Sunday, April 22, 2007

2007 NHL Playoffs Recap and Predictions - Apr 22nd

1/2 last night. Dallas managed to snap their losing streak at home in the playoffs partially because Vancouver forgot that they had to try to win. Dominik Hasek lost his shutout bid in the middle of the 3rd period on a disputed goal. The fact that I have him in my playoff pool has nothing to do with the fact that I thought it was a high stick. Really.

Tonights Games:

New Jersey Devils (3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (2) : With Martin Brodeur threatening to return to dominance as a goaltender the playoff lives of the Tampa Bay Lightning look a little less secure. Despite that I expect the Lightning to push hard tonight and get some production out of someone not named Vincent Lecavalier or Martin St. Louis. This series is going to 7 games back in New Jersey.

Detroit Red Wings (3) at Calgary Flames (2) : The Red Wings won an emphatic game 5 at home yesterday and have a chance to eliminate the Flames at the Saddledome tonight. The home team has won each game in this series and it is quite likely that this will continue. The Flames have to be embarrassed over their loss in Detroit yesterday and will come up all fired to win tonight.

Recaps Day11:

Calgary Flames 1 (2) at Detroit Red Wings 5 (3) : Dominik Hasek lost his shutout bid with 10 minutes left in the 3rd as the Red Wings completely dominated the Flames at home. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Lidstrom combined for 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) to lead the Red Wings to a 3-2 series lead. Good news for the Wings as these are Zetterberg's first points since returning from injury just before the playoffs began.

Vancouver Canucks 0 (3) at Dallas Stars 2 (3) : The Dallas Stars returned from a 3-1 series deficit to win the last 2 meetings, in overtime and at home, to force game 7. Last night they won at home for the first time in 7 playoff games at home and Mike Modano got his first goal of the series to give the Stars a 1-0 lead just 3:05 into the game on a 5-3 advantage. Marty Turco made the goal stand up and recorded his 3rd shutout of this playoff series, a feat that only 12 other goaltenders have accomplished. Game 7 goes tomorrow night.

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