The Morning After: My 3 stars from last night: 1. Daniel Cleary (2 goals) The Game 7 hero of round two scored 2 huge goals yesterday. 2. Johan Franzen (1 goal, 2 assists) ‘The Mule’ was arguably the best player on the ice yesterday. 3. Chris Osgood (30 saves) ‘Ozzie’ made some big saves when the game was on the line. Unsung hero of the night: Niklas Kronwall… He led the Wings in ice-time, had a few blocked shots, and was a +1. ‘RLD Game-Changing Performance’ of the night: Mikael Samuelsson… 4 minutes after Versteeg tied the game in the 3rd, Samuelsson’s wicked wrister found top shelf to put the Wings up 3-2. That goal swung the momentum right back to Detroit. --- Game of the Night: 6) Carolina Hurricanes @ 4) Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1, 7:30 ET… TV: VERSUS, TSN, Local Networks
Players to watch: CAR- Tuomo Ruutu I have a feeling he’s going to have a really good series. PIT- Sidney Crosby He’s been the best player in the playoffs… will that keep up tonight?
Injury Report: CAR- None PIT- Sergei Gonchar (knee, probable), Mike Zigomanis (undisclosed, out)
Game Thoughts: The ‘Canes have been dominated in Game 1 of each of the 2 series so far, and that trend may continue. Pittsburgh is going to have a lot of momentum from winning 4 of 5 to knock off the Capitals. I have the Pens pulling this series out in 6 games, and I think they’ll inch one step closer to the finals with a solid win tonight.
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