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Goldie's Playoff Blog

Tuesday, 05.1.2007 / 10:39 PM ET / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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