- Washington had 47 shots on net in game one against Montreal, but none off of the stick of Alexander Ovechkin. It is only the third time in his career (396 regular season games, 21 playoff games) that Ovechkin failed to register a shot on goal.
- Credit Jaroslav Spacek for a fine game of defending against Ovechkin, although the whole team did a good job on him. During the season Montreal held Ovechkin without a goal in 4 out of 5 games they played against him. They held him pointless in 3 of those games.
- Speaking of big performances by second tier defensemen, Vancouver's Alexander Edler was fantastic in game one against Los Angeles. I was worried that Vancouver might not have a player who can emerge and play better than they already have for the playoffs. If Edler can be that guy, that is excellent news for the Canucks.
- You gotta love Vancouver's Green Men.
- Did you know Brian Boucher's game one win was his first postseason win since May 20, 2000. Only two goaltenders in NHL history have gone longer between playoff wins than Boucher (9 years, 329 days): Sugar Jim Henry (10 years, 1 day, 1942-52) and Sean Burke (9 years, 347 days, 1988-98).
- Derek Morris' goal in game one was his first playoff goal in his long career. He's played 869 regular season games. Only two players have ever played more before scoring their first post-season goals - Mattias Norstrom (903) and Viktor Kozlov (897)
- Blackhawks vs. Predators is the only series not yet underway. The Preds have been waiting in Chicago, sharing the same hotel as AC/DC.
April 16, 2010
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