Apr 24, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) makes a save in the third period against the Minnesota Wild in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Playoffs Channel Surfing: April 26th Edition


Channel Surfing is Too Many Men On The Site’s quick guide to tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoffs action, as well as any other interesting broadcasts in the world of hockey. Included is a list of the scheduled games, game notes, as well as a pregame warm up song.

Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins 3:00 PM NBC [ Series: BOS 3-1 ]

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM NBCSN [ Series: 2-2 ]

Minnesota Wild @ Colorado Avalanche 9:30 PM NBCSN [ Series: 2-2 ]

Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks 10:00 PM CNBC [ Series: SJ 3-1 ]

Last Night’s Results:

New York Rangers 1 Philadelphia Flyers 2 [ Series: 2-2 ]

Chicago Blackhawks 3 St. Louis Blues 2 (OT) [ Series: CHI 3-2 ]

Dallas Stars 2 Anaheim Ducks 6 [ Series: ANA 3-2 ]

Noteable Noteables:

  • The Detroit Red Wings know as well as any team in the post season that no lead is safe. Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the series with their 1-0 Game 1 win, only to see Boston win three games in a row. In Game 4, Detroit took a 2-0 lead, but surrendered two goals to allow Boston to tie it up. The Bruins went on to win in overtime. The first period of Game 4 was the best Detroit has played all series. If they can show that kind of effort for three periods today, they may just be able to give themselves a second chance at life. [ NHL.com ]
  • If you find yourself with a 2-1 lead in the Columbus / Pittsburgh series, you may just want to hold off on scoring that third goal. In the first four games of the series, each team has lead 3-1 and every time that team has ended up losing 4-3. The Penguins were the latest victim of the 3-1 lead curse, with the Columbus Blue Jackets tying things up with 22 seconds left in the third on a Brandon Dubinsky goal. Marc-Andre Fleury misplayed the puck, allowing Columbus to force overtime. Nick Foligno won the game on a shot that was more dump in than wrister, to even the series up 2-2. It was an amazing win by the Jackets, and once again the Penguins find themselves wondering if Fleury gives them the best chance to win in the post season. [ NHL.com ]
  • The home team has won 15 out of 16 games in the Western Conference playoffs. Home ice may be the deciding factor in the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche series, where things are knotted up at two games apiece. Minnesota dominated the Avalanche in Games 3 and 4. They hope to continue their success in Colorado tonight. The Avalanche chalked their struggles on the road up to inexperience, with 11 players playing their first road playoff games. [ NHL.com ]
  • The San Jose Sharks / Los Angeles Kings series has been the biggest surprise of the playoffs so far. San Jose dominated the Kings in the first two games. Los Angeles looked better in Game 3, but the Sharks were able to finish them off in overtime. San Jose completely stumbled in Game 4 when everyone was looking at them to complete the first round sweep of Los Angeles. The Kings stormed back, winning 6-3 and showing that this series isn’t over yet. The Sharks had several scoring chances in Game 4, but they couldn’t catch any breaks in their own end, as Antti Niemi had an off night. Niemi was pulled after allowing 5 goals on 28 shots. Tonight the Sharks get another chance to eliminate the Kings, but Los Angeles will be looking to bring themselves within a game of evening things up. [ NHL.com ]

TMMOTS Pregame Warm Up Song:

Cold War Kids – “Finally Begin”


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