Five thoughts from a fantastic Friday 

April, 17, 2010

Let's call it, "Fabulous Friday!" And, you definitely need the exclamation point after five fantastic playoff games. I don't remember a more entertaining night of hockey. Here's a quick thought on each of the games.

1. If you still have any doubts about Sidney Crosby's game, please review last night's tape. He was simply magnificent in the Pens' series-tying 2-1 victory over the Senators in Game 2. After G Marc-Andre Fleury put his team in an early hole (just 18 seconds into the game) by allowing another bad goal, Crosby lifted the defending champs on his back.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.