What happens now if both Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk can’t play in games five, six and if needed, seven? The Blues wore down the Sharks, leaving them toothless. Are they taking the claws out of the Bruins?
Ryan O’Reilly is a big-game player. That was his first-ever two-goal playoff game. It came at just the right time. He’d had one in his previous 17 playoff games.
The Bruins came out rusty until Sean Kuraly and the fourth line stopped the bleeding. The fourth-line was the best on the ice.
The Bruins were a handful for the first three rounds. But everyone said they’d be water bugs compared to the big, heavy Blues. It sure didn’t look that way. The Blues had almost no O-zone time and their cycle game didn’t exist. #DontPokeTheBear
On Jan. 1, the Canes had 80-1 odds to win the Cup. Today, they are the favorites at 13-4. Let that sink in. The Carolina Hurricanes.
The Isles were 38-2-2 this season when they scored three goals. It took three games to score three against the Canes. And they had just five total — that’s one less than Curtis Joseph had to work with in 2002-03 with the Wings. Like Cujo, Robin Lehner deserved far better.