The Montreal Canadiens move on to face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, just like we all predicted. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings forced a Game 7 with their win over the Anaheim Ducks.
5 things to know
Montreal moves on
If you predicted before the playoffs that Montreal and New York would meet in the Eastern Conference Final, well, congratulations because you're probably the only person in hockey that nailed that one. That's the matchup we're going to get thanks to Montreal's 3-1 win in Boston on Wednesday night that eliminated the Presidents' Trophy winning Bruins. The Canadiens ended up scoring eight of the last nine goals in the series to win Games 6 and 7 while riding a spectacular performance from goaltender Carey Price.
Daniel Briere always finds a way to find the back of the net in the playoffs, even if it requires a little bit of puck luck. He did it again on Wednesday night thanks to a little help from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who just happened to have his skate in the wrong place at the wrong time. Boston had been pushing the play at that point and very nearly tied the game on more than one occasion. But whatever late rally they were trying to mount all but ended when the puck bounced in the net off of Chara. That's the kind of night it was for the Bruins as they had a couple of near misses at the other end of the ice against Price, and then had their season end with a break like that.
The handshake isn't always respectful
Hockey people love to brag about the post-series handshake about how great it is, but it's not always lollipops and friendly belly rubs (just ask Dino Ciccarrelli). That was the case in Boston when Milan Lucic and Dale Weise were at the center of some sort of confrontation that allegedly involved a threat from Lucic. Once it made its way into the post-game press conferences Lucic called Weise a "baby" for making it public and not keeping what was said on the ice, on the ice. The hate is strong in this rivalry. Or really stupid. The real shame is that it overshadowed P.K. Subban's post-game interview with Pierre McGuire.
Yes, we will take another Game 7
There is nothing better in playoff hockey than a Game 7, and this year we're getting pretty lucky. With their 2-1 over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings forced a Game 7 in their second round playoff series thanks to a thrilling finish at Staples Center that was highlighted by Jonathan Quick standing tall in the final minute, holding off a frantic Ducks rally. It will be the third Game 7 of the second round and already the sixth in these playoffs. The road team is 4-1 in the previous five, including 2-0 (New York and Montreal) in the second round.
But he was close. Gibson, Anaheim's emerging star in net, was outstanding for the Ducks even in a losing effort stopping 21 of the 23 shots he faced. The only real downside, and it turned out to be the difference in the game, is that for the first time in his young NHL career he gave up what you could call a bad goal when he allowed an innocent looking Trevor Lewis shot to slip through his legs and into the back of the net. That goal turned out to be the game-winner for the Kings.
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