A pair of fluke goals highlight the playoff recap in today’s collection of notable NHL playoff headlines.
NHL Playoff Recaps.
THE WASHINGTON POST: A dump-in shot by Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner that was tipped at center ice by teammate Jason Chimera somehow eluded Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason during Game Two of their opening-round series. It proved to be the turning point of the game as the Capitals went on to down the Flyers 4-1, with Caps goalie Braden Holtby making 41 saves. The Flyers dominated much of the play, holding a 19-5 edge in shots in the first period. The Capitals hold a 2-0 series lead as the two clubs move to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Prior to giving up that weak goal, Mason did the splits to make an incredible save on Capitals defenseman John Carlson. Though the Flyers did get one back courtesy of Jakub Voracek, that fluke goal ultimately proved to be the winner.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars winger Antoine Roussel’s fluke goal was the highlight of his club’s 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Roussel deflected the puck off his skate from behind the Wild net, which then bounced off the back of netminder Devan Dubnyk and into the net before it was knocked off its moorings by Dubnyk. The series shifts to Minnesota for the next two games with the Stars holding a 2-0 series lead.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roussel’s goal was certainly one of the weirdest I’ve seen in NHL playoff hockey. Though the on-ice officials initially disallowed the goal, it was subsequently sent to review to Toronto where it was ruled a good goal.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks didn’t need any fluke goals to down the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture tallied for the Sharks and Martin Jones made 26 saves for the win. The series now moves to San Jose for Games 3 and 4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those were two big wins In Los Angeles for the Sharks, but they know only too well they cannot let up against the Kings. The next two games could be the most crucial of this series.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist showed no ill effects from his Game One eye injury, making 29 saves to backstop his club to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, tying their best-of-seven series at a game apiece. Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists and J.T. Miller collected three assists as the Rangers rallied in the second period from a 1-0 deficit to blow the game open and seize a lead they never relinquished. Evgeni Malkin was largely ineffective in his return from injury to the Penguins lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was a statement game from the Rangers and a big confidence boost as the series shifts to New York. There’s now speculation Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) could return to action for Game Three.
Notable NHL Headlines.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Nick Bjugstad’s made a seamless transition to centering the Florida Panthers second line.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning forward J.T. Brown (upper-body injury) will miss the remainder of his club’s series against the Detroit Red Wings
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders are hoping the Barclays Center will be rocking in its first-ever NHL playoff game.
THE DENVER POST: Terry Frei believes fighting in hockey could eventually fall by the wayside.
NHL.COM’s Dave Stubbs reports former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Charlie Hodge passed away on Saturday at age 82.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to his family and friends. Hodge played for six Stanley Cup winners in Montreal between 1956 to 1966. He also won two Vezina Trophies (1964, 1966) and was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 1964. He finished his NHL career playing four seasons split between the Oakland Seals and Vancouver Canucks.