Scoreless through 2, we move on to the 3rd period, where Wild threw everything they had at Corey Crawford, who played out of his freaking mind, holy crap. And he had to, because the Wild were skating circles around the Hawks, throwing out twice the shot attempts that the Hawks had and looking generally the better team.

Things got… tense.

Somehow, not a one of the Wild’s 30 shots on goal or 56 shot attempts went through.

Best: Corey Crawford. Sweet baby Jesus, dude.

Also, this image:

time lead in series

Enthusiastic goalie hugs. Everyone be happy.

Worst: Whoever put that curse on Minnesota. When they find you they’re gonna serve you a lukewarm hotdish, just you wait.


Chicago 1, Minnesota 0, giving the Blackhawks a 3-0 series lead

This series continues Thursday, May 7 at 9:30 Eastern in Minneapolis, because Gary Bettman hates the Central Division.


Anaheim Ducks vs Calgary Flames – Round 2, Game 3

-(CGY) Brandon Bollig (and everyone laughed at Andersen) at 2:07 in the 1st.

-(ANA) Patrick Maroon (and now direct laughter at Ramo) at 6:57 in the 1st.
-(ANA) Corey Perry (no distinct kicking motion) at 14:10 in the 1st. (I think folks were more mad that the refs missed Getzlaf hooking, honestly.)
-(CGY) SHORTY Joe Colborne unassisted (first playoff goal BOOM) at 4:17 in the 2nd.

-(ANA) Matt Beleskey (…stop this nonsense, Karri Ramo) at 8:20 in the 2nd.
-(CGY) PPG Johnny Gaudreau TIES IT UP at 19:40 in the 3rd.


Goalies: Ramo stopped 18 of 21, and Andersen stopped 17 of 21.


Bollig goal reactions:

Calgary’s Sam Bennett got robbed by the war room in Toronto.

Pretty sure these aren’t nice words, coach.

Gaudreau’s goal did not (thankfully) require review:

Mark’s one of my faves for reasons (and sass).

That OT winner, though.

You tried, Flames:

(Note: Some of them are actually red and a darker yellow, which is why they look orange in the picture.)

On first period:

Arguably the best Flames jersey ever:

Calgary’s SB Nation blog picks their personal 3 stars:

Jiri Hudler does good hockey stuff, pass it on.


Brandon Bollig’s scruff is back! It’s not a glorious beard again yet, but it’s getting there.

Brian Burke is great at celebrations.

Even LA’s mascot Bailey was happy for the Flames.

Great for Flames, terrible for Ducks.

The Bennett no-goal call. We have how many camera angles in the NHL, and Toronto only cares about the terrible overhead camera? Ugh.


Calgary 4 – Anaheim 3, giving the Ducks a 2-1 series lead.

This series continues Friday, May 8 at 9:30 PM ET in Calgary.


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

What impressed us: The hockey gif-makers on Twitter, for providing us all a new Zapruder tape to analyze after that no-goal in Calgary. You da real MVPs, friends.
What distressed us: No goal? Really? Ooookay, Toronto.

Coming to The Other Half tomorrow: Caps and Rangers do battle and our Rangers-loving editor Beth tries and fails to avoid absolute homerism; Montreal and Tampa Bay do battle and we see whether Tampa can take Montreal one game closer to a sweep.

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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