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Thursday, April 12, 2012

NHL Playoff Game Results — Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Penguins vs. Flyers

The Penguins blew a 3-0 lead as the Flyers rattled-off four straight goals and secured a 4-3 overtime victory. There was no excuse for the collapse by the Pens and Marc-Andre Fleury has to take part of the blame since his Save Percentage was brutal at .846. As a goalie you have to play a lot better than that if you expect to help your team advance and win a Stanley Cup. Bryzgalov’s Save Percentage wasn’t much better at .893 and that is not a surprise since he collapsed last year in the playoffs when he was with the Coyotes. This was a game that the Pens should have won but they let the Flyers back into it. The Flyers have come from behind in other games this year and you have to respect their work ethic. Schenn had a goal and two assists for the Flyers and was named 1st Star of the game, while Briere had two goals and was named 2nd Star. Voracek scored the game-winner in overtime. Crosby and Depuis both had goals and assists, and Letang had two assists as well. Kennedy scored the Pens other goal.

Red Wings vs. Predators

The Predators battled for a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings tonight to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The Wings out-shot the Preds 37-26 in the game but Jimmy Howard was not as sharp as he could have been and his Save Percentage was poor at .885. Rinne had a great game and he is going to have to continue to play well if the Predators are to put-away the Wings. Gaustad had one goal and Bourque two goals for the Preds, while Zetterberg and Holmstrom both scored power-play goals for the Wings. I was glad to see 17 penalties called in this game because this is the only way to allow the better players to be able to exercise their talent and benefit their team. Better players cannot give their team an advantage when they are being held, crosschecked, hooked, boarded, slashed, roughed-up, punched, tripped, and so forth; but, when the penalties are called they can show what they have on power-plays. Penalties need to be called in the post-season just as they are called in the regular season. Why let the animals rule the ice in the post-season?

Canucks vs. Kings

The Kings took a one game lead in the series after defeating the Canucks by a score of 4-2, including an empty-netter. The result really was not a surprise to me because the game unfolded much like their last meeting of the season which was a game where the Kings badly out-shot the Canucks—however, in that game the Canucks came out with a 1-0 victory. Tonight’s game was tied at 2-2 with 3:14 left in the third when Dustin Penner banged home an easy goal to the side of Luongo. Notably, for the Kings, Richards had a goal and two assists, Willie Mitchell a power-play goal, Dustin Brown the empty-netter and Carter had two assists. Burrows and Edler scored for the Canucks.

TJ Stanley