A few teams started to separate from their opponents as the playoffs continued on Sunday.
Philadelphia Flyers Recap
4 - 2 Series tied 1-1
5 things to know
The Bruins are awake
Jimmy Howard's shutout win in Game 1 was as impressive as it was surprising. After all, the Bruins had just finished claiming the President's Trophy as the league's best team. Game 2 featured the Bruins that everyone was picking to win the Stanley Cup before the playoffs began. Their forecheck set the pace, forcing the Red Wings into costly turnovers and frustrating the opposition to no end. The Red Wings couldn't find any flow after Boston punched them in the mouth at the start of the game. It will be interesting to see if they're capable of rebounding now that the Bruins are back firing on all cylinders.
A referee's gaffe could doom Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay faces a massive 3-0 series deficit after a no-goal call in the second period sent them spiraling toward a Game 2 loss. Opinions differ about whether the call was correct or not, but it certainly seems like the Lightning were robbed of a chance to at least send the game to overtime. Escaping elimination in Game 4 will be extremely difficult, considering how intense the atmosphere was at the Bell Centre.
Philadelphia has a goalie decision to make
Steve Mason is finally healthy and ready to play in Game 3, but Flyers coach Craig Berube will have a tough time benching Ray Emery after his strong performance on Sunday. New York exposed him early on, using cross-ice passes to exploit Emery's lack of lateral mobility. But Emery was unbeatable for the final two periods, making big stop after big stop to keep New York off the board while Philly mounted a three-goal comeback. "Razor" more than earned another start when the series shifts to Philadelphia.
The Sharks have Jonathan Quick figured out
Last year, the Sharks managed only 10 goals on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in seven playoff games. A year later, San Jose has 13 goals in just two games on the former Conn Smythe winner. And it's not like its top players are getting it done, either. Grinders Mike Brown and Raffi Torres registered the opening salvos in Game 2 for San Jose while Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture remained silent. If the Kings are going to dig out of this 2-0 hole, they need Jonathan Quick to sort himself out quickly.
A good night for digging
Pierre McGuire was at the top of his game on Sunday, annoying NBC audiences with obscure junior hockey references and bothering coaches with generic questions in between whistles. Luckily a local Boston vigilante decided to interrupt one of those questions with the best photobomb of the year. Seriously, his stare at the camera and Mike Babcock after he finished his nose expedition was mesmerizing. Bravo, good sir. We hope you found what you were digging for.
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