Vancouver Opens Second Round with a Win
The second round of the NHL playoffs, the conference semifinals, began Thursday night. Only two teams were in action, here's a recap of their game.
The Vancouver Canucks continued their winning ways and their thus far undefeated postseason run on Thursday night, as they defeated the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. While that final margin looks as if the game was won comfortably, in fact it was far from that. The game featured incredible swings of momentum and was decided late in the third period.
Vancouver got on the board first at about 15 minutes into the opening period on a power play goal from Pavol Demitra. With the score at 1-0, Vancouver would score twice in the second period to open up a 3-0 lead. Henrik Sedin got a goal with an assist from brother Daniel at five minutes into the second, and ten minutes later Ryan Kesler added his first of the playoffs.
But the Chicago Blackhawks came out with a fury in the third, led by young star Patrick Kane. He grabbed his third goal of the postseason just 1 minute into the third to break their drought. Ten minutes later Chicago was on the power play and Kane put in his second of the season and fourth of the playoffs. A few minutes after that Dave Bolland scored to tie the game at 3.
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With this amazing third period stretch it looked as if Vancouver would be reeling and would give up the game. However they kept on battling and with 75 seconds left in regulation Sami Salo tallied his second of the postseason to retake the lead for the Canucks. The team added an empty netter a minute later for the final 5-3 score. Game 2 will be on Saturday evening.
Friday night in NHL action, the top remaining seeds from each conference will begin their series. The Anaheim Ducks will be in Motown to take on the Detroit Red Wings, and the Carolina Hurricanes will be in Beantown to take on the Boston Bruins.
By Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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