Hockey (Last) Night In Canada: Staying in the Race

Pittsburgh 2 @ Montreal 3 – The Habs’ amazing post-season performance did not stop yet as they pulled off another victory to even up the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak may have had a shaky start letting in 2 goals on the first three shots, but he picked up his game and stopped the next 32 of 33 pucks. The Penguins may have dominated the first two periods, but the late resurgence of the Montreal Canadiens was the key determining factor in this game. Maxim Lapierre tied up the game about 2 minutes into the third period. Brian Gionta then scores a goal 1:33 later to give the Habs the goal that will eventually lead to their victory. The series goes back to Pittsburgh for game 5 and the Canadiens sure hope to carry on this momentum to keep the Cinderella story going.
The series is tied 2-2

San Jose 1 @ Detroit 7 – The Detroit Red Wings may have been quiet in the first three games, but they certainly came back with a roar last night. Breaking the string of 4-3 losses, the Red Wings managed to explode offensively to knock the Sharks down and stay alive. The big star of the game was power forward Johan Franzen of the Red Wings as he recorded 4 goals and 2 assists for the night. Jimmy Howard also had a solid performance making 28 saves for the win. On the other end of the spectrum, Evgeni Nabokov had a horrendous night. He let in 5 goals in 9 shots during the first period of the game. The lone Sharks goal came courtesy of their top line of Heatley, Thornton and Marleau. The Sharks saviour Joe Pavelski was noticeably absent during the night. The game now heads back to the Shark tank where San Jose could use some home support to take the last bite of the Red Wings in this series. For those who thought the Sharks wouldn’t blow the series should think again as the Red Wings are showing that they still got some fuel in their tank.
San Jose leads the series 3-1

Three Stars of the Night:
1. Johan Franzen (Detroit) – 4 goals, 2 assists
2. Jaroslav Halak (Montreal) – 33 saves
3. Todd Bertuzzi (Detroit) – 1 goal, 4 assists

Friday’s Schedule:
Boston at Philadelphia – BOS leads 3-0 (TV: TSN, Versus)
Chicago at Vancouver – CHI leads 2-1 (TV: CBC, Versus)

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