2008 Playoffs: Round 1, Day 2
Four games, four stories.
A bit of controversy in Motown over the Red Wings' game winner:
The controversy over the game-winning goal centered around whether an attempted clear by Predators defenseman Shea Weber hit linesman Pierre Champoux at the blue line or outside the blue line.It's never good to have officials interfere with the play and have it result in a goal, a situation that the league could look into perhaps.
Television replays left little doubt that the puck hit Champoux, but apparently he told the Predators otherwise.
"He denied everything," goalie Dan Ellis said. "What a beauty. He said he didn't have any contact with it. But it is what is. You can't do anything about it."
The interesting part?
The goal was reviewed at the NHL office in Toronto, where it was determined that the puck did hit the linesman, but did not cross the blue line.A video review for an offside call? I can't say I've heard of that one before.
And speaking of Ellis, I think it's time the guy finally got some credit. He had another terrific game here and led the league in save percentage this season.
The Preds were 23-10-3 with him in goal during the year.
The Dallas Morning News, meanwhile, says the Ducks were turned "into dodos" yesterday after taking 10 (!) penalties in the first two periods. The Stars won with four power-play goals.
Eric Duhatschek has all you need to know on the lopsided Game 2 in the Calgary-San Jose series:
In the second period of the second game of their Western Conference playoff series Thursday night, the San Jose Sharks outshot the Calgary Flames 27-3.Blame Kiprusoff?
And the Kostitsyn brothers had a nice coming-out party yesterday in Montreal.
All of the talk about how the Bruins would come out tough and lock things down went out the window two minutes in, as both Belarussians scored.
It didn't help that Habs fans were bringing the house down:
"The crowd's so loud, he couldn't hear me yell, 'screen,' " said [Boston netminder Tim] Thomas. "So I never saw the puck until he stuck his foot out."
"They came out," said Mark Stuart, "and did exactly what we wanted to do."Good stuff.