You think your playoff pool got burned? The @NHL’s bracket challenge just got obliterated. Tampa was on top and 48.0% favoured to win it all. Guess who was on the bottom. Yep. At 0.4%.
Redemption. One year ago in Buffalo, Robin Lehner hit rock bottom. Alcohol. Anxiety. Depression. He got clean, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ADHD and PTSD, and the Isles still took a chance. The Pens went after him, but Lehner stood his ground. He stopped 135 of 141 shots and is now headed to the second round. Great story.
Braden Holtby saved his best for last. Game 6 was his first shutout of 2017-18. Game 7 was his second. 159:27 minutes of domination.
Alexander Ovechkin’s game has gone to another place, courtesy of a whole new level of maturity. That snipe 62 seconds in was yet another big point in a big game. And he finally seems to have shed the thought he has to do it all in order for the Caps to win.
Stay calm, folks. Andrei Vasilevskiy started the Boston series the same way. He’ll be fine.
Best line left in the West? Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler? Or Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith? The former scored 28 points in seven games against Nashville. The latter tallied 25 in six against San Jose. Who would have thought that in October?