The second round has gotten underway and every series has an interesting storyline behind it.
My prediction of a sweep of New York by the Sabres still is in line to happen as Buffalo is leading the series 2-0. The Rangers managed to keep it close, losing 3-2 in the last game, but I expect Buffalo to take the next two.
In Game 1 of the Ottawa-New Jersey series, turnovers killed the Devils. Routinely giving away the puck in their own zone, the Devils allowed four goals in the first period. They managed to cut the deficit to one with under a minute to go, but it wasn't enough. But if anything, I think Ottawa should be more worried. While they won the game, Emery let up four goals. Brodeur is a prove performer in the Playoffs while Emery is still being tested.
Currently, the two teams are in Overtime. (2-2) Heatley managed to score with TWENTY SEVEN SECONDS left in the third. Playoff excitement at its best.
In the West, Detroit got off to a terrible start, letting up two goals early on in the game. In disbelief, the crowd was quieted, as they were the rest of the night. The Wings lost 2-0. The physical play of the Shark fowards obviously put a beat down on the Wings, but it was the consistency of the defense that impressed me. Matt Carle could very well become the next Nick Lidstrom in terms of leadership and defending.
The Vancouver-Anaheim series began with an Andy McDonald hat trick. McDonald has been on fire all postseason. Is he the 2007 Fernando Pisani? It looks like it. The Ducks took Game 1 by a score of 5-1. The whole team looked flat and I don't contribute this to the Ducks as I do the fatigue of the Nucks. Game 2 was a different story. Obviously rested by sleeping through Game 1, the Nucks won 2-1 in two OT's. Naslund finally scored as did Cowan for the second straight game. Both goalies were phenomenal, with Luongo and Giguere stopping 43 and 47.
The key to this series is obviously goaltending. Everyone remembers the run the Ducks made with Giguere in 2003, and the winner of this series will most certainly have the hottest goalie going into the Conference finals. Look for the winner to make a finals appearence.
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Buffalo at New York
2:00 EST NBC
Anaheim at Vancouver
8:00 EST NBC