The Cup Baby – Day 18

In Hockey Hits on May 2, 2010 by geespotting

The last 2 series of round two opened up yesterday:


(7)  PHILADELPHIA  4  AT  (6)  BOSTON  5 (ot)


…This may be the most intriguing series of the second round. Two teams that really no one thought would have a shot of meeting each other…and one of these teams will compete in the final four. It turned out to be a great hockey game. The Bruins had a lot of the early pressure through the first 2 periods, and looked in control of this game, until the Flyers rallied with a pair of goals to even this game and send it into overtime. In the extra frame however, it was all Boston, but, Brian Boucher found ways to make save after save, until a fitting player would come through and end the game:

2 months away from the game because of a horrific concussion, and Marc Savard ended game one in first game back. He played a decent game, but, was quiet for the most part…but, was the hero in game one for Beantown.

STARS 1. Dennis Wideman, BOS. 2. Mike Richards, PHA. 3. Patrice Bergeron, BOS.


(3)  VANCOUVER  5  AT  (2)  CHICAGO  1.


…It was a dominating performance by the Canucks in game one. The Hawks had some early pressure, especially with the line of Toews-Kane-Bickell, but, Roberto Luongo withstood the early pressure, and paved the way for a Vancouver win. Chicago actually outshot the Nucks, but, it was a team performance that scored the goals in this lopsided win. The turning point was probably this 2-o goal from Mason Raymond with just seconds remaining in the first period:

Despite the huge win for the Canucks, this game did not feature the animosity that everyone thought would have been a big factor in this series. I am sure that will change in game two, as someone like Eager or Burish, or maybe both will be inserted into the Hawk lineup. A better performance from Chicago goalie Anti Niemi will also be needed…or Vancouver might roll through this one!

STARS 1. Roberto Luongo, VAN. 2. Christian Ehrhoff, VAN. 3. Mason Raymond, VAN.

…2 games on Sunday, as the Wings and Canadiens look to even up their series with the Sharks and Pens on the road.


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