Thursday, April 19, 2012
Things to know from Wednesday's games
By Sarah Goldstein
Put away the brooms: The Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins refused to go out easily, as each forced a Game 5. The Canucks got a stellar performance from Cory Schneider, who made 43 saves against the Los Angeles Kings. Meanwhile, the Penguins punished both Flyers goaltenders in a lopsided 10-3 victory. Now we will see whether either team can make the improbable comeback from being down 3-0 to winning the series.
Recurring theme: Overtime is the best part of the playoffs, right? Well, not if you are the New York Rangers. Kyle Turris scored early in overtime to give the Senators the win and even the series at two games apiece. The Rangers now have lost seven straight playoff overtime games. Not since April 29, 2007, have the Blueshirts prevailed in OT -- a daunting reminder that all the regular-season success means nothing should they continue to struggle to put games away.
Changing of the guard? With Roberto Luongo watching from the bench, Schneider dominated in Los Angeles, and he already has been announced as the Game 5 starter. Luongo is signed through the 2021-22 season and has a no-trade clause. Schneider becomes a restricted free agent this summer. Canucks management has a big decision to make.
Two Sedins are better than one: Daniel Sedin returned to the Canucks' lineup after missing nearly a month with a concussion. He injected some life into Vancouver's top line, and the team ended its power-play drought, going 2-for-3 with the man advantage. He also had an assist.
Discipline question: While Game 4 in Philadelphia was nowhere near the gong show we saw in terms of on-ice mayhem during Sunday’s 8-4 win by the Flyers, you still have to wonder what league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will think of rookie Zac Rinaldo's mauling of defenseman Zbynek Michalek after wrestling Michalek to the ice. Rinaldo earned a crosschecking, roughing, game misconduct and 10-minute misconduct on the play.