First up, our Marlies, and some sad news: last night they were eliminated from the AHL playoffs. After bursting out of the gates with two great home wins, they wound up losing the following three games to the Griffins in Grand Rapids. The AHL's first round is a best of 5 series, so that's the end for this year.
Marlies lose 3-1, eliminated from AHL Playoffs
Jeffler recaps the unhappy end of the Cinderella story.
Game Recap: Griffins 5 Marlies 4
Winging It In Motown has a recap from the Griffins perspective.
There were also three NHL playoff games last night, and the winners of Game 1 all wound up winning Game 2.
Lightning 6: Habs 2
This was a wild game that got a bit out of control, with Brandon Prust especially stirring the pot. It started in the first period when he appeared to get in a confrontation at the penalty box with referee Brad Watson.
GIF: i love this GIF of the ref sternly lecturing Prust pic.twitter.com/bIqw5JBIfK— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 3, 2015
It doesn't look too bad, but after the game Prust went off on Watson saying he was verbally abusive.
Brandon Prust may want to start writing that cheque right now pic.twitter.com/nBlHnzV0IP— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 4, 2015
Prust absolutely tee'd off on Watson in the room. He thought the call was soft. Said Watson called him Mother-Fffer and a piece of s×××— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) May 4, 2015
Tampa went on to score four power play goals and Stamkos picked up his first of the playoffs with a beauty shot. After all that Prust must have been seething. He first went after Bishop, and then fought Braydon Coburn.
Still apparently upset, he then threw his elbow pad at Stamkos who was sitting on the bench.
ok last one of this whole kerfuffle: just so you can see him remove his own elbow pad and throw it at Stamkos pic.twitter.com/pviU0hMFmD— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 4, 2015
The Lightning tossed it in the stands to a fan.
Some media are reporting a review of Prust's behaviour will be escalated to Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. Kerry Fraser still thinks a fine is more likely than a suspension.
The other games were not as exciting, so I will just link you to the reviews at the SB Nation sites,
Blackhawks 4 : Wild 1
Ducks 3 : Flames 0
Canada dominates Germany at hockey world championship
Taylor Hall had a hat trick to lead Canada in a 10-0 rout of Germany
Here are ‘the media’s’ takes on the Holland and Babcock pressers
George Malik rounds up what the media thinks about Babcock's chances of staying in Detroit.
Report: Bruins Narrow General Manager Search Down To Four
JFJ is apparently still in the running! YES!
Filip Forsberg records hat trick for Sweden in win against Austria
Sweden beat Austria 6-1 and Forsberg potted a hat trick.
It's a special day today
It's JvR's birthday! He turns 26! I will have a special post later from the Species Basement Test Kitchen.
Are you excited James???
I'll take that as a yes.