The set of game fours in the Stanley Cup playoffs last night was not a night of goaltending battles. With each team giving up at least 4 goals, it was more like a scoring frenzy. The first game was the matchup between the Bruins and Flyers. With the Flyers on the verge of elimination, they needed the win to stay in the playoffs. Meanwhile in Vancouver, the Canucks hope to use some home ice advantage to tie up the series.
Boston 4 @ Philadelphia 5 (OT) – Pack away the broomsticks. The Philadelphia Flyers refuse to go down without a fight. Trying to play spoiler to the Bruins domination of the series, the Flyers came out attacking in this game. The team has finally found a way to beat Tuukka Rask. They managed to hold onto a lead until 19:28 into the third period when Mark Recchi scored the tying goal for Boston to send the game to overtime. In the extra frame, it was Simon Gagne who scored the game winner. Fresh off having two screws inserted into his right foot, Gagne gave the Flyers the much needed win to stay in the playoff race. With the team just being one game from elimination, the Flyers still got quite a bit to do to crawl out of the hole they dug themselves.
Boston leads the series 3-1
Chicago 7 @ Vancouver 4 – It seems as though Canada’s other last hope is on its way out thanks to the young guns of the Chicago Blackhawks. Canucks fans who were hoping for some sort of revenge for last year’s 4-2 series loss to the Blackhawks in the semifinals might have to wait a bit longer. Just a goal shy of what Johan Franzen did for Detroit the previous night, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews registered 3 goals and 2 assists to lift his team to another victory against the Canucks. Antti Niemi wasn’t exactly spectacular in net with 26 saves for the night, Luongo was struggling with 27 saves on 33 shots. To make things worse for the Canucks, 5 of the 7 goals were scored on the powerplay. Seems like Vancouver has yet to figure out how to produce effective penalty kills and it looks like it is leading to their downfall.
Chicago leads the series 3-1
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Jonathan Toews (Chicago) – 3 goals, 2 assists
2. Matt Carle (Philadelphia) – 4 assists
3. Patrick Sharp (Chicago) – 1 goal, 3 assists
Montreal at Pittsburgh – (TV: CBC, Versus)
Detroit at San Jose – (TV: TSN, Versus)