Ramblings: Penguins Draw First; Ted Lindsay Finalists; Andrighetto; Virtanen – April 27

Michael Clifford

2018-04-27

The thing a lot of people expected to happen, happened. Maybe it didn’t happen when they expected it to happen, but it happened. And was it ever a happening.

Washington carried a 1-0 lead into the third period and Alex Ovechkin scored 28 seconds into the frame to push his team to 2-0. Everything was going so great! Then Pittsburgh scored three goals, one from each of Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and Patric Hornqvist, to go up 3-2 in a span of five minutes. That would hold as the final.

All jokes aside, this was a really good game. Both goaltenders made some 10-bell saves, both teams hit some posts, and despite 33 shots through two periods, it was basically end to end. This feels like a missed opportunity for Washington considering they had a 2-0 third-period lead with Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup.

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With Vegas already up 3-0 and absolutely flying, Alex Tuch scored one of the more beautiful goals you'll see these playoffs:

Sure, it was a power play, but he still gashed four players. That's impressive. 

Anyway, Vegas stomped the Sharks. They scored three goals in under two minutes early in the first period. They didn't stop from there. San Jose just needs to completely shut this one out of their memory and look towards Game 2. 

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The finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award were released Thursday and they are Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, and Nathan MacKinnon. The award is given to the most outstanding player as voted on by the NHLPA. In other words, this is the best player on the season as voted by his peers. There’s often a lot of overlap between the Ted Lindsay and the Hart Trophy nominees (the most valuable player). If you want to start parsing the difference between most outstanding player and most valuable player, feel free to do so in the comment; the Ted Lindsay is McDavid’s to lose.

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