Thursday, May 21, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 34

On day 34 of the Stanley Cup playoffs we were reminded why the boys from Raleigh, North Carolina, have been coined the Cardiac 'Canes...and why the Pens aren't intimidated.

Here's the recap:

(Penguins 7, Hurricanes 4)

-In one of the best playoff performances of his young career, Evgeni Malkin impressed us all with three goals and a four point night as his Penguins grinded out a game two win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Malkin played so well it was like his parents were in the stands or something! Well, they that explains it!

The scoreline makes it look like a romp for the home side, but it was 4-4 before number 71 took over with two goals in under four minutes during the third period.

Carolina is proving to be a worthy adversary for Malkin and his Penguins though...they just wouldn't go away on Thursday night!

Sidney Crosby opened the scoring 1:51 into the game...the Hurricanes tied it 1:16 later. The Pens went ahead on Malkin's first of the night, the 'Canes tied it 25 seconds later. The 'Canes even held a lead for about 11 minutes before Maxime Talbot blasted one past Sherwood Park's Cam Ward to even the score.

They couldn't steal one on the road though, so the Hurricanes are now down by a pair of games heading back home to the RBC Center in North Carolina.

So, is it curtains for the Cardiac 'Canes?

If they do anything BUT win both games at home, it's over. I know that's not an earth-shattering prediction, but that's just how it is. They need to even things up heading back to the Igloo, because I can't see the 'Canes - Cardiac or not - pulling a Boston and fighting back from a 3-1 series deficit.

That is, unless the Penguins implode before our very eyes. And don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind seeing that!

One more thought - do you think Sidney Crosby complained about the number of hats being thrown onto the ice when his pal Geno scored his third goal?


*Detroit @ Chicago - 6pm (Series: 2-0 DET)

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