We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
After a dominant win against the Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday, the Hawks would drop their third game this season to the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-2 home loss at the United Center. Semyon Varlamov was stellar in net, stopping 36 shots for the Avs, while Corey Crawford would take the loss for the Hawks.
Maxime Talbot would get the Avalanche on the board first on Colorado’s 5th shot of the game off of a sneaky redirect near the left faceoff dot.
The Flyers have the opportunity to head into the Olympic break with a four game winning streak and a spot in the playoffs to lose.
The Flyers won their third straight game on Thursday, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. The rode another stellar performance by Steve Mason, who has allowed three goals in his three starts during the current winning streak.
Mason stopped 38 shots against Colorado to seal the win. His only hiccup came late in the third period when Nathan MacKinnon sneaked a shot between Mason and the left goal post that cut the Flyers lead at the time to 2-1.
With a big game at stake for Sweden, they had to beat the Atlantic team. The first period was a back and forth style game with the Atlantic team being more physical. After a while in the period though, Sweden scored on a André Burakowsky goal. That goal seemed to upset Atlantic as they would take a penalty for tripping. Sweden could not take advantage with the extra man, but instead after their powerplay, they would take a penalty themselves. Burkowsky would go to the box for slashing, and Atlantic would take advantage. Kameron Kielly scored a goal with the assists going to Nathan MacKinnon and Mike Lyle. There would be one last Swedish penalty, but Atlantic...
The newest QMJHL franchise of Blainville-Boisbriand revealed its name and colours this week. Going for a classic black-and-white scheme, they opted for the name Armada, an "evocative name suggesting strength, cohesion, union, dynamism and the blending of forces."
Apparently the Armada was also a Spanish fleet involved in a failed attempt to overthrow Elizabeth I of England in the early 17th century. It also refers to a small village in Michigan, a band formed by Jeff Martin of The Tea Party, the Czech military (hey, that's actually pretty cool), a Nissan car model, and my favourite: