Saturday, May 9, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 23

A couple of Central Division teams came into Day 23 of the Stanley Cup playoffs fearing a possible two game deficit in their Western Conference semi-finals - One of those teams finally looked their old selves, the other came back (again) for (another) overtime win.

Here's the recap:

(Blackhawks 2, Canucks 1 - 1OT)

-For probably the 80th time in this year's playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks came from behind and stole a win from their opponents on Thursday night. The Canucks gave up a lead (albeit a one goal lead) for the third time in four games, and the Hawks once again won in OT. Vancouver will be kicking themselves, after giving up a goal with under three minutes to go, and that overtime tip-in goal by Andrew Ladd off a David Bolland shot was textbook. What textbook, you ask? If you ever owned one of the Don Cherry "Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em" videos, the phrase "just throw it at the net" is more than likely ingrained in your head. Ladd and Bolland used that doctrine to their advantage, and Roberto Luongo not only had his shutout bid ended after 57-ish minutes of greatness, but his team picked up the loss too, as they head back home for Saturday's game five.

(Wings 6, Ducks 3)

-How would the Wings play after getting absolutely hosed by a blown call in game three? Well, they gave up a bad goal almost instantly, but over the course of the game they began to look more and more like the team that racked up 51 wins during the regular season. The Mule kept rolling, scoring his fourth and fifth goals of the series, including a tip-in goal with 35 seconds to go in the first period to give Detroit the lead, (which is always a back-breaker). Did you know that Johan Franzen now has 19 goals in his last 24 playoff games?? Perhaps more important than that was Marian Hossa finally notching his first goals of the series (one of those two being the game-winner), and also - the Wings chased Jonas Hiller from the net after he allowed five goals on 33 shots. His confidence might be waning a little bit if they put him back in for Sunday's game five in Detroit and if not, J.S. Giguere has only seen about 17 minutes of action so far in the playoffs (and dating back to mid-April). So, to answer the question I started this by asking - after losing a heartbreaker in overtime and then getting hosed the next game, I think the Red Wings responded like a team that's been there before.


*Washington @ Pittsburgh - 5pm (Series: 2-1 WSH)
*Boston @ Carolina - 5:30pm (Series: 2-1 CAR)

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