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Update: Strader's Playoff Blog for April 29th

Monday, 04.24.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Update: Strader\'s Playoff Blog for April 29th

Hello Panther fans!!

Since I left you in Ottawa (I did get my luggage in time for my telecast last Sunday night), it has been another whirlwind week in the Stanley Cup playoffs. I stayed with the Ottawa-Tampa series for games 2-5. After a gutsy performance by the Lightning in Game 2 evened the series, the Senators showed why they are the number one seed. An 8 goal outburst by the Sens in Game 3 (maybe I'm bad luck for the Lightning...remember the 8 goals the Panthers put on Tampa in the first game after the Olympic break?) seemed to put all the pressure on the Lightning...anyway, the Lightning did come back to score 3 in the 3rd and Coach John Tortorella said his club started to get to Sens' goalie Ray Emery. Tortorella called Emery Ottawa's "weak spot". This was a bit of a mind game and I think was designed to take some of the pressure of his goalie John Grahame. Goaltending turned out to be the "weak spot" for Tampa in Game 4 as the Sens should wrap up that series in 5.

I'm preparing for the first of two NBC telecasts this weekend. Today (Saturday) I'm in Hockeytown where I spent the first 11 seasons of my "NHL career". The Wings came into this series as the big favorites, but the Oilers' acquisitions from last summer (Michael Peca, Chris Pronger) and at the trade deadline (Dwayne Roloson) are playing huge roles in the Oilers being even after 4 games. Chris Pronger has perhaps made the best adjustments to the new NHL as the one time nasty player with a quick temper is averaging over 36 minutes a game and he has 0 PIM!

Sunday, I'll be in Dallas where the Stars will try to ride the momentum of a Game 4 win in Denver. The Stars are down 3-1, but they are a proud team that would love to go back to Denver with some pressure on the Avs for the first time in the series.

That's all for now!

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 24 16 7 1 62 59 33
2 PIT 22 15 5 2 78 53 32
3 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
4 NYI 23 16 7 0 74 64 32
5 DET 23 13 5 5 69 58 31
6 BOS 24 14 9 1 61 58 29
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 FLA 21 9 6 6 45 53 24
9 WSH 22 10 8 4 63 59 24
10 NYR 22 10 8 4 63 62 24
11 OTT 22 10 8 4 60 59 24
12 NJD 23 9 10 4 57 68 22
13 PHI 22 8 11 3 59 69 19
14 CAR 22 7 12 3 52 65 17
15 BUF 23 7 14 2 39 73 16
16 CBJ 22 6 14 2 51 81 14

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 21 8 4 4 12
J. Jokinen 20 2 10 4 12
A. Ekblad 21 2 9 0 11
J. Hayes 14 5 5 4 10
B. Boyes 21 4 6 2 10
J. Huberdeau 18 2 6 2 8
V. Trocheck 12 1 7 5 8
S. Upshall 17 3 4 -1 7
B. Campbell 21 1 6 -5 7
D. Kulikov 17 0 6 2 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 2 1 1 .924 1.99
R. Luongo 7 5 5 .927 2.33
 
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