Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 19/20

As the playoffs wear on, the games are less frequent (which isn’t awesome), but more important (which is awesome), so it’s almost bittersweet for someone like myself.

On Sunday we had another pair of important games and on Monday it was another classic match-up between Ovie and Crosby.

Here’s the recap:

(Capitals 4, Penguins 3)

-Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are two guys that have lived up to the immense hype that surrounded them as they made their ascension into the NHL; so it’s no surprise that they’re doing their bit to make sure the hype around their playoff clash is matched as well. They both scored in game one, and then scored hat tricks in game two! Heading back to Pittsburgh, I think it’ll come down to which of these two guys does more damage. Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury looked good, but beatable. Simeon Varlamov looked really good once again; it’s hard to believe he’s so much of a rookie that he now has more playoff than regular season starts this season!

(Ducks 4, Red Wings 3 – triple overtime)

-Once again the Wings get deep into an overtime of multiple periods, outplay, outshoot and out chance the opposition, but come out on the losing end. It happened against Pittsburgh in the finals last year and it happened on Sunday at home to the Ducks in game two. The Ducks are a very good team and this series could go long…I’ve said that from the get-go, Anaheim is legit. The Wings looked good, it was quite an entertaining game. The guys on the TSN panel started discussing ways to make overtime go faster (4-on-4, etc.) during one of the intermissions because they thought the game was “boring” – I’m not sure if they were watching the same game I was!

(Hurricanes 3, Bruins 0)

-I can’t help but be intrigued by this Carolina team. Against New Jersey I thought they’d put up a fight, but ultimately fall short of their goal. After game one of this series, I thought this could be a pretty short second round for the ‘Canes. Then the boys from Raleigh rally together (see what I did there???) and go out and earn a split in Boston with not only a win, but a shutout! It was significant in a couple of ways: Prior to game two, the Bruins had scored at least four goals per game in five playoff games, while never allowing more than two goals. We could be in for a treat if this one goes the distance.

Tonight:

*Vancouver @ Chicago - 6pm (Series: tied 1-1)
*Detroit @ Anaheim - 8:30pm (Series: tied 1-1)

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