April 19, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-04-19

Montreal grabbed a 2-0 series lead with a 4-1 victory over Tampa. I think the Lightning really needed to steal that opening game when Carey Price wasn't quite up to par. He was much better on Friday and down 2-0 heading back to Montreal is probably going to be too much to overcome for Tampa.

 

Rene Bourque had a pair of goals for the Canadiens. If he starts chipping on offense it's going to be a long series for Tampa. He scored just nine times in 63 games this season.  

 

David Desharnais scored a goal on a perfect deflection. Credit him for bouncing back after that dreadful first two months of the season, as he was on just one assist until late November. The fact that Desharnais finished with 52 points is nothing short of remarkable.

 

Daniel Briere's ice-time barely broke 11 minutes after he played nearly 19 in Game 1. Still, his playoff experience on the fourth line is a nice luxury to have for Montreal.

 

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Ondrej Palat was a scratch in this one after suffering an injury on Wednesday. Without him and Ben Bishop it's an uphill battle for the Lightning.

 

Speaking of Bishop, if he can't go in Game 3, I wonder if it would make sense to give Kristers Gudlevskis a start. It's not that Anders Lindback has been poor, but Gudlevskis caught fire for Latvia at the Olympics and there have been plenty of stories of young goalies coming out of nowhere to steal a series in the playoffs. What do they have to lose at this point?

 

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Detroit stole home ice advantage away from Boston with a 1-0 victory in Game 1. I've said it before but this is not a good matchup for the Bruins and they would have been much better off playing Columbus. Detroit plays at a similar pace and Mike Babcock is getting a lot of some young and inexperienced players right now.

 

Pavel Datsyuk's winning goal late in the third was very Datsyuk-esque.

 

 

I thought Jimmy Howard had a strong game, at least from the stand point that he was battling hard for every save. Howard's had a rough year but if he continues to turn in results like that, all will be forgiven.

 

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I wonder how much the Bruins are going to miss guys like Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly. They've played key roles in Bruins playoff runs in years past and having to use someone like Justin Florek to fill in could end up being costly.

 

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The Ducks took a 2-0 series lead over the Stars with a 3-2 win. Ryan Getzlaf’s face seemed to be fine as he tallied a goa