NHL Playoffs: Reinventing Yourself in the Playoffs

  • The playoffs give you a chance to reinvent yourself. I’m talking about you, Jordan Eberle. Five points, including a goal in each game. And eight goals and three assists in his last 10. #Sizzle
  • The Blue Jackets are in rarified air. They’re just the second team in history to go up 3-0 on the President’s Trophy winner. The first? The Kings downed the Canucks in five in 2012.

  • Nazem Kadri IS Sideshow Bob. I think he just solved Kyle Dubas’ salary cap problem. Bu-bye.
  • Goalies are a different breed, but who puts on new pads to start the playoffs?¬†Andrei Vasilevskiy went back to his old ones for Game 3. He didn’t win, but at least he was comfortable.
  • Anyone seen Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos? Or Brayden Point? Oh right — we talked about that last time.
  • Patrik Laine, where have you been most of the season? Ditto Max Pacioretty.
  • Waiting to exhale. The fans in Manitoba finally got to take a breath with that 6-3 win. I’m still worried about them, but at least this gets them back to Winnipeg for Game 5.
  • The Leafs are in a lot better position to absorb this year’s Kadri suspension. But when will Auston Matthews show up? I just haven’t noticed him. Have you?
  • Team Canada could have a big roster boost for the upcoming IIHF World Championships. Crosby, Point, Stamkos, Letang … the list goes on.
  • Speaking of Kris Letang — he’s the best defender on the ice, but he’s been out of position and behind on just about every play. The Pens can’t win that way.
  • Speaking of the IIHF — man, did they blow it at the #WomensWorlds today. A bizarre video review overruled the on-ice refs and stole the winning goal from Team Finland. Yes, the women’s game has grown immensely, but it would have exploded if a team other than Canada or the U.S. had won.
  • Matt Murray won 29 games and had a .919 save percentage in the regular season. No-one gave Robin Lehner, who just happened to have a .930 save percentage, a chance. Man, were we wrong.
  • Tuesday — the first day a team may go home. Just not the teams we thought.