Game 7 Anyone?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Pittsburgh Penguins may look back at Game 6 as the turning point of their season. The Washington Capitals came through, in what was the best game of the series by far, 5-4 in OT. David Steckel deflected Brooks Laich's shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to send the Penguins faithful abruptly to the exits. What a game. There were lead changes and a total disrespect for defense in the 3rd period when 4 goals were scored in a 10-minute span. If you're a Penguins fan, boy, a 5 on 3 PP early on in the 1st that went nowhere when they were up by 1. Also, the real killer was not being able to connect on a crucial PP with just over 2 minutes to play in regulation when the game was tied at 4. That, my friends, may come back to haunt the Pens. Opportunities lost! Give the Caps credit though, they stuck around - even though they were outshot 42-24. Varlamov was fantastic and some of the lesser Capitals players came through. With Game 7 being in Washington, you never know. But it will be hard for the Pens to rebound from this in my estimation.

The Chicago Blackhawks fought back and closed their series with a 7-5 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Just when it seemed like Vancouver was ready to take it home for a Game 7, Chicago really stepped up. The Blackhawks answered twice in a span of 49 seconds to erase a 5-4 Canucks lead. What a wild 3rd period it was! Sort of made the Pittsburgh and Washington 3rd period look like child’s play! 6 goals were scored and Vancouver had the lead not once - but twice! However, Patrick Kane's hattrick lead the Hawks past a much more veteran laden team in the Canucks. I've said this earlier, this Blackhawk team reminds me a whole lot of the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s. This is a talented group of youthful exuberance. It may not be their time now, but I would be real careful about how you approach playing this team. Calgary and Vancouver found out! Who's next?

Well, well. Something or someone has stirred and awakened the Boston Bruins. With a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins have put a stop to all the talk of early hibernation. The series now heads back to Beantown all even at 3 games a piece. The Bruins set the table early with 2 goals in the first 5:04 of the 1st period. Mark Recchi (still productive!) and Steve Montador gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead after one. In the 2nd period, the Canes cut the lead to 1 on a goal by Matt Cullen. However, the Bruins would answer with 2 goals - one by Marc Savard and the other (a late goal) by Chuck Kobasew. The goals gave the Bruins a commanding lead heading into the final stanza of play. In the 3rd period Carolina would get one back when ex-Bruin Sergei Samsanov scored, but that would be it! The Bruins would be outshot 14-4 in the 3rd, but Tim Thomas continued his good play and basically shut down any hopes of a Carolina comeback. What a huge turn around in this series! Games 2, 3, and 4 the Bruins looked slow and completely out of whack. Now they have fought back and head home for the all-important Game 7. Can the Hurricanes shock again? Or will the Bruins, the best team all year, find their stride?

Wow, what a wild ending in Anaheim! The Ducks have forced Game 7 with a 2-1 victory. But what definitely got my attention was at the end of the game. It almost turned into old-time hockey as Ryan Getzlaf and Marion Hossa tussled. This then led to Scott Niedermayer and Pavel Datsyuk exchanging punches, as did Corey Perry and Brian Rafalski. Wow! What a set-up for Game 7 in Detroit! The Ducks controlled most of this game as Getzlaf had a goal and an assist on Corey Perry's tally. Detroit cut the lead in half with just over 2 minutes to play on a nice passing play with Johan Franzen finishing it off with his 8th of the playoffs. Jonas Hiller was superb in the nets for the Ducks and made many spectacular saves to help the Ducks force yet another Game 7. Three of the series left remaining are now headed to a Game 7... you gotta love that (Chicago ruined it a little)! Over and out!


Kovy274Hart said...

Good insight. Especially the ending of that Ducks-Wings game. Fireworks. This 2nd round has been something else.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Kovy274Hart, Nice name you go by LOL. The NHL has to be pleased with 3 of the 4 series going the limit.

The ending in Anaheim reminded me of the good old days.(I miss those days) I can't wait for the games to begin!!!

Puck Central said...

Kotsy - I agree, it was awesome to see the Ducks going after the Wings. I wrote something on my blog about this today. I wish more teams punished the Red Wings for being so damn soft every year. Good read, glad your coverage has continued even though the Rangers are out.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Puck, It's tough to write good (or bad) things about other teams, but the show must go on.

It's another one my problems with the NHL, How it catered themselves to the way teams like Detroit have been built.

You only have to look at the rule changes post lockout. It still bothers me that Holmstrom and Franzen can plant like a tree in front of nets with no repercussion.

The Ducks were just checking to see if the Red Wings gloves are permanently are sewed on. F--k--g hilarious!

Puck Central said...

Yeah. It makes me sick that soft teams can get away w/ being soft. The way I see it the only person that goes to the net anymore & has to pay a price for doing so (because the refs won't make a call for him) is Avery. The rest of the NHL can stand on top of a goalie & get away with it.

What do you think of these rumors that Orr won't be re-signed? I am going to be one very pissed off fan if they let the best young fighter in the league walk as a UFA simply because "he doesn't fit into Tortorella's system."

Kotsy's Korner said...

Puck, Avery doesn't play on the same ice surface as everyone else in the NHL. You can thank Bettman for that. It's a joke.

As for Orr, This is horrible news if it were to happen. My son Cody would be devastated.

Orr plays the perfect team tough guy. I'm sure most Ranger fans won't be too happy if it comes down to that.

When changes are made with coaching shit happens. Torts is going to put his stamp on this team one way or the other.

I'm just not sure that's where he needs to start. There are other areas that need to be taken care of.

GENO said...

It is about time that somebody showed the rest of the hockey world how soft a team the Red Wings are. I too, miss the good ole days where the boys can handle it on the ice. BEFORE GB. (Bettman) without the stripes interfering. We all knew, that the Wings are as soft as Carvel Ice Cream, but yet the league lets them get away with all those stick related, and other soft penalties. Chris, can you picture Holstrom or Franzen planting themselves in front of Billy Smith or Gerry Cheevers without getting cracked in the ankles or anywhere else. Bet you they won't park their soft asses there on a regular basis, do you? I guess the quak-quaks found out that the Red Wing's gloves are super glued on. I can't wait for tonights game.
Is there anything new on the Ranger's front? I have been on a Re-hab for my hand. I need to catch up.----=-=-=- Geno

Kotsy's Korner said...

Geno, Nice to have you back. I know one thing Billy Smith and Gerry Cheevers would of made their stick company's very very wealthy LOL.

It sure looked like to me that Datsyk, Hossa, and Rafalski had no clue as to what to do when they were getting pummeled by the Ducks. Quite comical actually.

Not much other than usual what to do?, who to get rid of? etc.....

I'm sure the rumors and innuendo will start after the Stanley Cup is hoisted.

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