Last night's 8-1 Boston win had something for everyone, including Canuck fans who were assured a game five in Vancouver on Friday night. In spite of how Boston dominated the second and third period, I think that game three was an anomaly in Vancouver's sprint to the Stanley Cup.
I felt from the beginning that Boston would win a game and the third one was the one that I thought was most likely. The fact that it was 8-1 instead of 2-1 is of little consequence. The wide margin may drive the Canucks to redouble their efforts in game four since a win will give them a chance to clinch on home ice and avoid a second trip to the East coast.
The game was really nasty with a total of 145 penalty minutes that included four ten minute misconducts for each team. This game may have been the pressure release needed for both teams to return to a focus on hockey instead of the extra-curricular activities that have been a big part of the games so far.
Make the jump for game highlights, news and links...
In Pred Nation...
Brian Reynolds reaches out to Mark Willoughby and Dirk Hoag for the lowdown on Peter Horachuk as a potential coach for the Minnesota Wild.
David Boclair talked to Horachuk about the possible head coaching opportunities.
There are multiple reports on Twitter of the Predators marketing department offering mini-packages to Atlanta hockey fans.
Josh Cooper has a look at Jon Blum's season in review. He also has more on the re-signing of Mitch Korn for three more years.
Josh Farrar looks at what would have happened if the Predators had relocated in the summer of 2007.
AJ takes a shot at grading Steve Sullivan at On The Forecheck. Fans were brutal in their grading with most giving Sully an F.
AJ also has a post at PMFF on the evolution of an agitator... specifically Alex Burrows. To a Preds fan, Burrows is one of the most hated players in the league. Since I've been pulling for the Canucks in the playoffs, I have a much greater appreciation for him.
On a simi-Pred related front, local news anchor Christine Maddela has resigned her post at WKRN to take a position in Philadelphia. She will be missed as she was adored by the locals and was a big Predator supporter. She appeared on POTG Radio about a year ago when we did a remote at a flood relief benefit.
After being hit by Aaron Rome, Nathan Horton was taken to the hospital. A disciplinary hearing will be held at 10 a.m. CDT for Rome who I predict will get no supplemental discipline. It was a violent late hit but Horton was not paying attention. The injury itself was from Horton hitting his head on the ice.
It sounds like Dan Hamhuis is done for the year.
Ryan Porth discusses teams overcoming adversity on the way to winning the Cup.
The Green Men visited a Boston radio station and met up with the Gold Guy. Here is an account of their position at the game.
Around the NHL...
Mark Messier announced the three finalist for the Messier Leadership Award to be presented at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 22. The nominees are Zdeno Chara, Shane Doan, and Nicklas Lidstrom. All but Done was the only one of the three not up for other awards.
Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts has interesting insight into what the Canucks have done to Zdeno Chara as well as David Poile's thoughts on offer sheets to star players (#12).
James Mirtle crunches the numbers on the Winnipeg ticket sales and it looks fairly profitable even in a smaller arena.
Scalping is already a problem in Winnipeg. It appears much of the demand during the public sale was for out of towners hoping to make a buck.
Craig Hartsberg took an associate coaching position in to Calgary while Columbus hired Ian Clark as their new goalie coach after Mitch Korn turned them down.
John Manasso has an opinion on the firing of Rick Dudley and the probable release of Coach Craig Ramsey later this week.
Five for Fighting has some speculation on what Brad Richards is looking for in a contract. When Richards is the most rumored name for free agents, you know it is an off year.
You wonder if Montreal's method of having two development camps will catch on. They are having the first now and will have a second in July after the Entry Draft.
Goalie Jason LaBarbara was re-signed for two years in Phoenix.
Part four of the Kings round table AKA Kingscast 111 is now up.
Steve Lapore had the audience numbers from the CBC for game two. 7.7 million folks were tuned in at the end of regulation.
Brian Burke is ready to wheel and deal to move up in this years draft.
In conjunction with the NHL Entry Draft, the Minnesota Wild will open an online auction to raise funds fro charity on Friday.
The "We See Red" campaign has nothing to do with fans being upset in Florida, but it might if Tomas Vokoun goes elsewhere.
Odds and Ends...
Time Magazine lists the top blogs of 2011. I guess that is not surprising that I don't read any of them.
If you are in Nashville for the annual fiasco formally called Fan Fair and now called the CMA Music Festival, here is a bunch of free stuff that you can battle the masses for. I've never understood why the this is always the same week as Bonnaroo which is 60 miles down I-24.
Here is an odd look at the Joplin tornado created with NEXRAD data and displayed on Google Earth.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass