The Cup Baby – Day 13

In Hockey Hits on April 29, 2010 by geespotting

3 games from yesterday…and only one team on the brink survived:


(1)  WASHINGTON  1  AT  (8)  MONTREAL  4.


…The Habs have done it…and forced a game 7 with the mighty Caps. The story was Jaroslav Halak who made an amazing 53 saves in leading the Habs to a one game showdown for the 2nd round. The Canadiens also got some scoring help for Halak with a 3 point night for Mike Cammalleri. Here is his goal that stood up as the game winner:

Will Halak be just as invincible for game 7…and if so, will he get in the heads of the talented Caps? OR, will Washington pull through, and win a game 7 at home like they did in the 1st round like last year against the Rangers? We will see Wednesday night!

STARS 1. Jaroslav Halak, MON. 2. Mike Cammalleri, MON. 3. Tomas Plekanec, MON.

(3)  BUFFALO  3  AT  (6)  BOSTON  4.


…I didn’t see this one coming after my prediction of the Sabres making the final…that ain’t gonna happen! Even without Marc Savard, the Bruins found a way to score on Buffalo, and Vezina trophy candidate Ryan Miller. On the other end, Tuukka Rask was just as good, and the firepower that the Sabres have up front fizzled. Even the return of Thomas Vanek couldn’t do it. David Krejci was among the Bruins who found their scoring touch, and his 2 goals paced the way. Here is a recap:

Even though he wasn’t the MVP of the series, Miroslav Satan was a huge part of it, with an OT winner earlier in the series, and the game winning, series clinching winner in game 6.

STARS 1. David Krejci, BOS. 2. Nathan Gerbe, BUF. 3. Miroslav Satan, BOS.

SERIES MVP: Tuukka Rask

…The rookie goaltender up against the goalie of the year in Ryan Miller, and Rask responded in a big way. He was save for save with Miller, and never had a bad game in leading the Bruins to the upset series win.


(2)  CHICAGO  5  AT  (7)  NASHVILLE  3.


…It was a wild start to this game, and looked like an old Chicago/Edmonton series from the 80’s with a 7 goal first period. The Hawks got the last goal on a power play to take a 4-3 lead…and that’s how it stayed for the rest of this odd game until an empty netter sealed it. Speaking of odd, here is a look at some highlights including a Patty Kane beaut from centre ice:

Up next, a Chicago vs. Vancouver re-match from last year:

STARS 1. Jonathon Toews, CHI. 2. Patrick Sharp, CHI. 3. Jason Arnott, NAS.

SERIES MVP: Patrick Kane

…It took a while for some of the Hawks big snipers to get rolling, but, Kane was instumental in some way in each game. He had 4 goals to lead Chicago, and was a threat from the Pred’s blueline in just about every time he entered the zone. Anti Niemi has to get some consideration too. He had some bad moments in this series, but, also 2 shutouts.

– Tomorrow, it’s a game 7 between the experienced Detroit Red Wings, and the overachieving Phoenix Coyotes. If history has anything to do with it…it won’t be pretty for the Desert Dogs. They have lost all of the game 7’s they have ever played. Let’s hope that history isn’t a repeater in this instance.


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