Habs Move On to Second Round in NHL Playoffs; Stars Even Series
The Montreal Canadiens have not won a Stanley Cup since 1993. It is the longest drought in franchise history. But after sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning with a Game Four win last night at home, the Habs are one step closer to changing that. In Tampa Bay, the legacy of star players Martin St. Louis took a big hit as a once promising season went down the drain. St. Louis will undoubtedly take a lot of blame for that.
This was supposed to be a series that would go the distance between two teams with nearly identical records. Game One went to overtime before Montreal won 18:00 in 5-4. After that the Bolts seemed to give up. St. Louis who demanded to be traded after he was left off the Canadian Olympic team (even though he eventually played and won a Gold Medal) by Steve Yzerman, will take a lot of the blame. He was the leading scorer after star Steven Stamkos went down. Because of his pouting, the two never played together again. Just as Stamkos came back, St. Louis was gone. How did St. Louis get on the Olympic team? Ironically by taking Stamkos spot when it was determined he could not make it back in time from his injury. This will be a series Bolts fans will not forget soon.
A series that was supposed to an easy four game rout between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks will now go to a Game Six. The Stars ran off four straight goals last night and evened the series at 2-2 heading back to Anaheim for Game Five.
Cody Eakin scored on Dallas first shot of the third period, then 1:22 later Alex Goligoski scored on the next shot of the period as they ripped off four unanswered to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead.
Going for a sweep tonight is the San Jose Sharks who are up 3-0 on the Los Angeles Kings. This was another series that was supposed to be a close one but evidently is not. The first two games of this series were blowouts as the Sharks won 7-2 and 6-3. The Kings showed up at home and made it close in Game Three before the Sharks won in overtime 4-3. Can they hold them off and force a Game Five?
Bovada has the Sharks +1.5 -340 and the Kings -1.5 +260. Moneyline has both teams at -115. We like the Sharks to complete the sweep. Momentum is surely on their side.