Saturday, May 9, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 24

On Day 24 of the NHL playoffs, the clash of the titans continued and the top team in the East took another step towards summer vacation.

Here's the recap:

(Penguins 5, Capitals 3)

-There's no place like home, eh? You can never really get a good read of either team in a seven game series until both of them have played a couple of games in their own barn - and the Pittsburgh/Washington series is a prime example of that. After two games near the White House, the Capitals looked like the stronger team, but it's now all tied up after four. Washington scored on their first shot in both games at Mellon Arena, but the Pens didn't let that phase them in either outing. It surely helped, too, that young Simeon Varlamov let in a couple of real softies for the Caps...but that's just how it goes sometimes! There are a few smaller battles raging on in this series, but lets have a look at the main card: Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin. Each guy has five goals and a game-winner, but Crosby has the 3-2 edge in assists. Sergei Gonchar left the game afetr a knee-on-knee collision with Ovechkin late in the first period and did not return - I've heard whispers that he could be out for four to six weeks. Either way, they get right back at it on Saturday night!

(Hurricanes 4, Bruins 1)

-If the Carolina Hurricanes pull this off, it'll no doubt be one of the biggest upsets in recent playoff history. They got thumped in game one and it didn't look like the Bruins would have much trouble disposing of them, but the 'Canes were just feeling them out. In game two, a shutout win IN Boston. Game three, an overtime win. Game four, a 4-1 thumping reminiscent of the one they recieved in the first game! Oh, how the tide has turned on this number-one seeded Bruins team. A big part of that is the play of Jussi Jokinen - from waivers to captain clutch, he scored the game winner in two straight and notched five points during the home swing! Where did this guy come from?? Game five goes on Sunday...will it be the end of the line for the boys from Bean Town?


*Pittsburgh @ Washington - 5pm (Series: tied 2-2)
*Chicago @ Vancouver - 8:30pm (Series: tied 2-2)

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