Monday, May 13, 2013

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round Two: Ottawa and Pittsburgh

The Second round sets up an interesting matchup between the Sens and Pens, one which has any number of sub plots making for the script of what may come.

The Cooke/Karlsson incident of the regular season, is the obvious starting point for the series, even if Erik Karlsson isn't inclined to make much of it.

The usual animosity that the two teams seem to generate between themselves is more of the current of this second round, as is the topic of goaltending, which has the Senators featured as the declared favourite when it comes to puck stopping abilities from Round One.

Coaching may also be a section where the Sens have the edge, Ottawa coach Paul MacLean is channelling Walrus power to new heights after the Sens dismissal of the Habs, he may add to the legacy should he find similar results against the star studded Penguins lineup.

Considering the troubles the Pens had with the Islanders in the first round, the match up with the Sens could make for a most entertaining and lengthy series.

Senators fans perhaps went into this playoff round, thankful of a spot in the sixteen team seedings, however after a most convincing victory over the Canadiens, Ottawa hockey fans (and those across Canada still hopeful for a Canadian based champion) may have good cause for a bit of confidence on the road to the finals in June.

PITTSBURGH WINS the series 4 games to 1

Tuesday, May 14-- Ottawa 1 at Pittsburgh  4 (18,621
Friday, May 17-- Ottawa 3 at Pittsburgh 4  ( 18,645  )
Sunday, May 19-- Pittsburgh 1 at Ottawa 2  (OT) (20,500
Wednesday, May 22-- Pittsburgh 7 at Ottawa 3 (20,500
Friday, May 24-- Ottawa 2 at Pittsburgh 6 (18,656

All Games on CBC, RDS and NBCSN

Media sources for the series
(some may feature a pay wall)

Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Sun
Globe and Mail
National Post
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
USA Today

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