A power-play parade?
Well, we were warned. Granted it's still early, but already tonight, with seven goals scored in three different games, six have come on the power play. A preview of things to come?
This could very well be a first round decided by play with the extra man. Cue the griping.
UPDATE The Senators add two more goals on the power play to bring our total to eight of nine. Two notes: 1) I hate those thunder stix things they've got in Ottawa. When you're paying $150+ to watch a playoff game, are you really asking for that as your ambience? 2) Grahame looked awful on that second Ottawa goal by Jason Spezza. Could that be all it takes to unravel the fragile Lightning?
UPDATE So much for the goaltending problems of the Oilers. Dwayne Roloson has nearly 60 saves so far, and we're headed for a second overtime. Whoever said this series would be a short one was lying.
UPDATE A heart-breaker for the Oilers tonight. The Red Wings' Kirk Maltby — or rather the various parts of his body that goals bounced in off of — is the star tonight, although Roloson was really the one who stole the show. It's going to be quite a feat for the netminder to bounce back and play like that again in Game 2 on Sunday afternoon.
UPDATE Wow, I missed this earlier, but it's something that could have huge implications for the Anaheim-Calgary series. I picked the Ducks to advance all the way to the Conference finals largely on the basis of J-S Giguere's great goaltending, but if he's a no-go, that certainly changes things. (Although Ilya Bryzgalov is no slouch either.)
The game's currently tied, 0-0, in the first period.
UPDATE Another unlikely hero as the Flames' Darren McCarty tallies the overtime winner for Calgary. All in all, a solid opening night for the NHL playoffs.