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May 3, 2022 Playoff Recap

Before we get started, for those wondering about my mental health after that Penguins/Rangers game 1, it is exactly as shattered as you think it would be.

***Note: The odds listed below are odds to win the series prior to game 1.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins (-110) v. New York Rangers (-110)

  • Game 1: Pens win 4-3 in 3OT

  • It looked like the Rangers were going to run away with this one after the 1st period.

  • The Rangers were throwing hits left and right

  • Adam Fox buried the opening goal on the PP

  • Rickard Rakell knocked out cold by Ryan Lindgren

  • WILD second period

  • Huge second period by the top line of Crosby, Guentz, and Rust.

  • Guentzel had 2 goals and Rust buried 5 on 3 PPG.

  • Kreider with a huge shorthanded breakaway goal

  • Controversial overturned goal late in 3rd when Kakko “ran into” DeSmith. The call on the ice was originally a goal scored by Filip Chytil

  • Casey DeSmith leaves the game in 2OT and Louis Domigue replaces him and makes 17 stops

  • Malkin tips in the OT winner off a point shot from John Marino

  • Kasperi Kapanen may have played his best game in a Penguin uniform to date.

  • Igor Shesterkin made the 2nd most saves in a game in NHL history with 79 saves.

  • Kris Letang logged just over 46 minutes of ice-time.

  • Washington Capitals (+280) v. Florida Panthers (-350) ***shoutout to my friend Cam for writing this***

  • Game 1: Caps win 4-2

  • Playoff Tom broke the ice by scoring the first goal on the PP, however, Wilson left the game in the second period with what is reported to be a lower body injury.

  • The Panthers stormed back with 2 of their own to take the lead 2-1. Sam Bennett and Claude Giroux got the tallies.

  • Capitals shifted the momentum halfway through the 2nd period and played at their pace for the remainder of the game.

  • Ovechkin forced a turnover against MacKenzie Weager with 11:52 remaining in the third period that led to the game tying breakaway goal scored by Kuzy.

  • Backstrom made a sweet pass to Oshie on the fly to put the Caps up 3-2

  • Lars Eller rifled a 170ft shot in the empty net to secure the 4-2 win


  • Huberdeau and Barkov didn’t get much open ice to work with. When they did (4 on 4 hockey), they had an incredible scoring chance that Vanecek somehow stopped.

  • VV showed up and stopped 30 of 32 shots to secure his first playoff win

  • Colorado Avalanche (-640) v. Nashville Predators (+470)

  • Game 1: Colorado wins 7-2

  • COL was winning 5-0 after the first, and they never looked back

  • MacKinnon, Makar, and Rantannen al had 3 point nights

  • Cale Makar was dancing the Preds wingers on the blue night all night

  • Calgary Flames (-310) v. Dallas Stars (+250)

  • Game 1:Flames win 1-0

  • Elias Lindholm scored lone goal in the first period and that was all it took

  • Markstrom with a 16 save shutout (lol)

  • Physical tight checking game involving some fights

  • The Dallas Stars had 3 shots on net in the entire first period.

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