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The second round of the Stanley Cup playoff picture is starting to come into focus after Montreal put the hurt on the Bruins in game 7.  But everybody in the East is still waiting on the Flyers and the Caps.

After a big time game 6 road win, and after fighting their way out of a 3-1 hole, the Capitals have earned the right to play in a game 7 in Washington tomorrow night.

If the Capitals win, it will be Rangers-Canadiens and Caps-Pens. (haha, pen caps!)

If the Flyers win, it will be Rangers-Penguins and Flyers-Canadiens.

Whenever we figure out the matchup, we will bring you another series preview.

P.S. I don’t want to gloat or anything, but I totally got Round 1 right.

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Tonight’s games include Game 7 of the Bruins-Canadiens series and Game 6 of the Flyers-Capitals series.

The Rangers can still play any team that is left except for Boston. Here are the scenarios:

  • If Boston wins, the Rangers will play the winner of the Flyers-Capitals series.
  • If Montreal wins and the Flyers win, the Rangers will play the Penguins.
  • If Montreal wins and the Capitals win, the Rangers will play the Canadiens.

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In a game that could have locked up 5th place as a lowest possible finish, the Rangers came out and went 0 for 8 on the Power Play and also gave up a shorthanded goal while on a 5-on-3 advantage. Seriously.

The Rangers still managed to force a shootout, but quickly fell behind 2-0. The Rangers managed to fight back to even the shootout at 2 goals apiece. (After Sjostrom punched in the 2nd shootout goal, MSG was in a frenzy). But, the Islanders scored a 3rd shootout goal in their 4th attempt and that was that.

I’d run through the playoff scenarios, but Steve Zipay aleady did a pretty good job, so I’m just going to copy and paste what he said here:

Some of the Rangers permutations.
A regulation win against the Devs gives them fourth and home-ice advantage.
A regulation loss could put them in sixth against either Carolina or Washington. A point or an overtime win or a Boston loss to Buffalo gives them fifth and a visit to Newark. A Bruins win and a Rangers loss in regulation would give Boston fifth place because the Bruins own the tie-breaker.

There you have it. I’ll be watching the Final Four tonight but keeping a close eye on the Bruins/Sabres game. If Buffalo wins, the Rangers can’t finish lower than 5th place.

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The Rangers have now dropped to 7th in the East after Boston’s stunning 2-1 win today over the Capitals. What’s so stunning about a 2-1 win, you ask? Well, with the Caps winning 1-0 with 6:41 left in the game, Donald “Goon Extraordinaire” Brashear took a TRIPLE-MINOR!!! That’s 6 freakin penalty minutes. Technically, he was originally called for a double-minor for a high stick, but then he decided it would be a great idea to punch Boston defenseman Shane Hnidy in the face after the whistle to complete the trifecta. Boston ended up having two different 5-on-3 power plays during the course of those 6 minutes thanks to penalties committed by John Erskine and Tom Poti, and capitalized on both of the two-man advantages.

The Bruins and Rangers are tied in points at 79 but the Bruins have 36 wins to the Rangers 35. The two teams will meet in a Sunday matinee at the Garden tomorrow in a game that now has even more importance to the playoff picture. Game Preview coming soon!

I caught a replay yesterday of this year’s All-Star Skills Competition, which took place on Jan 29th. Behind the bench for the Eastern Conference: former Ottawa Senators Coach John Paddock. That was a definitely a little bit strange. It got me thinking, has there ever been a coach who led their team to the finals in one season, led the team to the hottest start in the league the next season, coached in the All-Star Game, and then got fired within a month?

CORRECTION (2:00 PM 3/9/08): Bryan Murray was the head coach that led Ottawa to the finals last year. After the end of the 2006-2007 season, the Senators fired general manager John Muckler and promoted Murray to GM. Paddock had been an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach. (Thanks to commenter j2i2m22 for pointing that out.)

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Pittsburgh = Scary

Not only do they get Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to plug into their already dangerous offense, they go out and get Hal Gill to solidify their D. Uh oh. Now they’ve got a line with Crosby and Hossa, a line with Malkin and Malone, and they’ve got Jordan Staal to fill in on the wing. Then, you add Gill, who has the ability to shut down opposing teams’ top forwards. I believe Jagr once called Hal Gill the best Defenseman in the world. This team is going to be really good scary.

Montreal = North of the Border-line retarded?

I really don’t get this move. Montreal unloads their #1 goalie, Cristobal Huet, to the Capitals for a 2nd round pick. What? Somebody please explain this move to me. Where is the sense? Huet has been a solid backstop all year, and management up in Montreal has to think they have a chance at a Cup run. Why get rid of your #1 netminder? I understand that Carey Price is the goalie of the future, but he hasn’t exactly been a brick wall this year, and he is definitely untested. Unless they plan on scoring 4 goals a game, I could see them going out in the 1st round.

 

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