Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs kicked off with the Pittsburgh Penguins schooling the Ottawa Senators, while San Jose Sharks winger Raffi Torres delivered another controversial hit. This and more in Tuesday's NHL stories:
1. Pittsburgh's dangerous power play and red-hot top scorers, Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis, smothered the Ottawa Senators 4-1 to take the series opener. Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun, featured in the Hockey Night Close Up, showed why he got the nod over starter Marc-Andre Fleury, making 35 saves. CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby writes that the outing wasn't a total bust for the Senators, but Don Cherry says Ottawa's leaders need to be better against the East's top seed.
2. A 4-0 playoff win streak had to end in California, but the Kings kept rolling with a 2-0 victory over the Sharks in Game 1. San Jose was rested after sweeping Vancouver in Round 1, while Los Angeles never looked back from a 4-2 series rally over St. Louis. However, the Kings will want another look at this questionable Raffi Torres hit on Kings centre Jarret Stoll. Torres had been on his best behaviour after serving a 21-game suspension for a head shot on Marian Hossa last post-season. Stoll did not return to the game after that shift late in the second period.
3. It wasn't the morning after Toronto fans had hoped for. After a record audience watched the Maple Leafs blow a 4-1 lead in Game 7 against the Bruins, players and pundits alike dissected the historic collapse ad nauseum. This fan appeared to peacefully accept another Leafs defeat, while this fan... not so much.
4. The Penguins may have the early jump on the Senators, but Wharnsby predicts an upset in his Eastern Conference semifinals preview.
5. Original Six rivals Chicago and Detroit kick off their West semifinal series Wednesday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET). This will be the 16th meeting between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. Their last clash was in 2009, when the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks 4-1 in the Western Conference final. Detroit centre Pavel Datsyuk, who has two goals and five assists so far in the post-season, seems pumped to do more damage in the Windy City.