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NHL Playoff Coverage
Boston Bruins 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Bruins lead series 1-0)
It would take less than two minutes after the opening face off for the Boston Bruins to come one and dominate the Flyers in the series opener. It was Bruins David Krejci that would put a backhanded shot past Flyers net minder Brian Boucher.
Bruins Daniel Paille would be called for tripping while Flyers Chris Pronger would get a slashing call that would see the two teams play four-on-four; which would lead to Philadelphia’s Danny Briere tying the game.
Boston’s Nathan Horton would give the Bruins the go ahead goal in the final minute of the opening period to send the game into intermission 2-1 Boston.
Just as the Bruins had scored early in the first they would do it again in the second. March Recchi would make it 3-1 for the Bruins just over two and a half minutes into the second period.
Both the Flyers and the Bruins would take two penalties before the next goal would be scored. It would be Krejci with his second of the game to make it 4-1 for Boston in Philadelphia. Less than two minutes later the score would be 5-1 as Brad Marchand would net a wrist shot for the Bruins followed quickly by a snap shot from Flyers James van Riemsdyk to bring the home team within three before heading off to the second intermission.
It took less than two minutes into the third period for both Scott Hartnell (Phi) and Rich Peverley (Bos) to get sent to the penalty box putting the teams each down a man. Boston would continue to take three more penalties until finally Flyers captian Mike Richards scored his first of the post season with a power play goal 13:02 into the third period making it 5-3 Bruins.
Boston would not allow for a Philadelphia come back and Marchand would quickly score his second of the game to double the Bruins lead over the Flyers; and Gregory Campbell would score minutes later to make it 7-3 for the Bruins to take the opening game of the series.
Nashville Predators 2 Vancouver Canucks 1 (2OT) (Series tied 1-1)
A battle of the Vezina finalist took place in Vancouver last night as Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators faced off against Roberto Luongo and the home town Canucks for game two in the western conference series.
The first period would come and go with no goals and only one penalty that was called on Canucks Mikael Samuelsson for interference. With the game scoreless the second period was a chance to re set the tone of the game and make it known who would take control of the game.
Yet it would be Vancouver’s Christian Ehroff with an early penalty just over a minute and a half into the period that would but Nashville on the power play. However, it would be Alexandre Burrows with a short handed goal that would give the Canucks the first lead of the game.
Predators Jordin Tootoo would take a tripping penalty minutes later that would see the Cancucks fail to capitalize on and the game would head to the second intermission with the home team leading 1-0 in the game.
The third period would come and almost go without much incident as no penalties were called and the Cancucks were minutes away of going up 2-0 in their second round series when Predators Ryan Suter would put his first of the post season past Robert Luongo and force the game into overtime.
The first overtime period would see Vancouver get caught with seven skaters on the ice and called for too many men; Raffi Torres would sit the bench minor, Nashville would fail to take advantage of having the extra skater.
Second overtime would see another Vancouver penalty as Kevin Bieksa would put the puck over the glass; and again Nashville would not get the puck past Luongo for the win. It took until 14:51 of the second overtime before Nashville’s Matt Halischuk would win the game for the Predators; sending a tied series home to Nashville.
Up into the Netting
The NHL benches linesman accused of ‘stealing’ Chicago Cup puck to avoid becoming a big story – in process has made it a bigger story – opps.
After 61 years of competition Norway finally beat Sweden at the IIHF Men’s World Championship. It took not only overtime but a shootout before Norway would come out victorious.
Friday’s IIHF World Championship
Germany 2 Russia 0
Switzerland 1 France 0
Slovakia 3 Slovenia 1
Belarus 1 Canada 4
Saturday’s IIHF World Championship
Finland 5 Denmark 1
USA 5 Austria 1
Czech Republic 4 Latvia 2
Norway 5 Sweden 4
Today’s IIHF World Championship
Russia vs. Slovenia
Canada vs. France
Slovakia vs. Germany
Switzerland vs. Belarus
Today’s Playoff Lineup
Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks
Game 2; Sharks lead series 1-0
3:00 p.m. EST on NBC, TSN, RDS
Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals
Game 2; Lightning lead series 1-0
7:00 p.m. EST on Versus, CBC, RDS