The Cup Baby – Day 12

In Hockey Hits on April 26, 2010 by geespotting

2 games in the West yesterday. One team lives another day…and another team moves on.


(4)  PHOENIX  5  AT  (5)  DETROIT  2.


…The first game 7 of the playoffs will come up tomorrow night in Phoenix as the resilient Coyotes staved off elimination with a huge win in Motown. It didn’t look all that good for the Desert Dogs early as they took a number of penalties in the games first 5 minutes, and killed them off, including a 5 on 3. The turning point may have happened early in this one when Phoenix opened the scoring with this shortie:

They went up 2-0, and the Wings replied in seconds…but, the Coyotes kept coming…their PP clicked again…and they rolled to the game 6 stunner in Hockeytown. Once again, Captain Coyote Shane Doan was not in the lineup. Tomorrow’s game will see either the upstart no-star Coyotes and their MVP goalie move on, or the experienced, always playoff bound Wings win another. Should be fun!

STARS 1. Taylor Pyatt, PHO. 2. Ilya Bryzgalov, PHO. 3. Keith Yandle, PHO.

(3)  VANCOUVER  4  AT  (6)  LOS ANGELES  2.


…The Canucks had the league lead in 3rd period comebacks this year…and they displayed that flair for rallying as they came back from a 2-1 deficit to win the game and the series. Early in this series, many were critical of the ‘Nuck’s Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins. That criticism all but disappeared by the end of the series, as all 3 stepped up when it counted, and paced Vancouver to 3 straight wins and the advancement to round two. Roberto had maybe the save of the first round with this gem on Ryan Smyth:

Daniel Sedin scored this game winner with just over 2 minutes to go:

Vancouver will now get some rest before the start of round two. Could it be another Chicago-Vancouver showdown? Time will tell.

STARS 1. Roberto Luongo, VAN. 2. Daniel Sedin, VAN. 3. Drew Doughty, L.A.

SERIES MVP: Mikael Samuelsson

– Maybe the best player of round one, Samuelsson scored 7 big goals in just 6 games. It didn’t matter if he was on the power play, playing with the Sedins…or someone else, Samuelsson found a way to puck the puck in the back of the net. He was the most consistent player too, having not really played a bad game the whole series.

…Tonight, it could be curtains for the Sabres, who have to win in Beantown to stay alive, the Habs, who are o for 2 at home vs. the Caps, and the Preds, who have to find a way to even their series with Chicago after that game 5 collapse. Otherwise…bring on some more game 7’s.

…Tomorrow, I will unveil my nominees for Coach of the Year. Howl do you think it will go?


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