The Morning After: My 3 stars from last night: 1. Henrik Lundqvist (38 saves, 1 GA) King Henrik put the Rangers on his back tonight and carried them to victory. 2. Eric Nystrom (1 goal, 2 assists) Nystrom had a great all-around game, including his game-winner in the 3rd. 3. Olli Jokinen (2 goals, 1 assist) Jokinen finally broke through, and sparked the Flames with 2 goals in the 2nd. Iginla was an honorable mention… Best atmosphere: New York The Garden was electric as the Rangers staved off the Caps’ late-game fury. ‘RLD Game-Changing Performance’ of the night: Rangers’ PK… Sean Avery took 2 penalties in the 3rd, but New York’s penalty kill came up HUGE! Washington went all-in on that last man advantage, and the Rangers denied Ovechkin & company. Great effort by the PK in the 3rd, and that effort won them the game. --- Tonight’s Slate: Flyers @ Penguins, Game 5, 7:00 ET Red Wings @ Blue Jackets, Game 4, 7:00 Hurricanes @ Devils, Game 5, 7:30 Sharks @ Ducks, Game 4, 10:30
Games of the Night: 5) Philadelphia Flyers @ 4) Pittsburgh Penguins Game 5, 7:00 ET… TV: VERSUS, CBC, Local Networks Penguins lead series, 3-1
Players to watch: PHI- Jeff Carter The Flyers seem to play much better when Carter has a good game. PIT- Chris Kunitz I have a feeling his hard work in this series will finally pay off tonight.
Starting Goaltenders: PHI- Martin Biron (Playoff stats: 1-3, 2.81 GAA) PIT- Marc-Andre Fleury (Playoff stats: 3-1, 2.09 GAA)
Game Thoughts: The Igloo will be energized tonight as their boys come home with a 3-1 series lead… and it’s going to be a white-out!! Last year, the Pens beat Philly 6-0 in Game 5 of the conference finals to knock ‘em out. I’m expecting a similar outcome.
Prediction: Penguins 5, Flyers 2 ---- 2) Detroit Red Wings @ 7) Columbus Blue Jackets Game 4, 7:00 ET… TV: TSN, Local Networks Red Wings lead series, 3-0
Players to watch: DET- Pavel Datsyuk He only one has 1 point in this series, but has dominated Columbus in his career. CBJ- R.J. Umberger The Jackets may need an Um-burger with extra cheese to have a chance tonight.
Starting Goaltenders: DET- Chris Osgood (Playoff stats: 3-0, 0.67 GAA) CBJ- Steve Mason (Playoff stats: 0-3, 3.67 GAA)
Game Thoughts: Goals will be hard to come by tonight, and I expect it to be similar to Game 2. You heard it here first; 1. The first team to 2 goals will win this one… 2. The winner of this game will win in Game 6. I have a gut feeling New Jersey will win tonight, but I have to stay with my pick (Carolina in 6).
Prediction: Hurricanes 2, Devils 1 ---- 1) San Jose Sharks @ 8) Anaheim Ducks Game 4, 10:00 ET… TV: VERSUS, CBC, Local Networks Ducks lead series, 2-1
Players to watch: SJ- Patrick Marleau San Jose needs another good game from their captain to win tonight. ANA- Corey Perry As good as the Ducks’ top line has been, Perry has zero points.
Game Thoughts: What a pivotal game in this series! Game 3 was a back-and-forth affair, with the Sharks coming out on top. And they must win again to avoid being put on the brink. Anaheim is a veteran group that has won together, and I think they’ll pull out a Game 4 ‘W’.
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