Monday, April 16, 2007

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Night 5

Hockey ran for nearly 12 hours today. It was a beautiful thing. The Red Wings and Flames kicked things off at 1 PM and the Canucks took the Stars to overtime and won at nearly 1 AM. It sure kept me happy. Except for the fact that my predictions are flying out the window. Below you'll find today's results.

Red Wings 3, Flames 1
Red Wings lead series 2-0
I really need to go grab that comment reply on the NBC Sports message boards. The guy called me an idiot for suggesting that the Flames might get swept. If they keep playing the way they have been, not only is a sweep possible, but its likely. The game started very badly for the Flames but they seemed to have regained their composure during the second period. They had some good moments, but this one was all Detroit. Want to know how much? The shots were 51-15, Wings. I watched the game on NBC in hi-def as called by Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk and it looked like Calgary is ready to call it a season. Game 1: Red Wings 4, Flames 1

Senators 4, Penguins 2
Senators lead series 2-1
Gary Roberts stuffed the puck in the net 52 seconds into the game to give Pittsburgh the early lead. But the Sens tied the game with two minutes to go in the first and tallied three goals in the second period, including a pair from captain Daniel Alfredsson. Then, before the game ended Sidney Crosby managed to score his third goal in as many games. The kid is pretty good. The game was available in bewitching HD on Versus and I enjoyed it very much. I'm a little annoyed the Pens lost though, since I picked them to win in 5. Game 2: Penguins 4, Senators 3 / Game 1: Senators 6, Penguins 3

Ducks 2, Wild 1
Ducks lead series 3-0
Andy McDonald and Rob Niedermayer got goals for Anaheim and it looked like the Ducks would walk away with a 2-0 win. That was until, with 38 seconds left in the game, Petteri Nummelin gave Minnesota a glimmer of hope by extinguishing Ilya Bryzgalov's shutout bid. It wasn't meant to be, though, as the Ducks held off the Wild and took a 3-0 stranglehold on the series. Game 2: Ducks 3, Wild 2 / Game 1: Ducks 2, Wild 1

Canucks 2, Stars 1, 1OT
Canucks lead series 2-1
Luckily, tonight's overtime didn't run quite as late as it did in Game 1. Stu Barnes gave Dallas the lead in the second period on the power play and Jan Bulis tied the game five minutes into the third. It was Taylor Pyatt who decided the game for Vancouver almost eight minutes into overtime. Even though I picked the Canucks to win this series, for some reason I find myself rooting on the Stars. I don't quite know what that is yet. Versus carried the CBC feed tonight so naturally, I watched it. Game 2: Stars 2, Canucks 0 / Game 1: Canucks 5, Stars 4, 4OT

One more quick note. With all teams having now played at least two games, I'm going to take a look at where my predictions stand so far. Expect to see that post sometime early tomorrow.

Photos:, CBS

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