Saturday, April 28, 2007

2007 NHL Playoffs Recap and Predictions - Apr 28th

1-2 again last night. Despite missing both Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa from the lineup last night the Canucks pulled out a win and the Sabres showed up in the third period to win their game.

Tonights Games:

San Jose Sharks (1) at Detroit Red Wings (0) : Hopefully the Detroit Red Wings were woken up by their loss in game 1 of this series and come out swinging tonight. They will again be without Tomas Holmstrom who is out with blood in his eye and will continue to struggle on the power play without him. If this wasn't a home game for Detroit I would be picking the Sharks to win, but with the crowd involved (assuming one shows up!) I think the Wings even up the series tonight.

Ottawa Senators (1) at New Jersey Devils (0) : While the first period of game 1 was pretty scary if you are a Devils fan you had to like what happened in the remaining two periods. Tonight the Devils get captain Patrick Elias back and they will certainly be a little peeved at their performance in game 1. Expect the Devils to come out hard and take it to Ottawa with the series knotted up at 1-1.

Last Nights Recaps:

New York Rangers 2 (0) at Buffalo Sabres 3 (2) : The Buffalo Sabres showed off their character and their depth last night as they came from behind in the 3rd period to take game 2 of the series. Thomas Vanek again scored a game winner late in the third period and the Sabres weathered a two man advantage for the final two minutes of the game as the Rangers pulled Lundqvist while Daniel Briere was in the penalty box on a questionable call. Briere got the penalty shortly after the linesman studiously ignored New York having 7 men on the ice with about 4 minutes to go. There was some horrible officiating in this game, but give credit to the Sabres as they clawed back to take a 2-0 series lead.

Vancouver Canucks 2 (1) at Anaheim Ducks 1 (1) : The Canucks pulled another over time win out of their bag of tricks to even up the series before they head home for game 3. Markus Naslund actually found the back of the net and Roberto Luongo simply decided that he wanted to win this game. Travis Moen scored the only goal for Anaheim as he picked up a loose rebound after Teemu Selanne's breakaway chance. The defensive effort in front of Luongo was solid considering they are still missing two of their top defensemen. Great job by Vancouver last night.

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