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Goldie's Playoff Blog

Tuesday, 05.01.2007 / 10:39 PM / News
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Sabres/Rangers Series

It was another thriller in the Sabres- Rangers series Tuesday in New York. Before a wild full house in the Big Apple the Rangers moved to a perfect 4 and 0 in the playoffs at home and have the series even with Buffalo at 2 games a piece. The Rangers were down 2-0 but a pair of 1 goal victories have made it a best of 3. After wining in double overtime Sunday, game 4 seemed to be in control. The Rangers led 2-0 in the 3rd period on goals by the big guns, Jaromir Jagr and Bredan Shanahan. Buffalo got one back and then after a long video review in the final seconds Buffalo was denied the potential game tying goal. The on-ice ruling was no goal and the replay officials upheld it although the call could have gone either way. These 2 teams are playing great hockey with each of the last 3 games decided by a goal. It is now a best of 3 heading into Buffalo Friday night. The Rangers have the momentum and a win in the Buff would bring it back to the Garden for a game 6 potential clincher Sunday afternoon. To call Friday a must win for the Sabres is not an understatement! New York is 4-0 at home and has allowed just 4 goals in those games. The original pick here of Rangers in 6 now has legs. They are playing smart hockey, getting great net work from Henrik Lundqvist and have Jagr and Shanahan scoring big goals. With 5 Cups between those 2 you can bet the Rangers will be well aware of the opportunity on the road in game 5. Buffalo has been great for 2 seasons now and by no means will Lindy Ruff's team go quietly. Each of the past 3 games were toss ups but the Rangers found a way to win 2 of them. Should be a great weekend of hockey coming up!

Ducks/Canucks Series

The Ducks are on the verge of going to the Western conference finals after Tuesday's big comeback win on the road. Vancouver led 2-0 but Anaheim scored twice in regulation to tie and won it early in overtime. Roberto Luongo, who was super in the regular season and in the first round, has struggled in a big way in this series. Most of the Ducks goals have come on big rebounds and stickhandling mistakes by Loungo. Perhaps a level of fatigue is setting in, both mentally and physically. He is in a difficult position as it seems the Vancouver game plan is to try and win games 1-0 and 2-1. That's not going to happen against the top teams with strong offense like the Ducks. It has been a long season for Luongo who, as we all know, plays in just about every game throughout the year. Anaheim, meanwhile, could win the whole thing with their balance and strength up front and Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer on defense. They make everyone's job, including the goalie, that much easier. So it is now 3-1 Ducks and they are coming home for game 5. It is all but done and Anaheim could be the favorite, right now anyway, to hoist the Stanley Cup.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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