Fans betting on hockey can eagerly await a crucial game 6 where it is do or die for the Penguins, after the Lightning put them at the edge of the abyss.
Much like when Shawn Michaels did to Bret Hart at Wrestlemania XII, the Tampa Bay Lightning delivered Sweet Chin Music to the Pittsburg Penguins at overtime in game 5, leaving them one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Adding insult to injury, the Penguins had invited the original Heartbreak Kid himself to attend the game. Michaels was in attendance wearing a Penguins jersey, after Pittsburg fans invited him to witness the HBK line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino, and Phil Kessel, it all seemed like a celebration that came crashing down when Tyler Johnson scored after just 53 seconds of overtime. The Lighting now gets the series back at Tampa, looking to seal the deal.
Now there’s an online betting proposition for you. The St. Louis Blues have failed to score a goal since the second period of game 1 their NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference Final series versus the San Jose Sharks – put in cold, hard numbers, that’s 150 minutes and 45 seconds. To put it in perspective, they have not scored for almost the entire running time of Apocalypse Now. Last night, the Sharks shut out the Blues for the second time in a row, for a final score of 3-0 and 2-1 lead in the series. San Jose goalkeeper Martin Jones made 22 saves. Tomas Hertl scored goals in the first and third periods for the Sharks, assisted on both occasions by Joe Thornton. Joonas Donskoi contributed the remaining goal in the second period after a sharp pass from Logan Couture.
The San Jose Sharks put aside any concerns fans betting on hockey might have had about them not being able to outscore – or just score, for that matter – the St. Louis Blues last night at the Scottrade Center. The Sharks shut out the Blues 4-0 and tied the NHL Western Conference Finals 1-1 in game 2 of the series. San Jose’s lethal power play made a much-welcomed return – though both teams failed to make the most of such plays in the first period. The Sharks' fourth line gave them the advantage early. Tommy Wingels, Dainius Zubrus, and Justin Braun combined on a cycle play to find the former in the slot for his second goal of the postseason and a 1-0 lead. The play was nearly off-sides, but the St. Louis learned from a lost challenge in Game 1 and let the play stand.
Blowout series are no fun, well unless your team is the one of the winning end of said blowout, but for online betting purposes a lengthy series is best. With that said the Penguins leveling the Eastern Conference Finals makes us anticipate more hockey to be played.
After Tampa Bay swept the Islanders and took game 1 of the series, as the underdogs for the first game, it seemed that they were well on their way to a big upset. But Game 1 cost the Lighting Big Ben Bishop, who went out with a knee injury. Despite that blow, Tampa managed to take the first game from the Steel City, 3-1.