The Stat Line Of The Night – 05/13/09 – Sidney Crosby
With Two NHL Game 7′s Left, One Has To Be Great…Right?
Total Pro Sports – Anyone who is a fan of the game of hockey had to be looking forward to last night’s battle between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Oops. I mean the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. With the exception of Penguin fans, it also seems fair to say that all who tuned in were treated to a disappointing game.
The Caps had little jump and the Pens had a whole lot of it. Dominating the first period, Pittsburgh got up 2-0 on goals from Crosby and Craig Adams. They continued to pepper Caps goalie Simeon Varlamov before taking a 4-0 lead and chasing him from the net early in the second frame. Backup Jose Theodore allowed two more, and Washington scored two of their own to make the final 6-2. It was a beating from beginning to end. There is no other way to put it.
Now Pittsburgh will wait along with Chicago as their opponents will be determined tonight in the second and third game sevens of this round.
Beginning at 7pm ET, the defending cup champs will look to live another round as they host the somewhat surprising Anaheim Ducks. After defeating the NHL’s top team in the Sharks last round, a win against the Wings will mark another great achievement in the Ducks improbable run. If they expect to accomplish such an achievement, they will need another great performance from their top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corry Perry and Bobby Ryan. The three have been dominant in Anaheim’s victories and you can bet the Wings will be focused on shutting them down.
As for the Detroit forwards, everyone is still waiting on Pavel Datsyuk to break out. If he doesn’t in tonight’s game, it may be his last of the playoffs.
One hour after the puck drops on the Wings vs Ducks series finale, game two of the night will get under way. The Boston Bruins, even again after going down 3-1 in the series, will host the Carolina Hurricanes. The big matchup in this series has been between Bruins’ big man Zdeno Chara and Canes’ sniper Eric Staal. While Staal appeared to have the advantage in the first four games, Chara has come back strong, and with home-ice advantage in Boston’s favor, expect this matchup to be a critical one in the outcome of the game.
Goalies will be another big factor in this game. Cam Ward, the clutch playoff performer, has proven that he has what it takes to win the big game, so now what remains to be seen is whether Bruin netminder, Tim Thomas, can equal his counterpart.
So tonight promises to be a great night in hockey. Of course, we aren’t the one’s promising this, but we bet someone is. We are just passing along the message. And should it end like last night’s game? Well then hopefully there are at least some fans and poolies who will benefit from it. But just remember, the only thing we are promising is that after tonight, two teams are going on, and two are going home.