Five for Fighting: Best games from the second round of the playoffs
Overtime in Game 7, a double overtime in Ottawa ... there are some good choices for the best games of Round 2.
Every day, we'll have a top-five list that is pretty self-explanatory, all in this man's opinion. Today: The top games from the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
No. 5: NY Rangers at Boston, Game 1 (Recap). This was before the series got out of hand in favor of the Bruins. Things were obviously still even. The game had its yin and yangs, which meant Rangers goals soon after Bruins goals. There was Ryan McDonagh scoring with 1.3 seconds left in the second period. Then, in overtime, it was just a straight Bruins onslaught as they fired 16 shots in less than 16 minutes, the eventual winner going to Brad Marchand.
No. 4: Chicago at Detroit, Game 6 (Recap). You had the Blackhawks on the verge of elimination, trailing by a goal going into the third period in hostile Detroit. Then they woke up and scored three goals within the first 10 minutes of the period, including the eventual game-winner on a penalty shot from Michael Frolik. The game had its drama and certainly some controversy with the Frolik penalty shot (it wasn't a bad call). The third period was wild.
No. 3: San Jose at Los Angeles, Game 2 (Recap). Speaking of waking up late, the Kings did just that in Game 2 at home. Trailing the Sharks by a goal, they were given (some might say gifted) a 5-on-3 power play and, in a matter of 22 seconds, scored the tying and go-ahead goals with less than two minutes to play. It was the game that featured the most offense in the series.
No. 2: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, Game 3 (Recap). This was the only game so far this postseason to require a second overtime, but that's not the reason why it was so good (but it doesn't hurt). Despite numerous scoring chances, it was just a 1-0 game with less than a minute to play in favor of Pittsburgh and the Penguins were on a power play. Game over, right? Wrong. The Senators' Daniel Alfredsson was somehow left all alone in front of the net and tied it. Then, in a furious overtime session, Colin Greening finally put home the winner nearly halfway through the second OT. The goalies were great, skaters were very good, hitting was hard. All around, it was a great game.
No. 1: Detroit at Chicago, Game 7 (Recap). Being a Game 7 only adds to this, but, come on, that game was great (and is still fresh in our minds). Detroit got the equalizer early enough that the third period was rife with competition and pushes from each team. Of course, the drama came in the final minutes of regulation when a Blackhawks goal was disallowed because of a very questionable coincidental minors call behind the play. Nevertheless, justice was served in overtime for the Hawks, and they moved on. The Red Wings gave them all they could handle and a little more, losing in OT of Game 7 to the Presidents' Trophy winners is nothing to hang your head about.
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