Here's the recap:
(Capitals 5, Penguins 4 - 1OT)
-Well, the dream series for the NHL is certainly living up to expectations! The star players are playing like the star players and putting up big numbers, it's gritty hockey, three games have needed overtime to decide the outcome AND it's going to a game seven?! Could you ask for a better scenario? Probably not! The Main Attractions, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, have combined for 13 goals and 10 assists in six games (7g,6a for Ovie; 6g,4a for Crosby) and it was Crosby who sent game six to overtime with a clutch tally in the final five minutes of regulation. One of the other storylines has been the rise of Caps rookie goaltender Simeon Varlamov, who has played more playoff than regular season games in his short NHL career. He has let in some real softies throughout the series (and was left hangin' by his d-men on some other ones), but he stood tall when the series was on the line, turning in a 38-save performance. Predictions for game seven? In the last two games, the Caps haven't looked good until they HAD to step up...but I think playing at home, with everything on the line will be enough motivation to really get them going. And hopefully Mike Green will be used to his new stick by then, or reunited with an old pal. Game seven goes Wednesday night!
(Blackhawks 7, Canucks 5)
-Two things happened on Monday night that haven't happened in a while. For the first time since January 4th, 2000, Roberto Luongo allowed seven goals on 30 shots (he let in NINE five days before that...afraid of Y2K maybe?), and for the first time since the shortened 1994-95 season, the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Since his days with the Islanders, Luongo has become arguably the best goaltender in the world, but some of the league's rising stars wreaked havoc on his GAA in game six. Patrick Kane, 20, notched his first career playoff hat trick, 21-year-old team captain Jonathan Toews potted a pair (including the game-winner) and Calder trophy candidate Kris Versteeg scored his third goal of the playoffs (26-year-old grinder Adam Burish also scored). This was one heck of a game - tied 4-4 heading into the third period, there were SIX goals scored in about a 13 minute span. Everytime I looked up, someone else was celebrating! Do you know how hard it was to follow a script while trying to follow the drama that was unfolding before my very eyes?? I know, 'you get paid to read news while watching hockey, shutup Kerrzy!' That's really all I have to say about that...
*Boston @ Carolina - 5pm (Series: 3-2 CAR)
*Detroit @ Anaheim - 8pm (Series: 3-2 DET)