The 2012 NHL regular season is entering its final days, with several playoff races still in progress. Let's get some fan perspective on a few of Tuesday night's games:
Regardless of what they choose to do to replace Josefson, the Devils will collectively have to be much sharper going forward as they play out their final two games of the season. The results don't matter now as they're highly likely to finish as the sixth seed. It's all about performances and the one witnessed at the Rock simply won't do against good teams. It wouldn't have even succeeded tonight if it wasn't for the Islanders putting up a similar effort. That in of itself is telling.
Thehave been firing on all cylinders as of late, reeling off 4 straight wins in order to secure their playoff spot. Now that the team has secured their playoff spot, you'd hope they wouldn't take their foot off the gas. Unfortunately, that appears to be what happened, as the Senators had an uninspired 60 minutes and fell 2-1 to the
You can't fault the level of effort being shown by a defeated team in an apocalyptically bad 2012. They have come out and grabbed hold of the Spoiler title, giving playoff teams fits. Makes you wonder exactly what would have happened had Koivu not missed 27 games with injury.
Theknew it was a must-win type of situation against a team that they haven't beaten all season. The weren't ready to go down without a fight, putting 54 shots and 30+ scoring chances, but was the proverbial brick wall in goal making saves both spectacular and otherwise. And while the offense wasn't probably where Dave Tippett would have liked it to be, he got enough of a push from the Coyotes in the second period with 2 goals within 2:03 of each other for the 2-0 win.
Max Lapierre's shootout goal lifted Vancouver to a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, giving the Canucks their seventh straight win.
Western Conference-leading Vancouver moved three points ahead of St. Louis and remained tied with thefor tops in the NHL with 109 points.
Stay with SB Nation NHL for more news and notes as we head into the playoffs.