Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Taking off with Game 1

The Western and Eastern conference finals took off this Sunday and Monday, and the tables are laid bare for all of the teams. What will the final outcome be? Well, that’d be nice to know.

Chi/Det: The old time hockey rematch, the game that was supposed to be the great game, ended in a big Chicago upset and a Detroit win. Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen, and Mikael Samuelsson were the men of the night. Dan Cleary scored two goals, Johan Franzen owning the net with 1 goal and two assist and Mikael Samuelsson with a goal. Henrik Zetterberg got an empty net score to end the game at 5-2, in the Red Wing’s favor. Chris Osgood stayed on his toes, keeping his net protected as Chicago tried desperately to get back in the game. But, all was not lost for Chicago. While Kane and Toews didn’t make a score or any good shots on goal, Kris Versteeg and Adam Burish both each made a goal. The Bulin Wall stood against the barrage and hail fire from Detroit, blocking 38 out of 42 shots on goal.

Car/Pit: While everyone expected the big names of Pittsburgh to ring a nice tone, it was instead the players who didn’t show their face much during the playoffs. Philippe Boucher, inserted into the lineup when Sergei Gonchar was injured in the last round, had a goal and an assist. Miroslav Satan, sent to the minors for a bit in the season, scored his first postseason goal in more than two years to lead the Penguins to the lead. Evgeni Malkin also scored a goal in the first period. Marc-Andre Fleury, current defender of the Pittsburgh pipes, blocked 23 shots of 25, and some of them will make a highlight reel. Carolina didn’t give up the game completely, with Joe Corvo and Chad Larose both made the two Carolina goals to bring the game to a close at 2-3, in Pittsburgh favor.

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GAME 2: CHI @ DET, TUE MAY 19, 7:30PM

GAME 2: CAR @ PIT, THU MAY 21, 7:30PM

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