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 pre-game warm up song.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Los Angeles Kings 8:00 PM NBC [Series: Tied 1-1]
Montreal Canadiens 3 New York Rangers 2 (OT) [Series: NYR 2-1]
- When the Chicago Blackhawks went up 2-0 early in the second period of Game 2, things were not looking for the Los Angeles Kings. However, as this entire Stanley Cup Playoffs has reminded us, no lead, especially a two goal lead, is same in the playoffs. Justin Williams brought the Kings back to within one 18 minutes into the second. The Kings followed that up with five more unanswered goals. If the Kings can count on one thing in Game 3, it’s that Chicago is going to come out angry, but disciplined. The Blackhawks took bad penalties in the third period of Game 2; the Kings converted twice on the power play to take a 3-2 lead.
- The Chicago Blackhawks penalty-kill unit is still the best in the 2014 playoffs, but the Kings may have found a weak spot. In Game 2, Los Angeles placed to players in front of Blackhawks goaltender, Corey Crawford. The effective screen allowed them to score twice on the power play. It is likely that Los Angeles will employ this strategy once again in Game 3. This time the Chicago Blackhawks should be prepared for it. The easiest way to prevent Los Angeles’ new strategy from succeeding is to not take any penalties. Easier said than done, especially in a highly emotional game. However, the Blackhawks will need to keep those emotions in check.
- Jeff Carter scored a hat trick in Game 2, scoring three of Los Angeles’ five goals. He now has seven goals and nine assists in this year’s playoffs. Kings head coach had a lot to say about Carter’s performance so far:
I think what gets overlooked with Jeff Carter is … Jeff Carter was the leading goal-scorer in our conference last year,” Sutter said. “I know a lot of talk in this series has been about a player on their team [Toews] and a player on our team [Kopitar], but Jeff Carter is just as important to our team as both of those players that everybody is talking about. Those kids [Pearson and Toffoli] are getting the opportunity to play with a top player in the Western Conference. That pretty much speaks for [itself].
TMMOTS Pre-game Warm Up Song:
State Champs – “Elevated”