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"So this includes blues a alot ex. We had some pretty incredible game. Last night to kick off the two thousand eighteen Stanley Cup playoffs. We already talked a little bit with perish about the blue jackets lightning game. But how about the other one that? I don't think anybody anticipated the New York Islanders fighting their way to overtime and beating Pittsburgh for two three. Yeah. You know, the islanders have been the stronger team over the regular season. It's just once the postseason hits you feel like the penguins are automatically a favorite. So much experience. They've won so many tough series recently meeting in the past ten years. I've only been a handful of teams who have won the Stanley Cup. And Pittsburgh's one of the teams that has won it three times in the past ten years. It's sorry. That was it. I was just going to say, it's interesting. What Joe Vitale told us last hour that game two is all about strategy while I was all about emotions because that Columbus blue jackets game in the islanders game. I thought we're we're we're a perfect example of an emotion being the reason the team comes up victorious. And now, I'm curious of how those two teams will play in the second and third games because it's going to be more strategy which advantage Tampa in Pittsburgh. Right. You feel like the experience of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the skill and well earned swagger of the Tampa Bay Lightning is going to come out in the second game. And be like ok guys whatever happened in game one. But now we're going to take over. Because we can you expect to see that. If I'm the Columbus, blue jackets, I'm expecting to see a Tampa Bay Lightning whose ego was bruised and a team that doesn't plan on losing another game the rest of that series. Well, in in your opinion. What's more important when it comes to strategy players with experience or coaches with experience because that Pittsburgh islanders one's interesting. Like when you get into strategy Crosby Malkin kessel who have been here before they've won it before. But berry trots is coming off a Stanley Cup championship with Washington. I think at the end of the day players got to play. And so I got to play you gotta you gotta go with the players, and you can't give berry trots enough credit for what he did with taking the worst defense in the NHL last year. That's what the New York Islanders were last year. The worst defense in the NHL and turning them into one of the best defences in the NHL defense to say players. Yeah. Exactly. And so. You know, there is something to be said for coaching. We've seen it here in Saint Louis, but it comes down to the players. Well, then you have the stars beat the predators three to two. And as I mentioned with Mark perish, Matz mats zuccarello having some success. Is he scores basically the game winner because PK sue bam made it three two after zuccarello made three one. Dallas to me is a very scary team. They got confidence soaring. Ben Bishop is back their defenses so mobile. I don't know if the Nashville is going to have the success that they think they're going to have against Alice. I hate Nashville. So mark. Bottom of my soul. It's just I can't. I can't stand him. But you you're right. I think a hot Dallas team with Ben Bishop moves on fire can absolutely beat the predators. But the Dallas Stars will live or die with the play of Bishop. Yeah. There's no doubt about it. I mean, hey, hey skin in the rookie defenseman had a goal. Power play goal to get the scoring started last night for the Dallas Stars. But again, Dallas leads that series three two two. They actually have an extra day off. They won't play tomorrow. Their next game will be on Saturday. Well, and another thing with that Dallas Stars team is they are a one line team like the Colorado Avalanche. So you have Sagan Ben and Radulovich combining for forty two percent of the stars goals all season. I mean, if you shut that line down there in a lot of trouble, you know, what's incredible Nashville's the one line team to their only goals last night came from defense zero c and Sugano scored. So they. Basically locked if you shut down Arvidsson in Johannesson and force Berg, they really don't have much because Simmons isn't performing tourists and performing maybe an interesting factor going into that. And then the other game from last night, the sharks late beat the Golden Knights five to to San Jose. Another very scary team ten you're going to be the biggest question for them. But I thought Martin Jones had a really good game for the San Jose Sharks. So San Jose leads one to nothing blue jackets lead one to nothing. Islanders lead. One to nothing blues lead one nothing and the Dallas Stars lead one to nothing, then we get to tonight two games that have officially wrapped up the Maple Leafs. To the surprise of everyone beats Boston in game. One four two one Amy how this staff or William kneeland or scores the goal. The first goal. He scored in the playoffs and the last goal of the the last game regular season. He scored the first time he scored in back to back games since last year took them awhile could his legs. Underneath them after missing so much NHL. Right. And it's funny because you say to the surprise of everyone I'd put an asterisk there and say, including the Toronto Maple Leafs. They beat Boston at the garden four two one and two of those goals were or I should say had some interest to them one was a penalty shot and the fourth goal was an empty netter in which John Devaras won the face off fell down got back up and shot the puck into the empty net. It was the John Davar show for that last goal won't over listeners. If you don't know what hockey is just watched the penalty that led to the penalty shot that's blatant textbook. That's what the officials will will show incoming new referees in the NHL next year of this is what you don't do hockey game guys, so Tehran or Tehran Toco Toronto wins that one four to one. They lead that series one nothing and then the capitals, they get an empty net goal to win four to two Amy. They were up three nothing. But Carolina fought their way back scored two quick goals in the third period to make it a three to hockey game. That one to me, I think will be an upset everyone's expecting Washington to win. But Carolina is a very good team. If they got the taste of the first round game to maybe interesting right now, if you listen closely you can hear Alexsandr Ovechkin sane over my dead body. I thought I could hear him say more beer more case over my dead body. Interesting note, though, the Washington Capitals haven't played a first round home game that hasn't gone to overtime since two thousand and sixteen. The the last six first round home games have all gone to overtime. So they had a little bit of a respite tonight and just being able to win and regulation knowledge over there with Oliver uh, Washington, Capitals information for us and right now at scoreless between the avalanche and the Calgary. Flames tomorrow you got game to Columbus and Tampa. Pittsburgh and New York Vegas and San Jose. And of course, Saint Louis and Winnipeg will you will come back with what's up with that? We got one topic to talk about on fired up about it the NHL draft lottery. What a joke we'll come back and wrap up next on came away.."