Mikael Granlund's overtime goal put the Minnesota Wild on the board, while teammate Matt Cooke is facing a lengthy suspension. The Pittsburgh Penguins also rallied to take a 2-1 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
5 things to know
Matt Cooke might be sitting down for a while
It's been a while since we had to talk about Matt Cooke doing something that could result in him taking a seat for a few games, but he probably earned himself a suspension for kneeing Colorado's Tyson Barrie on Monday. The combination of Cooke's history with discipline and the fact that Barrie suffered an MCL injury that is going to keep him out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks according to coach Patrick Roy is not going to do him any favors in the eyes of the league. He has already been offered an in-person hearing, which means he can be suspended for more than five games.
Maybe two-goal leads really are bad
When it comes to hockey cliches one of the dumbest is the idea that having a two-goal lead is somehow a bad thing. Well, the Penguins and Blue Jackets are doing their best to prove that they really are. Every game in their Eastern Conference series has featured a team owning a 3-1 lead at some point in the game. That team has lost every game. On Monday it was Columbus, playing in its first home playoff game since 2009, letting a two-goal third period slip away. The Blue Jackets came out flying, scoring two goals in the first six minutes, but were pretty thoroughly outplayed after that as the Penguins rallied to take a 2-1 series lead. Brooks Orpik's late second-period goal seem to get the rally started. Brandon Dubinsky's last second rush in the third period came up just short for the Blue Jackets.
The Champs aren't finished yet
Want a stat that might surprise you a little? For as good as Jonathan Toews has been in the postseason throughout his career, he entered play on Monday with just eight even-strength goals in 75 career playoff games. A lot of that is probably the result of some poor shooting luck, but his luck started to change a little in the Blackhawks' 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues when an innocent looking shot somehow slid underneath Ryan Miller's pads for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Chicago still hasn't played a complete 60-minute game in this series, but with a win on Monday and another game at home coming up in Game 4, the defending champions are far from out of it.
Stephane Robidas has the worst luck
How can you not feel bad for this guy? Earlier this season Robidas missed time with a broken leg, worked his way back into the lineup, and after a deadline deal ended up with the Anaheim Ducks playing a key role on a top team in the Western Conference. On Monday, he suffered another broken leg -- the same leg -- and is expected to be out for the remainder of the playoffs. The Ducks went on to lose the game, 3-0.
Mikael Granlund has some skill
The Matt Cooke-Tyson Barrie incident stole all of the headlines in Minnesota's 1-0 win over Colorado, but Mikael Granlund's game-winning goal in overtime might have been the play of the night. Semyon Varlamov almost stole the game for the Avalanche by stopping 45 straight shots before Granlund finally put one behind him in overtime to break a scoreless tie.