Thursday, April 14, 2011

2011 NHL Playoffs: Day 2

The second day of the 2011 NHL playoffs saw a heroic performance by Montreal's Carey Price, who turned aside all 31 shots he faced to shutout the Boston Bruins 2-0. There was an exciting overtime goal by Joe Pavelski, and a big upset in Philly. It was a great night to watch playoff hockey.

Montreal beats Boston: Carey carried the team on his shoulders in this 2-0 victory. Brian Gionta scored 2 goals, this after I recommended my friend take him in the 8th round of his playoff pool. While I predicted that Boston would beat Montreal in the playoffs after they blew them out in the last game of the regular season, the Bruins didn't look very good. (MTL leads series 1-0)

Buffalo beats Philly: Ryan Miller showed up to play against Philly, and much like Price led his team to an underdog shutout victory. A lone goal by Patrick Kaleta was the difference. I had expected this to be a high scoring series, as Philly has both a dominating offense and unreliable goaltending. While I rode Bobrovsky and Boucher to victory in my fantasy hockey league, they had a lot of bad games. (Buf leads series 1-0)

San Jose beats Los Angeles: This was a very exciting hockey game to watch, with the Big Pavelski scoring the overtime winner. Jonathon Quick played an outstanding game and was the only reason LA had a chance. Anti Niemi is a significant upgrade from Evgeni Nabokov. (SJ leads series 1-0)

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