Alexander Ovechkin was spectacular when Washington needed him most in Game two of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final.
Ovechkin scored the game winning goal while Rangers forward Brad Richards was in the penalty box with 7:27 left in the final period.
Despite only playing 13:36 of the game, six minutes fewer than teammate Jay Beagle, Ovechkin had a game high seven shots on net as Washington tied the series at one with a 3-2 win. A major reason why Ovechkin saw his ice time dip is because it appears Head Coach Dale Hunter was not satisfied with his defensive play. Should he have been on the ice more?
The other interesting result Monday came from the eighth seeded Los Angeles Kings who had an offensive explosion in the first period against the St. Louis Blues. This is the second straight series that the Kings seemed to have their opponent off guard. Anze Kopitar scored twice and Dustin Brown had three assists as Los Angeles defeated St. Louis 5-2 to take a 2-0 Western Conference Semi-Final lead. The Kings are now a perfect 5-0 on the road in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Yesterday the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on an overtime winner by Daniel Briere. Philadelphia has the 1-0 lead there.
While in Phoenix, the Coyotes have a 2-0 lead on the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Semi-Final after Radim Vrbata, Antoine Vermette, Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal each scored a goal and an assist in a 5-3 victory. For the Predators to get back into the series they will need Alexander Radulov to simply be better. He has been invisible the first two games of the series. The montage by Keith Jones of NBC of Radulov’s poor play on both ends of the ice is first class.
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