Boston and Anaheim Extend Series to Game 7
The hockey world will be treated to another two game 7s in the NHL playoffs semifinal round. Both the Boston Bruins and the Anaheim Ducks were able to win their game 6 on Tuesday night to avoid elimination. Here's a recap of their two games.
The Boston Bruins were able to survive the late pressure of the Carolina Hurricanes in game 6 largely thanks to the goaltending of Tim Thomas. Carolina out shot Boston 33-19, including 14-4 in the final session, but it was Boston that won the game 4-2. Boston scored twice in the game's first five minutes. Mark Recchi scored two minutes in and Steve Montador scored three minutes later.
The game remained at 2-0 until Matt Cullen of the Hurricanes scored three minutes into the second period. Boston responded to score twice more. Marc Savard got his sixth of the postseason at the nine minute mark, and Chuck Kobasew grabbed his third with two minutes left in the period. Carolina was able to close the gap on a Sergei Samsonov goal seven minutes into the third, however would not be able to do much else. Boston has now earned the right to head back to their home ice for the deciding game 7, which will be held on Thursday night.
The two things that have been consistently great for the Anaheim Ducks pulled through for them again in game 6 against the Detroit Red Wings. Their top line was responsible for both of their goals, and net minder Jonas Hiller came up huge, turning away 38 of 39 Detroit shots.
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With the scored tied at 0 and the Ducks on the power play, Ryan Getzlaf was able to scoop up a rebound and send it in the net two minutes into the second period. With about two and a half minutes remaining in the period, the Ducks' top line struck again, this time as Corey Perry just barely redirected a Ryan Getzlaf shot past Chris Osgood. Johan Franzen continued his hot playoff scoring, by notching a power play goal with 2:25 left in the third. But Detroit would not be able to score again, and the final score was 2-1. Game 7 will be on Thursday night in Detroit.
Three semifinals game 7s over the next two nights, it's what the NHL playoffs is all about!
By Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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