The NHL playoffs 2010 have a lot to do to top round one. But the NHL playoffs opened the 2010 second round on a high note anyway. Of course, there are more high notes for some teams than others thus far as yesterday proved. The Canadiens showed that they weren’t done surprising people yet, while the Sharks continued to show that they may not be the disappointments of old after all. Yesterday’s Game 2 action had a surprising tie for one series, while another got more lopsided than most expected. Tonight’s NHL playoffs action may decide the direction of the other semifinals and whether they will get wilder or end quickly.
Tonight at 7 p.m. EST, the Bruins and Flyers meet again after their Game 1 thriller. After Boston finally broke through in overtime, they now hope that it will propel them to a dominant 2-0 series lead. Even though the Flyers kept coming back in Game 1, they still went down, and tonight will prove if they can get back up again.
Boston is unbeaten at home in the NHL playoffs 2010, but if they can’t keep up momentum, the home ice advantage goes to Philadelphia. For the Flyers, they can’t let Brian Boucher stand on his head again to keep them alive and cannot get into an early hole once more.
Although no one knows how momentum will carry over in Boston, there’s no doubt where the momentum rides in Chicago tonight. Once more, the NHL playoffs 2010 have the Blackhawks in an early, surprising hole after a Game 1 home loss. This time, they were slaughtered by Vancouver, which looks to keep things going for Game 2 at 9 p.m. EST.
The Canucks had little trouble starting off as their offense was on fire and allowed Roberto Luongo to rest after a rough first period. If the Blackhawks don’t rally for Game 2 like they did against the Predators, they may leave Chicago in dire straits. In that case, both Western Conference semifinal match ups in the NHL playoffs 2010 will have 2-0 deficits.
The Sharks got the first 2-0 lead of the second round by rallying back over Detroit last night, 4-3. In spite of their respective playoff histories, San Jose is the one in command of a big series while Detroit is fading back. After their poor start against Colorado, the Sharks have won five straight and made the Shark Tank believe this could be their time.
The Penguins, on the other hand, could not win two straight at home. The surprise story of the NHL playoffs 2010 came back again, as Montreal rode Jaroslav Halek to another road win, 3-1. After being slammed in Game 1, Halek stole another win for the Canadiens and gave them home ice advantage in Montreal.
The Flyers hope to do the same in tonight’s NHL playoffs 2010 action while the Blackhawks hope that the Canucks’ home ice advantage won’t get any worse.
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