Welcome to The Rat Trick’s NHL morning links, playoff edition. We have been treated to some great hockey in the first round, here is what is going on in the world of hockey.
The New York Rangers fell to the Philadelphia Flyers, who had a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Steve Mason returned to the lineup and stole the show, stopping 38-of-39 shots in the process. [NHL.com]
A comeback from their captain wasn’t enough for the St. Louis Blues, as even with David Backes back in the lineup, the Chicago Blackhawks won again and now lead the series 3-2. Blackhawks got the OT winner from their captain Jonathan Toews – a breakaway goal. [NHL.com]
Arguably the most physical series, or at least the series that will see the least amount of ‘sincere’ handshakes when the series is over. The Anaheim Ducks rode four power play goals on their way to taking a 3-2 series lead. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry combined for six points in the win. [NHL.com]
The NHL announced the finalist for the Vezina Trophy, Boston Bruins’ Tuuka Rask, Ben Bishop, and Semyon Varlamov. What is a debate for another day, Rask seems to be the favorite but don’t be surprised if Bishop and Varlamov makes it close. [ESPN]
For as much of a back and forth series the Blue Jackets-Penguins have been, it is of no surprise teams are still looking for the upper hand. The X-factor remains Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who still remain scoreless in the series. [SI]
Former part owner of the New York Islanders, Stephen Walsh, has been charged with fraud. [SI]