Hockey After Dark: Night Four, April 15th by @DXTraeger

"...Where Insomnia Hits the Ice"

(Welcome to "Hockey After Dark," a late-night recap of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Topics will include scores, injuries, controversies, the Twitter-verse, and random jokes at the expense of the Philadelphia Flyers)

It's Day 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and hilarious narratives are starting to unfold.  Let's start with my favorite:

Flyers are desperate for ANY linings these days.
This is hilarious in and of itself for two reasons, and yes, I'm going to spell them out for all of you:

1)  the Jonathan "LEADERSHIP" Toews-"led" Blackhawks have been shutout thus far in 2017 and:
2)  the Flyers aren't in the playoffs because of Claude Giroux and 1975 and all that jazz

Just in case this wasn't funny enough for you, I've gone the extra yard and provided another reason to laugh and revel in S&G when it comes to Philadelphia (and the Flyers):

All of this is 100% true, and exciting.

This is the first (and only) time I will ever root for Donald Trump and his otherwise godawful climate policies.

Let's get to the important stuff, yes?

---Matt Calvert Suspended For One Game---

The Columbus Blue Jackets will have to overcome their 0-2 deficit without the efforts of Matt Calvert, who was suspended for his...well, I do believe that Benstonium.com said it best:

Top 10 Hockey Tweet of All-Time.  Check, please.

---Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Washington Capitals 4-3 (OT) (Series tied at 1-1)---

Brian Boyle made a helluva behind-the-net pass and found Pittsburgh Penguins' former draft pick Kasperi Kapanen wide open for a 2nd OT goal that evened the Leafs/Capitals' series at 1 game apiece.

Kapanen's goal has opened up a world of pressure on the President Trophy-winning Capitals, who have been forced to overtime twice by a team 60% filled with rookie players too dumb to fully understand the pressure they should be under as members as the ROMGZ TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS BEST TEAM FOREVERZ.


---Ottawa Senators defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3, OT (Series tied at 1-1)---

Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard scored 2:20 apart to tie the game, and then Dion Phaneuf scored a mere two minutes into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators the win and tie the series at a game apiece.

The Bruins had taken the 3-1 lead courtesy of elite special teams play, with Tim Schaller scoring while short-handed and Patrice Bergeron deflecting home a power-play shot from the point to give Boston what would amount to being a temporary 3-1 lead before the heroics of Wideman & Brassard.

Phaneuf's OT game-winner came as the result of a brilliant, blind & backhanded pass to Phaneuf that caught Washington's goalie, Braden Coltby, moving from his right to his left, leaving Phaneuf with a yawning net to bury the OT winner into.


---Anaheim Might Ducks defeat the Calgary Flames 3-2 (ANA leads the series, 2-0)---

Anaheim rebounded after relinquishing an early 2-0 lead by scoring late by way of a Ryan Getzlaf power-play goal to give the Might Ducks an early (and commanding) 2-0 series lead against the upstart Calgary Flames.

The Anaheim win negated a Herculean special teams effort by the Flames that saw Mikael Backlund score short-handed, and then Sean Monahan tally via the power-play.

The win seemingly puts the Might Ducks into the driver's seat, but Anaheim has shown an amazing proficiency at losing pretty much everything in Game 7, so consider this series still very much alive.


---Nashville Predators throttle the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 (NSH leads the series 2-0)---

There isn't much to write home about regarding the Chicago Blackhawks' 2017 playoffs.  Through two games, the Blackhawks– led by Captain Jonathan "LEADERSHIP" Toews– have scored zero goals, and that lack of production has predictably equated to the 'Hawks trailing 2 games to none entering a suddenly pivotal Game 3 in Nashville (Chicago has relinquished all semblances of a "Home Ice Advantage").

Expect to see Chicago play with a lot more desperation, especially given the "Stanley Cup or Bust" expectations the entire team felt as the prohibitive Western Conference favorite.


---Looking forward to (Easter) Sunday---

1) Expect the Columbus Blue Jackets to come out FLYING
2) Expect the Washington Capitals to enlist the services of Virginia Kiser to save their season 
3) The Penguins to continue to play the game straight instead of succumbing to Blue Jackets' shenanigans.






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