I'm going to make this quick because I've been swamped at work all day.
All you need to know is we're guaranteed to have at least two series in the first round that go the full 7. Might have another two guarantees after tonight.
G6: Capitals 5, Rangers 3 (Series tied 3-3)
The Rangers were hoping the suspension of their coach, John Tortorella, would be galvanizing.
It was anything but yesterday afternoon at MSG as the Rangers have officially blown that 2-0 series lead they gained at the Verizon Center in DC.
In fact, they've been reduced to whining about the language used by fans sitting behind their bench in Washington. Pardon me while I spew tea over my monitor (I've sworn off soft drinks in an attempt to shed some pounds).
Think about that for a second. A New York team complaining about the language used behind their bench in a visiting city.
Also, I need to backtrack from my original statement the other night about not blaming Torts for his reaction to having a beer dumped on him. Turns out, it was just a sexual reference involving Marc Staal that got Torts all hot and bothered.
He squirted a water bottle, a fan responded in the wrong by dumping a beer on him, and then Tortorella threw the water bottle...and hit an innocent bystander in the head.
I don't think Tortorella is an idiot. I'm sure he put up with the same language as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning when he brought his team to MSG.
Probably worse language.
With that out of the way, the game was competitive for about...oh...15 minutes yesterday. MIlan Jurcina opened the scoring about seven minutes in only to see Scott Gomez tie it up about a minute later.
But after that, Mike Green and Tom Poti broke the dead lock to give the visitors a 3-1 lead going in the second and they never looked back, tacking on two more in the middle frame and chasing Henrik Lundqvist for the second straight game.
The Rangers scored two garbage time goals in the third, but departed the ice to a chorus of boos.
And with the disarray this team is in, I just can't see them pulling it together by tomorrow night and beating the Caps, who are really rolling now having scored nine goals in their last two games.
G6: Hurricanes 4, Devils 0 (Series tied 3-3)
Like the Caps-Rangers game, this one was competitive for about a period.
And then Eric Staal had to go and make it a blow out almost all by himself by scoring two goals 2:46 apart to turn a tight 1-0 game into a 3-0 game. Now, New Jersey was able to come back in Game 4 to erase a 3-0 defict that night.
But it wasn't happenng on Cam Ward's watch last night as he stopped all 27 shots he faced.
So to Game 7 we head in this series. And while I have a pretty good idea how Game 7 will turn out in the other series featuring THE New York Metro Area team, I have no idea what the result will be in this one.
I'd give a slight edge to New Jersey considering they are playing at home. But the Canes won't be entering this game with any shortage of confidence.