Ramblings: Playoff Recap, Scott Darling, Max Pacioretty, and More (April 29)

Michael Clifford

2017-04-29

Recap of the Playoffs, Scott Darling to Carolina, Max Pacioretty, and More

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Nashville-St. Louis

A game where the stars stood out, Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winner with under four minutes left in the third period, his second of the contest. He and Filip Forsberg were forces for their respective teams all night, with the St. Louis sniper contributing heavily to his team’s Game Two win. Ryan Ellis had a goal and an assist in a losing cause. This has all the makings of a fun series.  

In what seems to be a theme these playoffs, Colton Parayko was the recipient of a rather vicious hit to the knee from the hero of Game One, Vernon Fiddler, with under two minutes left in the first period. Other hits haven’t been as blatant, but this one was as plain as day. No significant juke or dodge, just a direct hit that resulted in a five-minute major.

Parayko would leave for the dressing room, and Tarasenko would score on the power play about a minute later. He would, thankfully, return for the second period.

Edmonton-Anaheim

Cam Talbot was the star of this second game of the series as the Oilers hung on to win a game they were thoroughly dominated. With a little help from the posts, Edmonton goes back home with a 2-0 series lead after a 2-1 win. 

After having some good offensive moments these playoffs, Drake Caggiula left Game Two after crashing into the boards following a net drive. He did not return. There is no update at time of posting, let’s just hope it’s nothing serious.

Getzlaf was an absolute beast in this game. Sure, McDavid had his moments, but it really seemed that the top Anaheim centre was creating something almost every shift. I'm curious to see what he does next year, fantasy-wise. Pat Eaves is likely gone, and Silfverberg may be gone in the expansion draft. With Perry looking to be on the downside, there may not be a lot of scoring on the wing outside of Rickard Rakell. Is 2017-18 the year his assist totals finally fall off? 

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The Carolina Hurricanes acquired the rights to Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling. The cost was a third-round pick in this year’s draft, and Darling is a pending unrestricted free agent. They have until July 1st to sign him.