The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks are both one game closer to moving on, while Steve Mason saved the day for the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Jonathan Toews comes through
You can't forget about Jonathan Toews in overtime, and if you do, he is probably going to burn you. That is exactly what he did to Ryan Miller and the St. Louis Blues in overtime on Friday night and they are one game closer to elimination because of it, wasting T.J. Oshie's beautiful goal and David Backes' return to the lineup. The only thing Backes put in the net for St. Louis was Marian Hossa after Hossa scored his first goal of the playoffs.
Claude Giroux talks the talk and walks the walk
When the Philadelphia Flyers were a terrible hockey team earlier this season, Claude Giroux said they were going to make the playoffs. They did. When the Flyers lost Game 3 to the New York Rangers, he said they would be ready for Game 4 and tie the series going back to New York. They did. Jakub Voracek's second-period power-play goal ended up being the game-winner for the Flyers as they held off a frantic last-minute push from the Rangers to send the series back to Madison Square Garden tied at two..
Steve Mason saves the day
But what is the biggest reason the Flyers were able to even things up? How about the play of goaltender Steve Mason in his first start of the postseason. Yeah, that's right. Steve Mason. Mason made 37 saves, including a ridiculous diving stick save on Ryan McDonagh to preserve their one-goal lead to pick up the first playoff win of his career. Is Mason good enough to go deep into the playoffs with? Probably not, but he was good enough on Friday and gave his team a fighting chance.
People keep getting hit in the groin
Seriously, guys. Stop this. Stop this right now. This is bad behavior. Ryan Garbutt was ejected in the first period of Dallas' game in Anaheim for spearing Corey Perry in the groin, joining the long list of groin-related incidents in the 2014 playoffs. This came on the same day that Avalanche coach Patrick Roy talked about it being his team's turn to "put their balls on the table."
The Dallas Stars had a rough third period
Well, this could have gone better for Dallas. The Stars entered the second period in Anaheim trailing by just a single goal, and then proceeded to give up three goals in the first seven minutes as the Ducks just kept pouring pucks past Stars goalies Kari Lehtonen and Tim Thomas. The Stars head back to Dallas needing a win to push the series back to Anaheim for a seventh game. Antoine Roussel's penalty box reaction pretty much summed up the night for the Stars.
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