Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two More Game 7s Ordered

The Eastern Conference Finals participants won't be decided for another couple games yet, as the Bruins were able to force Game 7 with a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. Now both teams will head back to Boston to try and decide who will play the winner of the Capitals/Penguins series on Thursday.

It wasn't a game of lopsided scoring, as the score might actually suggest, as it was a pretty good game. The Bruins got out to a quick lead and pretty well had to hang on for dear life. Leading the pool scoring for the Bruins were Mark Recchi (goal & assist), Patrice Bergeron (2 assists), Marc Savard (winning goal) and Tim Thomas (win). No one on the Bruins had better than 2 points in the game. For the Hurricanes, it was just single points on the board for them.

Somehow, it always seems a bit more appropriate when the Western game is the second game featured. I don't know, maybe it's just me. Anyways, the Ducks also managed to avoid elimination, as if to say that the 8-ball has nothing magic about it. The Ducks pulled a 2-1 win out of the hat on Tuesday, thanks to a big scoring effort from the team's top forwards.

Corey Perry led the way for the Ducks scoring the winning goal and adding an assist for a 3-point night in the pool, while Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist. The real crime of it all is that neither player was taken in the pool, so all of those points went for naught. Otherwise, it was a very quiet night for the pool players, since the win by Jonas Hiller also goes unnoticed.

Already up 4-1 in the game, the Bruins let Marc Savard take the final four minutes of the third off to rest what looked to be a bit of a leg injury. The move was definitely precautionary, especially with the game going the way that it was. The 14 teams that selected Savard in the pool can breathe a sigh of relief, as he is expected to be good to go for Game 7 on Thursday night.

Good news for the Red Wings, as they had the return of Brian Rafalski to the line-up on Tuesday night. They haven't had his services for the previous five games in the series and he was a welcomed addition to the line-up that was already up 3-2 in the series. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough, as the Red Wings didn't close out the series with the Ducks, but we should all expect to see him in the line-up for Thursday's Game 7.

Tonight's Games

If you didn't think this was the most-hyped Game 7 game ever, well, you're wrong. Sidney Crosby invades Alex Ovechkin's house to take away the playoff experience. Game 7 in the Pittsburgh/Washington series will go tonight and it will be broadcast on CBC. This is the most even series among all pool players this Spring, so it may not have the biggest impact of who goes forward, although, I'm probably wrong about that. Heh heh. Usually teams who picked big players in Pittsburgh will have Capitals defenders, while it would be vice versa for those who went after Ovechkin and other forwards as their main forwards. We should be in for a doozy.

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