Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 30

The first of three game sevens in the NHL's Conference semi-finals was a bit of a bust...but on Day 30 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the other two deciding games certainly lived up to expectations.

Here's the recap:

(Red Wings 4, Ducks 3)

-In game one of this series, Nik Lidstrom scored with under a minute left to give Detroit the win...six games later, it was Dan Cleary potting the winner with three minutes left to close the book on the Anaheim Ducks.

I kid you not, about a minute before that goal, I said to my iNews880 co-anchor, Lindsey Lubkey, "I reallllllly hope the Wings score here, it would make me very happy!"

Thanks for listening boys! Who knew my voice carried like that...maybe my mic was on.

Pretty good game though for both clubs - Detroit built up a two goal lead ("the most dangerous lead in hockey"), the Ducks got one back. Detroit made it 3-1, Anaheim battled back to tie it.

The way the game was going, I was almost certain that those pesky Ducks would force overtime after Dan Cleary's go-ahead goal. Thank God they didn't!

Sure, it makes for exciting hockey...but I'd much rather see the Wings win comfortably!

Here's an interesting note: Detroit goalie Chris Osgood now sits just one win back of former Oiler Andy Moog for ninth place on the NHL's all-time playoff wins list, with 67 (in five less seasons). Atta boy Ozzy!

(Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2)

-They don't call 'em the Cardiac 'Canes for nothing! Not only did the Carolina Hurricanes bounce back to beat the Boston Bruins (pardon the alliteration), but they did so in dramatic fashion!

Ahh, game seven overtime. Does it get any better (or more nerve-racking) than that?? What a time for Scott Walker to 'punch' home (get it?) his first ever playoff goal!

I have to admit, this was an interesting series...

It looked over before it started after game one, when the Bruins dominated the scoresheet and man-handled the 'Canes big guns. But then things changed and all of a sudden Carolina was up three games to one! What happened? Did the mighty Bruins just choke???

Not so fast -- Boston turned in a pair of strong performances to tie the series up and force a game seven. They finally looked like themselves it was over for Carolina right? Again...not so fast!

After game six I said in my blog that this series reminded me of the WHL final between the Kelowna Rockets and the Calgary Hitmen, because the number one seed Hitmen fell asleep for a few games and then roared back with two strong games. It reminds me EVEN MORE of that series now because Calgary couldn't complete the comeback, losing 3-2 in overtime in the deciding game. Crazy.

In honor of this being a game seven overtime decision - here are a couple of interesting facts I stumbled upon after the game:

Of the 114 playoff series that have gone to a seventh game, 29 needed overtime. And get this, since 1990 the ROAD team has a 10-4 advantage!

Conference Finals:

*Chicago vs. Detroit
*Carolina vs. Pittsburgh

Third round action gets underway on Sunday afternoon...check back Saturday for my series previews!

Let Kerrzy read it to you here:

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