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NHL Playoff Coverage
San Jose Sharks 3 Detroit Red Wings 4 Game 4; Sharks lead series 3-1
The Red Wings survive to fight another day…
Detroit put 40 shots on goal compared to the 28 the Sharks put and still just narrowly defeated San Jose to live to play game five.
It took just over six minutes of constant pressure before the Red Wings scored first. It would be a spin-o-rama-backhand from Todd Bertuzzi that would cause an eruption in Joe Louis Arena last night as Detroit celebrated a rare lead in the series.
Minutes later it would be captain Nicklas Lidstom at age 41 with a slap shot to double the lead for Detroit.
A penalty to San Jose’s Ian White would lead to a power play goal from Lindstrom off of an assists from Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk to make it 3-0 for the home team with less than two minutes to play in the first.
A mere 15 seconds after Lidstrom’s second goal Sharks Logan Couture would tip-in is short from Ryane Clowe to put the Sharks on the score board before heading to intermission.
The second period would not be as energized as the first and the excitement was almost sucked out of the arena when Dan Boyle put a wrist shot past Jimmy Howard to bring the Sharks within one of the Red Wings.
Just over a minute into the third period it would be Dany Heatly with his third of the post season to tie the game. The Sharks would see two power play chances as both Todd Bertuzzi and Justin Abdelkader would be called for Detroit; San Jose failed to capitalize on either opportunity.
It was at 18:33 of the third period when overtime looked emanate that Darren Helm put a wrist shot past Antti Niemi to win the game for the Red Wings and allow them to fight for another day.
After time ran out both San Jose’s Ryane Clowe and Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader would be assessed double roughing penalties.
Game Five is Sunday in San Jose – Happy Mother’s Day!
Philadelphia Flyers 1 Boston Bruins 5 Game 4; Bruins sweep series
The Bruins kept saying “It’s 2011 not 2010” and what a difference a year makes.
This time the Bruins were able to complete their sweep of the Flyers and are now headed to the Eastern Conference Finals to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The battle of the Sun Belt vs. the Original 6 is about to begin.
It would be a penalty to Philadelphia’s Daniel Carcillo for cross checking that would lead to the first goal of the playoffs for Boston’s Milan Lucic.
The first period would come to an end with a double roughing minor applied to Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and a roughing minor to Flyers Scott Hartnell.
Flyers would tied the game just over thirteen minutes into the second period when Kris Versteeg would go backhand on Tim Thomas and score his first of the post season. Unfortunately for the Flyers that would be their last goal of the post season.
The Bruins would come out in the third period with a tied game and see Johnny Boychuk score the go ahead goal in less than three minutes. Just over fifteen minutes into the period Milan Lucic would score his second of the game to give Boston a 3-1 lead over Philadelphia.
In the final two minutes of the game the Flyers would pull Sergei Bobrovsky and see the Bruins score two empty net goals.
Up into the Netting
Friday’s IIHF Results
Germany 4. Finland 5
Canada 4 USA 3
Czech Republic 3 Slovakia 2
Sweden 4 France 0
Today’s IIHF Lineup
Austria vs. Slovenia
Belarus vs. Latvia
Denmark vs. Germany
Norway vs. Canada
Finland vs. Slovakia
USA vs. France
The gentle rivalry: Slovaks need to beat big brother, for points and pride.
Today’s Playoff Lineup
Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks
Game 5; Canucks lead series 3-1
8:00 p.m. EST on Versus, CBC, RDS