Friday, April 21, 2006

A power-play parade?

Well, we were warned. Granted it's still early, but already tonight, with seven goals scored in three different games, six have come on the power play. A preview of things to come?

This could very well be a first round decided by play with the extra man. Cue the griping.

UPDATE The Senators add two more goals on the power play to bring our total to eight of nine. Two notes: 1) I hate those thunder stix things they've got in Ottawa. When you're paying $150+ to watch a playoff game, are you really asking for that as your ambience? 2) Grahame looked awful on that second Ottawa goal by Jason Spezza. Could that be all it takes to unravel the fragile Lightning?

UPDATE So much for the goaltending problems of the Oilers. Dwayne Roloson has nearly 60 saves so far, and we're headed for a second overtime. Whoever said this series would be a short one was lying.

UPDATE A heart-breaker for the Oilers tonight. The Red Wings' Kirk Maltby — or rather the various parts of his body that goals bounced in off of — is the star tonight, although Roloson was really the one who stole the show. It's going to be quite a feat for the netminder to bounce back and play like that again in Game 2 on Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE Wow, I missed this earlier, but it's something that could have huge implications for the Anaheim-Calgary series. I picked the Ducks to advance all the way to the Conference finals largely on the basis of J-S Giguere's great goaltending, but if he's a no-go, that certainly changes things. (Although Ilya Bryzgalov is no slouch either.)

The game's currently tied, 0-0, in the first period.

UPDATE Another unlikely hero as the Flames' Darren McCarty tallies the overtime winner for Calgary. All in all, a solid opening night for the NHL playoffs.


At 11:21 p.m., April 21, 2006, Anonymous Levi said...

1-0 Calgary, no sign of Anaheim. Flames in 4. Bryzgalov or Giguere notwithstanding.

At 11:24 p.m., April 21, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

It was a perfect Kirk Maltby game. Drew a penalty. Spent some time in the box. Forechecked.

The only thing that mars it is scoring two goals, though he does get (lose?) some style points for the first one.

At 1:05 a.m., April 22, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

1-0 Calgary, no sign of Anaheim. Flames in 4. Bryzgalov or Giguere notwithstanding.

Yea, no, I don't think so. This will be a long, brutal series, one that probably takes more out of the participants than most first-round series.

At 1:31 a.m., April 22, 2006, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

I don't think Spezza's goal was a bad one. Grahame was probably too deep in his net but he had been playing that way all game long and it was working for him. It was just a great shot from #19.

At 3:22 a.m., April 22, 2006, Blogger mike w said...

Based on Game 1, I'm still picking Anaheim to beat the Flames. Calgary's offence was almost non-existent.

At 12:58 p.m., April 22, 2006, Blogger pinder said...

The Calgary game was kinda painful to watch with Andy Murray talking way too much on colour, and being boring at it, plus the stupid fans blasting the horns constantly in the stadium


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