So weekends seem to be where I fall short in terms of keeping the blog going -- I found myself without an internet connection again this week as I helped my girlfriend move. The internet connection would be the LAST thing I packed up, but that's just me!
Here's the recap:
(Blackhawks 4, Flames 1)
-Jarome Iginla said his team "wasn't ready" for their game five loss to the Chicago Blackhawks...so surely, come game six IN Calgary, they'd be ready, right? Wrong! Patrick Kane scored 2:20 into the game, it was 2-0 going into the second and 3-0 going into the third. So what the heck happened? All signs point to Nikolai Khabibulin stealing this one (shots were 44-16 for the Flames). Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff looked like he caught a case of the Lundqvist...the normally-dependable netminder allowed four goals in each of his final three starts of the season. Where was Iggy? Jokinen, Cammalleri, can you hear me? Tough break for the Flames, but you'll find no sympathy up on this end of highway two!
(Ducks 4, Sharks 1)
-Another great season, another early exit from the postseason for the San Jose Sharks. I knew as soon as they went down 2-0 in the series (after losing just five regulation games at the Shark Tank all season) that this wouldn't be an easy battle for them. I said right from the start -- for a team looking to prove themselves in the playoffs, they had the absolute WORST first round matchup, an Anaheim team that's not really your stereotypical eighth seed. The Ducks were just too strong, too deep and Jonas Hiller stood on his head on more than one occasion. I'll still call this an upset though, because there is no reason San Jose should have lost!
With those two results, the round two matchups for the Western Conference semi finals are set:
(2) Detroit vs. (8) Anaheim
(3) Vancouver vs. (4) Chicago
*NY Rangers @ Washington - 5pm (Series: 3-3)
*Carolina @ New Jersey - 5:30pm (Series: 3-3)
Here's what I missed from this past weekend:
-The Pittsburgh Penguins did what a lot of CEO's wish they could on Saturday, overcoming a huge deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers and move on to the second round of the playoffs. The Pens were down 3-0 by the 25th minute of the game, but won 5-3 and sent the Flyers packin' for a second straight year.
-The Calgary Flames were down 3-0 before their first mesh-tickler on Saturday night in a 5-1 loss. The Flames also lost defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who got rocked one time too many and looked very wobbly heading off the ice and down the tunnel.
-Patrick Marleau, known in recent years for the 'double flamingo' moreso than his leadership, scored the overtime goal that kept the San Jose Sharks alive on Saturday night. Joe Thornton jumped so high, it looked like he might get stuck up in the rafters.
-On Sunday, the Washington Capitals looked more like the team that finished second overall in the Eastern Conference, beating the Rangers 5-3. King Henrik (Lundqvist) got yanked for a second straight game as the Caps forced a game seven. John Tortorella watched this one from the stands after getting involved with a fan during game five and earning a one-game suspension. Caps tough guy Donald Brashear will watch the next six games. The league suspended him after he broke Blair Betts' orbital bone with a blind-side hit and got involved with Colton Orr in the warm ups.