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NHL Playoff Coverage
Tampa Bay Lightning 4 Washington Capitals 2 (Lightning lead series 1-0)
A battle for the southeast division heats back up in the playoffs. They battled all season long for the top spot in the division and the Capitals came out on top giving them home ice advantage this time around; however the Lightning took the series lead.
It would not take long for Lightning to strike in the Verizon Center last night as Sean Bergenheim would put a wrist shot past Michal Neuvirth just over two minutes into the game. Less than two minutes after the goal from Bergengeim it would be Alexander Semin to tie the game for the Capitals with a wrist shot of his own.
Heading into the second period tied at one it would be Washington that would take the lead as Eric Fehr would, net his first of the post season to, give the hometown Capitals the 2-1 lead over the visiting Lightning less than two minutes into the second.
It would take over sixteen minutes into the period before Tampa would retie the game. It would be an odd shot from Lightning’s Steve Downie that would get past Neuvirth for the equalizer.
Eighteen minutes into the second period Capitals Jason Chimera would take a roughing penalty that would give the Lightning the man advantage. Tampa set to capitalize on the advantage saw Steven Stamkos strike as he went backhand to give the Lightning the go ahead goal.
With Tampa leading to start the third there would be only two penalties called in the third; both against the Lightning. The Capitals failed to tie the game and in a last minute effort to try and force overtime with a goal they pulled Neuvirth for the extra skater. With the net empty it would be Dominic Moore with his second of the post season to give the Lightning a two goal lead with 40 seconds left in the game.
Detroit Red Wings 1 San Jose Sharks 2 (Sharks lead series 1-0)
It looked like déjà vu as the Red Wings moved on from their first round defeat of the Coyotes to face the Sharks just as they did last year. The game would start off hard hitting as two and a half minutes into the game Red Wings Drew Miller would be called for roughing while Sharks Benn Ferriero would be called for a coincidental roughing and teammate Scott Nichol would be sent to the box for cross checking.
Red Wings would have the first power play of the series and fail to take advantage of it. It was not until five minutes after the penalties expired that Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom at age 41 would net his first of the post season. The defenseman would put a slap shot past Sharks Antti Niemi for the lead.
The second period would see Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard take exception to being snowed by Sharks Joe Pavelski; both of which would be assessed minors for roughing (Jiri Hudler would serve for Howard):
The Wings would hold on to their lead into the third period when Joe Pavelski would draw a boarding call on Todd Bertuzzi and then score on the power play to tie the game midway though the third:
It would take extra time and a four minute power play for the Sharks to decide a on a winner. Just seconds after a four minute penalty for hi-sticking expired to Justin Abdelkader it would be Benn Ferriero with his first NHL playoff goal, in his first NHL playoff game that would give the Sharks the series lead – on his 24th birthday.
*Ferriero would become the first player in NHL history to score a playoff OT goal on his birthday. History history be made…
Up into the Netting
The NHL has announced the three finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy awarded to the Coach of the year:
Dan Bylsma – Pittsburgh Penguins
Alain Vengeful – Vancouver Canucks
Barry Trotz – Nashville Predators
Youth might be the key for Team Canada as Tavares, Eberle life Canada over Belarus in world championship opener.
Checking out the Team USA roster for the World Championship.
First the octopi in Detroit now a car dealership in Vancouver – the NHL is flexing its muscle off the ice as they tell car dealership to modify sign. Sidenote: Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the guys on Puck Daddy Radio: “When anthem is sung in Detroit, and at the end there’s octopi on the ice, I don’t really see problem.”
Check out this picture of “Chuck Norris” getting off of the bus in San Jose before Game One last night.
Today’s Playoff Lineup
Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers
3:00 EST on CBC, NBC, RDS
Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks
9:00 EST on Versus, CBC, RDS