Lightning weathered the storm surge, the Golden Knights’ golden goal 11 years ago, and other Blackhawks bullets


The Stanley Cup semi-finals, no longer called the Final Four (apparently it’s already a trademark), have another qualifier as the Tampa Bay Lightning advance to the third round of the playoffs. Not far from them, perhaps, are the Vegas Golden Knights, who have three straight wins over the Colorado Avalanche after a 3-2 overtime win last night in Denver. These Stanley Cup playoffs have been crazy, and it looks like Tampa Bay’s most predictable and desired Cup final against Colorado is starting to fade, if Vegas has anything to say about it.

• But first, on that day in 2010… a 49-year drought ended.

Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers ended in overtime. As the Blackhawks led the series 3-2, Patrick Kane overtook future teammate Kimmo Timonen and found the back of the net for the deciding goal. The first Stanley Cup Championship for the Blackhawks franchise since 1961 and the first of three Stanley Cup victories in six years for the organization.

• Good times, eh?

• Fast forward to this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, last night we saw another overtime game as the Vegas Golden Knights clinched a 3-2 victory to take a 3-2 lead over Colorado Avalanche with their third straight game. win in the series.

• Colorado got off to a lucky start in the dying moments of the first period, thanks to former two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks, Brandon Saad.

• Saad buries his seventh goal of the playoffs with 0.8 seconds left in the first period to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead. Saad’s seven goals tie him for second in the league with David Pastrnak and his lone lineman Nathan MacKinnon and Brayden Point.

• Random, but an excellent statistic nonetheless.

• The Avalanche would take a 2-0 lead in the third period, but Alex Tuch wasted no time in the third period to start the Golden Knights’ comeback with incredible hand-eye coordination.

• Yes, it’s another former Blackhawks who shakes things up in this game as Mattias Janmark pushes the turnover and the Golden Knights capitalizes. Soon after, Vegas would tie the game with Jonathan Marchessault’s sixth playoff goals to tie the game 2-2 and head to overtime.

• Shortly after extra time, the Colorado forward and Northbrook native JT Compher had a great opportunity to win the game, but Marc-André Fleury managed to make the critical save. Moments later, after blocking back-to-back shots, Vegas captain Mark Stone had the game on his stick.

• Stone’s first goal in the series ends a six-game shortage for the Golden Knights captain. The Golden Knights lead the series 3-2 now and head to Vegas for Game 6 on Thursday with a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals and a clash with the Montreal Canadiens.

• By the way, this was my fifth #bucciovertimechallenge win of these playoffs. Not for bragging or anything, but I had a really good chance on this submission.

• Early into the night’s game, the Carolina Hurricanes suffered a slow death as they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5, 2-0, to send Tampa to the next round. The Lightning will face series winner New York Islanders-Boston Bruins, who the Islanders lead 3-2 with Game 6 tomorrow night.

• One goal is all the Lightning would need in this one, with the first tally of the game coming from the aforementioned Brayden Point, his eighth league-seeded goal.

• Legend has it that Alex Nedeljkovic’s jock strap is still missing after this goal.

• I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, because as good as you think Brayden Point is, it’s better.

• When the Lightning won the Stanley Cup last year, Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. Brayden Point had a legitimate claim to the spotlight with 14 league-leading goals in 23 games and finishing second with 33 points.

• As the Lightning heads into the third round, Point again makes a very strong case for MVP honors in the playoffs.

• After what the Lightning did to take out the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes in the first two playoffs, I really don’t know how a team will beat Tampa Bay in a seven-game series.

• It helps when you have a perennial candidate for the Vezina Trophy in net…

• Two of the four Stanley Cup semi-final spots are in place with Montreal and Tampa Bay. The Islanders have a chance to be the third team to qualify as they hold a 3-2 lead over the Bruins heading into game six tonight. If they manage to complete the series, that will set up a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals between them and the Lightning. Plus, if the Islanders knock out the Bruins in Game 6 and the Golden Knights knock out the Avalanche in their series, the 2021 Stanley Cup semifinals won’t have any of the four division winners.

• In other playoff news, the Kelly Cup playoffs are underway in the ECHL and the Chicago Blackhawks are represented there as their ECHL affiliate Indy Fuel qualified for the playoffs after one season. history with a record of 37-24-8.

• The Fuel opened their playoffs with an unfortunate 2-0 loss to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in Game 1 of their best-of-five first-round series. The second game will take place in Greenville on Thursday.

• As for the Blackhawks, the NHL Draft continues to be at the forefront of the organization’s concerns. Well, the NHL Draft and the Seattle expansion draft as well. But for the purposes of this particular ball, it’s the NHL Draft.

• While all eyes are on the 11th overall pick for Chicago, they have plenty of other needs to fill in the outlook system and they could very well meet a major need with one of their second picks. round. They could also make the organization more ‘family-friendly’, as Kirby Dach’s younger brother Colton Dach has improved his draft supply heading into this summer and could very well see himself alongside his older brother in one. Blackhawks jersey.

• One last thing for today. It looks like Toronto’s CN Tower (think Willis / Sears Tower for the importance of the city) will be lit up in red, white and blue to support the Montreal Canadiens as they advance to the Stanley Cup semi-finals . It’s true, longtime rival Montreal is honored in Toronto …

• Can you imagine the Willis / Sears Tower going red and white to honor the St. Louis Cardinals qualifying for the NLCS? Or Green and Yellow to honor the Packers in the NFC Championship game? Can you?

• Canada is strange, man.

• So much for today, I hope you all have a good Wednesday!


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