The Morning After: My 3 stars from last night: 1. Nicklas Lidstrom (2 goals, 1 assist) Detroit’s captain came up huge as he was involved in all 3 goals, including scoring the game-winner with 50 seconds left. 2. Marc Savard (2 goals) Savard scored 2 big goals in Boston’s win over Carolina. 3. Chris Osgood (22 saves) I felt Ozzie held his ground in net, and made some good saves in the 3rd. Best atmosphere: Detroit The Joe was nuts from the get-go… ‘RLD Game-Changing Performance’ of the night: Nicklas Lidstrom… Lidstrom made a very good play in stepping into the slot to rip a shot on Hiller, then sticking home his own rebound to put the Wings up 3-2 with 50 seconds left. Hiller basically gave him the 5-hole, but credit Lidstrom for taking advantage of that late in the game. --- Tonight’s Slate: Penguins @ Capitals, Game 1, 1:00 ET Blackhawks @ Canucks, Game 2, 9:00
Game of the Night: 4) Pittsburgh Penguins @ 2) Washington Capitals Game 1, 1:00 ET… TV: NBC, CBC, Local Networks
Players to watch: PIT- Chris Kunitz I’ve been told he’s going to have a big series. WSH- Mike Green He’s gotta step up on the man advantage.
Injury Report: PIT- Mike Zigomanis (undisclosed, out) WSH- Donald Brashear (suspended), Jeff Schultz (upper body, doubtful), Quintin Laing (spleen, out), Brent Johnson (hip, out)
Game Thoughts: Let’s hope this game doesn’t go to double OT so it doesn’t get shifted to Versus… NBC and their precious pre-pre-Kentucky Derby show! The Caps should have the momentum after winning 3 straight to beat the Rangers. But I like Pittsburgh to go on the road and win today behind Fleury & Malkin.
Prediction: Penguins 3, Capitals 2 ---- 4) Chicago Blackhawks @ 3) Vancouver Canucks Game 2, 9:00 ET… TV: VERSUS, CBC, Local Networks
Players to watch: CHI- Patrick Kane Kane was big in the 3rd period of Game 1… he needs to carry that over tonight. VAN- Alex Burrows Look for him to play with an edge tonight and force some penalties.
Game Thoughts: This one can literally go either way. Chicago can either take a positive out of their comeback, or a negative. I expect both goaltenders to play better, with Luongo and Vancouver taking a 2-0 series lead. Expect the tempers to ramp up tonight…
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