Nick Bonino wrapped up a remarkable series with a goal at 6 minutes and 32 seconds into overtime, for a final score of 4-2 that sees the Pittsburg Penguins through to the next round of the NHL playoffs, where they will face will face the Lightning (+150) as sports betting favorites (-175). That goal on front of goalie Braden Holtby meant that a 3-0 rally that allowed the Caps to force sudden death and surprised the raucous Consol Energy Center crowd was just not enough. And that’s another year that ends with Caps cap Alex Ovechkin wondering what it takes to break through. He finished the series with two goals and three assists.
The Eastern Conference Finals are now set and we now focus our sports betting attention on the Lightning vs Penguins. As we have already covered here, the Tampa Bay Lightning are not to be messed with. They powered through Detroit, and steam-rolled passed the Islanders. They comfortably waited for the outcome of the Capitals and Penguins series, knowing that four wins keep them from the Stanley Cup Finals.
St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock’s comments on Monday night following his team's 3-2 defeat to the Dallas Stars took hockey betting experts off guard, when he said that he wanted to sleep on the decision regarding which goalkeeper to have start Game 7 of the NHL playoffs second round series. Brian Elliott is as much to credit for the Blues' playoff success as any other player on the team, but has been going through a rough patch. Even the guys in front of him are having bad period. The only goal that Elliott was directly responsible for came about when he turned the puck over with a terrible clearing attempt on the Stars' second tally, only 20 seconds after they first scored. The other goals can be pinned on defensive mistakes that allowed the Stars to have open looks from in close.
When we were writing our betting on hockey preview of the NHL playoffs at the beginning we picked the Detroit Red Wings to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games… we were wrong. We figured that Tampa’s struggles with injuries were going to be their downfall. Then, when we went back and checked on the series, we saw our mistake and picked the Lightning to handle Detroit. We predicted the outcome but, the Lightning did it in 5 games.
If the Washington capitals beat the Pittsburg Penguins tonight fans beting on hockey can expect to see this Oprah meme all over the internet (you get a game seven, you get an game seven, everybody gets a game 7! Well, ‘cept you Islanders, sorry.) Last night we got treated to two very exciting series being taken to the final game on very evenly matched series.