Blackhawks and Rangers Advance Thanks to Clutch Goals and Even Clutcher Saves (Videos)
Last night’s NHL action can’t quite compare to what we saw two weeks ago, when there were three Game 7s in one night. But there was one Game 7 and one Game 6 that went to overtime, and both were decided by clutch plays. So it was still pretty good.
In Pittsburgh, the Rangers completed their comeback against the Penguins from a 3-1 series deficit, and the series-winning goal came on the power play courtesy of a couple of old-timers who won the Cup together back in ’04—Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards.
That being said, it was Rangers goalie Henrik Lunqvist who saved the day for the Blueshirts with an absolutely insane save on a redirected puck.
Of course, if this were baseball, the Rangers would have gone into their locker room and sprayed each other with champagne for a couple hours to celebrate the series victory. This is hockey, though, and in hockey they keep their eyes on the prize. So the celebration was a bit more subdued.
Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, the Blackhawks took the wind out of the Wild’s sails. That one went to overtime thanks in large part to some huge saves by Corey Crawford…and okay, Ilya Bryzgalov, too.
However, in the extra period, guess who came through in the clutch to send the Wild packing?
That’s right. Patrick Kane. Again. (Sorry, sexy Minnesota chicks.)
So like I said, that was some quality hockey last night. Now two of the final four teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are set, and we’re just waiting on the Ducks-Kings and Bruins-Habs series.
No rush though, guys. Take your time. Play seven.