Chicago Advances; Capitals Stay Alive
Game 6 of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins series was the third game of the match up that went to overtime. This time the Capitals prevailed on the road, keeping their season alive for at least another game. Pittsburgh jumped to a 1-0 lead on a Bill Guerin goal six minutes into the first period. But despite dominating the session and out shooting the Caps 18-5, the score remained at just 1-0.
Six minutes into the second Victor Kozlov and Tomas Fleischmann scored eight minutes after that to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead. Mark Eaton scored on the Penguins power play with 30 seconds remaining in the second to even the score at 2. Five minutes into the third Kris Letang grabbed another Penguins power play goal however in the next 90 seconds the Capitals would score twice. The first was from Brooks Laich on the power play and the second from Kozlov, his second of the evening. With less than five minutes left in regulation, Sidney Crosby batted in a rebound after several attempts to tie the score once again, now at 4-4.
However it was David Steckel of the Capitals who would score last, right off a face off in the Penguins zone. Steckel redirected a shot from Laich down into the corner of the net and past Marc Andre Fleury for the win. Game 7 of this great series will be on Wednesday night in Washington.
When you fire your coach just weeks into the season, you must have some high expectations for where your club can go. The upstart Chicago Blackhawks have advanced to the Western Conference finals, moving past the Vancouver Canucks and justifying that early season coaching change. Of course, they would have to come behind to do it, as has been their strength all postseason long.
Vancouver scored first, midway through the opening period on a Mason Raymond wrist shot. Patrick Kane answered two minutes later, assisted by his fellow young Blackhawks star, Jonathon Toews. I would not be the last two these two were heard from on the evening. Kris Vertseeg gave the Blackhawks a lead four minutes into the second on a power play goal, and Toews added another power play goal halfway through the period to extend the lead to 3-1.
However, Daniel Sedin answered less than a minute later for the Canucks and after another two minutes the score was tied on the strength of Shane O'Brien's first postseason goal. The Canucks then opened up the scoring in the third period when Mats Sundin sent a wrist shot past Nikolai Khabibulin. The seesaw action continued as Adam Burish tied the game for the Blackhawks two minutes later. 12 minutes into the period Sedin scored his second of the game to give the Canucks a 5-4 lead. The lead would be short lived.
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Kane would score 45 seconds later to tie the game, and Toews would score 45 seconds after that on the power play to give the Blackhawks a 6-5 lead. Kane would score again two minutes after that, pushing the lead to the final score of 7-5 and accumulating a playoff hat trick. Kane and Toews combined for 5 goals, including three in a three minute stretch in the third period to move the club they jointly lead to the Western Conference finals. They await the winner of the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings series.
By Jake Emen
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