Mondays aren't so bad when it's NHL playoff season.
Four big games played out Monday evening, featuring bad goaltending and great goaltending, games that went to overtime and games that were really pretty much over by the end of the second.
First, the Boston Bruins spoiled Toronto's first home playoff game since 2004 with a 5-2 win, then the New York Rangers hung on in an action-packed third period to beat the Capitals 4-3.
In Detroit, the Red Wings needed 49 shots and overtime, but managed to beat the Ducks 3-2 to even their series. And finally, in Los Angeles, the Kings scored two goals in the 3rd to edge the Blues and tie their series as well.
And now, on to the GIFs!
Things did not start very well for the Leafs. James Reimer has already let a few easy saves turn into goals in this series, and he did it again in the first period on Monday. Adam McQuaid, noted non-scorer, somehow beat James Reimer on a slap shot from distance.
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It only got uglier for Reimer and the Leafs. Boston scored two more times in the second period, seemingly burying the Leafs for good. And then Phil Kessel made things interesting. Almost as interesting as whatever Tuukka Rask was trying to do here.
The story of the game for the Capitals was their parade to the sin bin. They got on the board early, but then took six penalties in the first half of the game. The biggest one at that point was on Braden Holtby, who tripped Rick Nash...
And then gave up a power play goal to Derick Brassard.
But Detroit would tie the game at two in the third period on this nice shot from Pavel Datsyuk:
That sent the game to overtime, where Damien Brunner picked up the loose puck to win it for the Wings:
In Los Angeles, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was so stunned by this 3-on-1 that he didn't even try to defend it:
Barret Jackman took a penalty, and reacted like he just found out who the final five Cylons were:
The champs have tied their series, and all is right with the world.
Unless you're a Blues fan I guess.