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Yelnats Cup Playoffs: Recap for 04-17-2011

The Blues sure looked ready, but how did they do? (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Blues sure looked ready, but how did they do? (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Teemu Selanne is simply amazing. 4 goals in 3 playoff games as a 40 year old... amazing.

Two games on the docket tonight:

New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders

St.-Louis Blues @ Colorado Avalanche

Both are on Game 3.

Wicked action again tonight, check it out!


New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders

1st period:

The Devils were clearly looking for revenge after dropping the first 2 games to the Isles at home and they wasted no time at all to right the ship. Andy Greene started things off with a shorthanded goal with helpers by Ilya Kovalchuk and Matt Taormina at 9:16. Then, 2 minutes later, Nick Palmieri rocketed one past Rick DiPietro to make it 2-0 for the traveling Devils. Assists went to Colin White and Travis Zajac. Zach Parise completed a 3-goal burst for the Devils by potting in his 4th of the Playoffs with the help of Kovalchuk and Anton Volchenkov. New York continues to play uncharacteristically disciplined hockey as they took no penalties in the first, while the Devils got a minor, and they scored on the PK. Shots were 13-12 in favor of NJ.

2nd period:

Whew! Crazy period here, 6 goals were scored! This series certainly hasn't been short of excitement, and it hasn't been a goaltender-friendly one either. Brian Rolston kicked things off in the second with his patented blueline slapshot on the powerplay, their only powerplay in the game, to make it 4-0 Devils. Assists went to David Steckel and Travis Zajac.

Zajac has quietly been having quite a series so far. In fact, in the 6-2 drubbing of the Devils in game 1, Zajac finished with two assists and +2.

Kyle Okposo finally got the Isles on the board at 7:48, finishing off a beautiful play from Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner. Ilya Kovalchuk deflated the Isles under a minute later, scoring to make this his 3rd point of the night, assisted by Steckel and David Clarkson. Zach Parise continues to be red-hot, as he scores his 5th goal in the last two games to make it 6-1 Devils at the 12:45 mark, assisted by Colin White and Mark Fayne, but Matt Moulson answered right back 10 seconds later with the help of Zenon Konopka and P.A. Parenteau. At the 16:19 mark, Parenteau scored with the help of Ty Wishart and John Tavares to end the period with the home side trailing 6-3. 

3rd period:

The Isles weren't quite done clawing back into the game. Michael Haley scored a huge, hard working goal, assisted again by Wishart and Tavares at 11:01, which gave the home team life, but in the last 5 minutes, Rick Dipietro  fumbled the puck and Zajac made no mistake, destroying any chance of a comeback. Why Dipietro was still in net after all this, we'll never know. Devils won it 7-4

I don't think anyone in their right mind expected that 29 goals would be scored in the first 3 games of this series. Insanity. These two teams were all business tonight, concentrating on taking lots of shots, and very few penalties. This would've been a hell of a game to watch for sure.


Game summary:

Period                         1         2        3      OT    Total

NJD                             3         3        1         -         7

NYI                               0         3        1        -           4


PIM NJD                    2          0         0       -           2

PIM NYI                     0          2         0        -           2


SHOTS NJD            12       11      10      -           33

SHOTS NYI             13        14      7       -            34


3 Stars:

#1 Zach Parise (2 G)

#2 Ilya Kovalchuk (G, 2A, GWG)

#3 Travis Zajac (G, 2A)


St.- Louis Blues @ Colorado Avalanche

1st period:

The Avalanche controlled the play for pretty much the duration of the period, as they outshot the visitors 12-4 in the frame, but no goals were scored, no penalties were taken. Moving on.

2nd period:

The Blues' coach must've said some nice words, and by nice, I mean he probably ripped their heads off, because they came out flying in the second period. B.J. Crombeen broke the ice by scoring at the 3:23 mark with helpers by Roman Polak and Carlo Colaiacovo. Chris Stewart followed around 5 minutes later, assisted by Alex Pietrangelo and Nikita Nikitin. Each team took a minor penalty and this time, the Blues held a 15-11 shot advantage. Things were going great for the Blues, until...

3rd period:

The Avs mounted a comeback in the third. They weren't going down without a fight. David Jones capitalized on a Cam Janssen tripping call with the help of Mark Olver and John-Michael Liles. Late in the period, in quite a dramatic fashion, Ryan O'Reilly jammed the puck through Jaroslav Halak to tie the game at 2 with 2 and a half minutes remaining on the ticker. Assists for that goal were given to Daniel Winnik and Erik Johnson. On to OT we go.


Comeback complete.  David Backes  took a very bad penalty right at the beginning of the period and Jay McClement scored barely a second after the penalty expired to give the Avalanche a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Jones and Matt Hunwick with the assists. 3-2 the final in OT

I had predicted a much tighter series than this, but the Avalanche are making the most of their opportunities and Halak just can't repeat his exploits from last year, while Carey Price is stifling the Bruins right now. Maybe it's not the goalie, but the system?

Game Summary

Period:                        1                2          3              OT         Total

STL                              0               2          0                0                 2

COL                             0               0          2                1                 3


PIM STL                     0               2           2                2                6

PIM COL                   0                2           2                0                4 


SHOTS STL            4               15          8               3                 30     

SHOTS COL          12              11         7               5                  35


3 stars:

#1 Peter Budaj (28 saves, 2 GA)

#2 Jay McClement (OT winner)

#3 Carlo Colaiailaialialiialiacovo (A, awesome name)


4 games tomorrow night:

Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers

Atlanta Thrashers @ Ottawa Senators

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Florida Panthers

Minnesota Wild @ Columbus Blue Jackets