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The Cup Baby – Day 11

In Hockey Hits on April 25, 2010 by geespotting

2 series wrapped up yesterday…and a couple of OT encounters too:

EAST CONF.

(4)  PITTSBURGH  4  AT  (5)  OTTAWA  3 (OT)

– PENGUINS WIN SERIES 4-2.

…It was deja vu for the Pens as they rallied in this first round series to come back and clinch. A year ago…they were in Philly, leading that series 3-2, but, trailing 3-0 in game 6.  They came back and won the game 5-3, and the series too. Same thing last night as the Sens had a ton of jump, and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Pens rallied to tie the game, and then won it in overtime thanks to Pascal Dupuis:

Despite the remarkable play of Sidney Crosby in this series, it was the pluggers who rallied the Pens. For most of the Sen’s success in this series, it was their pluggers who paced the way. Kinda funny that guys like Staal, Cooke and Dupuis got it done for Pittsburgh, and got them into round 2. This is the 5th consecutive series in which the Penguins have won a series on the road.

STARS 1. Matt Cooke, PIT. 2. Matt Cullen, OTT. 3. Pascal Dupuis, PIT.

SERIES MVP: Sidney Crosby

– A no brainer here as Sid was awesome, scoring 5 times, assisting on 9 others, and ending up with 14 points in 6 games. He was just 5 off of the record for most points in a series.

WEST CONF.

(1)  SAN JOSE  5  AT  (8)  COLORADO  2.

– SHARKS WIN SERIES 4-2.

…I would imagine a big sigh of relief was heard from the Sharks, their management, and fans everywhere, as they made it through a very tough first round. In the end, it simply looked like the Avs had run out of steam. They played a pretty good game 6, and had a 2-1 lead, but, the Sharks tied it shortly after, and then got the game winner from Joe Pavelski, the best player in the series, other than Colorado goalie Craig Anderson. A couple of empty netters were added, and the Sharks advance. If they are to continue further, they will need bigger and better contributions from Thornton, Heatley and Marleau.

STARS 1. Joe Pavelski, S.J. 2. Doug Murray, S.J. 3. Dan Boyle, S.J.

SERIES MVP: Joe Pavelski

…You would almost pick Craig Anderson, but, with the Sharks moving on, had to go with Pavelski. He had the game tying goal in game 4, that lead to a Sharks OT win, and then scored the game winners in games 5 and 6. He ended up with 5 goals, and “Little Joe” was easily the big player for San Jose in this opening round.

(7)  NASHVILLE  4  AT  (2)  CHICAGO  5 (OT)

– BLACK HAWKS LEAD SERIES 3-2.

…This was a wild affair to be certain. The Hawks had the early control of this game, and a 3-1 lead, but, the Preds found a way to fight back, and eventually take a 4-3 lead late. Marian Hossa then got a 5 minute penalty with a minute to go thanks to this deadly hit on Dan Hamhuis:

So, with the Hawks trailing, and Hossa in the box, Chicago still pulled their goalie and then Patrick Kane tied it with a dozen seconds to go. Then in the extra frame, the Hawks still had to kill off the remaining 4 minutes to Hossa and his 5 minute boarding major. They did, Hossa got out of the box, and here is how it ended:

What redemption for Hossa and the Hawks. They should have been down in this series 3-2, and facing elimination back in Nashville, but, it is now theirs for the taking. There will be no suspension for Marian…and yet again, he finds a way to make headlines in the playoffs.

STARS. 1. Marian Hossa, CHI. 2. Martin Erat, NAS. 3. Niklas Hjalmarsson, CHI.

– 2 more games on Sunday, and 2 more series could end. Coyotes and Kings both on the brink!

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