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Goldie's Playoff Blog

Tuesday, 05.1.2007 / 10:39 PM ET / News
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Goldie\'s Playoff Blog
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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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