Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 18

It probably seems like I’ve got more excuses than the ocean has fish when it comes to not sticking with my goal of blogging every day of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

I mean, I knew I would run into some snags, but I’ve once again been unable to holler at some internet for days on end. This time, I’m in Vancouver for a week with my brother and the internet at our hotel is a whopping $16/day. Dibbs out.
ANYWAYS – lets get right to the action:

(Blackhawks 6, Canucks 3)

-At what point do we start calling the Chicago Blackhawks the “comeback kids” of these playoffs? If I heard correctly, Saturday night was the sixth time they’d come back from a two-goal deficit. In game one, they battled back from down 3-0 before losing 5-3, in game two they were down 2-0 before scoring five unanswered. If I’m Vancouver, that’s something to be worried about. The matchup to watch for the rest of the series is Dustin Byfuglien versus…well, the entire Canucks team. I really like how that guy plays!

(Capitals 3, Penguins 2)

-Right off the bat in game one, it looked like the Pens were going to wipe the floor with Washington, but the Capitals found their stride after the initial onslaught and didn't ease up when Pittsburgh tied the game at two each in the second period. The centerpieces of this series, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, both scored, but it was Ovie’s boys that pulled out the "W." This series is going to be awesome. Simeon Varlamov let in one weak goal, but looked great otherwise. The true test will be how they play in Pittsburgh.

Sunday:

*Anaheim @ Detroit – 12pm (Series: 1-0 DET)
*Carolina @ Boston – 5:30pm (Series: 1-0 BOS)

Here’s a look at some of the stuff I missed:

-The second round opened up on Thursday night here in Vancouver…the first goal of the game came on the PP on a tripping penalty where the victim of the infraction didn’t even fall; the Canucks went up 3-0, blew that lead, but Sami Salo saved the day with just over a minute left.

-On Friday, my beloved Red Wings scored with 49 seconds left to beat the Ducks 3-2 – Captain Nik Lidstrom’s second of the night. Anaheim’s Mike Brown (in my opinion) delivered a cheap shot to the head of an unsuspecting Jiri Hudler, but escaped suspension. The league says they want to be tough on headshots, but they need to set a precedent. If the Brashear hit was five games, surely this is worth at least one. Take a look…

Brown on Hudler:




Brashear on Betts:




-In the other game on Friday, the Bruins thumped the Hurricanes 4-1. Utter domination from start to finish -- the Bruins scored early, capitalized on turnovers and basically looked the part of the number one seed in the East. Then again, Carolina bounced back against the Devils.

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