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2011 NHL Playoff Coverage
Washington Capitals 4 New York Rangers 3 (2OT) (Game 4; Capitals lead series 3-1)
It would look as though the game was over for the Capitals as the Rangers lead 3-0 in the third but there is something to be said about perseverance.
The Rangers would put 39 shots on goal and score all three goals throughout the second period. Artem Anisimov would start the scoring with a wrist shot past Michal Neuvirth.
It would be Marian Gaborik finally waking up with of all things a slap shot to make it 2-0 for the Rangers and seven seconds later Brandon Dubinsky would put his own slap shot in the back of the net to round out the Rangers offense.
The third period would start off with a quick wrist shot goal past Henrik Lundqvist to from Alexander Semin to put the Capitals on the board. Less than a minute later rookie Marcus Johansson would tip-in a shot form Brooks Laich to bring the Capitals within one of the Rangers.
Just over halfway though the third it would be Johansson with his second of the game to tie the game with the Rangers to force overtime.
The first overtime period came and went with only a penalty to Rangers Derek Stepan.
The second overtime saw Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sit for a too many men on the ice penalty early on. It would be just over twelve minutes into the period that Jason Chimera would put the puck past Lundqvist to end the game and put the Capitals up 3-1 in the series headed back to Washington.
Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (2OT) (Game 4; Penguins lead series 3-1)
Penguins would get an early break when Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier would be called for holding. The Pittsburgh power play would set up Tyler Kennedy for the first goal of the game.
Arron Asham would double the lead for the Penguins early in the second as he put a wrist shot past Dwayne Roloson. It would take until the final minutes of the period for Martin St. Louis to but the hometown Lightning on the score board.
Nearing the final minutes of the third it would be Tampa’s Sean Bergenheim that would tie the game that would eventually lead into two overtime periods.
It would take less than four minutes into the second overtime period for James Neal to put a slap shot past Roloson to give the Penguins the win; and increase their series lead over the Lightning to 3-1.
Philadelphia Flyers 0 Buffalo Sabres 1 (Game 4; Series tied 2-2)
It was Miller Time in Buffalo as Ryan Miller pulled out all the stops – to make all the stops.
The only goal of the game could come just about halfway though the first period when Sabres Jason Pominville would put one past Flyers net minder Brian Boucher. Boucher would end up taking second star of the game (Miller taking first) with a 0.966 save percentage with only allowing the one goal on 29 shots.
The end of the second period would see a controversial penalty called on Flyers captain Mike Richards. People are split on if it this if a five minute major for elbowing or is this just Richards trying to protect himself? Watch and tell us here at The Hockey Writers what you think in the comments:
The end of the third period would see Flyers Kimmo Timonen and captain Mike Richards each receive penalties for slashing and roughing respectively; while Sabres Nathan Gerbe would be called for cross checking and Tyler Myers would get called for roughing.
Anaheim Ducks 6 Nashville Predators 3(Game 4; Series tied 2-2)
The Ducks would take an early lead as rookie defenseman Cam Fowler would score his first NHL playoff goal on the power play after Predators Shane O’Brien would be called for boarding.
Just over thirty seconds after the Fowler goal it would be Saku Koivu with his first of the playoffs to double the Ducks lead in just over five minutes of play.
It would take only 31 seconds from the Koivu goal for Predators Patric Hornqvist to take the momentum from the Ducks as he cut their lead in half.
Nashville’s Joel Ward would tip-in a shot early in the second on the power play after Anaheim’s Jarkko Ruutu was called for interference to tie the game. The game would stay tied until Predators Joel Ward would be called for a four minute hi- sticking and Ducks Teemu Selanne would get the go ahead goal on the power play.
The Ducks would not keep the lead for long as Predators Matt Hallschuk would tie the game just a few minutes after Selanne had taken the lead and keep the game tied though the second intermission.
The third period belonged to Anaheim. The Ducks started the period down a man as Nick Bonino had taken a delay of game penalty in the final minute of the second. That didn’t stop Corey Perry for reclaiming the lead for the Ducks though they were short handed.
Anaheim’s captain Ryan Getzlaf would increase the lead over Nashville to two goals; while Brandon McMillian with his first of the playoffs would make it a three-goal lead.
The only penalties called in the third would all be to Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo: a two-minute roughing call then minutes after that penalty expired he would be given a misconduct and a game misconduct.
Detroit Red Wings 6 Phoenix Coyotes 3 (Game 4; Red Wings Sweep Series)
It was a night of emotional rollercoaster rides around the league as Detroit fans celebrated the first round series sweep and became the first team to make it to the second round; and Phoenix fans start the waiting game of seeing if they will have a team next season.
Taking an early lead with a goal by Tomas Holmstrom that was set up on a beauty of a play by Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Mondano whom was a last minute addition to the line up as Johan Franzen was a scratch after the pre-game skate.
Phoenix’s Taylor Pyatt would tie the game for the Coyotes with a wrist shot past Jimmy Howard while four minutes after a goal from Coyotes captain Shane Doan would give them the lead. It would be a late period goal from Detroit’s Patrick Eaves that would send it to the first intermission a tie game.
The second period opened with the Red Wings down a player as Brad Stuart was called for slashing in the final 30 seconds of the opening period. The Coyotes power play would see Martin Hanzel reclaim the lead for the home team:
A penalty to Phoenix’s Lauri Korpikoski for hi-sticking lead to a power play goal from Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall to once again tie the game.
The third period would have an early power play for the Coyotes after Red Wings Brad Stuart put the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty; but the Detroit penalty kill finally decided to kick in. Little over halfway though the period it would be former Coyotes Danny Cleary with a wrist shot past Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Red Wings the lead:
A lead the Red Wings would run with.
Minutes later Cleary would assist on a wrap-around goal by Todd Bertuzzi that would see the Red Wings take a 5-3 lead over the Coyotes in Glendale.
In a last minute push to keep the game alive and head into overtime in hopes of winning the game and forcing the series to head back to Detroit the Coyotes pulled their goaltender with over two minutes left in the final period.
It would take until 19:24 of the third period but Detroit’s Patrick Eaves would put the puck into the empty net and Detroit would take a three-goal lead on Phoenix and claim the series in a sweep of the four games.
It was as emotional as a first round game could be with the future of the Coyotes uncertain. The best of luck to the Coyotes fans out there on having things be resolved in in their favor so that hockey will remain in the desert.
Up into the Netting
Yesterday the NHL announced the three finalist for General Manager of the year:
Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning
Mike Gillies of the Vancouver Canucks
David Poile of the Nashville Predators
Today they will announce the three finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for skill and sportsmanship. Out of the five season (not counting the current season) since the lockout Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk has won the trophy four times and was a runner up last year to Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St. Louis.
Is Pittsburgh Penguins James Neal the real deal?
The Finnish Flash has a Swedish flag tattoo. A huge part of the Finnish national team Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne does in fact have said tattoo – find out why!
A bizarre interview with NHL’s Colin Campbell left many talking late last night. Take a listen.
Today’s NHL Playoff Lineup
Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (Game 4)
Canadiens lead series 2-1
7:00 p.m. EST on CBC (HD). RDS, Versus
Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks (Game 5)
Canucks lead series 3-1
10:00 p.m. EST on CBC (HD), Versus
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (Game 4)
Sharks lead series 2-1
10:30 p.m. EST on TSN