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It didn’t take long for the first penalty of the game to be called on Sharks Ryane Clowe as less than a minute had ticked off the clock when he was called for roughing for a hit on Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski.
If there is anything in this series that is an omen for the Sharks that a goal is coming is having Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader called for hi-sticking. His penalty in game one in overtime has expired just seconds before the game winner; and yesterday the Sharks took the lead in game two while Abdelkader was in the penalty box for another hi-sticking call.
Ian White would score his first of the post season on the power play to give San Jose the 1-0 lead at home. Thanks to NHL.com reporter Dave Lozo for this view of White’s goal from the auxiliary press box.
The Sharks would hang on to their one goal lead though a rough second period that would see two more roughing penalties called (to Sharks Ben Eager and coincidentally Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi). Ben Eager would receive a misconduct shortly after his roughing penalty expired when he dropped the gloves and Bertuzzi did not; however it would be San Jose that would see the power play as shortly after Rafalski would put the puck over the glass.
The third period would see San Jose make it a 2-0 lead over Detroit when Niclas Wallin would net his first of the post season with a wrist shot past Jimmy Howard just over a minute and a half into the final period.
It would take a slashing penalty to Sharks Devin Setoguchi to give the Red Wings the power play before Henrik Zetterberg would net his first of the post season (after missing the first round due to knee injury) and cut San Jose’s lead in half.
Detroit fell to San Jose for the second game in a row to a score of 2-1 and the Sharks will head to Hockeytown on Wednesday with the 2-0 series lead.
Doing the un thinkable was the Lightning striking twice at the Verizon Center to capture a 2-0 series lead over their division rival Capitals.
With each team getting power play opportunities in the first it would be the finally penalty of the period that would finally lead to the opening goal. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin would be called for hi-sticking; while Lightning’s captain Vincent Lecavalier would put a slap shot past Michal Neuvirth in the final minute of the period.
Coming out into the second with the 1-0 lead Tampa’s Ryan Malone wasted no time heading to the penalty box. It took Malone just over a minute and a half before he sat for a hi-sticking; and less than a minute after his penalty expired the Lightning would go back on the penalty kill as Marc-Andre Bergeron would be called for hooking.
It would be nearly fifteen minutes into the second period before the Capitals would make it onto the scoreboard. Brooks Laich would score his first of the post season going with his backhand to put the puck past Dwyane Roloson to tie the game.
The third period would start with a tie and fresh drive for both teams. Nearing the halfway point in the period Martin St. Louis would give the Lightning the go ahead goal as he netted a wrist shot.
Shortly after the St. Louis goal Washington defenseman Mike Green would take a roughing penalty (his second of the game); the Tampa was unable to pull away with a two goal lead on the power play.
As the clock ticked down it looked as though the Lightning were going to leave DC with the series lead rather than a tied series until 68 seconds left in regulation time Ovechkin tied the game to force overtime.
It took just over six minutes of extra time before Lecavailer would end it with a wrist shot and Tampa would lead Washington DC up 2-0 in the series – the Capitals just made them work a litter harder for it.
Game three is in Tampa on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on Versus, TSN and RDS
Up into the Netting
In case you missed the start of the IIHF Mens’ World Championship over the weekend…
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
Sunday’s IIHF World Championship
Russia 6 Slovenia 4
Canada 9 France 1
Slovakia 3 Germany 4
Switzerland 4 Belarus 1
Today’s IIHF Lineup
Czech Republic vs. Denmark
USA vs. Norway
Latvia vs. Finland
Sweden vs. Austria
Thrashers prospect Atturs Kulda was suspended for three games for this hit at Worlds:
It’s rumored that Slovakian coach Glen Hanlon may be fired after the loss yesterday against Germany.
According to TSN’s Brent Wallace the Jeff Skinner penalty shot goal that made it 8-1 Canada over France was the first ever penalty shot goal for Canada at the World Championships.
According to Dave Lozo Pavel Datsyuk is still making magic for the Red Wings.
After starting their first ever Round Two play off appearance on the road; Predators fans await the team to arrive home.
Today’s Playoff Lineup