Roberto Luongo and Pekka Rinne are embroiled in a battle of “whatever you can do, I can do better” as they are the story of the Vancouver Canucks/Nashville Predators 2nd rd series. After last nights 2-1 double OT victory by Nashville evened the series, there has been 4 goals scored in 7 plus periods of hockey. The two netminders have been spectacular, as there have been no shortage of chances. Here are the highlights of last nights magic courtesy NHL.com:
By contrast, the Boston Bruins opened their series with the Philaelphia Flyers by peppering Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky for 7 even strength goals in their 7-3 win. The questions about Philly goaltending only got more plentiful after yesterday’s performance, as did questions about both clubs’ power plays. Boston has yet to score on the man advantage in 8 playoff games, and Philadelphia’s hasn’t been much better. However, if you are going to score 7 times at even strength, who needs a power play? Again, from NHL.com:
Today’s action sees game 2 between San Jose and Detroit at 3 pm Eastern, the dreaded 12 noon local time puck drop. San Jose escaped with a 2-1 OT win to open the series. Meanwhile, the evening game has Washington attempting to save a game at home and avoid falling down 2-0 heading to Tampa Bay.
Also on tap this morning is Jason Spezza and Team Canada facing off against Stephane Da Costa and his French teammates at the World Championships in Slovakia. Already there have been two upsets in the tournament as Russia was shut out 2-0 by the Germans, while Norway downed Sweden 5-4. Canada will endevour to avoid a similar fate against the seemingly overmatched French.
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