Monday, April 26, 2010

STANLEY CUP ROUNDUP: DAY 13*

A couple series came to an end this weekend, a couple were extended.

Sunday's games...

PHOENIX 5, DETROIT 2 (series tied 3-3)

Special teams have dominated this series, and that continued to be the case Sunday afternoon. The Red Wings not only went 0 for 5 on the power play, they let an extended 5-on-3 go to waste. Meanwhile, Phoenix scored 3 power play goals, along with a shorty, and sent the series back to Arizona tied 3-3.

VANCOUVER 4, LOS ANGELES 2 (Canucks win series 4-2)

Vancouver was down 2-1 going into the 3rd, but they've owned the 3rd period in this series. They scored thrice (one was an empty-netter) to clinch the series on road ice. Daniel Sedin had the game-winner, which was an absolute snipe over an attempting shot-blocker, but on the underside of the crossbar, ricocheting into the back of the net.

Saturday's games...

CHICAGO 5, NASHVILLE 4 - OT (Blackhawks lead series 3-2)
Marian Hossa got a 5 minute boarding major for this hit:



After the Blackhawks killed the lengthy penalty, which stretched into overtime, Hossa did this:



As much as I'm rooting for Chicago, I can't help but sympathize with the Predators. Hossa unleashes a dirty hit, then nets the game-winner. Oh well, life's unfair sometimes. I wouldn't be shocked to see Hossa suspended, but only because Chicago leads this series. If they were up against elimination, the NHL wouldn't have the minerals to suspend him.

PITTSBURGH 4, OTTAWA 3 - OT (Penguins win series 4-2)

Everyone's favorite Penguin - Matt Cooke - scored twice, including the 3rd period equalizer that sent the game into overtime. While Pittsburgh's several weaknesses were revealed to great effect in this series (inconsistent goaltending, occasional lack of scoring apart from Crosby and Malkin), they advanced in good order and will be a threat in the 2nd round.

SAN JOSE 5, COLORADO 2 (Sharks win series 4-2)

San Jose was down 2-1 early in the 3rd. Then they scored 4 times and rolled to their opening series victory. The Big Pavelski scored twice in the game, and 5 times in the series. Joe Thornton had his best postseason game in a long time with 1 assist and a -1. It was an empty-net goal. Thornton had 3 assists and was -4 in the series. San Jose now looks to advance beyond the 2nd round for the first time since the lockout.

Friday's games...

BUFFALO 4, BOSTON 1 (Bruins lead series 3-2)

The Bruins thought this was a best of 5 series, or so it seemed. No energy, no heart, no offense, no defense. The Sabres were playing postseason hockey, the Bruins were playing preseason hockey. Nuf Said.

MONTREAL 2, WASHINGTON 1 (Capitals lead series 3-2)

Ovechkin scored his 5th of the series, but once again got no support from his teammates. Give credit to Montreal netminder Jroslav Halak, who stood on his head and stopped 37 of 38 Washington shots.

Tonight's Games:
7:00pm - Buffalo @ Boston - NESN (BOS leads series 3-2)
7:00pm - Washington @ Montreal - Versus (WAS leads series 3-2)
9:00pm - Chicago @ Nashville - Versus (CHI leads series 3-2)

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