Monday, May 11, 2009

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 26

On the 26th day of Stanley Cup playoff action, one team is pushed to the brink, while another pushes back…

Here’s the recap:

(Red Wings 4, Ducks 1)

-The Detroit Red Wings have really turned it on as this series against the Ducks has progressed, and it’s showing on the scoreboard. They’ve scored ten goals in the last two games after lighting the lamp just seven times in the first three games. Johan Franzen scored another beauty (after hitting the post in the first minute of play) and Jiri Hudler batted home his third just 39 seconds later to put the Wings up early in the second period. Anaheim got one back, but Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Darren Helm put the game away with his first of the postseason. Helm has been huge for Detroit, doing all the banging and crashing asked of him but also generating scoring chances. I was happy to see him finally put one away! Game six goes on Tuesday night in Anaheim.

(Bruins 4, Hurricanes 0)

-After losing three straight to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Boston Bruins finally played like the top seed in the East…good timing, because had they lost on Sunday, it would have been all over! Zdeno Chara started to play like a Norris candidate, Tim Thomas like a Vezina hopeful and that’s the recipe for success if you’re Boston. They say the best offence is a good defense, and Chara not only shut down Eric Staal, but picked up a couple of assists too! All the while, Thomas made 19 saves for his first career playoff shutout, ending a streak in which he allowed at least three goals in three straight games (which he hadn’t done yet in these playoffs). The Bruins might not be done just yet, but can they win in Carolina? The ‘Canes have faced adversity before this spring and the ball is still in their court, so to speak. Game six goes on Tuesday night in Raleigh.


*Washington @ Pittsburgh – 5pm (Series: 3-2 PIT)
*Vancouver @ Chicago – 7pm (Series: 3-2 CHI)

ALSO – a tip of the hat to the Vernon Vipers, winners of their record fifth junior A championship!

The Vipers beat the Humboldt Broncos 2-0 in the RBC Cup final on Sunday in Vernon.

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