- The Washington Capitals won in game 7 last night and advanced to the second round where they will face the Pittsburgh Penguins beginning Saturday afternoon at 1. Honestly the Caps had no right to win that game last night. The Rangers dominated the first two periods but I believe the depth of the Caps bench made the difference. For the entire game Bruce Boudreau went with 4 lines while the Rangers only had 3. That kept the top lines for the Caps fresher when it mattered most. Congrats to the Capitals and I am excited about watching the Washington organization eliminate the Pittsburgh organization in the second round!
- The South Carolina Stingrays are also in the playoffs in the ECHL. They won their first round series by winning four straight after dropping the first 2. In the second round they are up against the Florida Everblades and they have split the away games in Florida. The series heads to the North Charleston Coliseum for games 3,4, and 5 this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Staffon Kronwall could be back as soon as mid second round but there is no definitive timetable as of yet. He had his cornea scratched and his eye was bleeding after taking a stick to the eye against Philly.
- Could John Carlson play in Kronwall's place? Not sure if Woods will do that or not but it is a possibility. Carlson and Kronwall are very similar players as both are legitimate offensive threats. Carlson finished the regular season for the London Knights with 16 goals and 76 points and then had 7 goals and 22 points in 14 playoff games. Not too bad.
More to come later this week including a look back at the season series between the teams and a look forward at the upcoming series.