Hockey (Last) Night In Canada: Go Big or Go Home

It was a quiet night in the Stanley Cup playoffs with only 2 matches taking place. With two teams on the brink of elimination, it was a must win situation for them. At the end of the night only one of those teams stayed in the competition while the other was sent packing.

Phoenix 5 @ Detroit 2 – Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says he hates games with afternoon start times. After the effort his boys put forth in a potential clincher, he should be happy that the next game is an evening game. The Coyotes went 3 for 6 with the man advantage and added insult to injury with a shorthanded goal is the first to coast to a tied series. The roughest game had to be Jimmy Howard’s who let in those five goals on 29 shots. Offense was spread out amongst Phoenix players with 11 of the 18 skaters getting at least one point. Now, we have our first seventh game booked for Tuesday night. Of course, it’s not necessarily the only seventh game we’ll see.
The series is tied 3-3

Vancouver 4 @ Los Angeles 2 – The Los Angeles Kings’ return to the Stanley Cup playoffs was a short one after losing the crucial game to stay alive last night. Thanks to the goal scored by Daniel Sedin with 2:03 remaining in the third period, the Vancouver Canucks eliminated the youthful Kings and moved into the semifinals. Steve Bernier and Kevin Bieksa had a goal each to contribute to the win. Alexandre Burrows added salt to the wound with the empty netter near the end of the game. In a losing effort, Alexander Frolov and Drew Doughty contributed to a goal each for the Kings. Luongo put up a solid performance making 30 stops while Jonathan Quick didn’t do so hot with 18 saves on 21 shots.
Vancouver wins the series 4-2

Three Stars of the Night:
1. Daniel Sedin (Vancouver) – 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix) – 31 saves
3. Roberto Luongo (Vancouver) – 30 saves

Monday’s Schedule:
Washington at Montreal – WSH leads 3-2 (TV: TSN, Versus)
Buffalo at Boston – BOS leads 3-2 (TV: CBC)
Chicago at Nashville – CHI leads 3-2 (TV: TSN)

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