Western Conference Quarterfinals Recap - 4/24
*Playoff Game 6: Predators 4 Ducks 2 *
Predators win series 4-2.
The Predators won their first ever playoff series and move onto round two, defeating the Ducks in game 6.
Anaheim’s Selanne struck first, holding the lead for the only time in this do or die game. Nashville’s Spaling assisted by one of the stars of the series Jordin Tootoo ties it up seconds before the end of the first period.
The Predators would get one behind Ray Emery early in the second, but Jason Blake on a power play to a tripping penalty to J.P. Dumont would tie the game at two.
Starting off the third period with a tie, it was beginning to look like Anaheim had a chance of fighting against elimination.
That was until Spaling assisted again by Tootoo took the lead for Nashville and they would not give it up. Rinne got an assist on that goal and also made 25 saves to seal the win.
An empty net goal from the Preds ended the series, and advances them to round two.
The west is still waiting on the decision of the Kings-Sharks series as well as the Canucks-Hawks.
ANA GOAL 10:22 Teemu Selanne (6) Backhand – Assists: S. Koivu (6)
NSH GOAL 19:32 Nick Spaling (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: J. Tootoo (3)
NSH GOAL 3:29 Steve Sullivan (2) Backhand – Assists: J. Dumont (1) & B. Geoffrion (2)
ANA GOAL 18:23 PPG – Jason Blake (3) Tip-In – Assists: B. Ryan (1) & L. Visnovsky (3)
NSH GOAL 4:53 Nick Spaling (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: J. Tootoo (4) & P. Rinne (1)
NSH GOAL 19:50 PPG – EN – David Legwand (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: J. Ward (2)
*Playoff Game 6: Blackhawks 4 Canucks 3 *
Series tied 3-3.
The Hawks showed up at United Center facing elimination once again, and won their third game in a row forcing a game 7.
It was a night of firsts for the Chicago hockey club as well and a very exciting hockey game.
Daniel Sedin got the first goal behind Cory Schneider giving the Canucks a quick lead. Chicago would tie, but the first period ended 2-1 Vancouver.
Chicago’s Bolland would tie the game, and the tie would go back and forth through till overtime.
Kevin Bieksa scored just 58 seconds into the third taking the lead for Vancouver. Chicago was under pressure to tie, needed overtime to not be done for the season.
This happened when Micheal Frolik was awarded a penalty shot and scored the first successful goal off of a penalty shot in the post season in Blackhawk hockey club history.
In an attempt to make the save, however, Cory Schneider got hurt and Lunogo entered the game.
Despite the back and forth and numerous scoring chances for each time, overtime made the decision.
Ben Smith for Chicago would get the OT winner and his first playoff goal, forcing game 7 in Vancouver Tuesday at 10 p.m.
VAN GOAL 2:06 Daniel Sedin (5) Wrap-Around – Assists: H. Sedin (5) & A. Burrows (2)
CHI GOAL 14:57 Bryan Bickell (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: D. Bolland (4)
VAN GOAL 18:48 Alexandre Burrows (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: none
CHI GOAL 15:08 Dave Bolland (2) Slap Shot – Assists: P. Kane (5)
VAN GOAL 00:58 Kevin Bieksa (1) Backhand – Assists: M. Raymond (2) & A. Burrows (3)
CHI GOAL 2:31 PS – Michael Frolik (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: none
CHI GOAL 15:30 Ben Smith (3) Backhand – Assists: N. Hjalmarsson (2) & M. Hossa (3)