These awkward Pierre moments are killing me.
Doc isn’t irritating me as much as he was in Round 1. Â Maybe it was just pregnancy hormones or — and clearly this is more likely — he read my blog and decided to dial back on the passive voice.
St Louis Blues vs LA Kings
I feel so dirty cheering for the Kings.
I felt sort of bad for Jake Allen and his 17 seconds of NHL game time in Game 2. Â Sneaky move by Hitchcock to get around the icing/timeout restriction by swapping the goalie, though.
There’s really nothing else to say about this series other than, damn, St Louis. Â I’ve seen a lot of Sharks fans wonder how St Louis could cream the Sharks and then be swept by the Kings. Â That’s easy. Â The Sharks played like ass.
Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators
Wow, Phoenix? Really? Â I did not see that coming.
Ultimately I was cheering for the Preds in this series because I really like Barry Trotz. Â Not only does he resemble an adorable bridge troll, but his bench interviews are informative and witty.
It’s so much easier to watch the Coyotes Minus Raffi Torres.
I really wish Mike Smith had scored on that last end-to-end play he had. Â I’m sure he does, too. Â So close!
NY Rangers vs Washington Capitals
This round’s overrated series as far as I’m concerned. Â I’m meh on both of these teams.
I don’t care about Ovie’s ice time or how “this is Dale Hunter’s team” or whatever else NBC babbles on about.
If this series goes to 7 games and postpones Round 3 for even longer, I’m going to….well, I’ll shake my fist at the sky in irritation. Â I so don’t care about Rangers/Caps and want to get on with Kings/Coyotes.
Added on 5/10: Well, dang, new evidence has arrived and now I have to cheer for the Capitals. Â In addition to his amazing rookie season, goaltenderÂ Braden Holtby just became a first-time dad today. Â OK, Caps, I will back your team out of new parent commiseration. Â Also, I will no longer complain about having too much on my plate while dealing with a newborn.
Philadelphia Flyers vs New Jersey Devils
I loved the speed in this series. Â Maybe I just spend too long watching the Sharks, but it’s actually fairly exciting to see skaters, y’know, skating.
This series really shows the difference between Bryzgalov’s goaltending style and Brodeur’s. Â Brodeur can make some stellar mess-ups (I’ll cut the guy some slack, though, he’s like 500 years old and one of the league’s best goalies evarrrr) but when he’s on, he’s a sight to behold.
There’s really nothing more to say about the deflection off of Clarkson into the Flyer’s net. I don’t think you can blame the game/series loss on that play, like the NBC guys were doing last night. Â If a cock-up happens in the first period and your forwards can’t get their act together to score again over the next two periods, that’s not Bryz’s fault.