No points? No problem. First-year blueliner Erik Gudbranson contributed to the Florida Panthers' 3-0 victory over New Jersey in positive fashion with 2 shots in 26 shifts - both series-highs, 5 hits, and (whether he wished to or not) drew a 4-minute second period high-sticking penalty on Devils forward Dainius Zubrus. History suggests the offensive production will arrive inevitably, as his 4 points (1G) in five postseason games with Kingston a year ago attest.
NOTE: this Caterwaul will serve as today's out-of-town LBC playoff Game Thread.
Saturday's other playoff action
- (7) WSH over (2) BOS, 4-3 (REG): 34 saves for Holtby; Caps lead 3-2
- (8) OTT over (1) NYR, 2-0: Andy stops 41; Sens lead 3-2
- (6) CHI over (3) PHX , 2-1 (OT): all five games ended in overtime; 'Yotes lead 3-2
- (2) STL defeated SJ, 3-1; Blues win series 3-1, advance to Western Semifinals (for further commentary check in with our SBN cousins at St. Louis Game Time and Fear The Fin)
Today's schedule/ early result
- (5) Philadelphia defeated (4) Pittsburgh 4-1; Flyers win series 4-2, advance to Eastern Semifinals (should be some priceless reaction over the next few hours at Broad Street Hockey and PensBurgh)
- (2) Boston at (7) Washington, 3 p.m. (NBC): second game in 24 hours; Caps (still) lead 3-2
- (8) Los Angeles at (1) Vancouver, 8 p.m. (NBC-SN): 'Nucks winless in B.C.; Kings lead 3-1
On the horizon
- Panthers at Devils, Game Six on Tuesday (Time TBD); LBC Live Thread one hour earlier
- Watch parties again to be held at Duffy's/Plantation and Breakaway/Saveology Iceplex
- "He might give up the odd goal here and there, but he makes the big save when you need it." Praise for Cats netminder Jose Theodore? Try again; that's Rampage bench boss Chuck Weber on Jacob Markstrom (2-0, 3.13/.908)