Two Game 7s and the Chris Jericho-Fandango dance-off! Drama, thy name is Monday night.
Kudos to MATT BARTKOWSKI of Mt. Lebanon. Injury put the rookie in the Boston lineup last night, and his role got expanded when defenseman Dennis Seidenberg got hurt in the first period. Bartkowski opened the scoring with his first NHL goal. He played 24:51 and did not wilt in the harsh glare of Game 7.
Will Bartkowski and Boston visit Consol Energy Center for the Eastern Conference final? The Bruins ruined the Toronto Maple Leafs for the next 10 years by coming back from 4-1 down. Gutless can be a tradition, too.
A heartfelt war whoop and a six-pack to ARRON ASHAM, ex- of this parish. Asham netted the first goal in the New York Rangers’ 5-0 win at Washington. Come playoff time, I’d rather have Asham than Rick Nash, who got just two points in the series. Or Alex Ovechkin, who put up a donut in the series’ last five games.
One thing guys like Nash, Ovechkin and Anaheim’s Corey Perry prove is that some guys just aren’t playoff performers. Nash, especially. Nash hasn’t played in the playoffs since 2009. Two assists in seven games is the best he can do?
It was epic to see the Capitals choke like pigs in Game 7. Ovechkin couldn’t lead a hooker to a Holiday Inn with a fistful of Ben Franklins.
The Penguins are guaranteed a gong show for the rest of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The main matchup of the series against Ottawa is Matt Cooke vs. their owner. Then it’s the Bruins and Jaromir Jagr, or the Rangers and John Tortorella.
In other words, it’s my kind of postseason.
Jagr is struggling with the Bruins. They play north-south, he plays east-west. Just doesn’t fit. Hasn’t helped their power play much, either.