Those exciting endings set up at least one dream playoff series between a couple of guys that’ll be dominating headlines for years to come.
Here’s the recap:
(Capitals 2, Rangers 1)
-The Rangers scored first and looked like the better team, but it was an older playoff vet that would do them in – Sergei Fedorov. Henrik Lundqvist looked to be back on form in game seven after a couple of disappointing starts, but Fedorov beat him with a beauty that rattled the domain of the water bottle. That actually makes the 39-year-old Fedorov the oldest player to score the winning goal in a game seven in NHL history. Sean Avery actually looked quite good in this game, and the Rangers did everything but score as the game wore on. Simeon Varlamov now has more playoff starts than regular season starts!
(Hurricanes 4, Devils 3)
-I still can’t believe how this one turned out…with 1:20 to play in the third period, Jussi Jokinen tied the game for Carolina and with 32 seconds left, Eric Staal potted the game winner (through the “dreaded seven-hole” as Martin Brodeur would later lament). It was the latest game-winner in a game seven in NHL history and surely that’s a sting that’ll be felt for months if you’re a Devils fan. I couldn’t believe my eyes when Staal beat Brodeur, who up to that point was looking sharp. Carolina’s Cam Ward made a few game-saving stops in the third period to make that all possible. Do you think Eric Staal believes what just happened?
As for my round one picks…
I was 6-2 stricly going by who advanced, but I only picked the right number of games in one series. I’m only human, people!
And here’s how round two shapes up, along with my picks:
In the EAST:
(1) Boston vs. (4) Carolina –Bruins in five
(2) Washington vs. (3) Pittsburgh –Pens in six
In the WEST:
(2) Detroit vs. (8) Anaheim –Wings in six
(3) Vancouver vs. (4) Chicago –Hawks in six