Monday, May 20, 2013

NHL Weekend Recap

GAME 2: Ottawa 3, PITTSBURGH 4 (Pittsburgh leads series 2-0)
Sidney Crosby had a hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins survived a rally from the Ottawa Senators to win 4-3.

Crosby's third tally made the score 3-1 in the 2nd period, but then the Senators quickly got one back with Colin Greening's 2nd of the playoffs only 40 seconds after Crosby's tally.  Brenden Morrow's goal at 8:04 in the 2nd Period would give Pittsburgh much-needed insurance, as Jean-Gabriel Pageau's 4th of the playoffs at 2:01 in the 3rd Period narrowed the gap to 1.

GAME 2: DETROIT 4, Chicago 1 (Series tied, 1-1)
Patrick Kane put the Blackhawks up 1-0 in the 1st Period, but that was it for their scoring.

4 unanswered goals from the Red Wings helped to even their series with the Chicago Blackhawks as they won 4-1.  Damien Brunner's goal early in the 2nd Period tied the score, and the Red Wings took the lead on Brendan Smith's score.

GAME 3: Los Angeles 1, SAN JOSE 2 (OT) (Los Angeles leads series 2-1)
Logan Couture pretty much told the Los Angeles Kings, "If you're going to give us a power play in overtime, we're going to make you pay."

And that's exactly what happened as the San Jose Sharks took advantage of a 5 on 3 in overtime to set up Couture's power play goal only 89 seconds into the extra frame.

Robyn Regehr had just returned from his hooking call as the Sharks were still pressuring, still enjoying the man advantage on Trevor Lewis's goaltender interference.

GAME 2: New York 2, BOSTON 5 (Boston leads series 2-0)
For 32 minutes, the Rangers were able to stay on even terms with the Boston Bruins.  Ryan Callahan scored to rebut a Torey Krug goal 2 1/2 minutes earlier.  And Rick Nash finally earned himself a goal to answer Gregory Campbell's goal a minute earlier.

But when Johnny Boychuk scored 12:08 in the 2nd Period, the Rangers no longer had any answers.  The Bruins got two more goals from Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic to seal the victory.

GAME 3: Pittsburgh 1, OTTAWA 2 (2OT) (Pittsburgh leads series 2-1)
With a minute left to play, the Pittsburgh Penguins looked like they were about to go up 3-0 in the series, with the chance to sweep on Wednesday.  But Daniel Alfredsson had other plans, scoring with 29 seconds left, shorthanded, to force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Colin Greening was able to find the back of the net as the Ottawa Senators halved the Penguins series lead.

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