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The Cup Baby – Day 3

In Hockey Hits on April 17, 2010 by geespotting

5 games on the Friday…here is the run-down:

EAST CONF.

(5)  OTTAWA  1  AT  (4)  PITTSBURGH 2.

– SERIES TIED AT 1-1.

…Hats off to the Sens for hanging in there, and getting the split. This team has a number of key players on the sidelines in Kuba, Kovalev and Michalek, yet, they have battled twice at Mellon Arena, and could be heading home with a 2-0 series. Despite being shutout for almost the entire game (they scored less than 30 seconds into game 2), the Sens battled the Pens until the last minutes of the game when a Sidney Crosby dazzler set up the winning goal from Kris Letang. Check it:

The high powered offence was held to just 2 goals…but, once again, it was Crosby shining through. 6 Penguin goals through 2 games, and Sid has been in on 5 of them.

STARS 1. Sidney Crosby, PIT. 2. Brian Elliot, OTT. 3. Marc-Andre Fleury, OTT.

(7)  PHILADELPHIA  3  AT  (2)  NEW JERSEY  5.

– SERIES TIED AT 1-1.

…The Devils were much better in game 2, despite the constant resiliency of the Flyers. Everytime the Devils took a lead, the Flyers fought back. When Dainius Zubrus scored the winner (goal 4 for Jersey), Philly couldn’t muster another comeback. The big key for the Devils was the play of their superstars, and 2 lines who contributed to win, including Ilya Kovalchuk who won in the post-season for the first time in his career. Should be interesting when the series resumes in Philly, where those fans are not big lovers of the New Jersey Devils.

STARS. 1. Ilya Kovalchuk, N.J. 2. Patrik Elias, N.J. 3. Claude Giroux, PHA.

WEST CONF.

(7)  NASHVILLE  4 AT  (2)  CHICAGO  1.

– PREDATORS LEAD SERIES 1-0.

…Another shocking start to a series as the Preds hang in there…roll into the Windy City and blow by the Hawks in a close one. It was close, as Nashville scored a pair of empty netters to win. The story of this game: a weak first goal for the Preds on Anti Niemi, and the achilles heel (supposed) of the Hawks is exposed early! The big players for Chicago will have to be better, a lot better if they are to beat the under-matched Preds.

STARS. 1. J.P. Dumont, NAS. 2. Pekka Rinne, NAS. 3. David Legwand, NAS.

(5)  DETROIT  7  AT  (4)  PHOENIX  4.

– SERIES TIED AT 1-1.

…This game erupted in the 2nd period when the teams combined for 5 goals in less than 5 minutes. It was the 3rd quickest 5 in Stanley Cup history. The 2 quicker 5 happened in the 80’s…when the Minnesota North Stars were involved both times. I am guessing there were some big numbers for guys like Ciccarelli, Payne and Bobby Smith. The Coyotes all season long have found ways to fight back, and did so on a number of occasions in this game. In the 3rd however, it was old Detroit, and old Detroit won. The big boys stepped up their game as players like Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Filpulla dominated. Back to Motown Sunday afternoon.

STARS 1. Henrik Zetterberg, DET. 2. Valterri Filpulla, DET. 3. Niklas Kronwall, DET.

(8)  COLORADO  5 AT (1)  SAN JOSE  6 (OT)

– SERIES TIED AT 1-1.

…The Avs were 30 seconds away from going up 2-0, and possibly ending the series. The Sharks found a way to tie the game, and also found a way to get a questionable call go their way in the extra frame, and lead to an OT PP winner from Devin Setoguchi. The Sharks did dominate the game for the most part, but, another stinker from Evgeni Nabokov, who allowed 5 goals on 20 shots or so. The fight in the Avs is obvious, especially from young role players like Galiardi, Yipp and Stewart. This looks to be a long series…and one that could dispose of the Sharks…early…again!

STARS 1. Devin Setoguchi, S.J. 2. Chris Stewart, COL. 3. Joe Pavelski, S.J.

– Another 3 on tap today, including the Habs trying to do the un-thinkable and take a 2-0 lead over the Caps, and the Canucks and Kings play game 2 in what has been one of the most entertaining series so far.

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One Response to “The Cup Baby – Day 3”

  1. B-Awesome~

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