Bye Bye Backstrom.
Thanks to everyone who showed up to participate in the Game Day Thread last night. Watching that Penguins/Flyers disaster wouldn't have been as fun without it.
If we learned anything last year, we learned that having two days off between games just gives the media time to stir the pot and get people all riled up; there's whining and crying and complaining about the other team's playing style until the majority of everyone just wants to get the damn game going. For example, read the piece linked below from the Washington Post, which actually suggests that the Bruins wouldn't have won the Cup if the NHL had the 'nads to police them better after the whistle.
To which I say this.
After the jump, no Backstrom, no sweeps here, the Rangers have lost a number of consecutive playoff games that is sort of bad, and the Preds are ready to go tomorrow...
- The Bruins are still undefeated against these whiny mind games. Come at us, bro. [ESPN]
- More about Tyler Seguin needing to break out. Let's go. [Herald]
- If the Bruins play a good hard-nosed game tonight, they'll be fine. [Metro West]
- The Black Aces are on the ice in Providence this week. Let's learn more about them. [Projo]
- 'The reigning Stanley Cup Champs always get the calls.' No, Ted, actually that's not accurate. [Puck Daddy]
- The aforementioned ludicrous Post article. Just enjoy this. [Post]
- Andy McDonald isn't happy with how lax the suspensions have been regarding headshots. [ESPN]
- The Penguins won 10-3, keeping themselves alive. [Post-Gazette]
- Here's an interesting look at how much intent matters in these suspensions. [SLGT]
- The Canucks have a lot of work to do after their life-giving game 5 victory. [National Post]
- TRADE LUONGO!!!! talks have started early this year. [Faceoff]
- The Predators think they can still improve, despite being up 3-1 in their series. [Freep]
- The Rangers have lost seven - yes, seven - consecutive playoff OT games. That is not good. [PHT]