Rangers v Penguins & Kings v Ducks– Game 2 of NHL's 2nd Round of Playoffs
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Before this series started, there was certainly concerns about Marc-Andrew Fleury. Although the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets in six games, Fleury gave up big 3rd period and overtime goals.
In overtime of Game 1 of this series, Fleury was beaten by Derick Brassard and for good measure was beaten by Benoit Pouliot. The wild sequence occurred when Brassard’s goal was not originally ruled good, but they kept playing and Pouliot scored anyway. After further review, Brassard got credit for the game winning goal
Offensively, Brad Richards has been New York’s most valuable player in the post-season. He showed it again by scoring his third goal of the post-season in the 2nd period of Game 1. Sidney Crosby however was goalless for Pittsburgh. The probable MVP this season has now gone a remarkable 12 straight games without a playoff goal.
While Fleury was shaky, Henrik Lundqvist was fantastic. He had 34 saves, including some critical saves at the end of regulation. Lundqvist was the main reason the Rangers were ranked fourth in defense, as New York only allowed 2.3 goals per game. Pittsburgh may rally in Game 2 to win and cover the money line, but they are in serious trouble as far as this series is concerned.
Los Angeles Kings (+1.5) at Anaheim Ducks (-1.5)
The Kings got here by winning four straight games after being down 3-0 against the San Jose Sharks. In those four wins, they rode goalie Jonathan Quick to the winners circle. In Game 1, as good as Quick was, he was not the hero.
Marian Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in regulation to tie the game for the Kings. He then scored in overtime to wrestle away home ice advantage from the Ducks. The Kings have now won five games in a row.
Jonas Hiller did a stellar job behind net for the Ducks, but like Fleury, choked in crunch time. Up until the end of the 3rd period, Hiller had a good game going. It looked as though Hiller was going to get the win, when 43 year-old Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal early in the 3rd period. However, the Ducks came up short and are now down 0-1 in this series.
Quick again was outstanding. He stopped 33 of 35 shots, including making some huge saves in overtime. Anaheim had the best record in the West this year, but don’t be surprised if they lose this series. Even if the Ducks win Game 2 (1.5 goal favorite, +230 money line), they have a tough team and goalie to deal with.
* Betting lines mentioned in this article are subject to change due to time sensitivity. Please visit the sports betting lines for up to date odds.
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