Both Western Conference semi-final series were in action last night. Vancouver and Detroit were on the road looking to avenge their losses in their respective Game 2’s and take the series lead.
Vancouver 3 @ Chicago 1 – It’s hard to win games if the opposition’s goalie stands on his head. Once again, Roberto Luongo was a thorn in the side of the Blackhawks side, leading the Canucks to victory. Vancouver scored the first three goals of the game and controlled the flow of play early to take the Chicago crowd out of the game. Alex Edler led the Canucks offensively with 2 assists and was the only Canuck player with a multi-point night. Mason Raymond, Steve Bernier, and Henrik Sedin were the Vancouver goal scorers while Brian Campbell notched the lone Chicago marker.
Vancouver leads the series 2-1
Detroit 1 @ Anaheim 2 – The biggest story of the game wasn’t a player but a referee. A quick whistle with just over minute to go in the game may have cost the Wings the game and the series. Brad Watson whistled the play dead with the puck in the crease as Marian Hossa put the puck home. Watson ruled the puck had gone in after the whistle meaning Hossa’s goal would not count and could not be reviewed despite the puck beating the whistle across the line. Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer scored the Anaheim goals while Henrik Zetterberg had the lone Detroit goal in response. Jonas Hiller was the star of the game for the Ducks making 45 saves for the win. However, between Watson’s quick whistle and Jim Balsillie’s hostile takeover attempts, all the hockey talk this morning is focused off the ice.
Anaheim leads the series 2-1
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Alex Edler (Vancouver)
2. Jonas Hiller (Anaheim)
3. Brad Watson (NHL/Anaheim)
Washington at Pittsburgh – Washington leads the series 2-0 (TV: CBC, Versus)
Boston at Carolina – The series is tied at 1-1 (TV: TSN, Versus)