It’s playoff season, and I have Spring fever.

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The sun is out, the grass is green, and the birds are chirping – oh wait, and its playoff season, what a time to be alive.

Time to spring into action, sports fans, because this is interesting month for hockey as well as basketball. With the NHL postseason set to start in yet just in a week or two, NBA teams are also fighting for their playoff lives.

With only one spot left in the western conference, looks like it is going down to a coin-flip with either the Arizona Coyotes or the Colorado Avalanche. The Coyotes need more help than the Avalanche; seeking a miracle through a win-out situation with their foe losing out as well.

It is something to be said that these two teams are still in the playoff race, with the course of several injuries to key players this season. Wonder what will happen these next two games.

Teams that have already made the playoffs, have intriguing first round match ups. The Las Vegas Golden Knights-San Jose Sharks series will be a dandy, as well as the Boston Bruins-Toronto Leafs matchup.

The Eastern conference has a bit more parody, with four teams looking on the outside in: The Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Montreal Canadians.

With just three spots remaining, which team will be left out? My prediction that the team will be left out of the playoff race will be Columbus, as far as the east goes.

There are so many talented teams this year in the NHL, it will be hard to say in my mind that the NBA could have the same parody.

Photo by Alvesgaspar [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Golden Knights vs. Jets: Johnathan Marchessault silences Winnipeg in Game 2 win 

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After getting off to a rocky start to the Western Conference Final, Johnathan Marchessault redeemed himself with a stellar Game 2 performance.

Marchessault was the best player on the ice Monday night, he scored twice as the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from a Game 1 loss to take a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Noting that there was lack of aggression in the opener, The Golden Knights forward turned in on quickly, following up Thomas Tartar’s ice-breaking goal with one of his own, capitalizing a Jets turnover to make it 2-0 in the first period. There’s more, though, as Marchessault quieted a Winnipeg crowd that looked alive after Kyle Connor’s third period goal with his second of the night just over a minute and a half later.

Marchessault had his footprints all over Game 2; ending up with 8 shots on goal, combining with William Karlsson and Reily Smith for five points in the win. He has just been on fire these playoffs – scoring 6 goals
and having over 9 assists.

“Definitely satisfied with our effort tonight,” Marchessault said at the post-game press conference, “every time we need a big game by our group, we show up.”

Vegas has yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason, showing the league that they are a resilient team.

These Golden Knights are having a season to remember, winning twice as many games as critics projected (51-24), reminding everyone that they belong in the NHL, and that their not just any other expansion team. Vegas keeps shattering expectations and looks to continue their historic playoff run, now that momentum is level with the series tied 1-1.

Photo by Michael Miller [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons