It was definitely a big night for Zach, or Zack, depending on whether you’re talking about Parise or Phillips.
In the NHL, New Jersey Devils Captain Zach Parise played his best game of the playoffs, firing 2 goals and adding an assist to lead the Devils over the New York Rangers and even up the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.
New Jersey opened the scoring with a pair of goals 3 minutes and 49 seconds apart by Bryce Salvador and Travis Zajac. Parise made it 3-0 scoring just four seconds into a powerplay at 2:41 of the 3rd and then sealed the deal with an empty net goal. Ruslan Fedotenko replied for the Rangers, but Martin Brodeur made 28 saves and added an assist to pick up the victory.
The game saw its share of rough play featuring a 1st period fight between Adam Henrique and Ryan McDonagh, a Marc Staal slash on Patrick Elias, a 2nd period exchange between Ilya Kovalchuk and Ryan Callahan which continued into the penalty box and of course the big one- Michael Rupp sucker punching Brodeur on the way to the box which led to a face to face between coaches John Tortorella and Peter DeBoer between the benches.
So now the series is tied, and the intensity heading into Game Five on Wednesday night should be through the roof and I for one, can’t wait to see what happens next.
So now onto the Memorial Cup. The Saint John Sea Dogs nedded to rebound and did they ever. Zach Phillips of Fredericton,NB opened the scoring and then fired the insurance marker late in the 3rd to lead the Dogs to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Minnesota Wild prospect fired a goal from a sharp angle in the 1st and then took a sweet feed from Tomas Jurco and buried his 2nd with just 1:37 left in the game. Captain Jonathan Huberdeau took a pass from another Wild prospect, Charlie Coyle, before breaking in alone and scoring a highlight reel breakaway goal in the 2nd period and Ryan Tesink celebrated his 19th birthday with the empty netter. Kristians Pells and Stephane Legault replied for the Oil Kings while Sea Dogs goaltender Mathieu Corbeil made 25 saves for the victory.
Its a new tournament as all teams are tied with 1-1 records. The Oil Kings play the London Knights tonight while the Sea Dogs will battle with the host Shawinigan Cataractes to end round robin play on Wednesday.