The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils each took leads in their respective 2nd round series tonight as Kovalchuck and Doughty earned their $13.5M, each collecting 3 points with crucial goals. We'll see how they perform over the lifespan of their long contracts, but tonight they proved worth every penny. Kovalchuck missed the last game and came back with a furry (1G, 2A), including a long pass to Ponikarovsky on the game winner in overtime. New Jersey is now leading 2-1 in their series with Philly, as the Flyers look tired, banged up, and running on fumes. Claude Giroux was playing in obvious pain, and Couturier left the game hobbling on one leg, he did not return. We are only in the second round of the playoffs and it really looks like the Philly Flyers have run out of gas.
Los Angeles won 4-2 to take St.Louis to the brink of being swept. Brian Elliot is starting to revert to his old self, ironically as it has been announced that Halak will be out for the rest of the series. St. Louis is pretty much done and hasn't looked very good in the process. Given how easily that the Blues dispatched San Jose, that reflects very poorly on the Sharks. The Kings are almost certainly heading to the conference finals, the only question is who they'll play.