First Round Action Continues: Night 2
The opening round of the NHL playoffs continued Thursday night and the home teams continued their dominance. On Wednesday night, only one road team won on the road, the Rangers against the Capitals. On Thursday night once again only one road team would win a game.
Thursday Night NHL Playoffs Recap
The Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens entered the third period tied at 2. For teams with a long history and a recent playoff history as well, one had to figure that despite the respective number 1 and number 8 seeds the series would be hard fought: in the third Boston remembered who they were. They out shot Montreal 14-6 in the period and scored twice. Once on the power play on a Zdeno Chara slap shot and then again on Phil Kessel's second goal of the evening. Boston held the Candiens scoreless in the period and won 4-2.
Leave it to the Calgary Flames to be apart of the first overtime of this NHL playoffs. However, the script didn't pan out as it usually might, with Jarome Ignila leading a charge to get the win. No, this time the upstart Chicago Blackhawks scored on a Martin Havlat wrist shot just 12 seconds into the overtime period, giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 win. Calgary had a 1-0 and a 2-1 lead but could not hold onto on either occasion, which ultimately cost them the game.
The Detroit Red Wings showed why they are still the likely favorites to repeat and once again win the Stanley Cup. The scoring came in bunches in the second period on Thursday night, and before the Columbus Blue Jackets could regroup they had effectively lost the game. The game was tied midway through the second when Detroit got a goal from Jiri Hudler. Columbus stormed back less than a minute later however, on a sensational backhanded spin shot from former Flyers player R.J. Umberger. However, just several minutes later in the span of less than a minute Detroit would score twice more, crushing the Blue Jackets resurgence and igniting the crowd in Joe Louis Arena. The final score was 4-1.
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The Anaheim Ducks found a way to win against the San Jose Sharks, the team with the most points during the regular season. The Ducks were hot entering the playoffs, losing only twice in regulation in their final 13 games. However, they did not outplay San Jose, they were outshot by the Sharks at a 35-17 margin. The score was tied at 0 entering the third period, when veteran defensemen Scott Neidermayer scored on the power play. Ryan Getzlaf got on the board a few minutes later, providing the final score of 2-0. For a team that has suffered from playoff failures in recent years, this has to be giving San Jose fans and team members nightmares.
Keep on checking in for more recaps of the opening round of the NHL playoffs.
By Jake Emen
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