Leafs fans couldn’t be happier from what transpired last night. First, the Habs got pummelled by the Sens both on the scoresheet and with fists, then the Canucks got hosed by the Sharks, and are now on the brink of elimination.
But here ya go, the top three from last night.
1.) Sens and Habs really don’t like eachother.
Other than the line brawl, we got to see a Subban ground and pound on Kyle Turris, a Josh Jorges intentional slap-shot at Turris and not only is Paul MacLean a bug-eyed fat walrus, but he is now a “classless” bug-eyed fat walrus.
In last night’s game, Michelle Therrien called Paul MacLean classless after he used a timeout with 17 seconds left in a 6-1 schlacking. But if you ask me, if your team is gonna instigate fights, shoot pucks at my players and basically just throw the game away, why wouldn’t I try and score more goals? Although, MacLean probably just didn’t want anyone to get hurt, scoring more goals is always fun.
2.) AV’s noose has tightened and the window has slammed shut.
The Canucks are down 3-0 for the second year in a row. After being up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago, the Canucks have mustered up one win in the playoffs. That’s a beautiful record of 1-9.
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) May 6, 2013
As a Canucks fan, you’ve gotta think that Vigneault’s tenure in Vancouver is screeching to a halt. Sure he took them to the cup finals, and sure he is the most winningest coach in team history, but he has just not gotten the job done. He makes questionable decisions in assembling his troops and plays favourites. Edler and Raymond ring a bell? What about the swift skating Keith Ballard being stapled to the press-box? Or what about last night, when he decided to slot in a cold Cory Schneider over Roberto Luongo? You think Canucks fans will now realize that Lu isn’t the problem? So many questions, only one answer. Vigneault has to go.
Sitting from the sidelines, my biggest beef with AV has got to be the fact that a young budding power forward named Zack Kassian hasn’t been riding shot gun with the Sedins. I mean, did he not score a bunch of goals at the beginning of the season with them? Does he not create space by hitting hard and driving (sometimes) to the net?
Oh, and one more, Jason Garrison isn’t on the first power play unit? Hmm kinda just a little bit goofy. What are they paying him for anyways? Yes, he is a reliable defensemen, but his clap-bomb is the money maker for that guy. My guess is that he just wants Elder to look good because he is so brutal defensively.
Just read the comments, I’m not the only one.
The window is shut, and it really stings for Canucks fans.
3.) The Islanders are actually really entertaining.
Anyone remember last year when the Penguins lost to the Flyers in the first round? The Bryzgalov vs. Fleury saga has now become Nabokov vs. Fleury.
Other than the 5-0 win in game one, the Flower has given up eight goals, and Nabokov has a 4.77 goals against average in the first three.
But the thing is that nobody, I mean nobody gave the Islanders a chance in this series. And when you have goaltending that is suspect, anything can happen.
Especially when you’ve got players like Kyle Okposo who steps his game up in the playoffs.
After scoring the game winner in OT in game two, he scored the goal that sparked the comeback yesterday for the Isles.
It’s nice to know that when you’re losing, you have a chance to come back and make it a hockey game, and the Isles have just that. If only there were a team on the West Coast that could use some of that magic?
Lets just hope that the Islanders ice girls make their way over to Brooklyn.
At least if they don’t, the Isles will have Alyonka Larionov.
Annnnnd tonight: Leafs play first playoff home game in nine years, Capitals look to make it 3-0 on the Rangers, the battle of the titans in LA and the Red Wings look to go duck hunting at home.