Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Things to know from Tuesday's games
By Sarah Goldstein
Suspensions, suspensions, suspensions: The ugliness has completely overshadowed the games this postseason, and the punishments (or lack of punishment) keep coming. James Neal was suspended one game. Arron Asham got four games. Andrew Shaw got three games. Nicklas Backstrom got one game. And this doesn't look like the end.
Calling Brendan Shanahan: While the hockey world awaited a decision on Neal and Asham, Raffi Torres made sure he would be talking to the league soon. Torres, a repeat offender, left his feet to hit Chicago forward Marian Hossa after Hossa had made a pass in the neutral zone. Hossa lay motionless on the ice and was carried off on a stretcher. He was briefly hospitalized, and there is no timetable for his return. No penalty was called on the play, as officials said they did not see the play.
Throw out the box score: The Red Wings outshot the Predators 41-17. They outhit them 28-20. And they won 58 percent of the faceoffs. So how did Nashville win the game 3-1? Pekka Rinne. The star goaltender stopped 40 shots, and the Predators left Detroit with a 3-1 series lead after having never won a playoff game at Joe Louis Arena before this series.
No lead is safe: The Devils shot out of the gate in Game 3, scoring three goals in the first 6:16 of play and running Jose Theodore out of net. New Jersey seemed to have the game won since it hadn't lost a playoff game when leading by three goals or more since April 10, 1988. But history was a thing of the past on this night. The Panthers scored four unanswered goals, including three power-play tallies, to end Martin Brodeur's night early and win 4-3, taking a 2-1 series lead.
Looking for an answer: With the top-seeded Canucks on the brink of elimination, it might be time for Daniel Sedin to return. Sedin flew to Los Angeles on Monday and practiced with the team Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion about a month ago. If he does play in Game 4, is this the shot of offense the Canucks need or just a last-ditch effort by a desperate team about to be swept by the eighth seed? We will get our answer Wednesday.