Where are the long OT's in the NHL?

Apr 28, 2009 5:10 PM
Power Plays by by Mark Mayer |
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As we head into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, we haven’t yet seen that marathon game which stretches over several overtime periods.

Boston, Vancouver and Detroit looked dominant in opening round sweeps of Montreal, St. Louis and Columbus respectively. The 4-0 run by the Bruins was especially impressive considering all that baggage from years of playoff failure against the Canadiens.

I thought Columbus would give the Red Wings more of a fight and certainly the 6-5 result in Game 4 showed that the Blue Jackets did not go easy in their first-ever playoff appearance. Also showing some spunk is San Jose, which kept its series with Anaheim alive with an overtime win.

I’ve been most intrigued by the Washington-NY Rangers series now tied 3-3 after the Capitals fell behind in games 3-1. Usually a 3-1 edge in a best of 7 is lights out, but not here. I just don’t see how Washington lost a game all series!

And Carolina forced a seventh game with a convincing 4-0 win at home against New Jersey. So I have another matchup to write about.

As far as playoff favorites, I like Detroit and Vancouver to meet in the West with Pittsburgh and Boston squaring off in the East. If you like wild cards, don’t count out Alex Ovechkin’s Capitals or Chicago if the Hawks beat Calgary and can shake those Detroit demons.

Tuesday, April 28

New York Rangers at Washington: Nothing like a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s been all Caps since the second period of Game 4. The Rangers did show some spunk by scoring two goals the third period of what was a 5-1 score in Game 6. I expect the Rangers to play close to the vest hockey and take few chances, leaving it up to goalie Henrik Lundqvist to hold the fort. But Washington has Alex Ovechkin and too much firepower. CAPS/UNDER.

Carolina at New Jersey: The Devils to me haven’t been the same since Martin Brodeau set the all-time record for wins by a goalie. The Hurricanes finished the regular season strong and are still playing their best hockey. Goalie Cam Ward is 2-0 in elimination games so he’s very capable under severe pressure. Even though it’s on the road, I smell an upset. CAROLINA.