As the Stanley Cup Playoffs progress, we are going to see several trends and stories play out in each series. In “What We Learned” we will take a look at the previous night’s games and discuss how each game affects the overall series.
- The Anaheim Ducks are looking solid, but the Dallas Stars are not giving up with out a fight. With a 2-0 lead in the series the Ducks are looking to take a strangle hold on the series. Ryan Getzlaf showed nothing can stop him, not a puck to the face not the birth of his daughter; Getzlaf registered two points in last night victory. For the Stars at least they are putting the puck on the net, and they are showing signs of improvement. They out shot the Sucks 36-19 Friday night.
- Two out of the three games last night were one goal games, the exception was the Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa by Lightning game. The Canadiens tuned up the lightning with a 4-1 win. Rene Bourque scored two goals, including the game winner. Tampa’s lone goal was scored by Teddy Purcell on the Power Play. Tampa Bay is in big trouble trailing in the series 2-0. Its seems like the Lightning are just not getting any goaltending. Kristers Gudlevskis faced three shots last night and gave up one goal, and starting goaltender Anders Lindback let three pucks past him on 23 shots. Tampa has no chance of winning this series if they can’t find someone to stop the puck. Combined the Lightning net-minders have given up 9 goals in two games.
- There’s not much better than an Original 6 match-up. Last night we got to watch just that. The Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins faced off and opened their series. The two teams combined for 60 hits, in what seems like an old fashion grudge match. The Red Wings were able to sneak out of Boston with a 1-0 win, Pavel Datsyuk netted the game winner at 16:59 in the third period. From everything I read, the two teams seemed evenly matched, and that may be worry sum for Boston fans. Boston managed to win the Presidents’ Trophy with 117 points during the regular season, but as we have said that means nothing. The Red Wings limped into the playoffs, but they have the experience to make a series out of this.